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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.

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Discography:

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    Under μ-Ziq 

Studio Albums

  • 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)

EPs

  • 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)

Compilation

  • XTLP (2015; combines tracks from XTEP and Rediffusion)

    Under other aliases 

Tusken Raiders/Rude Ass Tinker

  • Bantha Trax (1995)
  • Bantha Trax Vol. 2 (1999)
  • Inchstar Static EP (2018)

Jake Slazenger

  • Makesaracket (1995)
  • Megaphonk (EP; 1995)
  • Nautilus (EP; 1996)
  • Das Ist Ein Groovy Beat, Ja (1996)

Kid Spatula

  • Spatula Freak (1995)
  • Full Sunken Breaks (2000)
  • Meast (2004)

Frost Jockey

  • Burgundy Trax Vol 1 (EP; 2000)
  • Burgundy Trax Vol 2 (EP; 2000)

Gary Moscheles

  • Shaped to Make Your Life Easier (1996)

    Collaborations 

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)

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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".


Alternative Title(s): U Ziq

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