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  1. Since I started my intrest in Aphex Twin I have seen 3 advertisments containing music by AFX himself: "One Hour Photo" Channel 4 film trailer (Schottkey 7th Path) A Car Advert (I forgot the brand) [shiny metal rods] Channel 4 trailer which I forgot the programme (Thw Waxen Pith) If anyone else sees or hears Aphex Twin music on TV programmes or adverts it would be apreciated that it be posted here. Also shows/ads before I started checking with AFX music and foreign programming can go here too. edit: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0416869/
  2. Since the other thread has grown to 20+ pages at the time of this posting, I think it's a good idea to post a general "what's going on" FAQ to let everybody know what the status of the project is. I'll add to this as I have the time and address as many questions as possible. So, without further adieu: The Kickstarter is LIVE NOW! Click Here! 9/4/2014 @ 1:30CST: Huge news! We're lifting the number of contributor restrictions so anyone who wants it will be able to purchase it! More money for charity! More money for Richard/Rephlex! More money for the seller! What's this all about? What's "The Caustic Window LP"? How is WATMM releasing Richard's music? Is the world coming to an end? The Caustic Window LP is a legendary unreleased test pressing (only 4 5 known to exist) that was supposed to be released after the run of Joyrex EPs on Rephlex Records. For various reasons, it was decided to hold off on this 2xLP release and release other artists' music on the label. When a mysterious seller on Discogs appeared offering it for sale at an eye-watering 13,500.00 USD, folks jokingly suggested to crowdfund an effort and buy the LP so everyone could have a rip of the vinyl. Fast forward to a few days ago, and being the crazy bastard I am, decided to reach out to Rephlex and see if we could do it - and Richard and Grant said yes! We've been granted one-time duplication rights (aka make digital copies of the vinyl tracks) for 600 people all the people who fund the upcoming Kickstarter project to get a digital download of the music. Rephlex will never officially release this album, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opprotunity to own some rare, classic electronic music! What's Kickstarter? Kickstarter is an increasingly popular way for artists and individuals and companies to fund projects and causes by getting individuals to "pledge" an amount towards a goal, and if the goal is met, the project owner then follows through with the promised items in return for the contributors' support. In this case, we're allowing 600 people everyone who wants to purchase one digital copy of the LP, at approximately 16.00 USD (around 10.00 GBP, 11,20 EUR). Kickstarter only allows whole dollar amounts, hence why it's 16.00 versus 15.50 previously. Kickstarter also charges 5% and Amazon Payments charges 3-5% per funding transaction, so the total asking amount is 9300.00 USD to offset these costs and ensure the agreed upon amount is met. Who gets the money? Since this is not a traditional record release in almost every sense, I came up with the idea that the money for the record would go to the seller (which Rephlex negotiated with to lower their asking price to 5,000.00 GBP (around 8,300.00USD), and the money from the Kickstarter will be paid to the seller. All involved (Richard, the seller, Grant) felt this was better than some collector getting it (and possibly leaking it onto the internet) and give the hardcore fans a chance to own this rare (non) release. Since the Kickstarter has been so successful, people have been asking what happens to all the excess money - that goes to Richard/Rephlex. Who gets the record (the actual record)? Once the Kickstarter is funded and the seller is paid, Rephlex will deliver the record to a professional studio for the vinyl conversion, and produce lossless digital audio files. Then the record will be shipped to me for the second phase of this project. Then what happens? After that, the record will be put on Ebay and auctioned off, with the proceeds of the money being split among Richard/Rephlex, and a charity to be chosen by the WATMM community. When's the Kickstarter going to, you know, start? Kickstarter themselves has to approve the project. No set date is available yet, but we'll do our best to let everyone know in advance. The Kickstarter has been approved, but is not live yet - It will go live on Friday, 11 April, @ 10:00 AM CST. It's live NOW: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watmmofficial/cat023-caustic-window-own-the-legendary-record-by What happens if the Kickstarter doesn't reach the funding goal? Kickstarter doesn't charge you, the backer anything until the project reaches it's funding goal (somehow I have a feeling this won't be a problem) - all you provide them is a credit card number to hold until the project meets it's goal. The seller will be then free to sell the record to anyone willing to pay his asking price. Bwahahahaha... *wipes tear* How are the audio files going to be made? One of our community members who has experience in ripping vinyl is going to do this, and will be producing a direct rip with no alterations to the tracks (aka post-software processing) using high-quality equipment. The equipment we're tenatively planning on using is a Technics 1210Mk5G with Arkiv Ortofon stylus (that has been "burned in" for a good sound), and we have purchased a MOTO Ultralite Mk3 audio interface for this, although this is all subject to change if we figure out a better combination of analogue and digital equipment - our goal is to provide the cleanest possible rip, and we will NOT being doing any sort of post-processing as not to dilute the inherant quality of the audio. The audio files themselves are most likely going to be in FLAC format to preserve quality and reduce the size of the download. We're also considering hiring a professional audio engineer to do this, so stay tuned! We will be using a professional studio to do the vinyl to digital conversion. We have not decided on which outfit will be doing this, however. Will WATMM members get first dibs at the Kickstarter? You're here reading this, so hopefully you're already in the know (and a WATMM member). - A PM was sent out to WATMM members first letting them know the Kickstarter was live. What if I don't have a credit card? Does Kickstarter take PayPal? According to Kickstarter's Pledge FAQ, they only accept credit cards. Sorry! Why should I support this? Once the digital files are out there, it's going to be pirated anyways. Well, beyond the obvious legal reasons for doing so, my thinking is if you are a true fan of Richard's music, and a fan of music in general (regardless of genre), this is a no-brainer - plus, you're part of a unique event in music history! I think it goes without saying that the hope is everyone who is part of this "does the right thing" and keeps the digital files to themselves as something special. Plus, depending on how this goes (or not), this might open up future opprotunities (no promises - this is pretty unique in music history).
