Aphex Twin classic or Dud?

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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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah that's spot on nick.

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

I'm a fan.

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

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

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

He should hang out with D'Angelo.

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

one month passes...
what is this?

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

Anal lord, eh?

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

maybe he's picked up some new hobbies?

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

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

If that's the plan, he was smart to grow the beard early.


What's the story behind Melodies from Mars?

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 14:55 (fifteen years ago) link

here's what Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) says about it:

Luke played me some of the hundreds of tracks earmarked for this Analord series and they are beautiful. More like SOSW* & CW**. But really good clear production. Lots of acid lines, but also a lot of melody & pads... Mostly analog(ue): 303, 606, 808, 909 and his collection of synths (a nice bit of chunky doepfer acid) but a few with breaks too.

* Surfing On Sine Waves
** Caustic Window

Melodies From Mars is rumored to be a demo that he sent to video game companies for them to use in their games. in any case they're probably just outtakes from the RDJ album period since a longer version of Fingerbib is on it.

joseph pot (STINKOR™), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 20:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Aphex Twin? Neither classic nor dud. Yes the guy has some absolutely insanely awesome tunes ("Come to Daddy"! "Windowlicker"! "Pacman Powerpill"! "On"!), but he has like three times as many sucky ones as he does good ones. Does anybody out there really like GAK? Or Hangable Auto Bulb? Or almost every song on the boring-as-hell Analogue Bubblebath series?

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 16 September 2004 03:04 (fifteen years ago) link

what? hangable auto bulb is amazing. ARCHED MAID VIA RDJ.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 16 September 2004 03:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Have there been earlier releases in this series already? This is number 10? (And why is it under "2001releases" in the URL?)

morris pavilion (samjeff), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Whoa:

http://www.richarddjames.com/

morris pavilion (samjeff), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Supermodels Tyra Banks and Richard D. James:

http://cdn-channels.netscape.com/gallery/i/b/banks/lg6.jpg

Lingbertt, Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:35 (fourteen years ago) link

holy shit thats UNCANNY

capnkickass (gloriagaynor), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Heheheheh

Palomino (Palomino), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 19:30 (fourteen years ago) link

who is that?

Christopher Costello (CGC), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Aphex sucks. Their style is weak.

CaptainLorax, Thursday, 25 October 2007 15:28 (twelve years ago) link

they broke up last year

am0n, Thursday, 25 October 2007 15:36 (twelve years ago) link

Yo APHEX can I have your buchla modular?

why cause it looks intrsting

Display Name, Thursday, 25 October 2007 16:31 (twelve years ago) link

What really broke up Aphex Twin was the increasing tension within the group, which was kind of inevitable when you consider that Richard was devoting more and more time to card battle games, James' personality was being warped by his addiction to painkillers, and D's only true desire was to become a family man, now as much as ever. The Richard D. James album was really the last time they functioned as a cohesive group. On the bright side, I've heard Richard was working on a new solo project, and James, always a collaborator and producer above all, will surely find new talent to work with. There's also the possibility of a comeback album in the future, as long as one of the key members doesn't croak (fingers crossed!).

Z S, Thursday, 25 October 2007 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

they still suck though

CaptainLorax, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:15 (twelve years ago) link

of course there are some song exceptions

CaptainLorax, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

Wait, now I'm confused. Do they suck or not? Because I need to know.

lukas, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

they suck with a few song exceptions

CaptainLorax, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

kind of like you, but you don't write songs.

John Justen, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

do u like their cover of scorpions 'windowlicker'

am0n, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

In retrospect it's clear that the title "Druckqs" was a not-so-veiled jab at RDJ's former bandmates.

latebloomer, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

So they suck 100% of the time, except for when they were making those songs? Do they temporarily cease sucking if they perform those songs live? What if they mix two of their sucks together, and one sucks, and one doesn't? Do they suck 50% for the duration?

lukas, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:54 (twelve years ago) link

Take my hand, Captain! Together we will arrive at the truth!

lukas, Thursday, 25 October 2007 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

Lukas, I think the crucial issues are which members of the Aphex Twin Band sucked the most, and who was carrying the band the majority of the time. To the first, I'd say D. definitely sucked the most. To the second, I'd actually argue that the rotating cast of studio drummers probably added an elegance to the band that could not have existed otherwise.

