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Biography

Biography

– The Organised Chaos Timeline

1968: Phil Thompson born in Bridgend, South Wales, UK.

1991: Inspired by an Atari ST fractal music program created by Chris Sansom and the numerological and metaphysical poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, PT creates a PC based fractal music generation system, and composes A Season in Hell: Requiem for Rimbaud.

1992: PT graduates from the University of Glamorgan, South Wales, UK, with a First Class Batchelor of Science Honours Degree in Computing – major subjects Artificial Intelligence and Graphics. Awarded The IBM Prize for Best Final Year Thesis and Commended Finalist of The Financial Times’ Young Business Software Programmer of the Year.

1993: PT is head-hunted and relocates to London, UK. Works as a professional programming and Web consultant for companies such as Marks & Spencer, Nynex, Reuters, Deloitte.

1997: PT’s father sends a demo tape of A Season in Hell: Requiem for Rimbaud to Ian Stewart, the UK Chaos Theory guru and author of the best-selling book Does God Play Dice? The tape finds its way to David Whitehouse, Science Editor, BBC. Interviews with PT featuring extracts from the composition is aired on BBC’s Today and Drivetime radio programmes, to unprecedented public response.

1997: Following feedback from the general public wishing to buy an album of fractal music, PT launches the first Organised Chaos web-site to keep fans informed, and re-writes his original fractal music composition system to work in Windows 95. The system is named Gingerbread: The Mandelbrot Music Generator, a pun on Almondbread, the translation of Mandelbrot – the mathematician who discovered the formula from which PT’s music is generated.

1998: The first Organised Chaos album is released on CD on Halloween, followed by the Gingerbread system. The CD is hailed as Best Album of 1998 by New Age music magazine Wind & Wire, and Gingerbread is awarded Editor’s Pick and four star accolades on various shareware download & review web-sites. Prominent fractal composer Phil Jackson describes the system as the greatest fractal music generator ever created. Remixes of the album’s single Chimera are posted to the Organised Chaos web-site for free download.

1999: Publish and be DAM’d – an E.P. of OC remixes and album out-takes is released. PT announces the eminent release of a new album of fractal music inspired by pre-Millennium angst, entitled Pocket Apocalypse – and the production of Strange Attractions - a compilation of fractal compositions by various fractal composers worldwide.

1999: At The X Foundation, at The Spitz Club, Spitalfields, London, PT performs fractal music in conjunction with a live band including vocals by D*Note and Sunship's MOBO award winning diva Anita Kelsey.

2000: A double CD mini-album set combining further OC remixes, album out-takes and new fractal compositions is released entitled The Ones That Got Away (Acts 1&2.)

2000: Pocket Apocalypse and Strange Attractions are cancelled due to over-exertion and exhaustion. PT leaves London permanently and returns home to South Wales to recover.

2001: PT releases Gingerbread: The Return – a new version of the system optimised for better performance on Windows XP.

2001: PT releases Venharis: An Adventure in Sound – a new fractal music generation system with a radical, science fiction inspired 3D Virtual Reality interface. The system is featured on several prominent web-sites including Shift.com and FineArtForum.org.

2002: PT begins design and prototyping work on The Fractal Machine – a third, professional level fractal and generative music composition system (not yet released.)

2002: On The Seventh Day: The Best of Organised Chaos is released on CD.

2002: Still exhausted by heavy workload, PT announces his departure from the fractal music genre for the foreseeable future.

2005: Digitally re-mastered DELUXE versions of Organised Chaos: The Music of Chaos Theory and The Ones That Got Away are released, featuring previously unreleased extended remixes and live tracks recorded in London, 1999.

2007: PT begins collaborations with various European synth/pop/dance acts as songwriter/lyricist.

2011: PT begins work on a new non-fractal music generation system and album.

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