Anticipating SYRO the new (2014) album by Aphex Twin

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUAJ8KLGqis

Since this is definitely happening now.

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 12:31 (seven years ago) link

ha, I only now noticed the stats listed on that video.

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 14:39 (seven years ago) link

Watched it on lo-res so I couldn't actually read them. Are they different from the album cover, crut?

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:05 (seven years ago) link

yeah, it's all YouTube info! http://i.imgur.com/Y7EomKR.jpg

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:08 (seven years ago) link

male 83%

am0n, Friday, 5 September 2014 15:10 (seven years ago) link

The artwork schema is kind of reminiscent of In Conflict, don't ya think?

monoprix à dimanche (dog latin), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:18 (seven years ago) link

Oh, they did one of his Twitter analytics, too, which was clever & on-trend:

https://mobile.twitter.com/AphexTwin/status/506491717428981760/photo/1

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:24 (seven years ago) link

lol Flying Lotus

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:29 (seven years ago) link

why lol? he's the current incarnation of IDM, in a good way.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:32 (seven years ago) link

Braindance / Brainfeeder overlap not surprising at all.

(I mean, Skrillex would have been a LOL, but FlyLo to be expected, TBH)

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:41 (seven years ago) link

I guess I've just been out of the Flying Lotus loop for a while.

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 15:48 (seven years ago) link

Nice to see him acknowledging other artists in interviews, especially Holly Herndon who is obv brilliant. I've read things where he's said he doesn't listen to anyone else's music, others where he says he only listens to Gorecki, and another where he said he'd chucked out all his old four-to-the-floor techno, but I don't remember him namechecking other artists much other than friends like Squarepusher.

monoprix à dimanche (dog latin), Friday, 5 September 2014 16:11 (seven years ago) link

flying lotus is wack

clouds, Friday, 5 September 2014 16:14 (seven years ago) link

the dave monolith album that came out a couple years ago wipes the floor with all that nu-tricky bullshit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khys4UYrOwQ

clouds, Friday, 5 September 2014 16:15 (seven years ago) link

do we have a nu-IDM thread?

monoprix à dimanche (dog latin), Friday, 5 September 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

^see, that sounds super corny to me

xp

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 5 September 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

Last interview I read, he was raving about Zavoloka, who is great.

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 16:31 (seven years ago) link

we were talking about nu-IDM in the hipster/outsider house thread. At least I was.

dan selzer, Friday, 5 September 2014 16:39 (seven years ago) link

idm in 2014

ciderpress, Friday, 5 September 2014 16:42 (seven years ago) link

I do really dig the analytics component of this album's promotion; are there any other artists who have been this transparent with the data they are able to collect about their audience?

Last interview I read, he was raving about Zavoloka, who is great.

thanks for bringing this up - I'd never heard her music till now, and it is great.

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 17:21 (seven years ago) link

I'll put there here as well then. Supposedly the last track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJHsT8kEyzs

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 5 September 2014 17:21 (seven years ago) link

that's incredible

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 17:31 (seven years ago) link

Oh, is that the piano pendulum? I saw that live. (Doubt it'd be part of the album, though. Mostly because it was a specifically commissioned piece of work.)

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 17:35 (seven years ago) link

I'm starting to get caught up in this a little more, having been amused but unbothered by this campaign so far. This guy is obviously a good thing and I was sort of surprised by how much I was into caustic window the few times I listened to it, like it was quenching a thirst I was unaware of having. I guess I just feel like there's quite a lot of Richard James music already, or something. And I wouldn't have recognised the aphex logo before last week.

Quite a lot of my mates are real megafans, which always makes me feel like I'm less of a fan than I actually am. All that said, I'd go to another of his live shows tomorrow.

smithery loves cuntery (wins), Friday, 5 September 2014 17:40 (seven years ago) link

There is no music at all recorded by Richard James. In fact, it would be not just unlikely, but alarming, considering he died in 1968. Richard D. James may have recorded rather a lot of music. Not the same person, though.

/pedant

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 17:46 (seven years ago) link

plenty of Rick James music however

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 17:48 (seven years ago) link

the dave monolith album that came out a couple years ago wipes the floor with all that nu-tricky bullshit

― clouds

that album is a pale imitation of Tuss music. Production is one-dimensional in comparison to those two Tuss eps

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 5 September 2014 18:08 (seven years ago) link

Supposedly the last track.

:C

am0n, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:15 (seven years ago) link

. The Tuss and Analord series, rather than Drukqs or either of the SAW albums, are the key reference points for the majority of Syro.

Called it.

