Aphex Twin classic or Dud?

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I don't think he is. I make some kind of music just like the warp acts.. and I can tell you this: boards of canada and esp. Autechre are better. he just no as classic as everybody thinks.

Ludo

Ludo, Friday, 12 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

More style killing substance the way a small boy will kill ants with a magnifying glass in the noonday sun. He is attractive to some because of his videos, which is a nice way of saying he gets good directors to do his shit.

JM, Friday, 12 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

If you judge Richard James on his videos I think you've really missed the point. Techno pioneer, innovator and creator of some of the finest electronic music of the last 10+ years. (IMHO Autechre, who claim James is their major inspiration, churn out dull, dessicated and tiresomely ornate sounds by comparison).

Stevo, Friday, 12 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

The videos are really good, though. Though possibly that should be in "Chris Cunningham: Classic Or Dud"

Tom, Friday, 12 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I've never seen his videos (though I wanna) and I think he's classic. It's always a good idea to challenge the conventional wisdom, but in this case it's right: Aphex has made tons of beautiful tracks (though most of his albums are uneven) and has been hugely influential. Boards of Canada is unthinkable without the style established by James, as I'm sure Sandison and Es would tell you!

Mark Richardson, Saturday, 13 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I know hid made some very good tracks. and maybe he has influenced some people. but.. if you listen to his albums most of the songs are just crap. his videos rules and the songs made the videos for also. but I think this guy is just too lazy to make one good album.

Ludo

Ludo, Sunday, 14 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Does he have to make a good album, to be considered classic? (By the way: Selected Ambient Works Vol. II., The Richard D. James Album.)

Josh, Sunday, 14 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

does he has to make a good album to be a classic.

yes.

the ambient works are cool but, not that cool to become a classic. he should make an album full of super songs like windowlicker to become a classic. or songs like flim.

Ludo

Ludo, Sunday, 14 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Classic. He made me realize how great electronic music can be. Just like Joy division, MBV and Fushitsusha made me realize how good 'rock' can be. He's made great records and he's not a one trick pony (RD James to selected ambient II).

The one problem is that a lot of people just buys his records and don't dig a for more records by other groups like autechre, Susumu Yokota and so on. For me he was definetely the beginning but not the end.

Julio Desouza, Sunday, 14 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

The only Aphex Twin that I liked was "I care because you do". That had soul. The rest are just experimentation for experimentation's sake.

I mostly listen to psytrance/Goa, intelligent techno, jungle & ambient. IDM in general doesn't do it for me, it lacks emotion (at least positive ones).

Snow Dog, Monday, 15 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Classic. No contest.

o.munoz, Monday, 15 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

The first track on "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" is, on a good day, the end result of the dialectic of all culture.

So, classic, yeah.

Tim, Monday, 15 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Classic. Just on the basis of the Richard D James album, the bloke's a genius. Add to that Surfing On Sine Waves, Windowlicker, Girl/Boy and most of the Selected Ambient Works and the guy's at least a demigod. BoC and Autechre have both done fine stuff but they aren't even fit to step through the door of Mr Twin's bank.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Monday, 15 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Oh, without a doubt classic. He was shitting out stuff in the early nineties which defined the genre by breaking it so often. Edgy, fractious, occasionally twee Ver Twin was where it was at.

You don't need to make a good album to be a classic (I'm not even sure you have to make a good single to be a classic) but Ritchie has certainly made some good albums. And what's this guff about Selected Ambient Works not being a proper album. Glen Campbell's 20 Golden Greats is a proper album, just because its a compilation does not weaken its claim.

Of course that make The Best Of Blur pretty much their best album...

Pete, Monday, 15 January 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

one month passes...
Anyone who goes to the trouble of making their own weird space instruments out of whatever they can lay their hands on in order to realise their sonic vision is definitely classic

William Casper, Thursday, 15 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Listening to just one track can answer this.

