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Although producer David Morley has been involved in a range of recording projects, encompassing trance and techno as well as the more ambient and "intelligent" offshoots thereof, his work has been marked by a consistent experimentalism, earning him a reputation as a compositional innovator among producers, DJs, and home listeners the world over. Born and raised in England, Morley's name is most often associated with the Belgian techno scene, primarily due to early R&S releases as Spectrum, TZ4, and under his own name which helped to solidify the label's nascent sound. Spectrum's "Brazil," recorded with R&S owner Renaat Vandepapeliere, was a visionary fusion of dancefloor techno/trance and ambient/experimental strains that helped earn R&S its association as an important force at the fore of European dance music. Morley, together with Outlander's Marcos Salon, was also behind the fourth release (known as TZ4) in R&S' Test Zone series, an important signpost in R&S' early development. In 1994, Morley released his first two EPs under his own name -- "Evolution" (the first release on R&S sublabel Apollo) and "Shuttle" (on R&S-proper) -- both exploratory ambient/electro classics that sit neatly next to the works of such artists as Biosphere, Aphex Twin, and Higher Intelligence Agency as early examples of ambient/intelligence techno. More recently, Morley has released increasingly dark and textural works, both solo and in combination with former Inky Blacknuss collaborator/current Mo'Wax signee Andrea Parker. In addition to the pair's Infonet EP Angular Art (1995), Morley and Parker recorded the Too Good to Be Strange EP (Apollo, 1995) under the name Two Sandwiches Short of a Lunchbox, as well as contributed tracks to R&S ambient sublabel Apollo's second label comp The Divine Compilation. Morley's debut full-length, Tilted, appeared on Apollo in 1998.