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  1. Someone must have made an Aphex Grin facemask for covid, hit me up, where can I get one
  2. The first track, Poblesec is awesome and kind of sets the themes for the rest of the album which is also awesome. Here is the official video for Poblesec, its quite something actually, its not what you might expect
  3. Hey Asymmetrical Head, I remember you. I have a bunch of your tracks from the 'most idm' compilations.. Take care and good luck
  4. SpaceX did a blooper reel of all the failures they had to go through before they got it right. Its worth watching. And these things are 12-stories high explosive metal tubes. The fact that SpaceX can reliably land them now is probably the most important advance in space travel for decades. They land on their own, autonomously, coping with weather, and using the minimal amount of propellant possible (because you want to use as much as you can on the up bit and save as little as possible for the getting back down bit).
  5. For anyone that hasn't heard these, these are the original vocal samples from a bbc library sample thing or somewhere mashedpotatoes.mp3 everyday.mp3
  6. This album is early 70s Ethiopian Jazz and its very nice. Kind of like Blue Note stuff but with an Ethiopian angle. Jim Jarmuch used a lot of it in the soundtrack to his 2005 Bill Murray film Broken Flowers. My filmmaker friend was really disappointed when Broken Flowers came out because he'd been into this album for ages and had it in mind as a 'secret weapon' to use on one of his own films eventually ...
  7. This thread is the closest watmm could ever get to being a rom com. Glad it looks like a happy ending.
  8. That was great. The only other Fripp I've heard was on the FFWD album (FFWD = Robert Fripp + The Orb)
  9. Wisp's "SAW 2 Reworked" was great Cliffs (1043 Mix) Rhubarb (1159 Mix) Z Twig (6040 Mix) Lichen (1136 Mix) If I remember correctly RDJ played one of these in a DJ set shortly before Wisp got signed to Rephlex Also I still listen to About Things That Never Were a lot. Was the soundtrack to a trip I took to Japan about 15 years ago.
  10. I had the vinyl, lucky enough to find it when it came out in Sister Ray, Berwick st. I used to listen to Every Day at 33 rpm, it just seemed right. (You know that Warp thing where they deliberately dont say which speed to play it at). The vocal sample sounds like an old woman at that speed, reminiscing about something. Heres the 33rpm version: Although Bleep has it at 45 rpm so I guess thats the official one. At that speed the vocal sample is accurate (I have the original sample somewhere) but the music sounds far too fast to me, I got too used to the slower version. https://bleep.com/release/5004-afx-hangable-auto-bulb
  11. Great thread Killabyte. Here are some ICBYD memories of mine: I was already a big fan, had most of the CD stuff he'd released so far, had loved the Ventolin EPs. Had heard there was an album coming but this was before the internet really got going (the internet was there, but it was full of monty python jokes and all unorganised) so you had to buy the NME or whatever to find out what was coming out and so there was always an air of mystery about when things would appear. Was in Bristol and thought I'd wander into a record shop to see if I could find the new Aphex album. Saw this big display of album art with loads of big pictures of some long haired dude's face and assumed it was some heavy metal or something, ignored it and went flicking through the CD racks to see if I could find the new album ... eventually realised that the big display _was_ the new aphex album. Listened to it in my room at Uni. It was the holidays and I was still there for some reason or other so the place was largely deserted. Spooky. And a funny thing, given where we're all at now: There was a big Ebola outbreak in Zaire (as it was then) at that time - spring/summer 1995. This was the first time Ebola had really made international news in a big way so it was pretty scary, it got a lot of attention and it did seem like it might get out of control. In my head Icct Hedral really got linked with my fears of a pandemic. I literally couldn't listen to Icct Hedral for a long time, its such a bad trip sound. (and since that time, a pandemic has been one of my biggest fears, we had close calls in 2002, 2009 etc. But weirdly now that one is happening I feel a kind of relief, like having to face a fear and then adjusting to it) Took me years to realise that a lot of the track names are anagrams - of "Aphex Twin", " Caustic Window", "Richard D James" etc. So Acrid Avid Jam Shred - I really love it but (and killabyte will probably come and kick my arse for saying this) the bit at about 4:36 when it all drops back to the beat always seemed a bit like RDJ couldn't think of what to do next so just started the track again. Its one of those tracks where theres lots of looping segments built on top of each other, and then the question becomes how many layers can you have, and its a really effective technique, makes for a compelling listen, but then with all the repetition it becomes hard to move the track forward onto something else. Some tracks I couldn't really deal with the dischord or the off-rhythm stuff (Waxen Pith, Wax the Nip, Wet Tip Hen Ax) so I didn't listen to them much at the time and havent listened to them much since, might be interesting to go and check them out again (Killabyte is probably hunting me down as I type this) I formed a deep appreciation of Mookid a few years later when it was my 'alarm clock' wake up tune, would listen to it as I woke, its got a very deep beauty to it. Next Heap With always seemed really interesting because its got a proper 'song' structure with different sections, and it uses orchestral sounds and key changes. I always took the track title to be RDJ saying 'the next heap of tracks from me are going to have more structure and less repetition'. And that did seem to happen in a way. Or it could just be that the title was just an anagram of "The Aphex Twin" and I'm reading too much into it. So yeah a great album, and also it kindof set up the patterns of 'what is an Aphex Twin album like?' because the previous ones, SAW 1 and SAW 2, although great, were the odd ones out when you look at what came after - SAW 1 being more like a complation, and SAW 2 being more like a high concept art piece. So, say, the Richard D James album and Drukqs, for example, although they are very different, have more in common with ICBYD than they do with SAW 1 or 2. Soon after we had the Donkey Rhubarb EP and although Donkey Rhubarb was fun but a bit tiring, this bought us Pancake Lizard which for a long time was the favourite track of a lot of people here and is still a big favourite of mine.
