History Music / AphexTwin

23rd Jul '17 2:45:00 AM TrippyDippy
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21st Jul '17 2:16:58 PM stuffedninja
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* MinimalisticCoverArt: The out-of-print second ''Come to Daddy'' CD has a cover of all orange with the words "An image of children chasing after an ice-cream van from an Orange TV commercial advertising Text Messaging" on top of it. This references the use of "To Cure a Weakling Child" in an Orange TV ad (although the EP uses the vastly different "Contour Regard" mix of the song).
21st Jul '17 2:08:25 PM stuffedninja
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** There's also "Piano Un10 It Happened" off of ''Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2''.

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** There's also "Piano Un10 [=Un10=] It Happened" off of ''Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2''.[=Pt2=]''.
12th Jul '17 11:45:53 AM stuffedninja
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* EvilDetectingDog: In the "Come to Daddy" video, an old woman's dog barks aggressively at a TV when an evil spirit inside it begins coming to life to the point that the old woman can no longer restrain the dog.
12th Jul '17 11:20:10 AM stuffedninja
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Richard D. James (b. 1971), better known as '''Aphex Twin''' ([[IHaveManyNames amongst other stage names]]), is an Irish-born electronic artist and founder of the now-defunct Rephlex Records label. He was raised and spent much of his career based in Cornwall, England but currently resides in Glasgow.

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Richard D. James (b. 1971), better known as '''Aphex Twin''' Aphex Twin ([[IHaveManyNames amongst other stage names]]), is an Irish-born electronic artist and founder of the now-defunct Rephlex Records label. He was raised and spent much of his career based in Cornwall, England but currently resides in Glasgow.



He started making music at the age of 11 by tinkering with one of his home computers and hasn't looked back ever since. His first album, ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'', was released on February 12, 1992, a year after Richard started Rephlex Records. The album received overwhelming praise from critics after some years of false starts, setting James on the path to electronic music fame as well as the blueprint for the whole Braindance movement.

While he is known in some ways as a {{Trope Maker|s}} for ambient techno thanks to the aforementioned ''SAW 85-92'', his material is very diverse and frequently employs [[IHaveManyNames pseudonyms]], ranging between pure ambience (''SAW Vol. II''), sad, beautiful {{Lonely Piano Piece}}s (most of them on ''Drukqs''), eardrum-splitting drum 'n' bass (''...I Care Because You Do'', some songs in ''Drukqs''), acid techno (his early AFX/Caustic Window material, plus the ''Analord'' 12" series) and his trademark combination of upbeat melodies with complicated beats (''Richard D. James Album'', ''Drukqs''). His 2014 album ''Syro'' (his first full-length release in 13 years!) falls somewhere in-between the last two styles respectively.

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He started making music at the age of 11 by tinkering with one of his home computers and hasn't looked back ever since. His first album, ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'', was released on February 12, 1992, a year after Richard started Rephlex Records. The album received overwhelming praise from critics after some years of false starts, setting James on the path to electronic music fame as well as the blueprint for the whole Braindance braindance movement.

While he is known in some ways as a {{Trope Maker|s}} TropeMaker for ambient techno thanks to the aforementioned ''SAW 85-92'', his material is very diverse and frequently employs [[IHaveManyNames pseudonyms]], diverse, ranging between pure ambience (''SAW Vol. II''), sad, beautiful {{Lonely Piano Piece}}s (most of them on ''Drukqs''), eardrum-splitting drum 'n' bass (''...I Care Because You Do'', some songs in ''Drukqs''), acid techno (his early AFX/Caustic Window material, plus the ''Analord'' 12" series) and his trademark combination of upbeat melodies with complicated beats (''Richard D. James Album'', ''Drukqs''). His 2014 album ''Syro'' (his first full-length release in 13 years!) falls somewhere in-between the last two styles respectively.




Oddly enough, out of two of his best-known mainstream hits (that'd be "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker"), one has experienced CreatorBacklash and the other is a BlackSheepHit.

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\nOddly enough, out of two of his best-known mainstream hits (that'd be "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker"), one the former has experienced CreatorBacklash and the other latter is a BlackSheepHit.
12th Jun '17 12:58:54 PM rd1994
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** On a rerelease of ''Surfing on Sine Waves'', Richard included a song called "Redurth School", a school he went to when he was a child.

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** On a rerelease of ''Surfing on Sine Waves'', Richard included a song called "Redurth "Redruth School", a school he went to when he was a child.