POLYNOMIAL - C

This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever. Also digiredoo and analogue bubblebath. Classic, groundbreaking music

Andy, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Aphex is by far the most versatile, creative and most advanced artist in ALL of Dance/electronic culture, that means every genre thats made with samplers and electronics. IDM is easy to make now , but you wouldnt have said this 6 or 7 years ago. I laugh when people assume theyre just as good as someone like an Aphex, 10 out of 10 times theyll play what theyve done with it and its nothing even close to the genius of Aphex. Now ofcourse everyone has their own opnion about this, but this is mine and generally ya can ask most djs or artists and they'll usually admit that Aphex is in a league almost no one can touch. Everyone from Bowie to Reznor to Bjork and countless dance artists will reckon that fact. I like both Boards of Canada and Autechre, and I as nice as for example BOX is, they dont even come in the total BATTING RANGE of what Aphex has done over the past 11 -12 years or so. Music Has the Right to Children is good , but IMO nothing groundbreaking and the last 4 tune EP "Out in a Beautiful place in The Country" nothing to write home about IMO. Autechre has done some amazing stuff as well, but they sound rather repetitious at times, neither BOC or Autechre have the emotion ridden classics as AFX's "Heliospan", "Girl/boy", "Alberto Balsam", "Peek","Flim", "UZ-US" for example. Personally I think that Plaid/Black Dog kick both Ae and BOC's butts in terms of emotion and the likes in their music. I would like Mr Ludo come up with a Girl/Boy track for example, if yer so good, then put yer samples online bro.. Aphex is still King of all......

PostModernVancouver, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Definitely classic - though his cohorts Autechre and Boards of canada are good too.

I'm good too

charlie frame, Wednesday, 14 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Strange enough I find Autechre to be the most emotional of the IDM (aaarghh I've said okay, I.D.M.) artists. They have a fairly unique way of going for childlike melancholy without using the sounds of the 70s itself a la Boards of Canada (love em too). It's more like the sound nostalgia makes. It's a bit hard to explain but you hear it best on the 1st album and "Amber". Unlike much of Mr. James later output, for instance that irritating fartknocking "jungle" on "Richard James" album. Which is a pity because he had that emotional touch up to "I Care...".

Omar, Thursday, 15 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

this Man are king of free minding music and thinking.I llicke that Man!

vinsents krebs, Tuesday, 27 March 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

one month passes...
Aphex Twin deserves more credit than he's given. For me, it's the sound of 'england dreaming', a contemporary embodiment of our eccentricity, more evocative of the Britain I experienced in the 90's than the indie commentary (Divine Comedy/ Babybird). Listen to 'Cornish Acid' on Richard. D James for the quintessential 'english' whimsy- seaside towns, Martin Parr, provincial backwaters. (A suggestion for an artist who's speaking more directly, i.e. vocals, samples, try Martin - Male Caucasian, but unfortunately this'll date like a Blue Peter annual.) Folk music for the digital pastures that've been uncovered in the past decade, he's as vague and indistinct as the new avenues we find ourselves on.

Despite the rictus grin there's is a genuine warmth and humour to his music, though I'll admit that, like many Warp artists, the emotional communication is indirect, showing us how to feel, as opposed to telling us what to feel. But that's fine, it's not as if they're even trying to tell us a story. Concequently this kind of music has a greater resonance with me. But then what what distinguishes him from his contempories? Well, he's survived every micro-genre he invented, reacted to and re- developed his own back catalogue - he replied to ambient with Ambient Vol 2, Drill n Bass with the classical hybrids of Richard D. James, then stirred the already stagnant electronica scene with Windowlicker, which I'm sure could hold it's own in any ILM pop league. Still a genius, even with his head firmly up his own arse.

Did you know AFX has been corresponding with Beck for months about producing the Beck's album. It fell apart cause neither were prepared to record outside their own studio. I dunno, but that would have been fun.

K-reg, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

i agree. be sure to not refer to beck as 'the beck' on your top forty list though.

ethan, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

basically, just agreeing with everything k-reg said. i like the martin parr comparison in particular. always been taken with the ruralism in aphex. richard.d.james album always seems like a cousin of nick drake's bryter layter.

but i'm glad the aphex/beck thing didn't happen. even aphex couldn't make beck good.

oh, and to answer the question, classic, obviously

gareth, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Just wait until Robin gets ahold of that "provincial backwaters" thing that K-Reg said.

Patrick, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Yeah? So? I've met K-reg and I could tell instantly he meant it in good spirit. It's the sarcastic mockery of certain other contributors that I can't take. I'm quite happy being in a geographical backwater as long as I'm not in a cultural one.

The Parr comparison applies for sure, but not as explicitly as it does with BoC's "Concourse" and "M9" (but then how could it?).

Aphex is classic, of course. I actually used to see him as a model for making a virtue of geographical isolation as a means of artistically refining yourself, so it's appropriate that K-reg said that. I think "Richard D. James Album" is his best work, as well, whereas FWIW I think "Bryter Layter" is Drake's weakest.