  3. a series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of cake 01. T69 collapse 02. 1st 44 03. MT1 t29r2 04. abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & a 909] 05. pthex cherish: https://aphextwin.warp.net/release/106968-aphex-twin-collapse-ep
  4. Finally! Its here. The album you've all been waiting for, more eagerly awaited than Boards of Canada, more sought after than Aphex Twin, WATMM covers Squarepusher. Congrats to all involved, this is a wicked compilation of tracks. DOWNLOAD HERE, in WAV. Tracklist: 1. Zephyr Nova - Rotate Electrolyte 05:24 2. Hermann - Squarepusher Theme 06:39 3. YIkES! - I Wish You Could Talk 03:06 4. Stocko - Rebus 03:15 5. The Kimmy Gibblers - My Sound 03:48 6. Hefty Carriage - Unknown (Inspired track) 05:08 7. Swegüno - I Wish You Could Talk (Reinterpreted) 05:47 8. Acidburp - Unreleased 03:50
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    i love this track. i think it's my favorite aphex twin song. i imagine an aerial dogfight when i listen to this song...something epic.
  6. Looking to buy: Analogue Bubblebath 5 Surfing on Sinewaves Bradley's Beat
  7. Aphex Twin will perform at Funkhaus in Berlin on Thursday, November 1st. Richard D. James announced his first Berlin gig in 15 years via Twitter this morning. It'll go down at Funkhaus, a former GDR radio broadcasting centre that mostly hosts large, high-profile events. There will be a show at 8 PM, when James will be joined by a "special guest," and an afterparty at 11 PM, all in the same complex.
  8. I'll be the first one back in here to post it then 🙂 Red Bull Music Festival London 14th September 2019, Printworks Aphex Twin Afrodeutsche Nihiloxica Caterina Barbieri Tickets look to be £40 plus booking fee, with names required as you purchase each ticket, non-transferrable in order to deter touts.
  9. Wow, are we already on Week 4?! Let's listen to Big Loada and the Burningn'n Tree compilation. Above is the album cover for Warp's original release of Big Loada, but I actually have the U.S. version released by Nothing Records with extra tracks. Here is some info from Wikipedia regarding the differences between the two. Paraphrased from Wiki (because I couldn't have said it better myself):
  10. ALL FILES WE HAVE ARE ACCESSIBLE VIA OUR DOWNLOAD MANAGER. TO ACCESS CLICK "DOWNLOADS" TAB AT THE VERY TOP OF THE WEB PAGE. WE DO NOT HAVE FILES FOR ALL DATES LISTED. COLLABORATIONS WITH APHEX TWIN ARE IN THE APHEX TWIN SECTION OF THE DOWNLOAD MANAGER. Live listing of shows, DJ sets and Radio Broadcasts by Luke Vibert, in Year-Month-Day format: 1997-10-24 - Japan-Tokyo - Liquid Room 1998-11-19 - Vooruit Rephlex All Stars Night Gent 1998-09-XX - Peel Session 1998-XX-XX - UK-Newcastle 1998-XX-XX - UK-England - Kiss FM 1999-02-25 - Back To The Basics - General Mix & Hip Hop Mix (broadcast from 2007-02-15) 1999-10-09 - USA-California-Indio - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Empire Polo Fields (with BJ Cole) 1999-XX-XX - USA-California-San Francisco - Groovetech 2000-02-10 - USA-California-Los Angeles - El Rey (with BJ Cole) 2000-03-02 - Canada-Toronto - Lee's Palace (with BJ Cole) 2000-04-01 - Budapest - Tilos 2000-04-08 - Austria-Vienna - Audioroom (with BJ Cole) 2000-04-23 - Leipzig-Conne Island (with BJ Cole) 2000-XX-XX - USA-Michigan-Detroit - The Magic Stick 2000-XX-XX - USA-Washington-Seattle - Ultrasound KNDD 107.7 - Aphex Twin & Luke Vibert 2001-02-04 - Hungary - Tilo's Radio 2001-03-12 - UK - Solid Steel radio show 2001-05-05 - Smart Bar (as Wagon Christ) 2001-05-11 - Canada-Ontario-Toronto - Reverb (as Wagon Christ) 2001-06-04 - Australia - Triple J Radio 2001-07-19 - UK - Radio One-One World (with Deadly Avenger) 2001-07-30 - UK - Radio One-Breezeblock Set (as Wagon Christ) 2001-09-XX - Peel Session 2001-11-XX - France-Paris - Batofar 2001-XX-XX - Germany - Hoerbar Special Abstrakt 2001-XX-XX - MCN.net 2002-01-XX - Tilos 2002-08-22 or 24 - Belgium-Hasselt - Pukkelpop Festival - (with Aphex Twin) (broadcasted 2003-01-12 - 626 Mix) 2003-01-12 - 626 Mix - see '2002-08-22 or 24' 2003-06-12 - Austria-Vienna - Wuk 2003-09-05 - Netherlands - Doornroosje 2003-09-20 - Crotia - Q-Wert Zagreb - Groodanje 2003-10-17 - UK - Radio One-Oneworld 2003-10-20 - Novamix 2003-11-14 - USA-Illinois-Chicago - Abbey Pub 