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:22 (seven years ago) link

This is Aisatsana (Anastasia) then:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJHsT8kEyzs

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:30 (seven years ago) link

Oh shit sorry I just realized it's the same vid brotherlovesdub posted.

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:31 (seven years ago) link

all i really want from Aphex Twin is more pretty prepared piano pieces and instruments played by robots, so this makes me happy

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 5 September 2014 18:33 (seven years ago) link

Oh, darn. I really love Drukqs.

I'm kind of interested what the 'new' RDJ thinks of Stockhausen now.

, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:37 (seven years ago) link

wow. that is astonishing. i would've love to have seen that live.

cajunsunday, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:41 (seven years ago) link

RDJ has always liked Stockhausen's music afaik, his infamous retort aside

example (crüt), Friday, 5 September 2014 18:44 (seven years ago) link

I realise that this probably sounds as if it is in direct contradiction of what I said in the "why does ILM hate new music" thread, but...

Looking at whole list of "first listens" and "track by tracks" I realised that I have absolutely 0 interest in reading any track by track or review of this album at all.

(I mean, it's not really in opposition, because what I wanted was a brief recap/why I should care about a piece of *unknown* music, while this is a piece of work I have already made up my mind to buy and investigate, no matter what.)

And I'm wondering if this is a reaction in terms of not wanting "spoilers"; of not wanting my enjoyment pre-dictated or even influenced by someone else's words or impressions. (Or if it's symptomatic of some greater disenchantment with music writing in general.) Or maybe I just hate the way, in general, journalists write about Aphex Twin.

But I'm half, like "OMG, want to discuss this, anticipate this, speculate about it!" but at the same time want actual "track by tracks" to kinda go away.

(Though by no means saying they shouldn't be posted in this thread or discussed or whatever; any and all appropriate links are good. I'm just feeling very "no spoilers" about this record.)

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 5 September 2014 18:44 (seven years ago) link

I think Drukqs if anything has become underrated now but honestly another album in that vein would be the most underwhelming possible outcome.

I suppose I should download the Analord series now. Weird that he's been releasing a reasonably steady stream of music for years to almost total indifference but now there's an album out everyone's getting excited. Maybe it's just the right time for him again.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:46 (seven years ago) link

That Joe Muggs preview really does make it sound exciting though.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 September 2014 18:50 (seven years ago) link

but the Quietus and FACT previews seem to confirm my worst fears

(ie that it'll only be really good)

ugh (lukas), Friday, 5 September 2014 19:07 (seven years ago) link

Looking at whole list of "first listens" and "track by tracks" I realised that I have absolutely 0 interest in reading any track by track or review of this album at all.

i don't know why anyone should want to read a track-by-track review of anything when they haven't yet heard the album

and even if you have heard it, this format lends itself to the shittiest music criticism

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 5 September 2014 19:17 (seven years ago) link

agreed, for example, i don't care to read a review of a movie that i'm going to see. however, in this case, a few of these tracks are several years old. versions of the new single have circulated on youtube for the last four years (at least), with very superficial/minor variations. was curios whether or not the "metz" track would be on the new one, because it's fucking excellent, and it's also been around for years. these review/impression/accounts feel slight anyhow, not too worried that they're gonna 'color' your listening experience unless you've no mind of your own.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 5 September 2014 19:24 (seven years ago) link

i don't know why anyone should want to read a track-by-track review of anything when they haven't yet heard the album

and even if you have heard it, this format lends itself to the shittiest music criticism

― I dunno. (amateurist)

Also Aphex Twin and "IDM" music in general is sort of pointless to try to review.

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 19:27 (seven years ago) link

why is it more pointless to review than other kinds of music?

ugh (lukas), Friday, 5 September 2014 19:34 (seven years ago) link

less words about moons, balloons, june

Daphnis Celesta, Friday, 5 September 2014 19:36 (seven years ago) link

june angels

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Friday, 5 September 2014 19:37 (seven years ago) link

Well, what I meant is not that it's pointless but that it's hard to describe without referencing previous work by the artist. Let's take a look at pitchfork's review for the track:

This is analog maximalism, made possible by the plinky, translucent synths of Selected Ambient Works, AFX's restless 303 sequences, Caustic Window's brawny drum machines, vocal abstractions à la Richard D. James Album, and an excitable dissonance owing as much to Drukqs as it does Polygon Window's Surfing on Sine Waves. Not one frequency in the spectrum is unaccounted for on "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]", and yet James doesn't sound like he's overcompensating for his extended absence as he crams so much of himself into the limber, rigorous production work. The music world at large has spent the past 13 years trying to translate Aphex Twin's unscalable discography into a language it can speak, so now the teacher has simply returned to give us all a whole new lesson in vocabulary.

