Aphex Twin classic or Dud?

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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 (thirteen years ago) link

holy shit thats UNCANNY

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

Heheheheh

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

who is that?

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

two years pass...

Aphex sucks. Their style is weak.

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

they broke up last year

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

Yo APHEX can I have your buchla modular?

why cause it looks intrsting

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

they still suck though

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

of course there are some song exceptions

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

they suck with a few song exceptions

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

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

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

do u like their cover of scorpions 'windowlicker'

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

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

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

Yeah. Shame what happened to most of those drummers.

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

I heard they're reuniting for Coachella

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

yeah, Kraftwerk was awesome

latebloomer, Thursday, 25 October 2007 18:51 (eleven years ago) link

Shame he went all vaudeville post-Drukqs.

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 25 October 2007 22:48 (eleven years ago) link

I heard Tricky is producing them next

El Tomboto, Thursday, 25 October 2007 23:07 (eleven years ago) link

I believe you mean Tricky are producing them next.

da croupier, Thursday, 25 October 2007 23:11 (eleven years ago) link

in america we refer to bands in the singular

max, Thursday, 25 October 2007 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

cor!

da croupier, Thursday, 25 October 2007 23:20 (eleven years ago) link

you mean cor anglais, the band's next key instrument?

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 26 October 2007 03:03 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

is that richard d james lookalike laetitia casta!!??

i think aphex definitely knows his craft, and i'll often do the laundry to his more relaxing stuff. anything too noisy ie. falling too deep into the realm of electronica noisy, i don't enjoy so much though

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 13 March 2008 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

fav recording by Rick James is a bootleg of him live@Liquid Room in Tokyo.
and despite the soundquality, SanFran in 92.

Analords sounded like leftovers to me. Shouldn't he be working on a 'Gorillaz'-type side project by now?

U-Haul, Thursday, 13 March 2008 14:35 (eleven years ago) link

u crzy dwg

winston, Friday, 14 March 2008 01:38 (eleven years ago) link

Did RDJ just like retire and nobody noticed? Assuming both drukqs and Analord were leftovers of course. (sure sounded like leftovers to me. Wasn't the story that he found some songs laying around on his hard drive that he didn't give a shit about and just released them all as the drukqs album because he was desperate to get out of his contract with Warp?)

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 14 March 2008 02:16 (eleven years ago) link

Been listening to SAW II like crazy for the past year or so. That album is so brilliantly good.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 14 March 2008 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

Isn't he behind The Tuss? First two-thirds of the album is great.

robertwolf8080, Friday, 14 March 2008 02:39 (eleven years ago) link

the 'hangable auto bulb' collection is a big headphones favourite.

sam500, Friday, 14 March 2008 02:44 (eleven years ago) link

It was a great piece, provides lots of context.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 5 May 2019 21:40 (four months ago) link

trying not to take the bait on that rating

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Sunday, 5 May 2019 22:20 (four months ago) link

what sort of maniac reads a numerical rating on a record review

blokes you can't rust (sic), Sunday, 5 May 2019 23:08 (four months ago) link

Good piece. (I think the album deserves a 10, if any album does...)

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Monday, 6 May 2019 00:22 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

in the unlikely event anyone wants Collapse but doesn’t have it, send me a webmail and i’ll send you a download code

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:00 (two months ago) link


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