Robin Carmody, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

three months pass...
If Richard D. James doesn't impress you, Ludo, then who the hell does??????!!!!

Sam Garcia, Thursday, 16 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

one year passes...
Apropos of nothing: "Audax Powder" on the Polygon Window's Surfing On Sine Waves: The windows are down, I'm going to pick up my baby, my paycheck is still warm and I've had 7 gimlets. And we live inside Tron.

Sasha Frere-Jones (Sasha Frere-Jones), Sunday, 11 May 2003 20:26 (nineteen years ago) link

Fair enough, Autechre and Plaid are more focused in their visions and make arguably better music, but they would be nothing, absolutely nothing without Aphex. Aphex is a starting point, if you like his complexity, then get into Autechre; is maniacal evilness, listen to Boards of Canada; for his melodic brilliance, Plaid are highly recommended. But it is always worth listening to and revering RDJ as the pioneering force behind this music.

dog latin (dog latin), Monday, 12 May 2003 00:58 (nineteen years ago) link

This is interesting because I have been obsessed with "electronic" music since I was about 10 years old but then I stopped listening to it for years. I thought I'd get back into it by seeking out the guy everyone was talking about, The Aphex Twin. So a few years back I bought "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" - listened to it a few times and thought, "blah". I found it totally bland and uninteresting and it wasn't doing anything I hadn't heard hundred times before. But I am willing to give the guy another go because I think he must have talent for people to be so fanatical about him.

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 12 May 2003 10:56 (nineteen years ago) link

I think this thread has my first evah post on ILX (I think my opinions on eelctronic have changed quite a bit since then).

dada- you should get selected ambient works vol II. I heard the first disc of that last evening. its really wonderful 'ambient' stuff. great to read books with.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 12 May 2003 11:00 (nineteen years ago) link

neither classic nor dud - just hugely overrated.

I think the general feeling on Aphex Twin is surely that he makes far better videos than records.

Most of his stuff is doodly nonsense..... some unlistenable, some rather good. Much of it sounds like he's making it up as he goes along.

russ t, Monday, 12 May 2003 11:06 (nineteen years ago) link

great to read books with.

-- Julio Desouza (juli...), May 12th, 2003.

Julio: "Once upon a time there was a little bear named Pooh..."

SAW V.2: "Who lived in the House At Pooh Corner..."

Julio: "One day Pooh's friend Piglet came round for tea, and said to Pooh-"

SAW V.2: "'Come on you cunt let's have some of that Aphex Acid!!!!'"

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Monday, 12 May 2003 11:08 (nineteen years ago) link

Most of his stuff is doodly nonsense..... some unlistenable, some rather good. Much of it sounds like he's making it up as he goes along.

I like doodly nonsense, I like unlistenable, I like "making it up as he goes along" - someone direct me to the doodly unlistenable shit he makes up as he's going along.

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 12 May 2003 11:09 (nineteen years ago) link

classic. for the ambient records especially. the more drum'n'bass-y ones don't do it for me quite as much, but then i'm not really into drum'n'bass. i feel like i'm on rocky territory if i start calling him a genius, as i'd feel i have to give reasons other than the beauty of the music. and that's all that matters, really.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 12 May 2003 11:09 (nineteen years ago) link

yeah that's spot on nick.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 12 May 2003 11:09 (nineteen years ago) link

I like those jungle inspired recs. its not all good but some amazing tracks came out of that. also search windowlicker and come to daddy singles.

I think SAW II + I think there's enuff to make a wonderful two CD 'best of'.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 12 May 2003 11:13 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
classic,and not just because i own 7 of his albums.I really do believe he is a classic if only for SAWII and "I care..."those two cd's are possibly my faveorite albums ever and underneath fall my boc albums and then the rest of my aphex twin collection.I am interested in autecher and squarepusher but I haven't gotten into them because I'm afraid i'll like them and that'll be another artist to follow and spend my money on....oh and I do like underground stuff too,donato wharton's "is that why yr still on earth" is breathtaking and makes me cry everytime i hear it...

Caleb, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 02:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"I haven't gotten into them because I'm afraid i'll like them and that'll be another artist to follow and spend my money on"

!