2003-11-19 - Canada-Vancouver - Atlantis-Commodore Ballroom 2003-11-20 - USA-Oregon-Portland - Holocene 2003-11-21 - Electraglide Special, Samurai FM 2003-12-10 - UK-England-London - XFM-Superchunk Mix 2003-XX-XX - UK-England-London-Hackney - Ocean Room - Warp Party - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-01-16 - New Zealand-Auckland - Ericsson Stadium - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-01-18 - Australia-Gold Coast - Parklands - Big Day Out - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-01-23 - Australia-Sydney - Showgrounds-Metro Theatre - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-01-26 - Australia-Melbourne - RAS Showground - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-01-27 - Australia-Melbourne - Prince Of Wales-St Kilda - Hotel Melbourne - Aphex Twin & Luke Vibert 2004-01-30 - Australia-Adelaide - Royal Showground - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-02-01 - Australia-Perth - Claremont Showground-Boiler Room - Aphex Twin Vs Luke Vibert 2004-03-04 - France - Dirty Soundsystem 2004-03-15 - UK-England-London (with Jean-Jacques Perrey) 2004-06-08 - UK-England-London - ‘Herbal’ bar and club, Shoreditch (as Wagon Christ, with DJ AFX) 2004-07-18 - Gent - Vooruit - 10 Days Off 2004-07-30 - Sweden-Bergslagen - Norberg Festival 2004-08-21 - UK-England-London - XFM-The Rinse 2004-09-01 - UK - Radio One-BBC 6 Mix 2004-09-17 - UK-England-London - Electrowerkz Amunition Launch Party 2004-11-06 - Cafe Moskau - images 2005-03-05 - UK - Breezeblock (full show with Drop The Lime) 2005-05-03 - UK - Radio One - Breezeblock 2005-05-13 - Brussels - Homegrown Dirty Dancing 2005-06-16 - Spain-Barcelona - Sonar 2005-07-14 - Netherlands-Amersterdam - Paradiso - 5 Days Off - parts 1 & 2 2005-08-05 - Poland - Plock Festival 2005-10-07 - Let It Bleep 2005-11-25 - Germany - Hoerbar Special Abstrakt - see '2001-XX-XX - Germany - Hoerbar Special Abstrakt' 2005-XX-XX - Ireland-Belfast 2005-XX-XX - Glade Festival 2006-03-03 - UK-England-Manchester - Kindergarten 2006-03-07 - Faster Than Sound festival - Breezeblock 2006-04-18 - One World - Snowbombing Special 2006-05-12 - UK-England-London - Electrowerkz 2006-06-24 - link 2006-07-03 - UK-Suffolk - Faster Than Sound Festival (Breezeblock broadcast) 2006-07-24 - UK - Radio One-One World 2006-07-28 - Netherlands-Utrecht - Tivoli De Helling - 030303 2006-09-23 - Germany-Berlin - Watergate 2006-10-(08 or 28) - France-Paris - Let It Bleep 2006-11-04 - UK-England-London - PLEX 2006-11-18 2006-11-24 - Germany-Berlin - Icon 2006-12-08 - UK-England-London - Electrowerkz-Angel-Bangface XXXIX (with Ragga Twins) 2006-XX-XX - Australia - Newtown's Frigids 2007-01-19 - Plug N Play Studios 2007-02-15 - Back To The Basics: see 1999-02-25 2007-02-17 2007-02-22 2007-03-04 - Budapest - Trafo 2007-04-06 - UK-England-London 2007-04-13 - USA-California-Mountain View - NASA 2007-04-14 - USA-Washington-Seattle - Re-Bar 2007-04-20 - USA-California-Los Angeles - A+D Architecture and Design Museum 2007-05-11 - UK-England-London - Bang Face XLIV 2007-10-26 - UK-England-London - I Love Acid - poster, pics 2007-11-23 - Australia-Sydney - Oxford Art Factory. Basement, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst 2007-11-25 - Australia-Brisbane - Uber. 100 Boundary Street, West End 2007-11-29 - Australia-Adelaide - Crown & Sceptre Hotel. 308 – 312 King William Street 2007-12-01 - Australia-Perth - Artrage, The Bakery. 233 James St. Northbridge 2007-12-07 - UK-England-Manchester - The Warehouse Project 2008-02-09 - UK-England-London - Soundcrash - at Cargo 2008-04-2X - Camber Sands Holiday Park - Bangface, The Weekender Interviews: 1996-04-XX - Pulse! magazine - My Bedroom Is A Jungle - html 2003-08-XX - Good Vibrations - html 2006-06-08 - The Blend - html XXXX-XX-XX - RadioValve - html XXXX-XX-XX - Club Life magazine - html Other: circa 1997-1998 - Studio Session 1 (see thread) circa 1997-1998 - Studio Session 2 (see thread) 1998-XX-XX - Radio Wagon Christ - released via the-raft.com (see thread) ALL FILES WE HAVE ARE ACCESSIBLE VIA OUR DOWNLOAD MANAGER. TO ACCESS CLICK "DOWNLOADS" TAB AT THE VERY TOP OF THE WEB PAGE. WE DO NOT HAVE FILES FOR ALL DATES LISTED. COLLABORATIONS WITH APHEX TWIN ARE IN THE APHEX TWIN SECTION OF THE DOWNLOAD MANAGER.