  12. A lot of you may know this one, it won lots of awards in 2006 or so, but the album "Dimanche à Bamako" by Amadou & Mariam, a blind duo from Mali, assisted by French backpacker favourite Manu Chao is absolutely beautiful and chilled.
  13. This is the only Plone song I ever heard but it stuck in my head forever, so beautiful Great to see them resurface
  14. So this isn't IDM or whatever but I've been on this forum for decades so cut me some slack, its absolutely beautiful electronica. Slightly reminds me of Iamamaiwhoami from a few years ago. Its a 13min video covering a 5 track EP, and tracks 2 and 5 are BANGERS and the whole thing is pure art and this person Chris who does the songwriting, singing, production and the dancing is most probably a genius. Discuss.
  15. I remember this was supposed to come out in 2012.
  16. Elon specifically mentioned Blade Runner as an influence, and as you probably know Blade Runner is set in Los Angeles, November 2019, which is where they did the Cybertruck unveil.
  17. Some great ones from the first page of the thread
  18. We're all old now, right? Like RDJ and Squarpusher are now old, and they're still doing crazy mad intense music, which really seems like it should be the job of young people who are off the faces but they are showing that you can be an old person, possibly wearing sensible comfortable shoes, and maybe you've got a mortgage, but you can still slice up breakbeats. And WATMM is like over 20 years old now, we must all be pushing 50 soon? So surely there's a theme there. Old people doing electronic music that they could never conceivably dance to without doing an injury to their backs. Or some sort of mid-life crisis theme? I'm serious.
  19. This is a good thread. Thanks Zephyr for sharing your journey so far. I did online dating for a while about 10 years ago and eventually met my now-life-partner and we have kids now and everything. That was mostly luck tbh but I did learn I few things along the way, I think. Here's what I learnt: It takes a while to learn the ropes, how to respond, how to not get your hopes up too early but still try and engage. How long to chat before suggesting a meet up etc. How most females on these sites are bombarded with crap from all quarters so you have to try and be a bit different. How only a small number of people you message write back, and then only a small number of them will you ever meet. But that thats OK and its all still fun. I did all my dating years ago before Tinder. From what I can make out, Tinder is far too appearance-based so I would recommend avoiding it. I would stick to the more wordy sites like OK Cupid. I can't speak for OKCupid now but ten years ago it was way better than anything else. All the other sites like match.com were too 'serious' like 'we will fix your life for you' whereas OKcupid was more real and more fun. This is the important one: when you message someone and they message back you get on a high and its really fun and its a bit easy to get carried away and fill in the crap-ton of stuff you don't know about this person with your imagination. That is, its easy to build them up into something amazing and then you're likely going to come down to earth at some point. The messaging stage is a way to work out if its worth a real-life meet up, but if you do meet up - be prepared to forget everything you thought you knew about them and start again. Don't build it up too much before meeting. And for the same reasons, I reckon its better to get to a real-life meet up as soon as realistically possible (but not too rushed also). That is, dont get stuck in the messaging stage for too long. I was always quite a shy person but I learned that meeting up with someone you've never met before IRL is actually really fun. Like fun in a scary sort of way. The sort of conversations you have with people in that scenario are very different than the ones you might have with your friends because nothing is taken as a given so you range over all kinds of interesting ground. And that can be really refreshing actually. You're really _there_, on the spot and you've got to relate. The first 30 seconds or so feel a bit weird but then it can be quite exhilarating. i don't drink but I was living in London so for meet-ups I always went to something cultural like an exhibition or an art gallery or just to the south bank to wander along the river and look at stuff that would always just be happening there. And like I don't know much about art but I can look at it for 40 mins or so and it provides things to talk about. Theres tons of stuff to do in London so that was an advantage I guess. Obv not cinema or theatre because you can't talk. Although I think I did do cinema a few times and it was OK if you talked before or after. I think I did a few bursts of online dating over a few years. I think I met 15 people or so IRL, and most of them there was not really any spark of romance but all of them were afternoons well spent, in that I did something cultural, and had interesting conversations, and felt good about getting out and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Over those meet ups, I was also slowly learning about myself and what I wanted and what I didn't want. But that was only clear in retrospect. Sometimes I met people a few times, sometimes only once. One or two I was friends with for a bit, one I'm still friends with now. But mostly things fizzled out, but thats OK. There wasn't a word for Ghosting then, but I see now its a thing thats got a name. Its good that there is a word for that now I think, and I see there's healthy debate now about how to let things drop. Is it better to fizzle out or just ghost? I dont really know. But stuff like that will happen, and you need to come to terms with it. As ever, doing it to someone else is actually harder than having it done to you. When I met "the one", it was largely luck, but the 15-or-so previous meet ups meant that when we clicked I could really tell that we were clicking. And she was someone who I wasn't expecting to click with, and had just met up with because she seemed funny.
  20. I think its something to do with the body being cold rolled stainless steel. Its hard to make curves so they just went with it and went for something really angular. Production process is going to be completely different to regular cars - more a case of folding a huge sheet of metal into the right shape.
  21. I thought he handled that well. He just kindof giggled and then they got on with it. That truck is bonkers though. 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. 150,000 reservations already
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