Tom Middleton

Tom Middleton

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Tom Middleton
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Pioneering Electronic Composer, Producer, Sound Designer, DJ, Remixer, Music Director, Music Curator, Compiler and appointed Sound Architect for Yotel NYC.

A Consultant and Tech Expert in the areas of Computer Music, Hardware and Software and DJ Equipment who's opinion is sought in the design and development of new products. Headphones and in ear monitors are a particular area of interest and expertise.

Involved in many major brand and product launch initiatives in DJ, Remixer, Curator, and Music Director roles.

A classically-trained pianist and cellist from Cornwall, he met Richard D James (The Aphex Twin) in 1989. He learned the science of sound sampling and synth programming by observing Richard in the studio. This friendship lead to Tom co-producing a track for the 'Analogue Bubblebath' EP as Schizophrenia, which has now reached cult status. Tom introduced Richard to Mighty Force Records and helped broker the record deal for the EP.

After graduating in Graphic Design in 1991, Tom met Mark Pritchard, a Producer/DJ with similar musical tastes. The pair set up the Evolution Records imprint (which later became Universal Language Productions Ltd and the final incarnation as E3.)

They recorded under an number pseudonyms, from Reload (Techno and IDM), Global Communication (Electronica and Ambient) - notably developing the principal of integrating pure emotions in sound, Secret Ingredients (Deep House), and one of the most popular projects; Jedi Knights (Electro Boogie, P-Funk, Breakbeats, House), whose album 'New School Science' notably inspired the likes of The Prodigy (who sampled Jedi Knights 'Air Drums From Outer Bongolia' for their track 'Climbatize') and The Chemical Brothers to Daft Punk, The Freestylers and Adam Freeland.

Tom hosted a weekly Radio show on Kiss FM, tutored the winning aspiring DJ Ryan Shaw on ITV's Joy Of Decks TV show and has curated events and Festival spaces including Sound Of The Cosmos at The Big Chill 2011.
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Tom Middleton Discography

Albums

none Gilles Peterson / Tom Middleton / Mr Scruff* Gilles Peterson / Tom Middleton / Mr Scruff* - Live From The Big Chill(2xCDr, Album, Promo) Somethin' Else (2) none UK 2004 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Presents Amba Tom Middleton Presents Amba - Lifetracks (Album) Big Chill Recordings UK 2007 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Glasstracks (Album) Big Chill Recordings UK 2011

Singles & EPs

MAPA028 Freeland*, Wink* & Middleton* / Adam Freeland Freeland*, Wink* & Middleton* / Adam Freeland - Rise Above / F Groove(12", Promo) Marine Parade MAPA028 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Excursions 1 Big Chill Recordings UK 2007 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Remember The Love (The IMS Anthem 2008) (Single) iO Music UK 2008 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Kalahari kostbar|musik Germany 2009 Sell This Version
MUKAT 018 Tom Middleton Presents The Chiswick Reach All Stars Tom Middleton Presents The Chiswick Reach All Stars - Nutsin(7", S/Sided, Ltd) Mukatsuku Records MUKAT 018 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Cicadas Lo:Rise UK 2011 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Gliding (Single, Maxi) Urbantorque UK 2011 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Space Steps (EP) Ovum Recordings US 2012 Sell This Version

Compilations

DJ 358 Ryan Shaw (3) / Tom Middleton Ryan Shaw (3) / Tom Middleton - Ryan Shaw In Collaboration With Tom Middleton(CD, Comp, Mixed) DJ Magazine DJ 358 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Cosmosonica (Crazy Covers Vol 1) (Comp) Family Recordings (3) UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Crazy Covers 2 (Comp) Family Recordings (3) UK 2007 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

Tom Middleton A Jedi's Night Out (Comp) DMC UK 1999 Sell This Version
MIXMAG 06/99 Tom Middleton Weekend Warm-Up(CD, Mixed) Mixmag MIXMAG 06/99 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton The Sound Of The Cosmos (Comp) Hooj Choons UK 2002 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton The Trip Created By Tom Middleton (Comp) Family Recordings (3) UK 2004 Sell This Version
Mixmag 08/05 Tom Middleton Weekend Warm-Up 2005(CD, Mixed) Mixmag Mixmag 08/05 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton The Trip 2 - Navigated By Tom Middleton (Comp) Family Recordings (3) UK 2006 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton Renaissance 3D: Tom Middleton (Comp) Renaissance UK 2008 Sell This Version
Tom Middleton One More Tune (Comp) Renaissance UK 2009 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Tom Middleton Hypnotizer Urbantorque UK 2009
RENX068 Tom Middleton One More Tune(5xFile, MP3, 320) Renaissance RENX068 UK 2009
TOOL095/01Z Tom Middleton 10:10(3xFile, MP3, 320) Toolroom Records TOOL095/01Z UK 2010

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ajmedway

ajmedway

February 5, 2008
This man is a legend... pure and simple.

That early collaboration with Aphex Twin has proven to be the spark of an incredible career in Dance-related musics, and right now, I think he has pipped AFX to the post in acheiving a sort of "god" status.

The Jedi has remained accessible to my mum and missus just as much as he has,countless times, provided the soundtrack to my messy club/indoor-lounge-stoner nights since I was a kid.

Right now I am listening to his latest "Renaissance 3D" CD's and am getting flashbacks to the "Sound of the Cosmos" release on Hooj Choons (from 2002 I think)... He's kept his ID through turbulent times in dance music, and still maintains his credence...

This is GOD - a DJ and Producer
noviellion

noviellion

July 30, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
Tom Middleton is royalty! The AFX relation should be enough evidence. To me, Tom Middleton's music is a very well constructed bridge from the abstracted,forward style of electronica(be it older electronica nowadays) to the more accessible dance music. I dont particularly dig a generic club track that drones on without purpose, but I also don't like pure abstracted sludge either. Mr Middleton's hybrid styled tracks make it easier to enjoy music that could be played on the dancefloor as well as anywhere else. His ability to transform into many different styles of electronica is what makes him even better than the average producre/dj. We need more people like him to keep everything in check.
hal8999_

hal8999_

June 12, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
I think that Tom Middleton doesn't get as much recognition as other genre-based DJ is because he ISN'T a genre-based DJ. It seems that most club goers have certain sounds that they like and certain that they dislike and are very specific about these (EG: I love breakbeat house and progressive trance but jungle and detroit techno make me want to retch). Since Mr. Middleton seems to break a lot of boundaries and change his style of output so frequently, he kind of prevents himself from being able to obtain a genre-based following.
mentasm

mentasm

May 24, 2004
How come after all these years he is not looked up at the same way say, Eric Morillo is? Few artists from the "scene" manage to be accomplished DJs AND essantial producers. Tom is both, having released some of the most wonderful music ever made (I mean it...), and being and challenging DJ. His mixed CDs are real ear-openers, which does not happen a lot these days. Sublime productions and excellent compilations all the way long, so why not more recognition? After all, the best secrets are the hidden ones, so...
TheMP3Ripper

TheMP3Ripper

January 4, 2003
Tom Middleton has been a musical influence for me ever since I hear his "A Jedi's Night Out" mix disc. Every single record this man releases is a wonderful combination of inspired production, wonderful melody, and that bit of eccentric soul that makes a Middleton song unique. I have recommended "The Sound of the Cosmos" to every single person I know, whether they're an electronic music fan or not. This man is an inspiration to me, and I hope he keeps it up for a long time.

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