Aphex Twin classic or Dud?

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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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

TVT, whoops.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:33 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

It was a great piece, provides lots of context.

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

trying not to take the bait on that rating

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

three months pass...

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)

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

brimstead, Friday, 1 November 2019 01:18 (one month ago) link

nice

yeah, definitely not too far off from a lot of that aphex influenced 95-05 stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXxIi58Hjrw&list=OLAK5uy_k1qCeDNL429NnRinb2ewPxc4M5I8jhlKE&index=5

djdirtbagstyle, Friday, 1 November 2019 05:59 (one month ago) link

try again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGs3d8mbSh4

djdirtbagstyle, Friday, 1 November 2019 06:00 (one month ago) link

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

octobeard, Friday, 1 November 2019 22:12 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

https://streamable.com/a68p9

recent clip of Aphex with a live singer

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

(typical photographer)

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:50 (four weeks 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 days ago) link

What’s the one on the left?

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

sorry, these look nothing alike

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

^

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

tough crowd

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

alright listen you little shits

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


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