Mike Paradinas, also known by his stage name μ-Ziq (pronounced "music"), is an English electronica musician and founder of the Planet Mu label.
Considered one of intelligent dance music/braindance's mainstays alongside Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, he is known for creating unique and innovative Genre-Busting music while managing to maintain a distinctive style and be accesible at the same time. His musical career started in the 1980s most notably as keyboard player for Blue Innocence, a role he kept for eight years. When the band broke up, Mike and bandmate Francis Naughton decided to make music together as μ-Ziq on Aphex's Rephlex label. Francis left not long after, leaving μ-Ziq a solo project. Mike continued (and continues) to make music, and eventually founded Planet Mu, which still operates to this day as one of IDM's biggest labels alongside Warp.
- Tango n' Vectif (1993)
- Bluff Limbo (1994)
- In Pine Effect (1995)
- Lunatic Harness (1997)
- Royal Astronomy (1999)
- Bilious Paths (2003)
- Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique (2007)
- Chewed Corners (2013)
- Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995) (2013)
- Aberystwyth Marine (2016)
- RY30 Trax (2016)
- Challenge Me Foolish (2018)
- The Auteurs vs. μ-Ziq (1994; remix EP)
- Salsa with Mesquite (1995)
- Urmur Bile Trax Volume 1 (1997)
- Urmur Bile Trax Volume 2 (1997)
- Brace Yourself (1998)
- the-raft.com EP (also known as The Raft EP; 1999)
- XTEP (2013)
- Rediffusion (2014)
- Pthagonal EP (2017)
- D Funk EP (2018)
- XTLP (2015; combines tracks from XTEP and Rediffusion)
Tusken Raiders/Rude Ass Tinker
- Bantha Trax (1995)
- Bantha Trax Vol. 2 (1999)
- Inchstar Static EP (2018)
- Makesaracket (1995)
- Megaphonk (EP; 1995)
- Nautilus (EP; 1996)
- Das Ist Ein Groovy Beat, Ja (1996)
- Spatula Freak (1995)
- Full Sunken Breaks (2000)
- Meast (2004)
- Burgundy Trax Vol 1 (EP; 2000)
- Burgundy Trax Vol 2 (EP; 2000)
- Shaped to Make Your Life Easier (1996)
Mike & Rich (with Aphex Twin)
- Expert Knob Twiddlers (1996)
Slag Boom Van Loon (with Speedy J)
- Slag Boom Van Loon (1998)
- So Soon (2001)
Heterotic (with Lara Rix-Martin)
- Love & Devotion (2013)
- Weird Drift (2014)
Tropes n' Vectif
- Bilingual Bonus: "Die Zweite Heimat" is German for "the second home".
- Epic Rocking: A recurring feature of Mike's μ-ziq. The longest track featured on a studio album is "Ethereal Murmurings" (10:20) from Bluff Limbo.
- Genre Roulette: Some tracks are jungle, some show more of a jazz-funk influence, some are orchestral...
- Gratuitous German: His Jake Slazenger album Das Ist Ein Groovy Beat, Ja, which means "this is a groovy beat, yes".
- I Have Many Names: μ-Ziq, Jake Slazenger, Tusken Raiders/Rude Ass Tinker, Kid Spatula, Frost Jockey, and Gary Moscheles.
- Long Title: Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique.
- Lucky Charms Title: "Phi * 1700 (u/v)", "Nettle + Pralines", and "On/Off", not to mention that μ-Ziq itself is one.
- Miniscule Rocking: A small handful of songs are noticeably short in length, the shortest on a studio album release being Bluff Limbo's "27" (1:18).
- Multi-Part Episode: Lunatic Harness has "Secret Stair Pt. 1" and "Secret Stair Pt. 2". Bilious Paths also features "Grape Nut Beats (Pt. 1)" and "Grape Nut Beats (Pt. 2)".
- Obsession Song: "Wannabe"'s only lyrics are "Wanna be your lover/baby I don't wanna be your friend" over and over again set to an unsettling mechanical sample and drones of dread.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: The 2001 re-release cover for Tango n' Vectif.
- Portmantitle: "Dirtylush Stinkwife".
- Remix Album: The Auteurs vs. μ-Ziq is a remix EP of The Auteurs' album Now I'm a Cowboy.
- Shout-Out: His Tusken Raiders alias refers to the Tusken Raiders of the Star Wars franchise, with Bantha Trax a reference to the Bantha creatures used by Tusken Raiders as mounts. Most of the songs on the first EP feature Star Wars references in their titles as well.
- Significant Anagram: His Rude Ass Tinker alias is an anagram of "Tusken Raiders".
- The Something Song: "The Wailing Song" and "The Hwicci Song".
- Title by Number: "27", "56", "2CV", "Eggshell 2", and "Houzz 10".
- Title Drop: "μ-Ziq Theme" is an odd example, as it's an instrumental and technically more of a "stage name drop".
- Title Track: "Tango n' Vectif" and "Lunatic Harness". "Pine Effect" and "Duntisbourne Abbots" are partial examples.
- Word Salad Title: Many of his songs have odd and seemingly nonsensical titles, for example "Commemorative Pasta", "Hasty Boom Alert", and "Acid Steak Night".