It's been 13 years... many people have never heard of him before and this review, per example, is pretty much pointless.

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 20:39 (seven years ago) link

I just think it's a genre which is much harder to describe than others. The references are there but IDM tends to be willfully obscure and shifty.

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 20:43 (seven years ago) link

and also less words about the moon and june.

Moka, Friday, 5 September 2014 20:45 (seven years ago) link

i actually think people writing about electronic music often do a better job describing what's going on, musically, than do people writing about guitar rock etc.

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 5 September 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

hahaha

calstars, Friday, 28 August 2015 10:40 (six years ago) link

Aphex Twin is a PROGRESSIVE BAND

canoon fooder (dog latin), Friday, 28 August 2015 10:49 (six years ago) link

back to "tracks"

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 28 August 2015 21:27 (six years ago) link

yeah this new batch is great

sleeve, Monday, 31 August 2015 01:12 (six years ago) link

237 items, 2.4 GB

calstars, Monday, 31 August 2015 19:58 (six years ago) link

i've got 251

brimstead, Monday, 31 August 2015 20:00 (six years ago) link

sheet

calstars, Monday, 31 August 2015 20:15 (six years ago) link

Wow!
Will be checking it out in detail. Nice work

calstars, Monday, 31 August 2015 21:54 (six years ago) link

yeah those watmm people are pretty thorough about this stuff

brimstead, Monday, 31 August 2015 21:56 (six years ago) link

?

calstars, Monday, 31 August 2015 23:09 (six years ago) link

the middle of the album (Syro) loses a bit of its power with the abundance of those farty, wet, gurgly sorts of synth sounds that characterise parts of the CIRCOLONT tracks, as well as the title track (#9, ...Piezoluminescence_Mix). i think it was dog latin who remarked that the middle of the album feels kind of samey.. those tracks do sort of blur/blend together (texture/palette-wise) because of this. those gurgly synths remind me of parts of Exai (irlite, spl9, recks on), they've got that wet, farty quality about them. though with spl9 and recks on, the synths have a drier, more gauzy, static electricity-like quality. ilanders and Treale are also good examples of tracks having similarly pronounced, 'wet' synth sounds. there's a neat effect on ilanders where that wet, tearing quality infects the percussion as well, makes it feel like the track is deteriorating. getting carried away though

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 7 September 2015 22:59 (six years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/user18081971/9-leeds-orbit

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:11 (six years ago) link

just went to catch up with the recentish uploads (i'm a month behind) and noticed there's a new one...

koogs, Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:37 (six years ago) link

whoa... not unlike drukqs

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:43 (six years ago) link

any thoughts on the "orphaned deejay selek" ep? i'm digging the minimal, repetitious vibe of it.. kinda brash, not too showy, but some nice, understated details. general consensus on watmm seems to be that it's similar to both the tuss eps and the analord series, but not as good as either. i can kinda see that, but it stands pretty well on its own. a good contrast to the elaborate extravagance of Syro

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:40 (six years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/user18081971/boxenergy4remix1

and boxenergy4remix1 is a banger, but it's difficult to write about.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:23 (six years ago) link

lord that is rather good

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:39 (six years ago) link

is there much else in that hangable auto bulb - drukqs vein in all of the soundcloud tracks ive barely even skimmed the surface of

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:40 (six years ago) link

there are a few that i've noticed but i can never remember the titles

hello, it me (clouds), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 21:43 (six years ago) link

71 1st bank Trac
14 Make A Baby
26 5 [demo]
8 Metal Beat
5 Girl Boy Dark Version
7 Cutting
28 organ
33 jonny hawkes broken guitar[not finished]
carn marth [longerbit]
(big raver strings)
cubdelay
23 lush acid
5 heliosphan live
notting hill bus
179 brk 2
4 acid organ[rough mix]
18 mello punchy
(big fluttery)
medievil rave mk2
2 fogbeak
2 custom break acid
10 inthesky
3 organ velocity
8 glock+onion
nightmail

linee, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 22:15 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

He's posted a bunch more experimental tracks in the past few days. Katieparty is really nice and lush though.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 17 October 2015 02:48 (six years ago) link

http://warp.net/news/aphex-twin-syro-nominated-for-mercury-prize/

StanM, Sunday, 18 October 2015 07:45 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

gone

https://soundcloud.com/user18081971

koogs, Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:19 (six years ago) link

had to do something with the stats..
tracks will return when I get behind a screen..

