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We're very happy to have Mark Pritchard as our next Q&A guest, and present you the opportunity to ask your questions about his productions and techniques.

Mark Pritchard has published a huge amount of electronic music, both for dancefloor and music to just listen to, from the early nineties. Too many to name really, but I'll try to provide a short introduction. You can ask Mark himself about this, of course.

To start off, here's some links you can check out:
WARP | Artists | Mark Pritchard
Harmonic 313
Ghosts in the machine: Mark Pritchard on retiring his aliases and rediscovering 160bpm - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.
Producer Mark Pritchard Reveals All About Thom Yorke Collaboration | NME.COM

In the late eighties he met Tom Middleton and Richard D. James in the clubs of the Somerset county city of Taunton. The house music scene there blossomed after the famous "Summer of Love", and the U.K. was bustling with legal and illegal raves, and small clubs popping up everywhere.

In 1991 he founded the "Evolution" record label with Tom, named after one of Carl Craig's tracks. The label featured experimental electronic music in various genres, and included releases from Matthew Herbert, La Synthesis, Gerd, Danny Breaks and Mark Pritchard's and Tom Middleton's own tracks. (not to be confused with the "Evolution Records" label from Glasglow) Here's the discogs link to the project:

In 1991 the single "Roobarb and Custard" (a not so serious party music song) under the monniker "Shaft" (a collaboration with his old classmate Adrian hughes) became a commercial succes, which allowed Mark to buy some proper equipment.

As was common for the nineties' house and techno music scene, artists published music under aliases. Of these, the "Jedi Knights" (electronic funk and electro) and "Global Communication" (both dancefloor and other styles) were popular: In this period (1994) Mark and Tom created the timeless classic album "76:14", and (amongst other dancefloor tracks) "The Way" a slowly evolving tease that would put energy into any dance party, anytime.

Mark also published in the first half of the nineties, such as "Reload" (experimental techno, with Tom Middleton), "link" (techno, IDM), and "E621" on Warp Records (with Tom Middleton, breaks and drummachines) "NY Connection" (a more US house oriented style), "Chaos & Julia" (breakbeat, collaboration with Dominic Fripp).

In the latter half of the nineties Mark worked with Danny Breaks as "Vertigo" and as "Use of Weapons" (Drum and Bass)

Around the turn of the century, focus shifted again and this resulted in releases with collaborations, such as with Dave Brinkworth as "Harmonic 33" (and "Harmonic 313"), and solo as "Troubleman" or "M. Meecham".

From this period dates collaboration with Steve Spacek.

Around 2010 Mark had changed his scope yet again and launched the "Africa HiTech" project with Steve White (Spacek) on the Warp label. This is an experimental electronic music project combining Dancehall (Jamaican) and African influences, with breakbeat and electronica. It was said that they started this after discussing the influence of these cultures on UK club music.

Since 2007 tracks were released under his own name, solo and various collaborations. (Wiley, Steve Spacek (White), Ragga Twins, Om'mas Keith) You can find this o.a. on Warp, Deep Medi, Planet Mu, Hyperdub, Ninja Tune and Sonar Collective labels.

Just out, the new album "Under The Sun" on Warp Records features some timeless listening music again, with yet another direction.
Here's two songs, the whole album is worth checking out, if only for it's production quality. I'll leave the superlatives to you.

Welcome Mark, to Gearslutz! Let's have some fun!

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