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I personally find drukqs and SAW 2 to be his most influential and cohesive. I feel like those albums show how far you can push the art of electronic music making in different directions. A textural/melodic/ambient direction (that to this day remains some of the finest listening on this planet) to the most technical and alien drum programming and song structure and sample manipulation (that to this day remains distinct, I've never heard anything quite like it since).

I couldn't agree more!

 

Also remember being totally blown away by Wax The Nip!!!

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Speak for yourself. You just need a partner who's also a musician. Couples who play together stay together!

Well easier said than done. You literally found one who not only likes acid and braindance and IDM but makes it as well, and makes similar music (at least I'm pretty sure she does). Pretty rare.

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You should see the module she's currently making me...  :happy:

 

I realise it's absolutely the best "problem" to have when I'm trying to make music (or get day job work done), and she's at her desk next to mine, loudly making much better music, heh...

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Its got a nice melody, Im a massive aphex fan, but like all artists. hate to tell you, they make a good share of shit tracks in between the great ones. 

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Its just opinion really. Aphex has made some shitty tracks. Maybe what I think is shitty others like, who cares, but it's good to know as an artist you can say fuck it and just make music and let shit fall as it may

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Yeah he did some shit ones. I've spent most of today sorting out all the analords and new versions of the old albums from the bleep shop, some of the original tracks on ICBYD were not good.

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huh!?

 

whether it's aphex or not hasn't got much to do with whether i think it sounds shitty. it doesn't sound like aphex, thats all. even a shitty aphex track would sound like aphex.

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How cool that young RDJ had access to digital multitrack recording equipment in the mid 80s!!

 

Maybe you were being sarcastic but in the case that you weren't, RDJ has said that he doesn't multitrack when he records.  He sequences everything and just hits record on whatever he's using, DAT/laptop/hard disk recorder/etc, then hits play on the sequencer.  He records everything straight to a stereo two-track.  

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How cool that young RDJ had access to digital multitrack recording equipment in the mid 80s!!

 

Maybe you were being sarcastic but in the case that you weren't, RDJ has said that he doesn't multitrack when he records.  He sequences everything and just hits record on whatever he's using, DAT/laptop/hard disk recorder/etc, then hits play on the sequencer.  He records everything straight to a stereo two-track.  

 

Really? What's the source on that?

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How cool that young RDJ had access to digital multitrack recording equipment in the mid 80s!!

 

Maybe you were being sarcastic but in the case that you weren't, RDJ has said that he doesn't multitrack when he records.  He sequences everything and just hits record on whatever he's using, DAT/laptop/hard disk recorder/etc, then hits play on the sequencer.  He records everything straight to a stereo two-track.  

 

Really? What's the source on that?

 

It's always good to check, so:

 

Everything was originally mastered on standard tape on a hi-fi cassette deck...  It's 99% sequenced.  Strings I'll play, but everything else has to be accurate...  I never keep sounds on disk.  This does record companies' heads in 'cos they like you to remix, but I just don't like to do it.  Sometimes I might spend three or four days to get the sounds together, then do a track with them.  The next time I work on something, if I have a wicked idea for a melody and I'm feeling lazy, it would be too easy to use a disk of drums that I'd used before.  That's why I don't save anything, because I like everything to be different.

 

 

Over twenty years later:

 

...there were no analogues runnin live on druqks at all...  none of the tracks on syro were multi tracked into the computer , they were all recorded live to 2 track, which is kinda insane but the way i like it.

 

It all depends on the setup he's using at the time.  There's no right or wrong answer.  Most of his music, I believe, is heavily sequenced, with some live FM pad playing over the top, recorded live, albeit with multiple takes to get one that's spot on.  He doesn't seem to multitrack record all that much, which seems bizarre to me, but there you go.  Then for Drukqs (and I'm guessing the Richard D. James album), it's all samples of analogue gear that he then composes with after the sound design, as far as I can tell.  Yay tracking!  Takes me back...

 

It seems odd to me that where most people would just record a part, then record the exact same part again to double it, he'll instead buy twice as many modules to do the same thing live:

 

that 1.54 [into Fenix Funk 5] is a conventional europatch but dual path , so like 2 mono synths, so 2 filters,2 osc's 2, vcas etc i rek it was mostly doepfer modules, there wasnt many other eurorack modules out then anyhow, you can make the doeper modules sound much smoother/delux like that, 2 of everything and pan it

 

I'm not sure how he avoids the problem of running out of hands two twiddle knobs with...  Presumably he uses a lot of automation!