  11. Holy shit things have changed on here - I had to pay to get in! This had better have a happy ending. FWIW I used to post as Hamsteizer around 2007. Then I twiddled my own knob so much little people came out & got in the way of everything. Worked my way back to it & I've progressed from Fruity Loops to Ableton! People are already comparing me to a modern-day Mozart, but I know I'm better than that. I'll post a couple of tracks here & then roam the forums & listen. Starting with an Aphex cover. Name that tune! ++ ok I figured out Scloud, link is here ++ SheLeftMate_01.mp3
  12. I’m sure it’s been discussed somewhere, I just can’t find it... There are obvious similarities between parts in at least two tracks on Chaos A.D. Buzz Caner and I Care Because You Do: Chaos A.D. ‘Friend Track’ contains the same drum loop as ‘Cow Cud is a Twin’ - seems the track name would be the obvious clue here Chaos A.D. ‘Dreaded Pestilence’ uses a nearly identical sound (harsh feedback resonant filter lfo fart) to ‘Ventolin’ - I have never heard this sound anywhere else. Does anyone have details, ie did anyone ever confirm/admit that RDJ contributed on Buzz Caner and/or borrowed material from it for ICBYD or vice versa?
  13. https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/music-2/the-mad-extraterrestrial-power-of-aphex-twin/ Never heard of him or the website but Google thought I should know.
  14. Aphex Twin will be playing for the f i r s t t i m e in México! Festival Ceremonia will take place Saturday April 6, 2019. Venue is Foro Pegaso in Toluca, México, which is about 1.5hr drive from Mexico City. In the lovely words of gordo, the city proper of Toluca "is ugly af and there's nothing to do there", so we'd both generally recommend staying in cdmx if you are interested in doing any touristy things around the festival, but if not, staying in Toluca should be alright. There will be official shuttle transportation (separate ticket for this) between cdmx and the venue. Im stoked to see aphex for the first time, even though its not the ideal festival (here we would call it a fresa vibe..). Para los méxicanos/as de watmm, tal vez nos vemos allá. And for foreigners who may be interested, I´d be happy to answer any questions or doubts you have. If you´ve never visited, I´d really recommend taking a few days on either end of the festival to be a tourist in mexico city, there is tons to see/eat/do and your american-bucks will go far here.
  15. I love the first 43 seconds of the Girl/Boy 18 snare rush mix
  16. Picked up a few collapsed CD releases and the 51/13 collection. Couldn't find the other 4 collapsed titles. Also Japan is a cool country, A+ would visit again.
  17. http://www.djmagitalia.com/aphex-twin-club-to-club/ Almost confirmed. This is it. Inviato dal mio iPhone utilizzando Tapatalk
  18. and yeah, you can guess his reaction. With this track, you have to understand what it's about.. I also believe that with any of Richard's music, you need a certain level of musical intelligence in order to take in everything happening in Drukqs per second.. the look on his face when it reached the climax near to the end was indescribable. He said "WTF, THAT IS NOT MUSIC".. Anyone else experienced this when introducing Drukqs to a complete noob, and has never entered the realms of the electronic music world? I guess it is not the most accessible album if Richard's, but it was that album which got me into The Aphex Twin.
