Real Name:
Tom Butcher
As Codebase, techno producer Tom Butcher made the leap from the overcrowded underground scene to the international name-brand when he signed to Force Inc in 2003, following years of independent projects and laboring. Born in Houston and classically trained on the piano from the age of eight, by the age of twelve he was already recording his first compositions. Now based in Seattle, Butcher’s career was jump-started by a chance encounter with Swayzak, who went on to release two of his tracks on their 240 Volts label.

In 2003, Force Inc. Music Works released his debut album Style Encoding. Much of the music on Style Encoding bears the influence of a diverse roster of electronic mavens from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. From the synthetic pleasures of progenies like Brian Eno and Kraftwerk, through to the disaffected death disco of Giorgio Moroder, Nitzer Ebb, and New Order, through even further still to the pattern regenerations of Maurizio and Thomas Brinkmann, Butcher’s sound manages to incorporate and rework these earmarks into something quite inventive and invigorating. Force Inc. also released the first single from the album, “Seek and Destroy”, featuring remixes from dub-house pioneers Swayzak and minimal techno hero Stewart Walker.

Butcher’s work as a DJ extends as far back as 1993, when his presence in the USA’s underground rave and party scene established him as an eclectic and invigorating talent. From his Seattle base, Butcher still incorporates many different styles of music into his DJ sets, from minimal techno to Italo-disco, back to house and tech-house, and even some Detroit techno thrown in for good measure.

Codebase is equal parts techno, electro, house, and subversive pop sensibility. One of the strongest attributes of Butcher’s work is that it will leave you wondering where exactly to place it. Even in today’s culture of genre-bending and genre-delineation, Codebase stands out as a transition, an anomaly.



Codebase Discography Tracks


Codebase Style Encoding (Album) Force Inc. Music Works Germany 2003 Sell This Version
DCX-727 Codebase Stuck In Time(2x12", Album, Ltd) Disco Couture DCX-727 US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Codebase Seek And Destroy EP (EP) Force Inc. Music Works Germany 2003 Sell This Version
ID018-6 Codebase Beat The Curve(12") Intrinsic Design ID018-6 US 2006 Sell This Version
RoM 013 CODEBASE Falling Bricks(12") Roam Recordings RoM 013 US 2013 Sell This Version
RoM018 Codebase Acid Nouveau(12") Roam Recordings RoM018 US 2014 Sell This Version
KR013 Codebase Hong Kong Sunset(File, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, WAV, EP) KRecordings KR013 USA & Canada 2014


TAPE Codebase Tickertape EP(4xFile, MP3) Cornwarning TAPE US 2009
SA002 Codebase Down For The Count(5xFile) Shameless Audio SA002 US 2014

Videos (9) Edit