** Similarly, "Redurth School" is sometimes misspelled as "Redruth School".
12th Jun '17 12:26:26 PM TywinIsGod
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* {{Jerkass}}: There are a variety of stories, both confirmed and unconfirmed, about Richard being rude or spiteful to people.

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* {{Jerkass}}: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: There are a variety of stories, both confirmed and unconfirmed, about Richard being rude or spiteful to people.



** He looks and acts incredibly annoyed on several interviews.



** Alternatively he may just be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
17th May '17 10:57:18 AM stuffedninja
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* TheImmodestOrgasm: Heard at circa two minutes in "Windowlicker". Obviously the sexual moan is chopped up to go [[UncommonTime in rhythm with the song.]]



* SpokenWordInMusic:
** "4" has a brief and repeated clip of a conversation between Richard and his father.
** The spoken French line in "Windowlicker" comes from Richard's French ex-girlfriend.
** ''Drukqs'' has spoken-word interludes, and the song "Cock/ver10" stops abruptly as a muffled voice clip of someone screaming "COME ON YOU CUNT, LET'S HAVE SOME APHEX ACID!" plays.
** ''Syro'' contains several samples of phrases being spoken in Russian.



* TheImmodestOrgasm: Heard at circa two minutes in "Windowlicker". Obviously the sexual moan is chopped up to go [[UncommonTime in rhythm with the song.]]
17th Apr '17 12:10:30 PM stuffedninja
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** "Windowlicker" is actually a MeaningfulName; the French term for window shopping is "faire du lèche-vitrine", which literally translates to "licking the windows".



* HiddenDepths: Besides producing music, Richard's also a pretty good singer (as shown in "Milkman" and "Beetles") and apparently painted the painting of him that's on the cover of '''I Care Because You Do''.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Ridiculously exaggerated in the "Windowlicker" video to show how ridiculous the trope's use in rap videos is.



* MeaningfulName: "Windowlicker". The French term for window shopping is "faire du lèche-vitrine", which literally translates to "licking the windows", while the song name also ties into the derogatory epithet.



* OverlyLongGag: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two guys, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.

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* OverlyLongGag: OverlyLongGag:
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The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two guys, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.



* TakeThat: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos. In the video, Richard displays an absurdly rich and powerful pimp who arrives in a limo that takes [[AbsurdlyLongLimousine 20 seconds to fully display onscreen]].
** One who did an interview with Richard D. James said that "Come To Daddy" and "Windowlicker" feel respectively like take-thats to BlackMetal and rap music.
** One could interpret "Come To Daddy" as a TakeThat to DeathMetal.

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* TakeThat: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos. In the video, Richard displays an absurdly rich and powerful pimp who arrives in a limo that takes [[AbsurdlyLongLimousine 20 seconds to fully display onscreen]].
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One who did an interview with Richard D. James said that "Come To Daddy" and "Windowlicker" feel respectively like take-thats to BlackMetal and rap music.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos, especially the infamous misogynistic sort. The video begins with two young men that would probably be the stars of any other rap videos that can't go for five seconds without cursing and talking about how they want to fuck bitches; it drags on to the point of absurdity, showing how ridiculous it truly is. They then try to pick up two women on the sidewalk. In a normal rap video, they'd probably score the women, but in this video [[RealityEnsues they get shot down]]. And then Richard hijacks the video, portraying an absurdly rich and powerful pimp who arrives in a limo that takes [[AbsurdlyLongLimousine 20 seconds to fully display onscreen]], and ends up getting a gaggle of women who [[ButterFace all have his face]] in probably an ultimate exaggeration of the typical egotism shown in rap videos.
** One could interpret "Come To Daddy" as a TakeThat to DeathMetal.DeathMetal, especially with Richard describing it when he came up with it as a "crappy death metal jingle".



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-->''COME ON YOU CUNT, LET'S HAVE SOME APHEX ACID!''
8th Apr '17 3:43:04 AM Q4
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: It's bad enough that he has songs called things like "Cunt", "Death Fuck" and "Come On You Slags", not to mention things like "Backdoor.Spybooter.A" and ""[=PWSteal.Bancos.Q=]". But it's taken UpToEleven with titles like "Kladfvgbung Micshk", "[=Beskhu3epnm=]", and "s950tx16wasr10". Not forgetting the one that's a complex mathematical equation, or the entire album where all the titles are blurry photographs. Or of course the many tracks with NoTitle at all.
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