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Pretty sure this hasn't been covered yet. What do people think? I wasn't really that impressed - not sure if it was me until a few reviews confirmed it. Seems like it wouldn't have seen the light of day had it not been for the laptop airplane fuck-up. Oh well.. It just ain't no Windowlicker, suppose...

Michael, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Like it a lot. Esp. the non-jungle tracks which are all ace. The piano tracks are all excellent. Feels a bit like a best-of though, a looking back on 10 years of Aphex, only with all brand new tracks. But I admit it's a record that takes a bit of time to get into. At the moment I rate it below SAW I & II, better than Richie D. James, on par with 'I Care...'.

Laptop fuck-up? First it was a MP3 player. I suspect that story is another AFX-legend. ;)

Omar, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I just bought this today. I shall listen to it tonight along with Emperor's new album.

Kodanshi, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It just ain't no Windowlicker, suppose...
Sounds like a good thing.

helen fordsdale, Tuesday, 23 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I shall listen to it tonight along with Emperor's new album
Kodanshi, are we talking "Godspeed Black Emperor" here? Is there a new one out?

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 23 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Urrr... no - I meant Emperor as in that Black Metal masterpiece group:

http://sh55k01.jvb.tudelft.nl/logo/emperor1.gif

Kodanshi, Tuesday, 23 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have had this album for about 2-3 months on mp3, and it has grown on me considerably. Although I will say that I appreciated the album much more once I made a playlist without the jungly bits.

I think it is a failure as a total album though. The piano songs are good and deftly programmed, but the track sequence does not seem to be put together in any seemingly cogent manner. Also, the jungly bits sound more as though they are actually the fake aphex tracks that show up from time time on the internet, rather than his music. It just seems as though he threw a bunch of stuff together and called it drukqs.

It does not seem like an album so much as a collection of tracks that were randomly thrown together. It does not seem like there is a particular thread or flow that runs through the album. With that being said, there are still tracks on their that are absolutely brilliant.

Michael Taylor, Thursday, 25 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's the most static AFX release yet. The Satie-esque piano pieces are ultimatly unimpressive and merely pretty, and everything else just sounds like Aphex cover band night in 2083. It's very glossy, well-produced, but it lacks vitality and creativity and any sense of dynamics. Very disappointed. :(

Melissa W, Thursday, 25 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ultimately*

Melissa W, Thursday, 25 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nah static isn't the right term, it's way too (okay boring cliche but it's early and I don't want to look for another term) "schizophrenic" to be static. I really think it's his most user-friendly something- for-everybody-take-yr-pick album. As for the track sequence not making sense: yeah so it seems at first and maybe it's just thrown together yet you suspect there really are hermetic circles and quantum connections, although this could also be one of those "if you stare long enough..." deals. ;)

Now, slightly off-topic: but it should be taught in rock-critic 101 that in these days of programable cd-players you.don't.need.to.edit.an.album.as.an.artist. Is this a secret law in rock-crit land? Paragraph 6.2 Whenever an artist releases a double album, state in smug tone that it could have been edited into one decent album. -end rant-

Omar, Friday, 26 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Cor, if I'd known this sort of piano noodling would sell, I could have retired to a Caribbean island by now! One track (5 on CD1 if I remember correctly) is a prime candidate for that "they stole it from me" thread ;-)

No, seriously, I like it. "Gwarek 2" is a stand-out, as is one of the piano jobs on CD2: Stockhausen and Delius (respectively) on one album! I also don't get the comments about "thrown together", programmable CD players, etc. Half the fun, at least on first listen, was wondering what's coming next - another piano bit? another jungly bit? or what?

Real question for me is whether this album has any staying power, or will it just soon get filed away in the "admired, but unplayed" pile, like all my other AFX save for Windowlicker.

Jeff, Friday, 26 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Here is an example of reviews being helpful as a consumer guide. I was interested in the new AFX, but being 2-CDs and a bit pricy I wanted to wait. After all I've read, I decided not to buy. Just too much other stuff to hear out there. Don't think I'll regret it.