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 02:04 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm a fan.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 12:55 (eighteen years ago) link

"I haven't gotten into them because I'm afraid i'll like them and that'll be another artist to follow and spend my money on"

This actually makes perfect sense to me. I used to have to deal with this. (Not just because of the $ factor, but also because it takes me a long time to "absorb" new material, and I get ansy when there's stuff piling up that I'm really itching to soak up, but haven't been able to give my full attention to.)

morris pavilion (samjeff), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 15:46 (eighteen years ago) link

What's up with RDJ these days, anyway? All the big Aphex websites seem to be defunct or otherwise non-operational...

morris pavilion (samjeff), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 15:52 (eighteen years ago) link

probably getting fat and making music he will never show to anyone, ever.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 16:16 (eighteen years ago) link

He should hang out with D'Angelo.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

he did a good interview with the wire a few months back. did anybody mention that?

peter smith (plsmith), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 17:28 (eighteen years ago) link

I noticed that interview, but I have nowhere to buy the Wire. (And I figured it would end up eventually on the "watmm.com" website.) What did he have to say?

morris pavilion (samjeff), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 17:48 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
what is this?

:| (....), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 19:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Anal lord, eh?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 19:22 (eighteen years ago) link

maybe he's picked up some new hobbies?

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 12:14 (eighteen years ago) link

according to luke vibert, aphex has been fully analogue for a while and this is the result

Barnaby (Barnaby), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 13:20 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah I read about it a lot before I heard it and I still associate it with the "disappointment" label even though I really like it now. to be fair RDJ himself did a pretty awful job of selling it.

frogbs, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 05:24 (two years ago) link

Analord is the stuff I keep coming back to these days. it's more tilted towards the live sounding electro sound that I love (Drexciya are my gods) than the overly programmed/edited stuff that he usually does.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 05:32 (two years ago) link

Druqks came two years off the back of Windowlicker, four years after Come To Daddy. Two absolutely astonishing EPs crammed full of surprises, left turns, in-jokes, pulverising rhythms, mind-bending ideas, beautiful melodies and unique concepts.

When it came out, Druqks felt just a bit... well... More of the same, but less-so I guess. There's nothing on there as iconic or genre-baiting as the title tracks on the above EPs. Nothing as perplexing or shocking as Bouncing Bucephalus Ball or (Equation). Nothing quite as complexly pretty as Flim or Nannou.

Certainly there are individual tracks like Cock/Ver10, Avril 14th, Mt Saint Michel, Taking Control which are really excellent, but there's no real reason for this to have been a double album. I think I would prefer it more if the prepared piano pieces had been taken out and released on a seperate EP. Instead the whole thing jumps around in this random sequence that feels like three different CDs being played on shuffle: It's random, but not random enough.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:00 (two years ago) link

I was receptive to the critical Kool-aid when Druqks came out for those exact reasons, and I haven't entirely changed my mind since. I haven't revisited it in a long time, though.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:04 (two years ago) link

the remarkable thing about druqks is that it flows really well despite moving between 3-4 distinct modes, i do not really hear the "playlist on shuffle" criticisms

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:05 (two years ago) link

it is also actually for the best that rdj moved away from genre-baiting

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:08 (two years ago) link

I don't agree on that front Brad.
Having his different styles jumbled up in this banger > piano > ambient > banger > piano > ambient way detracts from the impact of all of them. There are a bunch of very quiet ambient tracks on Druqks which I barely notice, despite being quite substantial (Gwarek2 is nearly seven minutes of drone-noise sandwiched between two drill bangers).

ICBYD does the eclecticism better for me because literally no two tracks sound the same.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:08 (two years ago) link

"gwarek 2" is fucking crazy and scary, i find it difficult to barely notice it in sequence

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:11 (two years ago) link

xp re: Genre baiting, yes, that shit has aged in many ways (especially the Windowlicker video, ech), but what I've missed about Aphex since the Windowlicker EP is his ability to channel interesting concepts as well as making awesome electronic sounds. I don't miss much of the juvenalia, but it's the playfulness of a track like Nannou or Bouncing Bucephalus Ball, or the brazenness of Ventolin, or just the little samples of his parents talking and being interpolated into tracks like 4 which I always liked. That stuff got increasingly backgrounded. While Syro is a technical accomplishment, it's just missing something for me, especially since the world of electronic music is now a lot more crowded with genius producers than it once was.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:13 (two years ago) link

if you just look at the album as several jumbled together projects, sure, you will be like, hey, this banger with overclocked drum production leads into this prepared disklavier track into this slower satie-esque composition into this total fuckin ambient nightmare and that's the album!!! but i find their placement in sequence and the way they talk to each other to be... masterful. "vordhosbn" feels like a mission statement, like he has taken this style just slightly beyond any pop appeal it might've had on ctd or windowlicker and created something both overwhelmingly brutal and beautiful