  19. Hey guys! For the last couple of months I have collected and curated lots IDM MIDIs from a variety of sources and locations, hosting them all on a website with a bunch of recreations and links to the MIDI file downloads. I plan to do the 4 big IDM acts, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Autechre and Squarepusher. Due to the abundance of Aphex Twin MIDI files, I have finished that section and am ready to release it while working on the other artists, as well as constant aesthetic overhauls and improvements. It's a very basic early version at the moment, but I hope this grows into a project that really acts as a legitimate resource in dissecting the music that we all love, and to sate the curiosity and desire of anybody that wants to know what goes into writing and composing some of the greatest tunes in Electronic Music. The site is split into the albums, and while a lot of these files you may already have, there are many exclusive MIDIs to be downloaded, such as the start of "I'm Self Employed", "Girl Boy Song" and the very fresh "Umil-25" Lead and Bass. I have a dedicated person working on creating MIDIs of full tracks, he made the Syro and Soundcloud MIDIs that were posted on Reddit and discussed on the Richard (MIDI) James thread earlier this week, aswell as our very own Scarbo who contributed some A+ piano MIDIs to this site. I will constantly be adding them as I receive or make them, and if you have any tracks, MIDIs, ideas or bugs you have discovered, you can send it in with an email link on the artist home page. Thank you for your attention, and I hope you enjoy the site. http://www.midm-database.co.uk/
  20. found a really old doc with some articles in french that are already out there, but this one I haven't read before. its from a french magazine. thought of sharing because its a really nice read, google translated so, enjoy. Twintwin at the Syldaves The Inrockuptibles n ° 311 - October 30, 2001 Interview by JD Beauvallet After announcing his retirement the last, Aphex Twin returns with a furious and exciting double album: Drukqs. Very rare but generous in interview, this fundamental character of the electronic music is finally explained on his characters, his methods, his origins and his designs: a young man as sweet as his music seems indomitable, as close as his records seem Martian. For ten years, Richard D. James and his various incarnations, of which Aphex Twin remains the most famous, have largely contributed to the revolution of electro. Thanks to this former student of defrocked electronics (at the express course: he abandoned his studies after a few weeks), this often austere or simplistic language has discovered a grammar with unprecedented complexity, but also a virgin fluidity and wealth . Just as Brian Eno, his most prominent ancestor, had revolutionized the use of synthesizers in the 1970s (by refusing the bidding in virtuosity to favor a much more sensitive and refined approach), Richard D. James peeled the acid- house and cut up techno in the early 90s. Reduced to their only vital centers, techno and acid-house would thus become the unthinkable playground of this self-taught man who did not mention Satie at the Stockhausen, but felt that with a heart and a sampler, there was better to only what he heard around him. Like Eno, another child isolated from the English countryside, another proletarian son terrorized by the world of work, Richard D. James then folds into an imaginary universe, between lead soldiers and feather keyboards. It will be discovered by the fundamental Selected Ambient Works 8S-92, the first album in the logically enoeque title: a phenomenon of tension and dynamics, behind which a large part of electronic music still runs in vain today. Some unfortunate people will then attach to his music humiliating and haughty labels, like "intelligent techno". The claim, however, has never been convened in the dense and intractable discography of Aphex Twin who, on the other hand, will often flirt with wild humor, cowardly provocations or sadistic nihilism. At Aphex Twin, nicely slacker, the brain may control the discs, it is politely discarded speech: a word never theoretical, surprisingly ground to. earth compared to his disks, tight and bumped. It's enough to have once seen his videos (as scary as hilarious, made with his sinister accomplice Chris Cunningham) of Come to Daddy or Windowlicker to be convinced that Richard D. James is anything but a dark juice distiller from brain to water of pudding. It is besides after these two singles and their miraculous triumphs that Richard D. James announced last year his definitive retirement. A promise made obsolete this summer by the loss of a hard drive in a Japanese plane: literally panicked at the idea of ​​seeing his unreleased tracks run on the Internet, Richard D. James then embarked on the emergency double and dazzling Drukqs, a plausible testament to music that owes as much to the acid house jubilation as to Satie's melancholy, to drum'n'bass sonic research and to the fondness of toy music boxes. children. "A child in an adult body: it's all me, that I hope that the adult will never smother it", confirms Richard D. James in this rare and precious interview: the only one he has given a French newspaper this year. Our meeting looks like an obstacle course. to have the honor of arguing with the most discreet legend of English electronics, you first have to hang around in an ultra-gloomy mall in south London. A mall that was probably fashionable in 1967, but is today abandoned to shady shops syldaves, stalls of unidentified products between which men and murky (also women, identical) move their chair - and their conversation. Time to believe himself victim of a nice hoax and Richard D. James tumbles smiles to the lips, from his neighbor bunker: the former local bank in which he now lives, autonomous and entrenched. This visit to the mall is obviously the event of his day. The decor looks more and more like a chilling adventure of Hergé, as we engage in conversation under thirty inquisitive eyes, hidden behind black glasses - and gabardines. Men from the Zepo, the Syldave secret police. Aphex Twin or the art of making the most banal things perilous and strange. Last year, you announced your retirement, after your two biggest successes to date, Windowlicker and Come to Daddy. What motivated