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Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin is a UK Techno/Ambient Artist, real name Richard D. James.

Born to Welsh parents in 1971, James spent his childhood in Cornwall. He experimented with electronics from an early age, winning a competition to make a Sinclair Spectrum play a tune by setting the connected television's volume to full and alternating the colours on the screen, producing different pitches of noise.

He became a DJ and musician on the local rave scene, taking on the monicker "Aphex Twin" from the name of a manufacturer of signal processing equipment combined with the word "twin"; this was because the original Richard James, his brother, had died before Richard D James was born. James uses the "D" of his middle name to distinguish himself from his late brother.

He was a founding partner[?] in the Rephlex Records label in 1991 and released his first records on this label, as well as Mighty Force and R&S Records of Belgium. James soon moved to London and released a slew of albums and EPs on the Warp Records label. He was also responsible for a number of disturbing music videos in collaboration with director Chris Cunningham.

Aphex Twin is credited with pushing forward the genres of techno, ambient and drum and bass and has created a vast amount of music, much of it unreleased. Recent experimentation on his album Drukqs included use of a prepared piano in the style of composer John Cage.

He owns a 1950s armored scout car (a Daimler Ferret Mark 3), a submarine, and lives in a converted bank. Aphex Twin continues to create records at the boundaries of the accepted norms of music.

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Discography

  • Digeridoo (1992)
  • The Aphex Twin (1992)
  • Xylem Tube EP (1992)
  • Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)
  • On/On Remixes (1993)
  • Selected Ambient Works Vol 2 (1994)
  • Words & Music (1994)
  • Classics (1994)
  • ...I Care Because You Do (1995)
  • Ventolin/Ventolin EP (1995)
  • Donkey Rhubarb (1995)
  • 51/13 Singles Collection (1996)
  • Girl/Boy EP (1996)
  • Richard D James Album (1996)
  • Come To Daddy/Remixes/EP (1997)
  • Windowlicker (1999)
  • Drukqs (2001)
  • Cock 10/54 Cymru Beats (Promo) (2001)
  • 26 Mixes For Cash (2003)

Aliases

Richard D. James has also released a large amount of material under various aliases:

AFX:

  • Analogue Bubblebath (1991)
  • Analogue Bubblebath 2 (1991)
  • Analogue Bubblebath 3 (1993)
  • Analogue Bubblebath 3.1 (1997)
  • Analogue Bubblebath 4 (1994)
  • Analogue Bubblebath 5 (1995 unreleased)
  • Hangable Auto Bulb (1995)
  • Hangable Auto Bulb 2 (1995)
  • 2 Remixes By AFX (2001)

Brad Strider:

  • Bradley's Beat (1995)
  • Bradley's Robot (1996)

Caustic Window:

  • Compilation (1998)
  • Joyrex J4 (1992)
  • Joyrex J5 (1992)
  • Joyrex J9 (1993)

GAK:

  • GAK (1994)

Polygon Window:

  • Surfing On Sine Waves (1993, re-released 2001)
  • Quoth (1993)

Power Pill:

Q-Chastic:

  • Q-Chastic EP (1992 unreleased)

In the Universal Indicator series:

  • Universal Indicator: Red (1991)
  • Universal Indicator: Green (1995)

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