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OfflineHATU
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Aphex Twin
    #2254397 - 01/19/04 11:37 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I read a lot of people's posts who love Aphex Twin. Is this just when you're tripping, or all the time. For the life of me I can't get into anything but their ambient works. I haven't listened to any of it on mushrooms or anything else yet, but what's the deal? What's so great about it?


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254461 - 01/19/04 11:53 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Well, there's something to be said for "just getting it" vs "not" -- but that's not an elitist statement -- it just strikes people in a certain way, and not others.

But to explain further, for me it's a matter of being able to find patterns and texture in what seems to be chaos.  If you listen closely to the Ambient stuff you'll find it's the same, in a way, as his non-ambient works -- just as if the contrast knob had been turned waaay down.  He'll produce a work which seems random, but will fit and work with the "rules" of music, then another which defies the rules but shapes sound to elicit an emotional response and yet another which is meant to convey a message, even if that message is completely untranslatable.  And some is just fun and freaky :smile:

But that's just me.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: valour]
    #2254578 - 01/20/04 12:20 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

So what appeals to you musically is analyzing the textures and layers to ultimately find an obtuse pattern?


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254592 - 01/20/04 12:32 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i absolutely adore aphex twin's shit.. its just good like that.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: panamared]
    #2254595 - 01/20/04 12:34 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

What do you like about it?


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254598 - 01/20/04 12:35 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

For Aphex Twin and similar artists, sometimes.  And I think some of it is just plain fun :smile:

Aphex Twin can make me crack up (even when sober ;-)) with the feelings I soak from it.
Or compare on a level to feeling the emotions from an opera in Italian (if you don't understand Italian)-- now extend it to the structure of the music itself.

Note that I'm in no way trying to convince ya -- just explaining how it works for me.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: valour]
    #2254613 - 01/20/04 12:40 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Maybe I'll have to try to approach it from a different angle. I like the way you explained it.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254615 - 01/20/04 12:41 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Right on.
If you've had strong psychedelic experiences, it can be similar, but in a musical sense.

I'd love to hear how you feel about it -- even if you still don't connect with it.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: valour]
    #2254627 - 01/20/04 12:46 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

What would you suggest to begin with, I listened the Classics album and it was ok. The songs I have downloaded I could go either way, for most of them at least.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254645 - 01/20/04 12:56 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Hm, if you like industrial music, picking up the Come to Daddy EP would be good.

Donkey Rhubarb is a kinda inbetween step from his ambient to more out-there stuff.

Seek out the Come to Daddy or Windowlicker videos to perhaps give a decent visual connection to what the music might be conveying.

I think "I Care Because You Do" makes for a decent intro to his work:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002HIK


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: valour]
    #2254684 - 01/20/04 01:14 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I first got into aphex twin through the come to daddy video, and then I just downloaded random stuff. Last summer I got the "Rchard D. James Album" I had this album playing the second I did shrooms and it was amazing. I love it sober too, it just seemed for that particular trip cuz we were all outside running around in my backyard. The music has no lyrics really and while it has some melodies they're not really drilled into the listener its perfect that way cuz it can be played over and over and never seem familiar. I also think the mix of fun and mysterious/scary sounds in it really enhance a mushroom trip. The bottom line would be that whether you dig it or not the guy is a genius and you should definitely give his stuff a strong listen.

on an unrelated note those already familiar with aphex might wanna check out a cover of come to daddy by dillinger escape plan, its crazy to hear a live band cover that song.


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254697 - 01/20/04 01:23 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i say listen to drukqs track 2 on the first disk.... i have blown so many peoples minds with this track, even when there sober. even people who detest electronic music all together. they say 'damn...that is something altogether i never thought could happen to my ears'

i listen to aphex all the time...by far my favorite electronic artist (with the orb in a close second)...but seriously....drukqs ...disk 1...track 2...headphones, you'll be a changed man.

his production techniques are beyond the scope of my comprehension, and i trained at a very prestigious music school for several years and have been studying on my own for close to 10 years now.

ive only bought one new album since 1998..and that was drukqs, its that good.

~JSlice~


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: angryjslice]
    #2254712 - 01/20/04 01:29 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Do you know the name of that track by chance?


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254732 - 01/20/04 01:35 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

the track name is Vordhosbn

if you like it, let us know. if ya dont, let us know why not.

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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2254882 - 01/20/04 02:44 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

And...heh, believe it or not, none of those track names are typos :wink:


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2255580 - 01/20/04 11:29 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I find some of his stuff simply amazing, makes my whole body feel like it is floating in the bars of music. Some of his stuff I detest, I'm reminded of a track (I think on I care because you do, but I might be wrong) with a high-pitched squeal going on in the background throughout the entire track...

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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: Krishna]
    #2256091 - 01/20/04 02:46 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

drukqs is a freaking amazing album.
the asian influnces in rythem & organic sounds are amazing.

kindof sick of his jungle & most jungle for that matter.
but new melodies & percusive patternings are excellent...


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: HATU]
    #2256308 - 01/20/04 04:10 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Richard rules. Don't write him off if you've only ever heard one song or one album, his production is extremely varied.

If you lurv Aphex, then you probably dig Autechre and the rest of the Warp rooster too.

Warp has just launched an online music outlet where they sell high quality mp3's (none of that drm crap). It's called Bleep:

http://www.bleep.com


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: muhurgle]
    #2256327 - 01/20/04 04:17 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Btw, Bleep is superb compared to other online music outlets. You can listen to 90kbps streams (complete, not 10 seconds or something) of all the songs and albums they sell.

If you're not aquinted with Warp, then this is the place to get some nice new music. Some of my favourites on Warp are: Aphex, Autechre, Squaqrepsuher, Plaid, Prefuse 73, LFO, Nightmares On Wax, Boards Of Canada, The Black Dog, Brothomstates, Anti-Pop Consortium, Chris Clark, Danger Mouse & Jemini The Gifted, Luke Vibert, Red Snapper, Wagon Christ, etc. etc.

Enough evangelising.. just check it out :smile:


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Re: Aphex Twin [Re: muhurgle]
    #2256827 - 01/20/04 06:58 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Can't beat a bit of Aphex Twin, Lemon Jelly, Nightmares on Wax, Tosca, Quantic, Groove Armada, Bonobo, Air, Zero 7, Fila Brazillia, Bent, Massive Atttack, Royksopp or Mr. Scruff when tripping :smile:

Most of the artists I've mentioned are British - Is this music popular in the states?


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