this rejection? Richard D. James - I have the impression of having retired for a long time already, since I was 20 years old. Since the day I decided not to work, I'm sort of pre-retired. And suddenly, last year, the music started to look like a job, you had to give interviews, attend meetings. That's why I seriously considered saying goodbye to the record industry. But I would have continued to make music, I needed her too much. My life would be useless and empty if I did not have music. However, in your reports to the industry and the media, you seem to have fun, blurring the tracks. It's a way of forcing me not to take this circus seriously. For this new album, I accepted only four interviews. Because before, during the interviews, I heard myself speak and everything sounded wrong. Sometimes I was sent abroad, where, for a whole day, I remained in a hotel, answering twenty interviews in a single file. I was so bored that I constantly lied, I invented characters, I decided that I was going to be aggressive with the next journalist, vain with another, shy with the one after ... As I did not never read the music press of my life, I did not know what to say. I quickly understood that I was not cut for this "trade", which has more to do with trade than with music. I seem very naive, but most of the musicians disgust me, they are only representatives of commerce. When I visit them in the studio, I am shocked to see that there can be a phone or a fax in the very place where the music is created. Me, I banished the phone from my studio, I do not want me to find it, I want it to remain a magical place, unrelated to the outside life. How can one create serenely when one has at the end of the line of the merchants who say to you "the music for the pub, I need it in an hour"? I am ashamed for them, they betrayed their gift, they became stooges. It is said that you come from a very wealthy background and that you would not need the music - and therefore the business - to live. This is probably a stupidity that I told a day when I was bored in interview. In truth, in my little village of Cornwall, my mother is a nurse and my father is a minor. When I started music, I was an electronics student, a fellow. Overnight, a Belgian label, R & S, sent me 10,000 F to release a first record. I could not believe it, I immediately dropped out of college. For the world of work, for me, was the scarecrow: I saw my parents fight all their lives to lead a decent life and I did not want that. They are now 60 years old and belong to this generation who feel guilty as soon as she stops working, who is ashamed to take five minutes to watch TV. In the evening, I saw them go home exhausted and very early, I dreamed of another life. Music was my way out. For example, when I engage with my girlfriend, I go to compose music. Anyone else would come home, let anger and frustration settle, and then try to pick up the pieces. I'm running away, totally. And sometimes, after two days, my girlfriend calls me: "You could still call me, I do not know where we are." And I, I erased everything, I left so far away from these everyday worries. Music is the best therapy I know. She is my blanket, my cozy refuge. Which is sometimes dangerous: because if I use the music to heal me and I only make shit, then here I am at the bottom of the hole. Yet, contrary to what my girlfriend says, I feel to be rather balanced, in a constant mood. Your music is however often melancholy. I'm really nostalgic, I'm upset remembering places I've been to, people I've met. It's sickly: I can not, physically, go past the house where I grew up. Otherwise, I'll go in and empty the people who live there now. "It's MY house, you have nothing to do there!" With music, you seem to have created a bubble around you, a bulwark. What held this role before the music? My toys have long held this role, my little cars and my soldiers. Then, around the age of 10, I started having fun with my tape recorder, recording noises around me, without telling anyone. This is always how I envision my music. a game, meant for me alone. I force myself to believe that my money comes from elsewhere, to keep the composition a secret hobby. The first real melodies, I composed them around 12 years, by chance, by dint of sticking, slowing down or speeding up bits of tapes. All of these were loopholes, a way of escaping my daily life. It was a stifling little town, where everyone knew each other. I felt like I was stuck away from everything, forgotten. I dreamed of coming to London, a city that would guarantee me excitement - but also anonymity. A city where you can be alone or in a group, but at least where you have the choice. I remember with horror the day my best friend refused to play the little soldiers and cars with me, telling me we were too old for that. I was shattered. I needed a substitute product immediately: I started by drawing, then the music was imposed. I drew mostly my hands, it was my only model. Or images of war, gigantic paintings of battle scenes. From time to time, I think I must think of the day when I am deaf. This is a serious concern. We do not do fifteen years of techno DJ without screwing up his ears. And then, I spend my life scratching my ears. It's a real obsession. Recently, I bought myself a perfect gadget in Japan: a kind of illuminated periscope to look inside the ears. We can thus go to observe the tympanum and the cochlea: a snail-shaped tube ... Since I'm a kid, I'm having fun with my ears because it's the only way to get closer to my brain . And that's an obsession: play with my brain, touch it, tap on this or that part. How did your entourage experience this seclusion that you imposed yourself, very young? I think my parents were delighted to see that at least I was not bored. I made my mother mad with rage listening to my techno maxis far too strong. I did not have that kind of problem with my father: years spent in the mines made him deaf. Most of the time, I was alone with the music. I did not read, because my brain is always on the alert, unable to follow the reading. It was my problem at school, where I did not understand anything, where the conversations seemed to be in a foreign language. I envy people when I see them reading: they seem to escape from everyday life. How has music become such an obsession? Kid, I did not listen to music at all, I