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Aphex Twin

Par Alex The Ghit

aphextwin Pour moi, c'est un des plus grands de l'électro (avec Autechre).

Voici donc une brève histoire de ses débuts dans la musique.

Il a commencé dans les raves près de chez lui (en Angleterre, je sais plus où exactement) à torturer les synthés et les boîtes à rythmes. Il sort entre 1985 et 1993 une vingtaine de mini albums mélangeant l'ambiant, la tech et l'acid.

Il commence sous un autre pseudo qu'Aphex Twin, Polygon Window, et signe en 1992 un joli album laissant présager de belles choses pour la suite : Surfing on Sine Waves.


Le premier véritable album d'Aphex Twin est plutôt une compilation de titres entre 1985 et 1992 : Selected Ambiant Works 85-92. C'est de l'ambiant, ca sonne assez vieux mais c'est quand même du très bon, reposant, tout calme mais avec quelques pointes d'acid.

Puis est sortie en 1994 une autre compilation, assez représentative d'Aphex quand il fait de l'acid : Classics.



Il existe une autre compilation de morceaux de l'époque de Classics : Caustic Window (un pseudo alternatif d'Aphex Twin).

Il s'agit d'une série de titres plus glauques, plus malsains que Classics...


A partir de 1994, les choses changent, il se lance à fond dans l'ambient et sort un album très controversé : Selected Ambiant Works II.

Certains fans lui crachent dessus, d'autres sont fascinés.




Ensuite commencent les choses sérieuses, Aphex Twin est connu, il est apprécié, mais les gens ne savent pas que penser de lui après Selected Ambiant Works II.

Le revoilà qui revient en 1995 avec I Care Because You Do, avec des morceaux très abordables, d'autres moins, mais un public plus large commence à accrocher.


Voilà, le restre est déjà plus connu du grand public, donc je m'arrête là.

Pour finir, une petite info amusante. Dans Glamorama de Bret Easton Ellis, aux Editions 10/18, le héros croise à un moment Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson et... les jumelles Aphex.

Intéressante erreur de traduction, n'est-ce pas ?

En bonus, voici une super interview du bonhomme pour la sortie de son album Drukqs, particulièrement amusante...

1- Why "DRUKQS" ?
It's up to everyone to make their own interpretation.
2- So rumours of your retirement were greatly exaggerated ? What made you change your mind ?
The old mind was getting really slow and dull so I thought I'd get a new one.
3- What have you been doing since Windowlicker was released ?
Playing around with human embryos that myself and my girlfriend made, before its illegal.
4- Where / when was the album recorded ?
All over the place travelling, in some bank vaults and in the bath.
5- Is all the material new ?
It's the newest music available. Actually it's a compilation of all the fake Aphex tracks found on the world.wide.wank, I didn't write any of them.
6- Will there be any singles ?
Yes tomorrow, limited to 1 copy on my hard disk, my friend bought it one Ebay which I think is on the internet.
7- The tracks have very bizarre titles, what do they mean ?
8- Have you worked with anyone else on this album ?
Yeah, at the beginning of 1997 I adopted 3 goats on my farm in Scotland and taught them how to write music. I upgraded one of the goats at the end of 98' with a hoof mod and it's fucking serious man / woman.
9- Are there going to be any more collaborations with yourself and Chris Cunningham ?
Well I think chris is too skinny at the moment and I can't bear working with skeletons, so he has to put on a considerable amount of weight onfirst.
10- Where did you get the idea for the cover ?
While I was djing at the next rephlex party at 93ft east club end of august 2001.
11- Have you been listening to lots of classical music ?
Is this a sign that you're mellowing in your old age ? I have actually gone deaf from djing and so I cant listen to any music at all, I'm totally gutted, have learnt how to lip read and I can still mix records by smelling the grooves.
12- What is your dru(g)kq of choice ?
What does dru(g)kq mean, I don't understand the question, sorry.
13- Are you planning any live shows ?
What surprises have you got instore ? Well I'm playing on the national lottery in December as they offered me the rollover if nobody won it that week, seriously !
14- Napster, do you have an opinion on them ?
Well I should do, I actually wrote the code for the precursor to napster and that bloke nicked it off me, I'm not bitter though, I've managed to download my entire catalogue off it when it worked, saved myself £'s
15- Is it true that you've written music for adverts under loads of different pseudonyms, can u give ?
Yes and other releases, Stockhausen, Mozart, Xenakis, Squarepusher, Painjerk, Parmigianito name a few.
16- "We'd only ban someone for being boring"…What is the most boring record ever made, in your opinion ?
Drukqs by Eric Satie.
17- What is the relationship between Warp and Rephlex ?
You don't wanna know man it's fucking bad.
18- It is widely known that Radiohead's Kid A was widely influenced by your music, in particular Come As you Are… What do you think of their new stuff and other contemporaries ?
Well they widely agreed to pay me 70% of the widely royalties, so I'm not complaining.
19- In a recent interview, Grant (Rephlex) pointed out that there are 5 missing records in the Rephlex catalogue… mostly yours… will you ever release them ?
Yes, next week, who's Grant ?
20- Do you remember life before the internet ?
I haven't actually gone online yet, is it any good ? Who are you anyway ?
21- What is your favourite gadget ?
Oh it would have to be this endoscope I got from LOOT a couple of years ago, it had had a fair bit of use mind you but it's a one off model which can go inside your brain via your nostrils and tickle different regions of your body automatically, it's got a USB connection and came bundled with some MAC software, it's got a neuro receiver on one bit which can directly pick up various thoughts and signals that happen to be flying around whatever region you happen to be poking, it's so cool man.
22- What criterion do you have for releasing someone's records ?
Well it's usually based on sexual favours'n'stuff best not to go there.

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