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So, I uh, might have somewhat spur of the moment (but not really, been wanting this for a while) put a system in my car. Was initially going to just upgrade speakers but my wife talked me into going m

Considering Ae dropped 8 hours of music that year with no hype but a facebook post it was a bit much for a 25 minute EP 

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I love this stuff but I'm secretly hoping the next full length album is a return to less chaotic rhythm and more easy listening melodies and synth. like ICBYD, or the analord series, or SAW 2. I want like an hour or two of just farty synth love, cottage tracks, notting hill buss, analord 8, analord 11. Don't even know, just want some chill melodies and vibes.

 

was just jamming to sams car on the way home and i second these sentiments fully, but have full hope that Richard will deliver such chilled-out tracks in the near future. this is only an EP afterall, and a damn good one at that. 

 

but those cottage tracks, my god those cottage tracks. mmmmm mmm!!

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I like new thing, but can we please go back to 20 year old thing

Once again you don't understand how music works.  Albums like S.A.W II, ICBYD ....actually all of Aphex Twin's early work is timeless.  It has nothing to do with when it was made.  Great music spans time and is appreciated by each new generation over and over again.  Where as the most "advanced and ground breaking new music" will be played out and dated far sooner.  The world top underground DJ'S are still playing Aphex Twins work from the 90's....they're not playing stuff from Druqks, Come To Daddy, Tuss etc..

 

I can't stand people who treat music like it's sports.

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I love this stuff but I'm secretly hoping the next full length album is a return to less chaotic rhythm and more easy listening melodies and synth. like ICBYD, or the analord series, or SAW 2. I want like an hour or two of just farty synth love, cottage tracks, notting hill buss, analord 8, analord 11. Don't even know, just want some chill melodies and vibes.

Would be nice.  In my opinion its far more bold and more challenging to create a really memorable, minimal piece of music than to do complex and virtuosic music.  I'm not even sure RDJ could recreate something like S.A.W II if he tried.  Music like that is almost more channeled than it is performed. 

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I like new thing, but can we please go back to 20 year old thing

Once again you don't understand how music works. Albums like S.A.W II, ICBYD ....actually all of Aphex Twin's early work is timeless. It has nothing to do with when it was made. Great music spans time and is appreciated by each new generation over and over again. Where as the most "advanced and ground breaking new music" will be played out and dated far sooner. The world top underground DJ'S are still playing Aphex Twins work from the 90's....they're not playing stuff from Druqks, Come To Daddy, Tuss etc..

 

I can't stand people who treat music like it's sports.

I'll tell you why the underground super dj's still play his old stuff. Cause they are old as fukk aswel!! playing the same shit for years over and over again stuck in their little "omg classic from when i was young" nostalgia loop
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Great ep, it's awesome to see someone who is still improving and changing while closing into his 50s. With tracks like MT1, and 1st 44 which are among his best imo. I honestly enjoyed those 2 as much as my favorites from syro.
 

 

 

I love this stuff but I'm secretly hoping the next full length album is a return to less chaotic rhythm and more easy listening melodies and synth. like ICBYD, or the analord series, or SAW 2. I want like an hour or two of just farty synth love, cottage tracks, notting hill buss, analord 8, analord 11. Don't even know, just want some chill melodies and vibes.

Richard is on record for saying that SAW 3 is "half-complete" ...about... 3 years ago now? Whenever that soundcloud stuff was going on.  Since it's taking so long I imagine he's curating the tracks carefully. I wonder how long it's been in the works.

 

 

 

.they're not playing stuff from Druqks, Come To Daddy, Tuss etc..

none of that is the kind of stuff you really play out though. I've seen flying lotus twice and he played windowlicker both times (he's in love with that track), but he also said over the mic that Syro was amazing (i'm like 85% sure he said Syro). Though he didn't play any Syro during that set. It was right after it came out. Maybe it's just not as compatible as some of those earlier works. 

 

 

 

I'll tell you why the underground super dj's still play his old stuff. Cause they are old as fukk aswel!! playing the same shit for years over and over again stuck in their little "omg classic from when i was young" nostalgia loop 


Earlier stuff also had a ton more pop sentiment. 

