Mixmaster Morris

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Mixmaster Morris, real name, Morris Gould, (born in Brighton, England in 1965) is an ambient DJ and underground musician.

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Morris Gould was born in Brighton, grew up in Lincolnshire and was educated at Millfield in Somerset and King's College London. At 15 he founded a punk rock band, The Ripchords, whose sole release, an eponymous EP with four tracks, was championed by John Peel and quickly sold out.

He moved to London to attend King's College, where he got involved in putting on bands at the Student's Union, and DJ-ing at the gigs.

After leaving university, he began working as a DJ in 1985 with his "Mongolian Hip Hop Show" on pirate radio station Network 21 in London - the handle Mixmaster Morris was suggested by the station director. After a year of managing a club called "The Gift" in New Cross, Morris began releasing material as Irresistible Force in 1987, initially in collaboration with singer-songwriter Des de Moor. He became involved with the emerging UK acid house scene, after organizing Madhouse at The Fridge, Brixton in 1988 - which was the subject of a piece by John Peel in The Observer

A show with the band Psychic TV led to him becoming full-time DJ with The Shamen, and touring with them on their celebrated 'Synergy' Tours for nearly two years.

The first release as Irresistible Force was the single I Want To in 1988, but success came with the first album, Flying High, released in 1992 on Rising High Records. In 1994 Morris released the second album Global Chillage which featured a holographic sleeve and was released in the USA on Astralwerks. After a period of legal problems the third album It's Tomorrow Already came out on Ninja Tunes.

In 1990 he made one of the first chillout compilations, Give Peace a Dance 2: The Ambient Collection for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND),)[1] followed by the series Chillout or Die for Rising High Records. A mix tape for Mixmag shared with Alex Patterson was also released as a CD. The Morning After became his first major-label mix album, followed by Abstract Funk Theory for Obsessive. In 2003 he released another mix CD God Bless the Chilled for the Return to the Source label.

He has produced many remixes since 1985, the most celebrated being Coldcut's "Autumn Leaves" which regularly tops polls of chillout classics. This remix was nominated by Norman Cook as his favorite chillout track of all time on BBC TV. Link at Epitonic for a free download of that song. His mix for INXS was a Top 20 hit in the UK as well. Other early remixes were of Lloyd Cole, Dave Howard Singers, Bang Bang Machine, Irish band Stump, Higher Intelligence Agency, Sven Vath, Rising High Collective etc.

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