Surfing on Sine Waves says very clearly right on the label that it is the work of Richard D. James so there was no mystery about the source at the time.
― everything, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 23:44 (nine months ago) link
yes but people who've heard or read something about this "Aphex Twin" making noise from some place in the Englands, without digging deeply into his backstory or buying import 12"s or listening to late-night college radio with informed nerdlord DJs, would not necessarily see a record by "Polygon Window" in their record shop, then pick it up, slide one of the inner sleeves out, put the gatefold back in the rack, carefully remove the record from the inner sleeve, read that the contents were programmed by "richard d james," and ruminate to themselves "Ah! Perhaps this James has issued other records beneath further pseudonyms. As his publishing is unassigned, my best bet for finding out whether he has credits under other names is to use a mechanical pencil to write an aerogramme to the PRS, whose London address I happen to know off by heart."
And then wait months for a reply, and in the meantime say to themselves ".....OH!. Dick James. It's a joke name, referencing the Beatles' publisher of Northern Songs fame. Those wacky English techno japesters, how foolish of me."
Honestly? Probably no more than 30% of Americans browsing in record shops did this at the time, and their local emporia might have been sold out of the Xylem Tube EP 12" by the time they did get an answer.
― blokes you can't rust (sic), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:58 (eight months ago) link
Surfing on Sine Waves was stickered saying it was Aphex Twin.
― stirmonster, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 03:05 (eight months ago) link
I feel like more time passed than is apparent. At least from the states perspective....the timeframe between the release of SAW and it's press/hype, and the eventual us wax trax/tvt release of Surfing felt like a different era to me.
― dan selzer, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 03:14 (eight months ago) link
Surfing on Sine Waves was stickered saying it was Aphex Twin
in the US, too? (Dan?)
(it's a moot point re this thread bcz Josh knew anyway, I'm just curious)
― blokes you can't rust (sic), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 09:10 (eight months ago) link
It's been a looooong time, but while I *knew* that Polygon Window was Aphex Twin, I really don't remember it stickered as such. I just thought it was a side project of sorts, and tried to determine how it was different from the "real" thing. I did know about Aphex Twin beforehand, but I'm not sure what I'd heard of his, if anything, so I must have based my purchase on a review I read somewhere (The Wire?). I'm not sure when I first saw SAW in the shops here, but I know I didn't feel like paying $30 or whatever for it on CD. I don't think I heard SAW until after the release of SAWII, but again, it's been a looooooong time.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:59 (eight months ago) link
I don't know if the US version was stickered. The album was very heavily promoted and written about here in the UK and "Quoth" had already been a very big club hit. Not sure The Wire would have covered it though - i can't recall if they had quite got to this kind of thing yet by that point.
― stirmonster, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:32 (eight months ago) link
also, the track "polygon window" was on warp's artificial intelligence compilation which had been a big deal.
― visiting, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:52 (eight months ago) link
As memory serves this stuff was coming out fast and furious as soon as labels like TVT started distributing. There was like a backlog that kept hitting the shelves. At the school paper I remember being excited every time something from TBT arrived, even though it was often forgettable stuff like Rise Robots Rise iirc.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:08 (eight months ago) link
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:33 (eight months ago) link
My memory is that SAW and SAWII received a wider critical reception, had better distribution and had generally remained widely available. Surfing On Sine Waves, stop me if I'm wrong, actually went out of circulation at some point, and while not rare exactly, was a bit trickier to find... the early AFX and Caustic Window records were somewhat similar in that respect. I don't remember people not realising that it was all being produced by Richard James at the time, at least in my circle of DJ friends.
― MikoMcha, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:42 (eight months ago) link
“It’s these people called Aphex Twins” 😭 pic.twitter.com/G6aygIiaFL— arj (@shempiii) April 27, 2019
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:04 (eight months ago) link
Great retrospective SAWII review by Sherburne: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/aphex-twin-selected-ambient-works-volume-ii/
― blokes you can't rust (sic), Sunday, 5 May 2019 21:27 (eight months ago) link
It was a great piece, provides lots of context.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 5 May 2019 21:40 (eight months ago) link
trying not to take the bait on that rating
― but everybody calls me, (lukas), Sunday, 5 May 2019 22:20 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
damn this paul nagle song "the enchanted garden" sounds really close to whimsical mid-period aphex stuff like "cuckoo", "donkey rhubard", "fingerbib", etc, just without the beats (fast forward to around 5:10)
― brimstead, Friday, 1 November 2019 01:18 (two months ago) link
yeah, definitely not too far off from a lot of that aphex influenced 95-05 stuff
― djdirtbagstyle, Friday, 1 November 2019 05:59 (two months ago) link
― djdirtbagstyle, Friday, 1 November 2019 06:00 (two months ago) link
God that first Jega album is such a winner. Bangers and beauties.
― octobeard, Friday, 1 November 2019 22:12 (two months ago) link
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 (two months ago) link
recent clip of Aphex with a live singer
― lost IDM classics (lukas), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:11 (two months ago) link
― koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:50 (two months ago) link
can't believe its taken me so long to notice this
― frogbs, Monday, 9 December 2019 04:40 (one month ago) link
What’s the one on the left?
― Frozen II Outtakes Playlist (morrisp), Monday, 9 December 2019 04:47 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link
sorry, these look nothing alike
― Paul Ponzi, Monday, 9 December 2019 13:03 (one month ago) link
― YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 9 December 2019 13:09 (one month ago) link
― The Pingularity (ledge), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:00 (one month 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 (one month ago) link
alright listen you little shits
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 (one month ago) link
Brilliant as ever. Visuals no slouch either. https://youtu.be/961uG4Ixg_Y
― Pyschocandles, Friday, 3 January 2020 01:02 (two weeks 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 week 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 week ago) link
it's amazing how consistently good these dj(+live?) sets are xxpost
― lukas, Monday, 13 January 2020 21:09 (one week 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 week ago) link