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Tom Butcher cites electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and Karlheinz Stockhausen in his list of early influences, while Brit icons such as Depeche Mode and New Order dominated his decks in the '80s. Like Aphex Twin and other visionary producers, he built his studio from scratch using parts purchased at his local Radio Shack He also began devising compositions on his PC based on algorithms he'd written. After recording under a slew of names (Heatsync, Flux, and Betamax), the Seattle soundsmith finally settled on Codebase, "because of its sound and feel." Under this pseudonym, Butcher (aided by his studio partner Mike Perkowitz) beat out a versatile blend of Detroit-influenced techno, minimal ambient house, and jacking electro for his self-financed Orbitrecords imprint until he was threatened with a trademark infringement lawsuit and sensibly shut up shop. Swayzak's James Taylor and David Brown later sniffed out his clean, crisp sound and licensed a couple of tracks for their forward-thinking imprint, 240 Volts. Part Drexciya, part Juan Atkins, part Global Communications, Tom Butcher's melodic electronic is starkly futuristic and gloriously timeless.

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