Aphex Twin on the tube with Caustic Window

June 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Back in 1994, there were plans for releasing an LP of music from Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin, under his “Caustic Window” moniker on his own label, Rephlex Records.

This album, though recorded, never saw the light of day. Only 4 people at the time were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album – Richard James, Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq). Each person was sworn to never make copies of the music, and for 20 years, the LP little more than a rumor.

Now one of the few copies of the Caustic Window LP was listed on eBay, purchased as a Kickstarter project (with the blessing of James & Replex Records) and ripped for project supporters.

Tracks:

  • A1 – Flutey 8:25
  • A2 – Stomper 101mod Detunekik 7:29
  • B1 – Mumbly 5:37
  • B2 – Popeye 1:21
  • B3 – Fingertrips 4:19
  • B4 – Revpok 3:44
  • B5 – Afx Tribal Kik 1:11
  • C1 – Airflow 5:09
  • C2 – Squidge In The Fridge 4:13
  • C3 – Fingry 4:55
  • C4 – Jazzphase 4:27
  • G1 – 101 Rainbows (Ambient Mix) 8:53
  • G2 – Phlaps 3:52
  • G3 – Cunt 4:20
  • G4/5 – Phone Pranks 2:21

Aphex Twin – Live @ Osmoze, Paris 1993

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Aphex Twin – Live @ Osmoze, Paris, France 24.04.1993

Aphex Twin – Rhubarb

December 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Anthony Distefano’s Absynth version of Aphex Twin’s – Rhubarb. This was all done using the envelopes.

Case Study # 1 Aphex Twin – Heliosphan

August 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is an attempt to recreate Heliosphan by Aphex Twin.

All of the sequencing was done one the Yamaha RS-7000 and all sounds came from the Waldorf Micro Q Keyboard in multimode. The purpose of this recreation was to better understand complete compositions, mixing, and layering synthesizer sounds. It was also done for the sake of pushing programming skills and pushing the limits of the Micro Q.
Most often synthesizers are used to about 10 percent of their potential because they are not programmed correctly or used multitibrally.

Classic interviews with synth pioneers in new eBook

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Historical interviews with the most famous electro musicians in the world have appeared in a new eBook.

The Electro Legend Interviews features interviews conducted over the past 20 years and taken from the archives of Computer Music and Future Music magazine.

Revealing their music-making techniques and inspirations are: Aphex Twin, Gary Numan, The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, Vince Clarke, Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür, Moby, Hot Chip, Alec Empire and Ultravox’s Midge Ure.

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Available for just £2.99, the book sheds light on The Prodigy’s place in the early rave scene, with Liam Howlett explaining in a 1993 interview that”When rave dies there are always going to be people who will still want to dance, so as long as we keep coming out with original songs we’ll still be around…”

Meanwhile, Gary Numan discusses his classic Replicas album. Addressing the cover art, he says: “The character on the cover is called a Machman – he’s looking out on the world, looking out at the park. Outside of the park, there’s a man in a grey coat and a grey hat, which was a ghost I saw when I was much younger…”

Elsewhere reclusive genius Aphex Twin gives one of his only ever interviews. “If you plan to be good at anything, it has to happen using your own ideas. It’s inevitable. It’s exactly like natural selection,” he muses.

Speaking exclusively about the early days of Kraftwerk, WolfgangFlür comments: “We were young, shy and childish! We loved to construct things and we never thought we would get famous from that.”

The book also features Vince Clarke revealing his computer music-making secrets. “Once you’ve got the hang of the computer and the software,” he says, “then you’ve still got to write the songs…”

And discussing the history of Ultravox, Midge Ure reveals that: “In those early days, a lot of musicians saw synths as electronic guitars. We just started going bang-bang-bang. Suddenly, you got this blast of unearthly noise and it changed the musical landscape.”

Get it here >>

The Elektron Tapes – Aphex Twins inspired music

November 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#9). Beat making and noise design inspired by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Pan Sonic & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Octatrack, Moog Slim Phatty and Glamour Box.

Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2012.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
• Discography:
- Zviij “Quadrifolium” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/quadrifolium (Bandcamp)
- Zviij “Sub-system design” (Album/CD) http://www.odiolorgnette.com/discography.html
- Zviij “Naked flowers” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers (Bandcamp)

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

Glitch Breaks & Drum-Screens by Zviij

October 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Glitchy drumming inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions w/ GlitchBreaks App. + Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) and Korg Kaoss Quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2012.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
• Discography:
- Zviij “Quadrifolium” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/quadrifolium (Bandcamp)
- Zviij “Sub-system design” (Album/CD) http://www.odiolorgnette.com/discography.html
- Zviij “Naked flowers” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers (Bandcamp) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked-flowers/id475830077 (iTunes)

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

The Elektron Tapes continues – number 5

November 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#5). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Oto Biscuit, Korg Monotribe + Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2). Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
UP-DATE#2: “Naked flowers” (Album) is available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked-flowers/id475830077 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers
UP-DATE#1: “High heels failure” (5 ‘single’ tracks) are available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/zviij/id422672054 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

The Elektron Tapes continues

October 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#3). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) & Korg Kaoss quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

The Elektron Tapes

September 18, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#1). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) & Korg Kaoss quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

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