(if it helps i do not give a shit about anything rdj said about the album)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:17 (two years ago) link

This is probably sacrilege, but just for my own interest, I've gone through Druqks and separated the drill bangers from the ambient and piano pieces just to see if I can make more sense of it this way, because in nearly 20 years of listening, I don't think I ever really go my head around it:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ottxyuqVttiufuAQvygva?si=LR7I00QwSLa79gl0t39uYw
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5T1VrMYGtIzkbGswl4KZFA?si=TrLROOOZRzCqo0gLrbSRXg

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:23 (two years ago) link

xp, i'm not sure what rdj said about the album, other than the story about him having to release it because he left copies of the tracks on a plane or something?

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:25 (two years ago) link

DRUQKS = TUSK

lol

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:25 (two years ago) link

xp, i'm not sure what rdj said about the album, other than the story about him having to release it because he left copies of the tracks on a plane or something?

― Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:25 AM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah he put it out in advance of a potential leak, and also suggested that people not necessarily listen to it in sequence and just take what they wanted from the mass of tracks

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:28 (two years ago) link

it's the pre-soundcloud soundcloud dump

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:29 (two years ago) link

i guess to some degree i just naturally do not completely believe anything rdj says and think there's more to drukqs in its arrangement of tracks than just a grab bag, bc it's there if you listen for it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:31 (two years ago) link

I’ve never been able to figure out if that’s a mangled vocal sample in “cow cud” or just a synth approximation...

if you mean the quiet laughing voice at the very beginning (before the shout), I'm pretty sure that's derived from a classic Mac OS text-to-speech program

real muthaphuckkin jeez (crüt), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:33 (two years ago) link

Yeah it sounds like a computer laughing the words 'A-phex Twi-hi-hi-in'

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:59 (two years ago) link

So I just went for a quick run and listened to the 'Druqks Bangers' redux. I have to say, I really enjoyed it and it made sense to listen to the upbeat digital stuff all together without these long contemplative interludes.

Some people might like the tension created by the push-and-pull of the different styles on Druqks.

But I could never think of a situation where I'd want to hear acid-jungle tracks programmed next to fairly lengthy Reich and Cage compositions.

If the quieter tracks had been shorter, I could hear them as interludes or pallette cleansers, but instead Druqks is just this confusing rollercoaster ride which ends up being less than the sum of its parts.

It's something that's always annoyed me about Squarepusher: almost every album he releases has 3 or 4 absolute stormers and one or two achingly pretty tracks, but they're always mixed into this hotchpotch of jazz bass workouts and eerie ambient soundscapes, and it rarely hangs together as a piece.

I love a bit of the old eclecticism, but I'm rarely in a mood or situation to go from head to heart to hips in such quick succession.

Looking forward to listening to the ambient section of Druqks redux now

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 15:12 (two years ago) link

haha, wow, sequenced like this, it ends on Ziggomatic 17's gorgeous outro melody and signs off with "Thank you for your attention, bye"

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 15:36 (two years ago) link

I've had a playlist of the piano/non-bangers tracks from drukqs for years now, and play it often.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 15:53 (two years ago) link

it's proving to be excellent WFH music. I will never not love the answering machine track

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 16:12 (two years ago) link

I was always lukewarm on Drukqs (except the piano pieces, which I love) - it felt like a disappointment at the time, for reasons others have expressed above - but I'm revisiting now, and finding it a very consistent & satisfying listen.

wet tip hen ax (egg drop mix) (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 17:14 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I def. have a new appreciation for this album... it may be the only one I can hang with all the way through these days. "54 Cymru Beats" is the only track I had to jump out of (a little too harsh).

wet tip hen ax (egg drop mix) (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 23:03 (two years ago) link

I'd say that what it loses in distinctiveness (compared to his previous albums, and notwithstanding the acoustic tracks), it makes up for in listen-ability.

wet tip hen ax (egg drop mix) (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 23:08 (two years ago) link

i hadn't actually listened to the tuss before. rushup edge slaps

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:05 (two years ago) link

It does! I may have given it more spins than Druqks.

pomenitul, Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:06 (two years ago) link

Listening to The Tuss now, it's amusing that there was even a question whether it was RDJ.

wet tip hen ax (egg drop mix) (morrisp), Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:21 (two years ago) link

i like most of his singles and collections but i just can not get into much of the album material for some reason and i like his caustic window and polygon window material but not much of the afx material!

