A persistent and productive character he is. Aphex Twin has, together with WARP, been teasing people for some time now of his upcoming EP called ‘T69 Collapse’. Although not a huge fan of Aphex Twin’s exotic music adventures he do come around as a highly energetic artist with loads of creativity. He has come to define his own music universe and has done lot to mesh several elements of the underground music scene. A new video was released the other day that kick starts his endeavor, check it out below. However, there has been public warnings released in relation to the video in case you have tendency towards epilepsy, as the video contains a lot of scenes that may trigger this.
The video – created by regular visual collaborator Weirdcore – was meant to be premiered on Adult Swim last night, but was pulled after failing a photosensitive epilepsy test. It features heavily distorted computer generated images and photos including circuitboards, the structure in the centre of the Elephant and Castle roundabout in which he was rumoured to live, the cover of his 1996 Richard D. James Album and more locations.
A press release from Warp Records confirms that the Collapse EP will be released on September 14. It follows a week-long teaser campaign in which Aphex Twin logos were spotted in London, Los Angeles, Turin and New York. You can pre-order the EP from the Aphex Twin store.
James has always demonstrated an unparalleled gift for squeezing sounds (and noise) out of synthetics, and it may be a talent he’s had from a young age. In a 2001 interview, he claimed that at age 11 he won 50 pounds in a competition for writing a program that made sound on the ZX81, an early home computer without external sound. “I played around with machine code and found some codes that retuned the TV signal so that it made this really weird noise when you turned the volume up,” he said.
James has made it pretty clear over the years that his custom gear has been pretty important to his singular sound, but it seems to have been down to necessity rather than a specific desire to make something customized. Talking to Junglizt in 1996 he said, “When I bought my first synthesizer I really didn’t like it, l thought it was a piece of shit and I really didn’t have any money to buy anything better so I had to go about tweaking it. I just started with basic alterations, but as the years went by the alterations got bigger and bigger.”
As you all are aware Aphex Twin (or Richard David James) is no rookie on the music scene and his different aliases has taken him in many musical directions. Below we have cherry picked a few that might spark your appetite for more: