Aphex Twin


Date and place of start: 1971, Limerick, Ireland

Place: London, UK

Theme: electronic music

ECC Participation: artist

Real name Richard D. James. Graduated from Cornwall College with a diploma in engineering. Began to create music at the age of 14.

His first album was recorded under the pseudonym AFX in 1991 – this was the 12-inch vinyl EP, “Analogue Bubblebath”. Later released material under different aliases: Aphex Twin, Polygon Window, Caustic Window, Gak, Green Calx, Power-Pill, Q-Chastic and Bradley Strider.

"If you build your own stuff or write your own software, then your music is more personalized."

James is recognized as one of the most creative musicians – an independent artist with a leaning towards provocation in his output. His work has been influenced by numerous representatives of the avant garde, including Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. Richard D. James is a creative talent who has a marked influence on other artists operating very often on disparate musical plains. His compositions have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, as well as Alarm Will Sound. Also willing to credit James’ music as an inspiration are the musicians from cult group Radiohead, who tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to collaborate with them and go on a joint concert tour.

He is co-owner of the independent record label Rephlex. He also records for Warp Records.

Numbered among the most important albums by Richard D. James are: “Selected Ambient Works 85–92” (1992), “Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2” (1994), “Classics” (1994), “I Care Because You Do” (1995), “Richard D. James Album” (1996), “Drukqs” (2001) and “26 Mixes For Cash” (2003) – as Aphex Twin; “Hangable Auto Bulb” (2005) and “Chosen Lords” (2006) – as AFX; “Surfing On Sine Waves” (1993) – as Polygon Window; “Compilation” (1998) – as Caustic Window.

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