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Anyone elses record have a ton of crackle on it or did i get a bad press.

There is some crackle in the files too. It's part of the music

I love this stuff but I'm secretly hoping the next full length album is a return to less chaotic rhythm and more easy listening melodies and synth. like ICBYD, or the analord series, or SAW 2. I want like an hour or two of just farty synth love, cottage tracks, notting hill buss, analord 8, analord 11. Don't even know, just want some chill melodies and vibes.

 It's still easy listening

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Just picked up the CD tonight, first time hearing tracks 2-5. Good god... Aftering taking it it all in,. Im left completely and utterly inspired. This EP is a masterpiece. I'd also been building it up in my head since you guys hyped it up,was kind of worried it might have set expectations too high, but it far exceeded them. Collapse feels alive in a way possibly no other aphex release feels. It's truly magical. As magical as SAW 1 & 2 I think.

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Footwork? Ha. This is on a complete other level.

Yeah, again, this ^

 

The rhythms and sfx he uses in this EP don't belong to a single genre, let alone a hipster microgenre. Also I heard nothing that sounded like the stereotypical footwork sound. If anything I'd say some of the grooves in the first half of the ep are more hip hop / electro oriented, sure with the occasional scratch or vox fx, def some booty bass moments but still wouldn't say super intentional influence from a singular sub/micro genre imo. Maybe he was inspired by something in that vein for that one track, but prob fleeting influence if anything.

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Just listened a 2nd time, this time through my Sennheiser DT770 Pros coming out of RME converters and sounds fantastic. I just compared Syro wav files to the Collapse CD ver over HQPlayer and Syro seems mastered hotter/louder. I think it makes sense as Collapse has more dynamics, whereas Syro is more even throughout which lends to that saturated pushed feel.

 

Exploring Syro again is fun after hearing Collapse. Think ill put on some Cheetah now, maybe explore all his recent stuff again.

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I love this stuff but I'm secretly hoping the next full length album is a return to less chaotic rhythm and more easy listening melodies and synth. like ICBYD, or the analord series, or SAW 2. I want like an hour or two of just farty synth love, cottage tracks, notting hill buss, analord 8, analord 11. Don't even know, just want some chill melodies and vibes.

 

there's a million tracks like that on the soundcloud dump

Only like 5 of them are any good tho

 

whoa man, stop right there.  There are shitloads of gems among them....imo it's the other way around, maybe only 5 of them are shit. You're aware though he continued to upload after the first eight, right? :wink:

 

 

I like new thing, but can we please go back to 20 year old thing

Once again you don't understand how music works.

 

Tried to dodge and stay away from the inevitable shit throwing fest but seriosly, wtf does that even mean? ffs, it's music/tunes/sound/noises, there's nothing bigger truth, enlightenment or system behind it to be discovered. One simply tends to listen to the stuff he likes, age doesn't have a thing to do with it. Maybe it's a language barrier, but do you realize how cocky your post sounds?

 

I can totally get what you've been trying to say with your appreciation towards early AFX stuff, but imo you come out kinda arrogant by heavily implying, that this new stuff will not be appreciated by future generations as the old stuff is today by these top underground dj's, (who are they anyway?). How the hell can you know that, magic 8 ball? I've heard tons of great mixes which do include those shit and useless drukqs and tuss stuff, and damn, even tracks from syro. Yes, my experience might be invalid as these dj's in question don't necessarily pass some magic line there is between top dj's and other mortals. Maybe I've gotten your posts totally wrong but when talking about this legacy (?) between old and new afx, you tend to generalize a lot based strongly on your personal likes, implying any opposite opinion is just wrong, in worst case scenario made by person who doesn't have enough credibility to even form an opinion. That, my friend, is what triggers us....or me at least. Sure, one can have an opinion but it's totally different thing to act as an ultimate authority. You've had some great points on your posts too but please dude, check little your attitude.

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I sometimes sit and think that if you got these songs, the Syro songs, the good CCAI2 and Cheetah songs and made a big double album it would have been quite good

Nice playlist idea.

 

Still haven't listened to the CCAI stuff, need to get on that.

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very happy with this one

 

the end of abundance makes me pray for him to get a move on with SAW III.... those last bars...... floating goodness ;)

 

between from Cheetah to this feels like a nice cohesive narrative on the go (looming foreshadowing to being thrown into the midst and out again)

- the older he gets the better the craft :aphexsign: 

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I like new thing, but can we please go back to 20 year old thing

Once again you don't understand how music works. Albums like S.A.W II, ICBYD ....actually all of Aphex Twin's early work is timeless. It has nothing to do with when it was made. Great music spans time and is appreciated by each new generation over and over again. Where as the most "advanced and ground breaking new music" will be played out and dated far sooner. The world top underground DJ'S are still playing Aphex Twins work from the 90's....they're not playing stuff from Druqks, Come To Daddy, Tuss etc..

 

I can't stand people who treat music like it's sports.

You forget one thing. That artists don't wanna be doing the same thing over and over again. They evolve, are a different person from twenty years ago especially someone like Richard who loves experimenting. No way he'll ever go back and as much as i love his older stuff and still listen to that a lot, it's for the best. Nothing more pathetic than an artist trying to copy himself from twenty years ago... If that ever happens he'll just quit all together.

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Hotness. 

 

Coupla thoughts after reading the last couple of pages here:

 

- The T69 extended version. I just think it's pretty fucking amazing that after (likely) reading comments on Weirdcore's instagram post with the extra bits, and the comments here from folks who missed sections from the live version, that this got released. Essentially for free. I really can't think of another artist of this stature who has so kindly catered to their audience, in a total "show don't tell" way. There's wasn't some sort of "HEY GUYS, CHECK THIS OUT, YOU ASKED FOR IT, YOU GOT IT YAY ME!" sort of announcement, shit just got dropped in our laps.  It's just so incredibly generous. Wish, before diving in to why people hate the transition, doesn't think it flows, why it's not in 24 bit, etc., people would take a moment and just say "thanks" for the opportunity to have something to critique at all. I mean, it's totally fine, reasonable, etc. to have an opinion, and forums like this are where people go to voice theirs, but a modicum of gratitude (or at least recognition) might be nice? 

 

I write this all with the acknowledgment that the above is my opinion too. Some may not agree, and that's fine. It just makes me a little sad that people (myself included) so often jump straight deciding why they do or do not like something, without taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of existence itself. 

 

- The actual EP (with acknowledgements, again, this is only my opinion): It is utterly inspiring and life affirming to hear someone who is approaching their 50's continue to evolve. Drukqs has (had) always been my favorite album, and it's partly because it seemed to take elements of every prior Aphex release and combine them, while adding new techniques and ways of approaching music to the mix (everything from the microediting to the prepared piano, for example). A song like Mt. St. Michel or Ziggomatic blend incredibly intricate, evolving beats with equally moving melodies, layered with textures that, on their own, wouldn't be out of place on SAWII.  

 

A while ago I posted a thread asking how people would feel if Aphex released an EP of Drukqs outtakes. Most people indicated they would be (somewhat predictably) chuffed. Recently, someone here posted that they are grateful they got this EP instead of that. I absolutely concur. This EP feels like the culmination of the expert mastery of analogue equipment combined with the intricate programming of Drukqs, with new techniques added (e.g., the footstep stuff people keep talking about and the "collapse" elements that appear, etc.). Like my favorite songs on Drukqs, these tracks feel like a journey - pick any track and play the first 30 seconds and then play the last 30 seconds and consider how amazing that these tracks go from point a to b, seamlessly, and then consider all the different twists and turns they take along the way. It's utterly astounding. A masterclass in taking what you know, continuing to grow with it, learn new things, and apply it all in a way is both expertly composed and organic. 

 

One day, inevitably, mankind will perish, and likely by our own hand. It's nice to know these wavelengths were released into the world before that day, and I'm grateful to have had them reach my ears, and enter my brain, ending up in my heart. Namaste, bitches!

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Footwork? Ha. This is on a complete other level.

hipster microgenre

 

That's a dismissive way to put it. I'm from Chicago and some of the communities here are completely consumed by footwork. It's not my music but for some people it's pervasive throughout their culture -- far from hipster fodder.

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