Squarepusher is the performing pseudonym of Tom Jenkinson, an English electronic music artist signed to Warp Records. He specialises in the electronic music genres of drum and bass and acid, with a significant jazz and musique concrète influence.
Jenkinson was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1975 and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School. He went on to study Mathematics at Imperial College, London. Jenkinson performs live, playing with a fretless or fretted bass guitar, a laptop, and other hardware. He appeared twice on BBC Radio 1's The Breezeblock show.
Squarepusher sequenced his pre-2000 work on a BOSS DR-660 drum machine. He uses hardware for his electronic music such as King Tubby-style spring reverbs, Akai samplers, (S950 for early work, S6000 for later work), a Roland SH-101 synthesizer, a Roland TB-303 bassline synthesizer, and a reel-to-reel tape machine. Around the year 2000, Squarepusher bought a computer with Reaktor and an Eventide Orville for digital processing. According to a list of gear from the official website, Squarepusher owns the following:
|“||Bass guitars: Music Man / Rickenbacker 4001 / Custom built 6 strings.
Guitars: Classical and Baritone classical / custom electric guitar.
Software: Reaktor using only home made algorithms.
Electronic Hardware: Eventide "Orville" + "DSP4000" using only homemade algorithms/ Yamaha sequencer / 16 track tape machine / MackieDesk / Sine wave generator / Roland SH101 / Octave "Cat" synth / AKG414 mics / Home made + AKG analogue reverb units / DAT recorder.
Percussion: Ludwig drum kit / Balinese percussion / xylophone.
Other: some wires, mains leads, a room to put it all in, cooperative neighbors, etc.
He has been known to play Fender, Ernie Ball, and Warwick basses.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous sample associated with many Squarepusher songs is the Amen break.
He is currently performing live with drummer Alex Thomas.
- Feed Me Weird Things (June 3, 1996)
- Hard Normal Daddy (April 28, 1997) #115 UK
- Burningn'n Tree (November 10, 1997)
- Buzz Caner (May 25, 1998) (as Chaos A.D.)
- Music Is Rotted One Note (October 12, 1998)
- Budakhan Mindphone (March 1, 1999) #183 UK
- Selection Sixteen (November 8, 1999)
- Go Plastic (June 25, 2001) #100 UK
- Do You Know Squarepusher (September 30, 2002) #192 UK
- Ultravisitor (March 8, 2004) #90 UK
- Hello Everything (October 16, 2006) #89 UK
- Just a Souvenir (October 27, 2008)
- Solo Electric Bass 1 (August 17, 2009)
EPs, singles and promos
|1994||Crot EP||Released under name Tom Jenkinson.|
|1994||Stereotype EP||Released under name Tom Jenkinson.|
|1995||Conumber E:P||Released on Spymania. Partially compiled into Burningn'n Tree.|
|1995||Alroy Road Tracks||Released on Spymania under the alias The Duke Of Harringay, later all tracks included in Squarepusher compilation Burningn'n Tree.|
|1996||Bubble And Squeak||Released under name Tom Jenkinson.|
|1996||Dragon Disk 2||Split EP, released under name Tom Jenkinson.|
|1996||Port Rhombus EP||Also compiled in the US version of Big Loada on Nothing Records|
|1997||Big Loada||Also released on Nothing Records in 1998.|
|1998||Remixes 12"||Released under alias Chaos A.D. on Rephlex.|
|1999||Maximum Priest EP||–|
|1999||Anti-Greylord Protection Scheme Prelude||Included with most copies of Selection Sixteen|
|2001||My Red Hot Car||–|
|2001||Do You Know Squarepusher||Single for the album of the same name, no titles appear on this release, merely a single song "Do You Know Squarepusher".|
|2003||Ultravisitor||Single for Ultravisitor.|
|2004||Square Window||Promo for Ultravisitor.|
|2004||Venus No. 17||Includes Venus No.17, acid mix of the track and Tundra 4, which is reworking of track 2 from Feed Me Weird Things album.|
|2006||Welcome to Europe||Exclusive digital single #1: released September 4 (Also available on Hello Everything).|
|2006||Hanningfield Window||Exclusive digital single #2: released September 18.|
|2006||Exciton||Exclusive digital single #3: released October 2.|
|2006||Vacuum Tracks||Released with certain editions of Hello Everything.|
|2006||Welcome to Europe||12" vinyl single.|
|2009||Numbers Lucent EP||–|
- A track entitled 'Lost in Space Drum n Bass 2000' or simply 'Drum n Bass 2000' exists on various music streaming web sites such as Last.fm for which Squarepusher or Amon Tobin are widely credited as the artist. However, the track is in fact 'Hungry On Arrival (Spring Heel Jack Remix)' by the group Outernational Meltdown and found on a compilation entitled "Lost In Space Drum 'n' Bass Phase 00:03".
|Release date||Released on||Track||Notes|
|1998||We Are Reasonable People||"Freeman Hardy & Willis Acid"||Song credited to "Squarepusher/AFX".|
|2003||Lost in Translation||"Tommib"|
|2006||Marie Antoinette||"Tommib Help Buss"|
|1996||DJ Food: "Scratch Yer Hed (Squarepusher Mix)"||Appears on Refried Food and various Ninja Tune compilations.|
|1996||Funki Porcini: "Carwreck (Squarepusher Mix)"||Appears on Carwreck EP.|
|1998||East Flatbush Project: "Tried By 12 (Squarepusher Mix)"||Appears on Tried By 12 Remixes.|
|2001||Chaos A.D.: "Psultan (Squarepusher Mix)"||Appears on Rephlex Records The Braindance Coincidence compilation.|
Biography from Wikipedia