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Deftones - Pink Maggit (Squarepusher remix)
just saw deftones are dropping a white pony remix album in december, and our boy tom will be fuckin up pink maggit. no previews online yet afaik, but will keep looking...

https://deftones.warnerrecords.com/white-pony-20th-anniversary-deluxe-vinyl-box-set-1.html
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Aphex Twin Billboards and Posters Appear Across the World
https://pitchfork.com/news/aphex-twin-billboards-and-posters-appear-across-the-world/


IMMINENT
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John Doran Tours Cornwall - Selected Ambient Walks: Aphex Twin, Mythology & Landscape
John Doran Tours Cornwall - Selected Ambient Walks: Aphex Twin, Mythology & Landscape
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Bocumentary
Someone made a really quite great 80 min video about BOC's work that's not nearly as lame as it sounds. Made me emotional tbh. Might be rather "tell me something i dont know" for a few of you but it's still very well put together

 
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Wagon Christ - Recepticon  (10/24/2020)
Wagon Christ - Recepticon (10/24/2020)
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Autechre - SIGN
https://autechre.warp.net/release/202875-autechre-sign
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Three new Cylob's tomorrow?
"released August 28th 2020 on Cylob Industries"

https://cylobindustries.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/csr011/cylob-one-less-pitch

https://cylobindustries.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/csr012/cylob-54-minute-mirage

https://cylobindustries.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/csr301/cylob-live-060708

 
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Tusken Raiders - Bantha Trax Vol. 3
Tusken Raiders - Bantha Trax Vol. 3
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Bogdan Raczynski - Samurai Math Beats (2020 Reissue)
I've got an original pressing from back in the day, but still awesome to see this being reissued-

https://bleep.com/release/201511-bogdan-raczynski-samurai-math-beats

Really hoping they reissue Boku Mo Wakaran, which has been on my wantlist since forever.
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Konx-om-Pax - Astronomical Objects (Display Copy)
https://displaycopy.bandcamp.com/album/astronomical-objects

I wrote the album mainly in the first month of lockdown, decided to re-launch my label and this is the first release since 2013. During the making I’d been listening to a lot of jungle, stuff like Photek… however it didn’t seem to make sense to make tracks with drums but I like the idea of still using that low end sub and adopt those techniques to beatless tracks,“Canopus” being the most obvious example. The record also features a sublime rework of Arcturus by Mark Warren (Atom Earth Mother / Zoviet France) which takes the original version into deeper waters. I also managed to work with an old friend from Glasgow - Marie Claire White who suppled some stunning vocal takes that I enjoyed running through my Granular synth. The final track is a salvaged demo that I recorded in Clarks studio many years ago with Chris playing some of the synth parts and strings by Yamila Ríos.

A portion of the album sales will be donated to blacklivesmatter.com
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Global Goon - Give It 2 Ya
Wednesday, July 1, possibly shirts as well:

https://global-goon.bandcamp.com/album/give-it-2-ya
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1998 interview
hadn't seen this 1998 interview with Tom

 
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Methyl Orange LP - 2x12"
So recently I got a request from a user if there is a possibility to do a Kickstarter similar to the Caustic Window LP we did back in 2014 for Tom's "Methyl Orange" LP, a 2x12" whitelabel apparently only given to Richard, Chris Jeffs, GWC, and potentially a few other mates. Was destined for MEN Records (a Rephlex sublabel) back in 2003 but never saw the light of day.

Wait - what? "Methyl Orange LP"? I'd never heard of it until now...

So, a bit of Googling (you get a lot of science-y stuff if you just Google "Methyl Orange"), and I did find where I am assuming Tom played these tracks live for WARP20 and keyfumbler posted it to Mixcloud:

A comment on the Mixcloud page seems to indicate this set contains tracks from that LP, and Richard has played some in recent live sets:

Anyone have more info? I would like to know a bit more, and the possibility of a Kickstarter is highly unlikely, but I'd like to know more.
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MIDI SANS FRONTIÈRES
THE REFERENDUM ON THE UK'S MEMBERSHIP OF THE EU HAS HAD APPALLING CONSEQUENCES. IT HAS AMPLIFIED MANY DIVISIONS IN SOCIETY AND IN PARTICULAR HAS HELPED TO RE-ESTABLISH XENOPHOBIA AS LEGITIMATE AND ACCEPTABLE. WITNESSING THIS AGAINST THE GLOBAL BACKDROP OF A RESURGENCE OF THE FAR-RIGHT, IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT THOSE WHO FIND THESE DEVELOPMENTS UNACCEPTABLE MAKE THEIR THOUGHTS KNOWN AND TAKE ACTION.
THIS PIECE OF MUSIC WAS WRITTEN IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE REFERENDUM AND I PRESENT IT AS THE BASIS OF AN INTERNATIONALIST COLLABORATION WITH SOUND MAKERS IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT KIND OF MUSIC THEY MAKE, WHERE THEY LIVE, THEIR BACKGROUND, THEIR AGE - ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. IT IS NOT OFFERED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL ACTION BUT AS A COMPLEMENT TO IT. I PUT IT FORWARD IN DEFIANCE OF THE BIGOTRY THREATENING THE FRAGILE CONNECTIONS THAT EXIST BETWEEN US ALL. I HOPE IT WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REAFFIRM SOME OF THOSE CONNECTIONS AMIDST A VERY DISTURBING SITUATION.
I HAVE PROVIDED A FINISHED MIXDOWN OF THE PIECE AND AUDIO STEMS OF THE CONSTITUENT INSTRUMENTAL PARTS. ALSO AVAILABLE ARE SCORES AND A MIDI FILE REPRESENTING THE NOTE TO NOTE INFORMATION. TAKE THE PARTS AND USE THEM HOWEVER YOU LIKE. IT COULD BE SUBTLY REMIXED OR REWORKED BEYOND RECOGNITION. CHANGE THE INSTRUMENTATION, THE KEY, THE ORDER OF NOTES, THE NOTES THEMSELVES - IT IS ABSOLUTELY OPEN. THE ONLY STIPULATION IS THIS: IF YOU WANT YOUR PIECE TO BE LISTED ON THIS SITE THEN IT MUST HAVE THE TITLE "MIDI SANS FRONTIÈRES". YOU ARE WELCOME NOT TO USE THAT TITLE FOR WHATEVER YOU DO BUT THAT MEANS WE CAN'T HOST YOUR PIECE.
 
www.squarepusher.net
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Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wxepzw/musicians-algorithmically-generate-every-possible-melody-release-them-to-public-domain
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Bjork and Microsoft Use AI to Make Music That Changes With the Weather
This is really amazing stuff... I think some sort of ambient art installation where the music changes based on the weather (say in some sort of outdoor amphitheatre) would be amazing.
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DistroKid - Make Sure Your Music Reaches Your Fans and You Get Paid for It
I ran across an artist who uses this service to ensure that their music gets heard by as many people as possible by making sure it's available on all the streaming services, etc. It's affordable (20USD per year for unlimited albums) and also ensures you get paid for when your music is used/licensed: https://distrokid.com/

We'll get your music into Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, iHeartRadio, YouTube, Deezer and 150+ other stores & streaming services.

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Thought this might be of interest/useful for budding musicians here or established ones who don't want the headache of doing all this yourself.

 
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Beck asked RDJ to produce an album for him in 1998
Knew of the "Richard's Haircut" remix and all, but this tidbit was news to me:

https://www.stereogum.com/2065648/beck-discusses-failing-to-get-aphex-twin-to-produce-him-in-the-90s-and-denying-dumb-and-dumber-loser-for-its-theme-song/news/

 

RDJ certainly was hit up often for remixes and collaborations, can't help but wonder if that's partly why he ramped up his eccentric reputation in interviews.
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Be Up A Hello [2020]
I will update the thread once the pre-orders go live with the links to them.


Source: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081KRTJCH/ref=sr_1_24?qid=1574193944&refinements=p_32%3ASquarepusher&s=music&sr=1-24

 
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Plaid featured in this month's issue of Computer Music Magazine! (Plus NEW EP!!)
I've been meaning to make a topic to let all you British folks know that Plaid is featured on this month's issue (December 2019) of Computer Music magazine! I saw they retweeted the news on Twitter and scrambled to an ol British Newsstand website I used to buy the sadly defunct SpongeBob Magazine years back, Newsstand.co.uk. Very useful site if you're not living in the U.K and interested in seeing Plaid talk for a bit and show how they make Los with specific software, among a couple other features.


