Universal Indicator serves as an acid house outlet for members of the techno-geek-praised label Rephlex. The collective formed as a result of the disappearance of many Chicago house masters once trance and progressive took over as the "it" way to make money from DJing and production. It was also inspired by U.K.-praised producers such as Baby Ford, A Guy Called Gerald, and 808 State. The members of Universal Indicator wanted to focus on making a record that they themselves would buy, rather than just having big names on the record or catchy track titles and design. Though all the contributors to Univeral Indicator aren't exactly known, Richard James and Mike Dred have leant their skills to productions. James performs under the alias Martin Tressider, and Dred under Kosmik Commando. Four very limited 12"s were released by Universal Indicator, using the colors red, yellow, blue, and green as album titles, respectively. Dred produced Blue and Yellow, while James went with the albums Red and Green. In 2001, the full-length Dred-mixed CD, Innovation in the Dynamics of Acid, appeared via Rephlex.
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