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I know you’re just doing major albums, but you should really take a detour for Windowlicker – it’s a key piece of the puzzle.

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:38 (one month ago) link

I agree - Come To Daddy EP does everything I like about him. Fuses prettiness, ribald mischief and bonkers complexity all in the mix and just keeps throwing ideas at you

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:46 (one month ago) link

a lot of kind of aimless atonal noodles here—“Curtains,”

"curtains" is in my top 3 for saw ii. sounds like sci-fi noir.

billstevejim, Thursday, 22 October 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

Goon Gumpas and Logon Rock Witch are two of my favorite tracks on RDJ, and I love how he branches out into crazy instrument combos and unique atmospherics with them (and most of the rest of the record too... it has the widest palette of any RDJ release). While Come to Daddy sounds more polished and cohesive thematically, I felt it lost the playful adventurousness of its predecessor somewhat, and he hasn't recaptured that since.

octobeard, Thursday, 22 October 2020 18:10 (one month ago) link

I shouldn't say "lost" maybe diminished. By Drukqs he'd firmly baked his style into place and lost his adventurousness by then.

octobeard, Thursday, 22 October 2020 18:12 (one month ago) link

Flow Coma remix was the last thing that sounded really fresh to me. there's a lot of good stuff since then, but yeah it lacks the sense of discovery.

lukas, Thursday, 22 October 2020 18:27 (one month ago) link

Really enjoying this revive.

The SC dump was a lot of fun, maybe the best thing of his I've encountered.

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 22 October 2020 23:59 (one month ago) link

yeah I should wallow in that on shuffle right now, thanks

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:09 (one month ago) link

lol 2.8 GB of MP3s, wow

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:10 (one month ago) link

Is it all still up on SC somewhere?

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:11 (one month ago) link

(I downloaded it years ago but that DL is on a dead laptop.)

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:11 (one month ago) link

idk, I grabbed it all when it was up, message me if you want a Dropbox link or something!

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:12 (one month ago) link

I may take you up on that at some point. For now, though, I've got this YouTube playlist to never quite finish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgYZ4levvfk&list=PLEsZgo3N97Mh92JGSKpkYaEuO03cKBr8b

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:17 (one month ago) link

lots of pure gold in that dump

brimstead, Friday, 23 October 2020 00:17 (one month ago) link

(suzanne, 2tone, martin's car, sam's car, the donkey rhubarb remix, with my family, no cares, high hats tune....)

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brimstead, Friday, 23 October 2020 00:18 (one month ago) link

Damn it I can't embed this

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 23 October 2020 00:18 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

i'm a little suspicious of people who underrate saw 1 bc i can't actually think of a record that sounds like it. sure there is adjacent stuff that approaches it but it lacks the nigh-weightless grace

i've been going through the catalog and i am really stuck on how fucking amazing polygon window's "if it really is me" is

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 November 2020 00:46 (three days ago) link

Polygon Window is great; SAW I is as well. The early stuff is generally underrated, IMO

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Thursday, 26 November 2020 00:48 (three days ago) link

I think this was my Aphex Twin introduction, no tunefind and no lyrics = begging online for hints about 'this song with pizzicato strings' in a Scottish movie no one had seen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPKlKwiFrs8

onlyfans.com/hunterb (milo z), Thursday, 26 November 2020 00:54 (three days ago) link

Love Morvern (Ramsay didn't do any better than this and Ratcatcher for me). The Warp-released soundtrack was incredible - my way into Can and Ween.

knowing for certain the first touch of the light will finish you (fionnland), Thursday, 26 November 2020 01:13 (three days ago) link

Bytes by Black Dog Productions sounds like it

frogbs, Thursday, 26 November 2020 01:49 (three days ago) link

I know it’s probably suspect to only be into a single artist in a genre... but back in my days as a RDJ megafan (late ’90s), I checked out plenty of similar stuff — including Rephlex & Warp releases, related artists, other big “IDM” names of the day, etc. — and none of it caught my ear enough to stick. I guess it’s like someone who loves Miles but no other jazz, or whatever.

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Thursday, 26 November 2020 02:30 (three days ago) link

bytes doesn’t really sound like it.

brimstead, Thursday, 26 November 2020 02:36 (three days ago) link

Reference by CiM sounds like SAW I

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Thursday, 26 November 2020 07:03 (three days ago) link

I don't believe you! I'll give it a listen though.

lukas, Thursday, 26 November 2020 07:18 (three days ago) link

I’m checking it out now — it doesn’t.

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Thursday, 26 November 2020 07:26 (three days ago) link

it especially does compared to all the unlistenable trash RDJ released after SAW II

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Thursday, 26 November 2020 07:31 (three days ago) link

hearing a lot of new-to-me stuff during the discography run, or at least stuff i must've forgotten about. cuckoo! what a jam

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 November 2020 15:07 (three days ago) link

I love that CiM album. Not sure it sounds exactly like SAW but it's worth a listen

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2020 15:14 (three days ago) link

Cuckoo has long been one of my favorites. Nothing revolutionary or anything just another great sounding tune.

dan selzer, Thursday, 26 November 2020 17:49 (three days ago) link

brad have you checked out the SoundCloud dump at all? A lot of cool saw 1 “outtakes” and stuff (mainly the stuff he uploaded first). “Suzanne” is really cool, kind of like the landscape in “green calx” after the laser battle.

brimstead, Thursday, 26 November 2020 17:53 (three days ago) link

i actually had a download of it but had to delete it to make space on my computer. i did make and often listen to to a small playlist of tracks that sounded a lot like saw 1 and 2

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 November 2020 18:02 (three days ago) link

Reference by CiM sounds like SAW I

Before I listened I was pretty sure this wouldn't sound like SAW I, which would be bad. Then I got to Cloud Cover and it did sound like SAW I, and I decided that was bad for different reasons. (It is a good album though.)

lukas, Thursday, 26 November 2020 22:34 (three days ago) link

Skim Two off that one gets stuck in my head all the time

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2020 23:07 (three days ago) link

Cuckoo has interesting almost Chinese-sounding harmonics on that little melody

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2020 23:08 (three days ago) link

“foid” by cylob has a kind of “hexagon” vibe. love love love this track but don’t really like anything else he’s done

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PJjgl2UJXc

brimstead, Friday, 27 November 2020 04:27 (two days ago) link

RDJ’s stuff (back in the day) just had this presence that nothing else seemed to match; even music that used similar elements and was aligned in approach and sensibility.

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Friday, 27 November 2020 04:50 (two days ago) link

“foid” by cylob has a kind of “hexagon” vibe. love love love this track but don’t really like anything else he’s done

Check out Kinesthesia - Empathy Box. Some very very pretty stuff on that.

octobeard, Friday, 27 November 2020 04:59 (two days ago) link

saw ii remains some black lodge-ass music

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 27 November 2020 19:13 (two days ago) link

1. rdj album is really the best, lovely, cinematic, goofy, weird, impressionistic, noisy, all at once, really his 30-minute pop record

2. drukqs is somehow also the best

3. however for some reason i am in a funk where i can't appreciate ... i care because you do as much as i used to. for one thing while i appreciate what "ventolin" is doing it just gives me a headache, and a lot of it feels more like rdj the composer than aphex twin the producer. maybe the philip glass orchestration of "icct hedral" got in my head, but it kind of feels like a thread through the whole album! as a result it feels the least engaged with dance music, which makes me feel unfavorably toward it, which is unfair, this is totally my hang-up

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 November 2020 05:05 (ten hours ago) link

the least engaged with dance music

I feel that way about Drukqs, whereas to my ears I Care Because You Do remains more beat-oriented and the callback to NYC minimalism is in keeping with that imo.

pomenitul, Sunday, 29 November 2020 05:42 (ten hours ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubwsMJdj6Tw

Karl Malone, Sunday, 29 November 2020 06:02 (nine hours ago) link

Donkey Rhubarb
Vaz Deferenz
Icct Hedral (Phillip Glass Orchestration)
Pancake Lizard

imagine glass remaking your track and then sandwiching it between vaz deferenz and pancake lizard!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 29 November 2020 06:07 (nine hours ago) link

some of the sounds on I Care are so harsh, at least on my current setup and headphones. the drums on Start As You Mean To Go On -- ouch!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 29 November 2020 06:20 (nine hours ago) link

xp Donkey Rhubarb is a great EP. “Pancake Lizard” almost moved me to tears the first time I heard it (not ashamed to admit this!)

meditate in my direction (morrisp), Sunday, 29 November 2020 06:23 (nine hours ago) link

Once in college I was smoking pot with a friend/roommate—he was a bass player, into jazz, Indian music, classical, the Dead, etc. (but not really anything in the same universe as Aphex Twin). I put on the opening track of ...I Care, and he was mesmerized, a big grin on his face as it unfolded... he was like, “I think about music the same way as this.”

meditate in my direction (morrisp), Sunday, 29 November 2020 06:32 (nine hours ago) link

haha, that's great!

and you should never be ashamed to admit you were moved to tears. you should take special note of every single time you are moved to tears. i wish i would have started earlier.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 29 November 2020 07:22 (eight hours ago) link

I’m listening to the album now... it’s so warm and playful and organic; mysterious, but welcoming... all these little melodies and rhythms, nestled into each other. there’s truly nothing else like it (and yeah, I can only take a little bit of “Ventolin” on headphones!)

meditate in my direction (morrisp), Sunday, 29 November 2020 07:30 (eight hours ago) link

I feel that way about Drukqs

drukqs may have a bunch of actual prepared piano pieces on it, but despite the overwhelming drum patterns the dance stuff is so funky

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 November 2020 13:24 (two hours ago) link


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