“On a thousand islands in the sea
I see a thousand people just like me
A hundred unions in the snow
I watch them walking, falling in a row
We live always underground
It’s going to be so quiet in here tonight
A thousand islands in the sea
It’s a shame”
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Fender Jaguar <3
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here’s the baths side project, geotic. just bought the album. listen to this mellow tune that will make you feel like you’re relaxing on a sunny beach.
Such a good song to listen to on a rainy day.Played 14 times.
The official story is slightly different. He WAS planning on releasing Drukqs. He had been working on it for years but when he left a USB drive in an airplane with all the tracks, he had to rush the release before the album ended up on the internet.
The double album ‘Drukqs’ was released in 2001. Richard had previously said he would only compose music for his consumption. However, when a laptop with hundreds of tracks was rumored to have been stolen, fearing they would end up on the Internet, he released them.
"I make music," came the reply.
"What sort of music?"
"Like Jean Michel Jarre?"
"Yeah, sort of."
"What’s the name of your band?"
"The Aphex Twin."
"Where’s the twin?"
It occurred to me for the first time today, while stumbling across an old Electronic Music website from the 90’s, the true meaning of the name “Aphex Twin”.
I’ve been listening to Aphex Twin for a while now, first stumbling across Selected Ambient Sounds 85-92 just before I started high-school. It was the first electronic album I ever listened to, and was literally the gate-way for me towards other electronically influenced albums such as Tri Repetae and Kid A. As it stands, Xtal is probably my favourite song of all time, along with Eutow by Autechre. So as you’d expect, his work as always meant a lot to me, despite the music being strictly instrumental in most cases. Despite this, Aphex Twin, as heard in albums like the Richard D. James Album and Come to Daddy EP manages to make his analogue based sounds passover as something undeniably human made. Tracks like ‘Fingerbib’ or ‘Flim’ have a child-like vibe to them, stirring up nostalgia within you that you didn’t know you even had. It’s unlikely I’ll ever find another musician with a body of work as incredible as Richards.
Richard is one of two Aphex Twins (go figure). The other is his dead brother, also named Richard. I had no idea about this until I stumbled across the aforementioned website today, and it kind of blew my mind how something could have escaped me for so long, considering the level of obsession over his work I had at one point.
The cover of the single “Girl/Boy Song” is a picture of Richard’s brother’s grave. It’s a tribute to him.
"You never met your brother because he died before you were born?"
"Yeah. He has the same name as me. It’s not like I have a big hang-up about it or anything. I just think it’s tight because my mum was so upset about it when he died that she kept his name on but forgot about him, thinking "The next boy I have, that’ll be him." So I sort of took his place as if he didn’t exist. That’s why I feel tight. […] I reckon the main thing is that I’m indebted to my brother because I reckon he helps me out. You might think I’m weird but I always, well not always, feel this really strong presence around me which I can only attribute to that."
The Aphex Twin lives on through Richard’s music.