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date: 09 May 2021

Aphex Twin [James, Richard D.]locked

  • Ian Peel

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[James, Richard D.]

(b Truro, 1971). English composer and DJ. Other pseudonyms include AFX, Caustic Window, Blue Calx, Dice Man, Power-Pill, Q-Chastic, Soit-P.P. and Polygon Window. He started experimenting with electronic hardware and sound in his early teens, releasing these recordings on his acclaimed début album, Selected Ambient Works 85–92 (R&S, 1992). He next collaborated with Schizophrenia (Tom Middleton; later to record as Global Communication), on the LP Analogue Bubblebath #1 (Rabbit City, 1991), which was promoted heavily by the club and radio DJ Colin Dale. Analogue Bubblebath #2 (Rabbit City, 1991) is incessantly fast and, along with early high-speed tracks by Moby, pushed the idea of techno to its limits. He released Surfing on Sine Waves (Warp, 1992), then achieved minor success in the UK singles chart with On (Warp, 1993). Selected Ambient Works Vol 2 (Warp, 1994) was entirely ‘beat-less’ and, despite taking a much darker and less melodic stance than others, was James's reaction to the ambient house boom. The album ...

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