xzanfar, Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:26 (two years ago) link

The Tuss is really really good

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:46 (two years ago) link

I never really got into the Analords or the Soundcloud dump. I'm not sure if it's the music itself or just the sheer amount of it. Maybe I should just admit I prefer his digital stuff and that the later attempts to re-embrace analogue don't move me much.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:50 (two years ago) link

some parts of analord are better than others but the better parts are transcendent cf. "fenixfunk 5"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:53 (two years ago) link

I think analord is pretty consistent overall, it’s fun listening to them in order

brimstead, Thursday, 3 December 2020 02:17 (two years ago) link

i love "where's your girlfriend" so much

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 December 2020 03:21 (two years ago) link

yeah was pretty stunned that one didn't make the CD

frogbs, Thursday, 3 December 2020 03:42 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Woot! Now that we’re facing an insurrection, an impeachment and an inauguration (hopefully), it’s time to indulge in some hardcore Drukqs!

Drukqs — The id to the ego of The Richard D James Album. Equal parts exhilarating and exhausting, Drukqs is Richard’s White Album, McCartney and Lovesexy wrapped into one — a sprawling creative whirlwind that rejects the fruits of mass celebrity for the indulgence of complete artistic freedom. Far from an hour and forty minutes of alternating drum and bass and MIDI-enabled John Cage homages its first several tracks suggests, this is almost certainly the most diverse release in his catalogue outside of the Soundcloud dump (of which this is certainly a forbear), with plaintive proper piano compositions, trip hop entrails, traces of music concrete, a gentle harmonium ditty, and a doting 28th birthday voicemail from his mum and dad for good measure. Continuing to delight in giving his audience aural whiplash, he sandwiches arguably his most epic drill n’ bass composition (the 8.5’ Mt. Saint Michael + Saint Michaels Mount), between his most conventionally “pretty” track (Avril 14th) and would-be “serious composition,” Gwarek2 which sounds like the quieter moments of Morton Subotnick’s The Wild Bull. Throughout there’s smatterings of exceptional, sly writing, with Bbydhyonchord his most “beautiful piece” since Flim and Ziggomatic 17 concluding with one of his most winsome digital melodies. Meltphace 6 features some of his best FM textures and the kind of zig-zag structures he would return to a dozen years later with Syro while Taking Control is one of his last great digital sample-fiestas. He didn’t care because we did? I don’t care but you still do? Yeah.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:21 (two years ago) link

Lovely post NTI

Still enjoying/rediscovering this album now that I've sorted the Bangers and the chillers out from each other

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 20:28 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Apparently Aphex Twin sent a tape to Jeff Mills and Mike Banks. On the tape was the first Analogue Bubblebath. They passed on signing him to UR. Jeff sounds a little regretful about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K0tVVnXfn4

lukas, Sunday, 25 April 2021 23:01 (one year ago) link

think it lost the timecode, it's twenty minutes in

lukas, Sunday, 25 April 2021 23:01 (one year ago) link

The way I've ripped Drukqs to my server means it plays disc 2 track 1, disc 1 track 1, disc 2 track 2, disc 1 track 2, etc etc etc, mashing the two discs together.

I don't know whether I should solve this or not. Probably not. It's not like it flowed at all.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 26 April 2021 07:54 (one year ago) link

There's stuff on here that's absolutely as good as the best he ever did, it's just dumped together in a way that's difficult for most people to parse, seemingly.

Richard D James album is the one I go back to most often, the one I'd take with me to a desert island. It's got concision and gestalt.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 26 April 2021 07:56 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

we're sure it's not just james with fx?

When asked whether she’s a fan of his music, Julie said:

Very much. Not all of it.

same here

Malibu Cheer Chants Forensics (morrisp), Thursday, 5 August 2021 21:32 (one year ago) link

lols from the comment section:

"Her best work is Selected Environmental Writings 87-93"

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Thursday, 5 August 2021 21:34 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Something is happening on August 18

https://190823.co.uk/

StanM, Thursday, 19 January 2023 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

19th

Field Day returns to Victoria Park on that day.

kraudive, Thursday, 19 January 2023 17:52 (two weeks ago) link

I only had to type 1 number and still managed a typo

StanM, Thursday, 19 January 2023 18:32 (two weeks ago) link

I don’t know who Ludo is but what is up with people who sign their comments.

- Moka

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 19 January 2023 19:09 (two weeks ago) link

Field Day indeed

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 09:37 (one week ago) link


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