StanM, Sunday, 29 November 2015 16:05 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://soundcloud.com/user18081971/harmonicom

this is just track 2 from SAWII. does he not remember which tracks he's already released?

miss me belial (crüt), Friday, 18 December 2015 13:32 (six years ago) link

also his profile pic is lionel richie statue lol

miss me belial (crüt), Friday, 18 December 2015 13:33 (six years ago) link

it's the remix with drums from 26 mixes, isn't it?
the buck tick "in the glitter" remix was uploaded as well, iirc

lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 18 December 2015 22:17 (six years ago) link

think there's an interesting thread running through rdj's deliberate (or at least seeming) transparency around the gear he used on syro and autechre's soundboard releases and oneohtrix putting out his midi files. i know the window into technique these things provide is primarily only of interest to a small audience of the already curious and/or obsessive, but i'm down with any attempts to demystify the process of producing electronic music that operate in less literal ways than watching ableton tutorials, particularly as produced sound has become such a seamless component of the built environment in general.

home organ, Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:21 (six years ago) link

had this on yesterday. man, papat4 is a joyous track.. that bass, so harmonically rich and rubbery.. and the bit where the snare is chopped, with a stuttered roll. vaporous pads soaring through it, unhinged. love it. maybe it peters out too quickly

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 19 December 2015 01:17 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u53Jr4LDi5g

StanM, Sunday, 20 December 2015 15:21 (six years ago) link

eleven months pass...

lush slow blips

am0n, Thursday, 1 December 2016 21:32 (five years ago) link

yesterday i excitedly watched a video featuring four custom scales by RDJ so yeah i guess you could say i'm a completist

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 2 December 2016 00:52 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

http://www.nts.live/projects/aphex-twin

(no idea what to enter, but speculation about the countdown and transcript of the voice are here: https://www.reddit.com/r/aphextwin/comments/6cmvsx/nts_live/ )

StanM, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:50 (five years ago) link

$('#date-label').text( padWithDots("SATURDAY.3RD.JUNE") );
$('#location-label').text( padWithDots("VIDEO.STREAM.LIVE.FROM.FIELD.DAY") );

Analysing the website source of the countdown timer, we see:
var b = 1499119200000;
Which is:
Mon Jul 03 2017 23:00:00 GMT+0100 (GMT Summer Time)
Interestingly Field Day, which afx is playing at, is set on June 3rd (not July like the site) and ends at 11PM. Maybe just a coincidence though.
EDIT: They just added another date variable. 1496520000000 (Jun 03 2017 @ 9PM) - possibly afx's set time.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 18:01 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

Went to the Wellcome place in London, their current exhibition on graphic design, and saw these, prototype designs for plain cigarette packaging from 2011. I wonder if afx saw these?

http://studio.build/archived/icon-magazine-rethink/

koogs, Friday, 13 October 2017 19:32 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Not historically a fan of AFX but I find that I kind of like some of this. The sound design and editing are pretty much peerless.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 6 September 2020 13:40 (one year ago) link

at the moment this is my go-to afx record

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 September 2020 15:07 (one year ago) link

I crack up every time at all of the brilliant misdirection in it. It's like an infinitely more sonically satisfying Perrey and Kingsley record.

Fetchboy, Sunday, 6 September 2020 17:02 (one year ago) link

Possibly the Afx record I've listened to the most, despite its inexplicably dodgy reputation.

pomenitul, Sunday, 6 September 2020 17:09 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

got a copy of this on vinyl now and uhhh it sounds insane. idk why they put it on 3 records when it could've easily fit on two (it doesn't even have the bonus track!) but its so good I guess I can overlook that. this shit reboots your brain

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 July 2022 02:42 (three weeks ago) link

it really is great, a career highlight imho

thinkmanship (sleeve), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 02:52 (three weeks ago) link

XMAS_EVE absolutely is

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 02:56 (three weeks ago) link

Collapse EP is awesome too. man why'd he have to go away again

frogbs, Friday, 29 July 2022 02:57 (two weeks ago) link

the 1st track is like a 3-D version of "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball"

frogbs, Friday, 29 July 2022 03:11 (two weeks ago) link

don't forget Cheetah

could do without the electronically controller acoustic instruments one though

death generator (lukas), Friday, 29 July 2022 03:12 (two weeks ago) link

A fascinating release in a lot of ways. I’ve been thinking about doing an ILM review of it.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 4 August 2022 18:33 (one week ago) link

please do!

thinkmanship (sleeve), Thursday, 4 August 2022 18:39 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnF_mMDgZ08

thinkmanship (sleeve), Thursday, 4 August 2022 18:40 (one week ago) link


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