Z S, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:06 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah. Shame what happened to most of those drummers.

lukas, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:11 (twelve years ago) link

of course there are some song exceptions

Yeah, their songs are the best part. Richard has a fantastic voice.

Curt1s Stephens, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:22 (twelve years ago) link

The session drummers allegedly hated having to lay those drill n bass beats down, but they were pros and did the job as asked. R/D/J were real dictators in the studio. No one could satisfy them.

latebloomer, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

Aphex Twin Band back in their heyday, with original drummer Fred Ugolon (R.I.P.)

http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/9515/66photolz2.jpg

Z S, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:33 (twelve years ago) link

which is the best Aphex Twin solo/side project? Polygon Window, AFX, or Caustic Window?

latebloomer, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:34 (twelve years ago) link

I heard they're reuniting for Coachella

Davey D, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:37 (twelve years ago) link

have u guys heard the solo joint richard did before he joined aphex twin? really out-there stuff.

max, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

God that first Jega album is such a winner. Bangers and beauties.

octobeard, Friday, 1 November 2019 22:12 (three months ago) link

Hell yeah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWJP17esBlI

recommend his Variance LP too

this DN is a little on-the-nose at times

lost IDM classics (lukas), Monday, 11 November 2019 18:03 (three months ago) link

https://streamable.com/a68p9

recent clip of Aphex with a live singer

lost IDM classics (lukas), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:11 (three months ago) link

(typical photographer)

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:50 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://i.imgur.com/NqK7dqF.jpg

can't believe its taken me so long to notice this

frogbs, Monday, 9 December 2019 04:40 (two months ago) link

What’s the one on the left?

Frozen II Outtakes Playlist (morrisp), Monday, 9 December 2019 04:47 (two months ago) link

Magnetic Fields by Jean-Michel Jarre

I doubt RDJ is much of a fan which makes this funnier tbh

frogbs, Monday, 9 December 2019 04:55 (two months ago) link

Do you think it's intentional or just a random coincidence? Seems pretty coincidental to me, besides having a closeup of the artist's face on a white background (which is hardly uncommon), the covers aren't that similar: Jarre shows 1/2 of a face, Aphex has 3/4; Jarre is shot from a straight angle and shows only the face + a bit of neck, Aphex is shot from slightly above and shows some shoulder as well; Jarre includes the artist name and album title, Aphex doesn't.

Tuomas, Monday, 9 December 2019 13:01 (two months ago) link

sorry, these look nothing alike

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 9 December 2019 13:03 (two months ago) link

^

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 9 December 2019 13:09 (two months ago) link

tough crowd

The Pingularity (ledge), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:00 (two months ago) link

I don't know if it's intentional or not though I'd imagine he definitely knows who JMJ is

Seems pretty coincidental to me, besides having a closeup of the artist's face on a white background (which is hardly uncommon)

for instrumental electronic music I think it's pretty uncommon! though obviously RDJ is pretty willing to do it

frogbs, Monday, 9 December 2019 14:35 (two months ago) link

alright listen you little shits

frogbs, Monday, 9 December 2019 14:35 (two months ago) link

Magnetic Fields

It's Les chants magnétiques, not Les champs magnétiques, except of course 'chants' and 'champs' are homophones in French.

I agree with the others that Afx's pose probably isn't a callback but I like the speculation.

pomenitul, Monday, 9 December 2019 14:39 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Brilliant as ever. Visuals no slouch either. https://youtu.be/961uG4Ixg_Y

Pyschocandles, Friday, 3 January 2020 01:02 (one month ago) link

WTF @ 2/3 of Smojphace (which I just listened to for the first time and which will probably be the last thing I ever hear now that my eardrums have been thoroughly scoured)

I don't 'do' memes but if I did this would be a great candidate for the 'Lou Reed: (records Metal Machine Music); RDJ: Hold my beer.' treatment.

Pizza is Really Yummy for Me (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 January 2020 20:14 (one month ago) link

since it's my thread, i am gonna vouch for Ovuca - Onclements, which is great and I've been listening to it all week (and it's on Rephlex so semi-on topic)

Ludo, Monday, 13 January 2020 20:50 (one month ago) link

it's amazing how consistently good these dj(+live?) sets are xxpost

lukas, Monday, 13 January 2020 21:09 (one month ago) link

I think those Smojphace tracks are supposed to be fed through a visualiser thingy

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 13 January 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link


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