Mark, Friday, 26 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=35999

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am0n, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

(7\)

am0n, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

> particularly with the apparent use of the Yamaha GX1 synthesiser
> (a piece of kit so dear it cost over £30k back in the 1970's and
> there are only a handful in the country

looks like a beast.

http://www.electone.com/museum/?i=61

features 3 keyboards, a pedal keyboard and a switch you activate with your knees.

koogs, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

slick

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

needs wheels and an engine and a granny

clocker, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Garu GX1 synthesizer

Curt1s Stephens, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've heard the track "Alspacka" (I think) off this. It's wonderful.

matt2, Friday, 22 June 2007 17:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Maybe Vangelis made the record?

dan selzer, Friday, 22 June 2007 17:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

i keep searching craigslist and ebay for analogue synths and all i keep finding is this analog shit

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 22 June 2007 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alspacka is a track off of the Confederation Trough EP. The others are "Fredugolon 6" and "GX1 Solo". The vinyl version subtracts "GX1 Solo" and adds "Akunk"

The tracklist of the full length "Rushup Edge" is:

1 Synthacon 9
2 Last Rushup 10
3 Shiz Ko E
4 Rushup I Bank 12
5 Death Fuck
6 Goodbye Rute

I'm giving both a first listen right now.

Z S, Friday, 22 June 2007 17:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's the full tracklisting? I was kind of hoping the 9, 10, 12 indicated another 6-8 tracks were missing from the leaked version.

It's... all right. Some nice sounds but I'm not too excited by it yet. Then again it took a while for Analord to grow on me and this is somewhat similar in style.

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Been listening to this for a while. I like it okay, but I'm starting to wish he would do a SAW volume 3. The spazzy drums remind me of the dot-com era or something.

rockapads, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alspacka is a track off of the Confederation Trough EP. The others are "Fredugolon 6" and "GX1 Solo". The vinyl version subtracts "GX1 Solo" and adds "Akunk"

The tracklist of the full length "Rushup Edge" is:

1 Synthacon 9
2 Last Rushup 10
3 Shiz Ko E
4 Rushup I Bank 12
5 Death Fuck
6 Goodbye Rute

I'm giving both a first listen right now.

wtf what label where did u get it send t0 me now

am0n, Friday, 22 June 2007 19:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

OMG THIS IS AMAZING!!! I am loving this sound.

Stevie D, Friday, 22 June 2007 19:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

wtf what label

-- am0n, Friday, June 22, 2007 3:53 PM (4 hours ago)

wtf me stupid

am0n, Saturday, 23 June 2007 00:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

finally an afx/steely dan collaboration

whatever, Saturday, 23 June 2007 01:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's too bad the vinyl version of the Confederation Trough EP doesn't include "GX1 Solo", because it's probably the best song he's released as The Tuss.

I'm finding these new songs to be kind of bleh. They're above average compared to most of RJD's peers, but they seem uninspired compared to his previous output. On Rushup Edge, there isn't the variety of tempos and sounds and textures that I was expecting. It's not until the closer "Goodbye Rute" that things change up noticeably.

Z S, Saturday, 23 June 2007 19:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nothing will ever approach "...I Care Because You Do" I think.

Stevie D, Saturday, 23 June 2007 19:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

phelan is on the case

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

BTW am finally hearing this and def liking.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

xpost. Uh, wha?

Why do people get paid to write this stuff?!

jim, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's not that bad. kinda makes me want to explore this guy's stuff a bit more.

Richard Wood Johnson, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

RWJ

Lingbert, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

This reminds me that I still have to purchase Analords 5-11.

Richard Wood Johnson... as in like Robert Wood Johnson, the hospital that's near my house?

Stevie D, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 21:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

i stopped reading here:

After his 1993 debut, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, defined "ambient" (the first of several genres James was to invent...

^@^, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 21:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

That Village Voice article is absurd fanboy drooling. Wow, RDJ is a good marketer who jumped on the viral marketing on the internets bandwagon.

I like this album a lot though.

rockapads, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 21:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've been laying off electronic music for a few years, so I just got the Chosen Lords collection a couple of days ago. I like it quite a bit. It is like RDJ finally said fxxk it with all of that hyperactive mumbo jumbo and made a follow up to Selected Ambient Works 85-92 with a bit of the rush from Surfing on Sine Waves.

If The Tuss stuff is just as good, I will check that out next. I never got the 26 Mixes for Cash, so that is one I also want to check out.

earlnash, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 22:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

It is like RDJ finally said fxxk it with all of that hyperactive mumbo jumbo and made a follow up to Selected Ambient Works 85-92 with a bit of the rush from Surfing on Sine Waves.

That's what many of us have been waiting for. So - worth checking out?

moley, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 22:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

26 Mixes is a pretty good cross section of dude's talents. Little bit of everything.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 22:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

(from the article) And for another, James was really more like Jesus Christ—a redeemer of the lowly, because, really, is there any form of music lower than house?

OK, I stopped reading there. I hope the new material is not as crap as sections of this article unintentionally imply.

moley, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 23:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

"So - worth checking out?"

I think so. Chosen Lords has a consistent and flowing sound across the collection and doesn't get broken up by out of place totally drilling tunes like Richard D. James and even I Care Because You Do. AFX uses some breaks and there is some really complex drum programming on this newer stuff, but it is more in vein of his earlier more ambient techno/acid sounding recordings.

earlnash, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 23:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like it. Warm and fun.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 4 August 2007 23:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

it is more in vein of his earlier more ambient techno/acid sounding recordings.

Definitely. Sounds like he's integrating the successes of the Richard D. James-style stuff into the SAW stuff.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 4 August 2007 23:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

http://bleep.com/media/images/r/g/56481.jpg

Aphex Twin Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP Warp

Mark G, Friday, 9 January 2015 13:48 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds interesting... will it really be computer controlled acoustic instruments? i feel a bit like this could go the way of that squarepusher project from about a year or two back though...

this is just a saginaw (dog latin), Friday, 9 January 2015 14:11 (two years ago) Permalink

glad he's not resting on his laurels though. i'd be chuffed if he starts releasing stuff on a regular basis again.

this is just a saginaw (dog latin), Friday, 9 January 2015 14:12 (two years ago) Permalink

he said in an interview that he'd been fiddling with computer-controlled acoustic stuff, yeah. every time i try to imagine it i get a hideous animatronic monkey beating a snare. dunno what to expect.

the most painstaking, humorless people in the world (lukas), Saturday, 10 January 2015 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WlwS3CYtJE

👁 (am0n), Tuesday, 6 June 2017 20:48 (three months ago) Permalink

so there's something else, besides that field day record, that's being released on Warp in a month?

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 6 June 2017 21:11 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeJUkf2cKs8

kind of ridiculous

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 6 June 2017 21:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Fuck off! sample from Bad News? Vim Fuego?

badg, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 21:50 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWTBw_tLI7I

badg, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 21:51 (three months ago) Permalink

favorite discovery from the set is lorenzo senni at around 1:29

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:31 (three months ago) Permalink

the Roy of the Ravers "Emotinium" track is a beaut.. almost too sweet, can't listen to it more than a few times. and the Fantastic Man track "Trance Sexual" (v lovely)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 8 June 2017 02:44 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKZ9cIPvtbU

this sounded awesome, too

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 8 June 2017 03:03 (three months ago) Permalink

on a quick listen im getting remix vibes from the new album as well (mostly the first half)

but will give it a proper listen because some tracks sound really good

also if you've seen him live, does wearing earplugs actually do anything to block off enough sound? not into going to shows a lot lately but i've never seen him live and would like to experience it but i have really sensitive ears due to slight hearing loss and i have like "borderline" tinnitus

i n f i n i t y (∞), Thursday, 8 June 2017 03:28 (three months ago) Permalink

while the sound palette is similar to some of the tracks on Syro, the tracks don't sound like remixes, like the material on the eps that accompanied Oversteps and Quaristice did, re: Autechre

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 8 June 2017 04:39 (three months ago) Permalink

A couple of them sound like he just unboxed a new synth and is playing around

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 8 June 2017 19:06 (three months ago) Permalink

but you know he is programming with synths that are so rare he is one of maybe a dozen or fewer owners so...

this does kinda feel like outtakes but who cares?

clouds, Friday, 9 June 2017 15:18 (three months ago) Permalink

he's not averse to using presets on popular synths either. I remember borrowing a friends DX-27 in college and hearing a patch that was an exact sound used on one of his record, Polygon Window maybe, I can't remember where.

dan selzer, Friday, 9 June 2017 15:40 (three months ago) Permalink

haha I didn't say I disliked it!

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 9 June 2017 16:30 (three months ago) Permalink

polygon window was in 1993, 24 years ago

clouds, Friday, 9 June 2017 17:08 (three months ago) Permalink

If nothing else, this revive has reminded me of the majesty of "Warriors of Genghis Khan".

Position Position, Friday, 9 June 2017 18:48 (three months ago) Permalink

DX 27 was already a cheap vintage synth when polygon window came out. And the point was that during a time he was claiming to build all his own synths out of tanks or whatever, that was a common preset.

dan selzer, Friday, 9 June 2017 19:08 (three months ago) Permalink

it seems like in this day and age a lot of people could put something on youtube claiming it to be from many electronic bands (lost tracks) - who would really know

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 9 June 2017 19:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Didn't Marumari do that years ago, putting his tracks on slsk as lost BoC tracks or something?

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Sunday, 11 June 2017 04:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Finally listening to the Field Day set itself. Good stuff.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:23 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

RICHARD D. JAMES: I really enjoyed working on this with you. I know I only joined the project near the end, but I found it really exciting. Like a proper job, ha.

TATSUYA TAKAHASHI: Richard, it was amazing working with you on the monologue. And now to be interviewed by you?!? That's crazy. But also a lot of fun. The monologue was also the last Korg synth that I was involved with directly, so I guess it's a nice conclusion to things.

RDJ: It is now the only synth on the market currently being made to have full microtuning editing, congratulations!

TT: Thanks! But it was completely because of you that we included microtuning. If you hadn't insisted on it, I definitely wouldn't have discovered how powerful it was.

RDJ & TT: *intense hugging for 10 minutes*

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Haha yeah, but great geeky read. RDJ uses smiley's and 'LOLz'

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink

i just finished it, and yes, so good! it was interesting to hear that RDJ is a synth demo nerd and collects them! would listen to RDJ's comp

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 22:37 (two months ago) Permalink

oh man awesome i <3 tats

brimstead, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 23:17 (two months ago) Permalink

that bonus link from the end (https://dood.al/pinktrombone/) is fun for the whole family, too

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 23:37 (two months ago) Permalink

what a great interview! i basically want every volca and the monologue now

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

I wish faders were curved horizontally and vertically, so you could make them like a double helix that go over and under each other, hehe.

you are completely nuts in the best kind of way

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

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

👁 (am0n), Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

New(?) website with new tunes for sale. https://aphextwin.warp.net/ (thanks keith)

i haven't looked too hard but it seems like he's tacking the soundcloud demos onto the relevant releases (they are available individually but sometimes it's cheaper to rebuy the entire thing, i think)

koogs, Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

More importantly it looks like it will be a repository for the Rephlex catalogue.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

interesting.. wonder if they're doing reissues on CD with these "bonus tracks"

brimstead, Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:32 (two months ago) Permalink

I wonder if these versions of the soundcloud demos are properly mastered?

Also, this is written on the about page (https://aphextwin.warp.net/about):


If you buy a whole release, album, ep etc on this site then any tracks that are added to it after, you get for free :)

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Friday, 21 July 2017 08:35 (two months ago) Permalink

it's great you can stream more-or-less his whole back catalogue for free

André Ryu (Neil S), Friday, 21 July 2017 09:01 (two months ago) Permalink

SAW 1.5...

http://i.imgur.com/Y4E6NLy.jpg

👁 (am0n), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:16 (one month ago) Permalink

excellent!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:21 (one month ago) Permalink

drool

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

i know don't sound excited about it but this is great news

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Has anyone confirmed that the extra tracks are included with CD / vinyl orders from the webstore?

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

As downloads, obviously. It's not clear as the listings for physical items just show the standard tracks.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:57 (one month ago) Permalink

SAW 1.5 :O

clouds, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:35 (one month ago) Permalink

yes please SAW 1.5!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink

God's promise has been fulfilled! *lights self on fire*

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:16 (one month ago) Permalink

whats the track they are talking about?

Heavy Doors (jed_), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Guess I should start stocking up on the week's worth of hallucinogens I'm gonna need to burrow 1.5 as deep into my being as 85-92 and 2 are at this point.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:40 (one month ago) Permalink

here's what was on his "saw 1.5" soundcloud playlist:

"Sams Car”
“Afx origTheme”
“Red Alert”
“Suzanne”
“Dance and Play”
“Nova Robotiks”
“21 Forgotten T”
“Lannerlog”
“Bimbongo”
“Symbonsad”
“Original Chaos Riff”

awesome

brimstead, Thursday, 27 July 2017 00:15 (one month ago) Permalink

This may interest some - 'Stone in focus' (original track #19) has just been added to the SAWII download:

https://aphextwin.warp.net/release/68148-aphex-twin-selected-ambient-works-volume-ii

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Thursday, 3 August 2017 12:53 (one month ago) Permalink

this is sick https://vimeo.com/223378825

just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:34 (one month ago) Permalink


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