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Wow I missed that part with syro. That's cool because that's what i do now too to avoid using computers so it makes me feel more justified.

 

I knew that Analord was recorded live into a fucking minidisc recorder. That blew my mind at first, the Syro thing is even more mindblowing.

 

I'd like to hear more about the recording process for the tuss.

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OK, my turn: anyone have the citation for any Analords being recorded to MiniDisc? I can find another WATMM thread on it, but again with no citation.

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I just spent a few days scrutinizing the spectral content of every Analord track and found no signs of ATRAC compression.

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OK, my turn: anyone have the citation for any Analords being recorded to MiniDisc? I can find another WATMM thread on it, but again with no citation.

 

 

I want to say soundcloud comment but unfortunately I cannot find anyone that archived them.....

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How cool that young RDJ had access to digital multitrack recording equipment in the mid 80s!!

Maybe you were being sarcastic but in the case that you weren't, RDJ has said that he doesn't multitrack when he records. He sequences everything and just hits record on whatever he's using, DAT/laptop/hard disk recorder/etc, then hits play on the sequencer. He records everything straight to a stereo two-track.

Really? What's the source on that?

It's always good to check, so:

Everything was originally mastered on standard tape on a hi-fi cassette deck... It's 99% sequenced. Strings I'll play, but everything else has to be accurate... I never keep sounds on disk. This does record companies' heads in 'cos they like you to remix, but I just don't like to do it. Sometimes I might spend three or four days to get the sounds together, then do a track with them. The next time I work on something, if I have a wicked idea for a melody and I'm feeling lazy, it would be too easy to use a disk of drums that I'd used before. That's why I don't save anything, because I like everything to be different.

 

Over twenty years later:

...there were no analogues runnin live on druqks at all... none of the tracks on syro were multi tracked into the computer , they were all recorded live to 2 track, which is kinda insane but the way i like it.

It all depends on the setup he's using at the time. There's no right or wrong answer. Most of his music, I believe, is heavily sequenced, with some live FM pad playing over the top, recorded live, albeit with multiple takes to get one that's spot on. He doesn't seem to multitrack record all that much, which seems bizarre to me, but there you go. Then for Drukqs (and I'm guessing the Richard D. James album), it's all samples of analogue gear that he then composes with after the sound design, as far as I can tell. Yay tracking! Takes me back...

 

It seems odd to me that where most people would just record a part, then record the exact same part again to double it, he'll instead buy twice as many modules to do the same thing live:

that 1.54 [into Fenix Funk 5] is a conventional europatch but dual path , so like 2 mono synths, so 2 filters,2 osc's 2, vcas etc i rek it was mostly doepfer modules, there wasnt many other eurorack modules out then anyhow, you can make the doeper modules sound much smoother/delux like that, 2 of everything and pan it

I'm not sure how he avoids the problem of running out of hands two twiddle knobs with... Presumably he uses a lot of automation!

How can you tell that the pads are played live and not sequenced ?

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He said this, quoted above:

 

Strings I'll play, but everything else has to be accurate

I might be misinterpreting it, maybe he played them and recorded the MIDI data of playing them, then when he was recording everything he was barely doing anything at all, just letting it play out...  Although this was 20-30 years ago anyway...

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I just spent a few days scrutinizing the spectral content of every Analord track and found no signs of ATRAC compression.

 

 

Not that it matters, but what the hell...  How about e.g. Boxing Day?  The steep cutoff points at 15kHz, 16kHz, 17, 18, and 19 look very reminiscent of lossy encoding to me.  While I've only looked at MP3 files as far as that's concerned -- I haven't had a MiniDisc recorder since iPods took off -- I'm guessing ATRAC might look like that too?

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man we are anal. They are making some old sampler plugin's like the emulator II. I bought the sample library from some brit for 50 usd before it was released..  That could provide a good time located aphex fake. There are people out there with some skills. I never understood the desire to put up fake tracks though. It's like Hot or Not for your music maybe. You get your plays that way? What is the final outcome?

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