The Time & Space Machine / Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve / The Grid
When it comes to being a man of many talents, there are few to equal Richard Norris. DJ, producer, musician, A&R man, author and journalist... his is a career of many twists and turns which have always seen him at the forefront of pushing new ideas forward and championing diversity and innovation. He is currently focusing most of his energy based around The Time & Space Machine.
BEYOND THE WIZARDS SLEEVE
Richard is one half of BTWS alongside Erol Alkan. Together they have brought the music community to their knees with their mixes of Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Tracey Thorn, Badly Drawn Boy, The Chemical Brothers and Simian Mobile Disco. The album "Reanimations Vol. 1" was released on New State in 2010 to critical acclaim and they are working on original material and other art-led related projects. Watch this space for further details.
The Grid were of course Richard and Soft Cell's Dave Ball. After a prolific career, with spots on TOTP as well as remixing Yello, Pet Shop Boys, Happy Mondays and Brian Eno, their classic "Floatation" was given a new lease of life on New State, with brand new mixes. Is It Balearic? released a ten inch vinyl version of the Prins Thomas mix of 'Floatation' in December 2011.
THE TIME & SPACE MACHINE
TT&SM is currently Richard's main project, which signed to Tirk Records in 2009. The debut single, "Children Of The Sun" and "Zeitghost" was released in July 2009, followed by a second release, the "You Are The One" EP in October 2009, with the debut album 'Set Phazer To Stun' February 2010. The album made the top 100 of Rough Trade's albums of the year, and was followed by a string of Time and Space Machine remixes, for Tame Impala, Doves, Bryan Ferry, Cherry Ghost, Free School and many others. 2011 was spent writing the foliow up album, 'Taste The Lazer', which will be released on Tirk in spring 2012, preceded by the single 'Pill Party In India' in Feb 2012.
The Time and Space Machine is morphing into a live band, featuring Hammond organ, guitars, bass, drums, vocal harmonies and a retina stretching psychedelic light show. With a headline slot confirmed at the Green Man festival on Sunday 19 August, and UK and European dates to follow, 2012 is the year the Time and Space Machine comes out of the studio and onto the wider stage. Taste the Lazer...
The Time & Space Machine Biography
’67 – ’88 – ‘09
Things come round in circles. A few years ago a skinny tie and a guitar made music seem sharply angled, black and white. But we’re move on – this time, towards a world of psychedelic technicolour. Introducing… the Time & Space Machine.
Richard Norris has been heavily influenced by the psychedelic era of 1967 for many years. He was label manager at psych reissue Bam Caruso, and recently shared his love of this music with DJ and producer Erol Alkan, which led to the formation of their remix/production duo Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve. Erol and Richard have released 4 mini albums and one CD under BTWS, with a remix album due in February. They have remixed Midlake, the Chemical Brothers, Franz Ferdinand, Simian Mobile Disco, Tracey Thorn and many more.
Twenty one years after 1967, Richard released one of the first acid house and sample-based albums, "Jack The Tab" in spring ’88. His band the Grid were responsible for Balearic classic "Floatatio"’ and many others. Like ’67 psych, Balearic and acid music inform his new project, The Time & Space Machine.
Twenty one years after 1988, the third summer of love is on the horizon and The Time & Space Machine are aiming for the epicentre. A second TT&SM re-edit mini-album and a space-themed TT&SM mixed compilation album, "Moondust", have both been released this year as well a host of DJ spots at prestigious venues and festivals, with Richard working with film maker Kieran Evans.