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Group Members: Various Artists / Richard Norris
All Music Guide:
Producer/musician Richard Norris had a long and varied career in the music industry, spending time in the '80s as a journalist, record exec (most notably at psychedelic reissue label Bam Caruso), and member of obscure bands the likes of the Fruit Bats, Innocent Vicars, East of Eden, and Mr. Suit. By the end of the decade, Norris had fallen under the spell of acid house and made a splash working with Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV on the legendary 1988 album Jack the Tab -- Acid Tablets, Vol. 1. This led to Norris and ex-Soft Cell member Dave Ball getting together and forming the long-running techno duo the Grid. The bandmembers went their separate ways in 1995, with Norris forming the electroclash trio Droyds along with Andy Chatterley and Matthew Best. The Grid re-formed in the mid-2000s, releasing the 2008 album Doppelgänger before going back on hiatus. During this period, he also partnered up with DJ Erol Alkan in the remixing duo Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve. They released a handful of 12" singles, which were gathered on the 2008 album Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Ark 1, and their remixes for bands like Midlake, Goldfrapp, and the Chemical Brothers were collected on a self-titled album in 2009. Norris' next project, the Time & Space Machine, was a solo endeavor that delved deeper into the psychedelic aspects of his career. After two singles in 2009, TT&SM's debut album Set Phazer to Stun was released in early 2010 by Tirk Records. After working on remixes for people like Tame Impala and Bryan Ferry, the second TT&SM album, the more organic Taste the Lazer, was released in spring of 2012. Norris spent the next few years remixing the current crop of neo-psych fellow travelers like Temples, Jagwar Ma, and the Sufis, with the results collected in 2014 by the Ample Play label as The Way Out Sound from In.