did not like anything. I could hear through the floor the indie rock records of my sister and I found it atrocious. However, I forced myself: like her, I locked myself in my room, lying on the bed, to do nothing but listen to these guitars. But it did not cause anything in me, except boredom. I found this need to be expressed by very strange words. Until recently, I was very embarrassed at the very idea of ​​talking about my emotions, it seemed to me something old rocker. I wanted to play music that was rid of it, that's why I loved so much techno, based on repetition and not on feelings. The melodies, It was for me something with rose water. But after ten years listening only to repetitive music, to deaf, I changed my mind. And then I'm a little open, I have less difficulty and shame to evoke what I feel. For two years I have been frightened myself: I hear myself talking to others about what I think, what I feel. But I derive a great pleasure, a relief. For more than twenty years, I have been too shy for that. And unfortunately, that-was for arrogance. My girlfriend, when she met me for the first time, found me undrinkable. Before realizing that I'm pretty cute (laughs) ... Have the raves been your first contacts with people whose passion you shared? My only collective experiences, before the raves, were the fights with pebbles, in my village. I did a lot of sport, but always individually: climbing, cycling (I always do a lot) or swimming. And there, suddenly, in the raves, I discovered myself friends. The first, I organized with a friend, in a sheepfold - because nothing was happening in Cornwall, we could only rely on us. We managed to bring in one hundred and fifty people: that says a lot about the idleness of young people there. Especially since I was a DJ more than a beginner. A boyfriend kept talking to me and three times in a row he blew up the record I was playing. Especially since it was the first of the evening. I almost gave up my DJ career before I even started it (laughs) ... All the dancers looked at me with contempt. And yet, a few months later, I was invited to parties where I was paid 400 F to spend records for two hours only. That's what my school buddies earned in a month by filling the shelves of supermarkets all weekend. I was so happy to listen to this kind of music so loud, without my mother to shout at me, that I danced like crazy behind my turntables. Ironically, your house is located right next to the English temple of commercial dance music, the Ministry Of Sound. Some nights, the line to get in comes to my house. To kill time, I sometimes duck their customers with balloons filled with water. From home, I hear only bass, but it intrigues me: I measure the tempo, I monitor the sequences. Today, it has really become a tourist place, with a large majority of onlookers from around the world. My dream is to take turntables on a busy evening. to empty the track in a few minutes. I played it twice, but only in private parties. I could not resist the urge to play on what they describe as "the most powerful sound system in the world". But when I found myself on the turntables, the sound was shabby, I suspect they have changed the sound of the sound to punish me, because I drag a strange reputation: that of a DJ who screw up the sonos. In festivals, I'm told "We watch you, do not you dare to make the guy with our gear, seen?" Do you still enjoy playing DJ? It's a lot less exciting than when I started at age 16. I dreamed then all week. Today, I enjoy playing in less conventional places, in people for example. Next week, I'm going to animate a wedding and that, it explodes me. I also promised a student of art, whose visual work I liked, to come and play very hard records at her thesis presentation. And next to that, I also play in museums like Albert & Victoria, which is pretty perverse. It makes me feel good to play records without necessarily having to dance. Soon, I will play at the Barbican Art Center, for a tribute to Stockhausen. I learned yesterday that I will not be entitled to a big sound system, not to disturb the library and the galleries, but that each visitor would wear a wireless headset, connected to my turntables: instead of exploding the sound system, I'm going to explode the brains. I am going to take advantage of it to send out subliminal messages - and, above all, to finally meet one of my rare idols, Stockhausen. I will be very shy, but I would love to bring him to my house, smoke a joint and play it with my little instruments, with my acid-box, my 808 drum machine ... I'm sure he despises the dance -music, but I think I could penetrate his brain, make contact. Your records are nowadays more often diffused in art galleries than in this kind of shopping center where you give your appointments. Do you consider this a failure, as an inability to address the general public? The real failure, for me, would be to be broadcast only in shopping centers. I touched that at a time, when I found myself in the charts, and I did not like it. I think that basically I am made to belong to a minority. The more people like my music, as was the case at the time of Windowlicker and Come to Daddy, the more I freak out. Since childhood, I have never been used to being popular, to be appreciated: it would destabilize me to change sides. And yet, with this new album, I wanted to meet a wider audience, for the first and last time in my life, before moving away on more experimental adventures. Because I do not want to change my lifestyle. If I had the courage, I would do things in a big way, I would leave my London bunker and my habits. I dream of living in a lighthouse, in the open sea. Are you able to disconnect, take a vacation? I should because I end up losing myself, immerse myself until I do not know where I am. To make music becomes for me an activity more and more intense, exhausting. Wherever I go, I take my sampler and my computer. For example, I recently went on vacation to Mont-Saint-Michel and even there, I had to go up sampler the bells of the abbey church. The label that releases your records, Warp, is based entirely on your career. Is it a weight? This album is the last one I'll be recording for Warp, I'm tired of being the spearhead, the one that finances rarely interesting albums - except those of Squarepusher. All the bad advice they gave me, all the ideas