The magazine also shows a link to an awesome video with making Los too if you can't buy the magazine.

 

My copy came today and I peeked a bit through it. Will give it a full read later but I saw some news that caught my eye. Ed mentions a NEW EP coming by the end of November or so!!! I'm fuckin hyped, not only do we get Peel Session 2 but this too! Andy mentions it being "more pure dancey material".


I wish I can scan the 12-page feature but I sadly don't own a scanner and taking pictures on my sister's phones will take ages. XP
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Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert video edit
A new edit i put together with audio Luke shared in a 2003 interview showing a collaboration he did with Richard.
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Caustic Window - Compilation / CAT 009 CD
OK gang - what do we have here. Well we have the CW compilation CD filed under CAT 009 CD. AB3 (CAT 008) was released in 1993 but this one came out in 1998. They must have decided early on that there would be a compilation put out to collect those early CW 12"s. Those were some of the first Rephlex records out there and correct me if I'm wrong, but are Pop Corn and R2D2 the only tracks not included on this comp? They are good tracks and it's too bad they're not on here however I happen to love this CD. This compilation was also repressed as 3x12s" in 98 as well (although that one is missing the humanoid must not escape" -- tragic)

what to say. I love all these tracks. Another excellent showcase of early RDJ at his esoteric best. Tracks go all over the place stylistically but each one is so easily identifiable as an RDJ product. As far as early "compilations" go, I prefer this one to "Classics" - Cordialatron, Italic Eyeball, Astroblaster, On The Romance Tip and Humanoid Must Not Escape are so excellent. I don't know if these are as "club-ready" as Digeridoo or even Tamphex. Maybe this release sits between SOSW and Classics on headphone <--> dancefloor spectrum.

Won't say much more because we all know and love this one, and I wanna keep going to more "obscure" Rephlex releases. This one has even been reissued more than once!

In short.... It's great. 4/5.

Up next.... CAT 010 CD / Mike Dred The Kosmic Kommando - Freaquenseize 
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Aphex Twin - Interactive Installation
The agency that created an interactive installation for the Collapse release did a walk through of how the project was created and executed. Pretty cool to see the design and tooling behind the scenes. RDJ had sent them samples to work with but apparently Warp thought it was "off brand" so it was changed out last minute to use clips from the Collapse songs.

 
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AFX - Analogue Bubblebath Vol. 3 / CAT 008 CD
"AFX in his third Analogue Bubblebath"

Well... What to say here.. I'll keep it short because I'm sure any and everything Aphex has been discussed thousands of times over on this site and elsewhere. The CD edition coming in early 1993 slightly after the 12" in 92, contained 5 extra tracks left off the original vinyl. These were later put to wax when they repressed AB3 in 1997. I'll get to one of those in a moment.

In the context of his entire oeuvre, I would say this is a pretty weak release for him, sounding like discarded scraps from SOSW and Caustic Window releases. Probably why it came out on "his" label. I still like them and they have an unmistakable aphexy-ness, but after making my way though the soundcloud dump I'm not totally clear as to why *these* tracks were selected. For serious heads only. Sound off in the comments.

There is one track on this CD however that i would rank as one of His Best Ever. I'm speaking of course of "(CAT 00897-AA1)"  which is a happy, uplifting piece of simple electronic music that only RDJ can come up with. It is a treasure and always puts me in a good mood. It's often on background playlists for when I have people over and it always gets "ooooh what is this?"

 

For this track alone the CD is worth it. It's a magical one. Another track I like is .1993841, a nice long moody groove. (CD only track #1) is also a nice "b-side" from SAW II perhaps. The rest I could probably do without. Anyone here absolutely love this release?
 

So.. AB3: 3/5

(CAT 00897-AA1): 5/5

 

Up next.... more RDJ with the Caustic Window Compilation CAT 009 CD 🙂

 

 

 
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Autechre mixlr active again!
Just got a notification that the Autechre mixlr account is live again.. I can't remember if it was a legit one or not but posting it here just in case 😄

http://mixlr.com/autechre/?utm_source=new_broadcast_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert
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