they refused me, I put in a little notebook. I should never have listened to them ... Once I leave Warp and its ramifications all over the world, I'll be able to release small-scale, artisanal records again. There are already far too many records: what good is it to put others on the market if we are not sure to bring something else? Recognition of your influence by names more famous than you (such as Radiohead, Madonna or Björk) is it reassuring or annoying? I always found it weird. It could make me very pretentious, pushing me to say "It's normal: their records are null and it's still the least they find my best!" I am very fond of my music, she is the only one I listen to. But strangely, I do not understand how anyone can touch anyone else. It's so hard to make music in your corner, without compromise. People have the impression that my songs are obvious, that I do not know the doubt ... They have no idea of ​​the work and the reflection that they require. In this sense, these compliments have done a lot for my trust - even if, on arrival, what they expect from me is very disappointing. Especially from Björk. She finds it insulting that I refused to work with her, but I'm sorry, I'm not at the orders of anyone, they do not praise me for a remix or a song. You have to come to my house, drink glasses, smoke joints, see if we can get along before we consider collaboration. She calls me on the phone as if she were a business leader and, although I love her voice, I can not work by fax, by proxy. Even Philip Glass, who had made a version of my piece Icct Hedral, finally had to collaborate with me. He was furious that I asked him to review his copy under my supervision. This song is what comes closest to a BO signed Aphex Twin. How come you never really composed for the cinema? It has always been my ambition. It has been painful and depressing to admit it, but I can not keep a deadline. And in the cinema, it's vital. If I'm told, "You're ten years old to finish the orchestration," I'm sure you can not do it. I am unable to work under duress. So, I have no choice: for me to compose a soundtrack, I will also have to make the film. It will inevitably be a day. Your new album, Drukqs, has arrived fairly quickly. Who imposed you, this time, a deadline? My carelessness. I forgot on a plane in Japan, the MP3 player on which I had recorded three hundred of my songs. No master was lost, but I suddenly panicked: if these new songs were found on the Net, I lost my only wins, bread for ten years to come. That's why Drukqs came out in haste. Panic-stricken, I wanted to release everything in the form of a box of ten CDs, but I'm too lazy. And finally, it was not so bad, thing. it forced me to listen to all my tapes, to sort them out. These pieces should never have been together, but I find they work well together, in a haphazard, incoherent way. An old-fashioned album, with an immutable order, it can not exist anymore. everyone to do their own tracklisting, to sort through the thirty pieces of the album. That's why we created the MP3. Drukqs is meant to be turned upside down. Curiously, it is from far away the album that asked me the most time, concentration. The simplest pieces are the ones that asked me the most work: I had to purify, without end, remove the notes one after the other. This meticulousness surprised me myself. This is the big difference with your previous albums: we feel a real reflection, we can not find the instinct. Only two titles are based on instinct, the other twenty-eight have been elaborated, refined, sometimes over two years. The risk is that I never finish a piece: it is always at hand, ready to suffer the effects of my last fad in date. I want to push them further, to see how far they can be deformed without tearing. Moreover, it is not excluded that I completely remix Drukqs to bring out in ten years. I like Pierre Boulez's way of constantly coming back to his first songs. Curiously, I never feel claustrophobia when I am locked in my studio. I'm good at it, in my natural environment. I sometimes stay locked up for weeks at home, without the slightest idea of ​​what's going on outside. I do not care, I do not belong to this world anymore, I'm happy in mine. My house is really a bunker, I have enough to survive, all my toys. And especially your label, Rephlex. That's right, we can think of it as a toy. A toy that, I knew from the beginning, was not going to choose the ease but annoy people. It was a bit of a whim: get out the records I love, be it hip-hop, techno or more demanding music. My pride is that the label has existed for almost ten years and has remained true to its philosophy. On this label, I can go out under a pseudo remixes of old acid tricks of ten years ago and manage to penetrate the Top 5o, it is miraculous. I'm seriously thinking of releasing the next Aphex Twin on Rephlex, without any constraints. On the new album, you can feel the clear influence of composers like Debussy or especially Satie. Is this a way that you plan to explore further in the future? I collect, methodically, all of Satie's piano recordings. I listen to it constantly. I would have loved to hear him compose a drum'n'bass song, he would have been the providential man. For years, I knew I would come to the classic. This music waited for me, patiently, sure that I would get tired of the dance. And the more I have to find exciting maxi (I have to go through a thousand shits in review to find something new), the more I turn to the classic. It's far more rewarding. Your music has always evoked for me a very strong image: that of a child prisoner of an adult body. That's exactly why I love Satie so much for this childish, fragile side. I like this way of expressing myself while thinking in a complex way. There is no flamboyance, no demonstration, no show. A child in an adult body, yes, it's all me, that. I hope the adult will never choke him. To grow is to deny oneself, to limit oneself, to play a role. I'm often asked, angry, "But when will you finally grow up?" And me, secretly, I answer that I hope never to grow up.
  21. Aphex Twin @ Funkhaus Berlin, 1 November 2018 View File Excerpt from NME, 2 November 2018: https://www.nme.com/reviews/live/aphex-twin-funkhaus-berlin-review-nov-2018 Submitter Joyrex Submitted 05/09/19 Category Aphex Twin  
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