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->''"I'm just some irritating, lying, ginger kid from Cornwall who should have been locked up in some youth detention centre. I just managed to escape and blag it into music."''
--> --'''Aphex Twin'''

Richard D. James (b. 1971), better known as Aphex Twin, is an Irish-born electronic artist and founder of the Rephlex Records label. He was raised and spent much of his career based in Cornwell, England but currently resides in Glasgow.

He is highly known for his innovations in the genre and is credited as probably ''the'' most influential figure in contemporary electronic music. He's also known for his experimental, GenreBusting [=/=] GenreRoulette songs and his love of using BlatantLies in interviews for fun. 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 successful album was ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'', which was released on February 12, 1992 and 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 TropeMaker 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''), 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.

!!Discography

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[[folder: Studio Albums ]]

* ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' (1992)
* ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' (1994)
* ''...I Care Because You Do'' (1995)
* ''Melodies From Mars'' (1995) (unreleased; however, Richard has suggested in an interview that he is remaking it and planning an official release)
* ''Richard D. James Album'' (1996)
* ''Drukqs'' (2001)
* ''Syro'' (2014)

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* ''Digeridoo'' (1992)
* ''Xylem Tube'' (1992)
* ''On'' (1993)
* ''Ventolin'' (1995)
* ''Donkey Rhubarb'' (1995)
* ''Girl/Boy'' (1996)
* ''Come to Daddy'' (1997)
* ''Windowlicker'' (1999)
* ''Analord 10'' (2005)
* ''Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2'' (2015)

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[[folder: Compilations ]]

* ''Classics'' (1994)
* ''51/13: Aphex Singles Collection'' (1996)
* ''26 Mixes for Cash'' (2003)
* ''Chosen Lords'' (2006)
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* ''Analogue Bubblebath'' (1991)
* ''Analogue Bubblebath 2'' (1991)
* ''Analogue Bubblebath 3'' (1992)
* ''Analogue Bubblebath 4'' (1994)
* ''Analogue Bubblebath 5'' (1995)
* ''Hangable Auto Bulb EP'' (1995)
* ''Hangable Auto Bulb EP 2'' (1995)
* ''Analogue Bubblebath 3.1'' (1997)
* ''Smojphace EP'' (2003)
* ''Analords 1-9, 11'' (2005)
* ''AFX / LFO|AFX / LFO split 12"'' (2005)

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* ''Hangable Auto Bulb'' (1995 and 2005 re-release)
* ''Chosen Lords'' (2006)

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* ''2 Remixes by AFX'' (2001)
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* ''Untitled'' (1994) (formerly unreleased, finally released in 2014)

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* ''Joyrex J4 EP'' (1992)
* ''Joyrex J5 EP'' (1992)
* ''Joyrex J9ii'' (1993)

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* ''Joyrex J9i'' (1993)

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* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Compilation]]'' (1998)
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[[folder: As Bradley Strider ]]

* ''Bradley's Beat'' (1991)
* ''Bradley's Robot'' (1993)

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[[folder: As Gak ]]

* ''Gak'' (1994)

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* ''Green Calx'' (1993) (unreleased)

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* ''Surfing on Sine Waves'' (1993)
* ''Quoth'' (1993)

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[[folder: As Power-Pill ]]

* ''Pac-Man'' (1992)

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[[folder: As Q-Chastic ]]

* ''Q-Chastic EP'' (1992) (unreleased)

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[[folder: The Tuss ]]

* Rushup Edge
* Confederation Trough EP

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* Mike (-ziq) & Rich:
** ''Expert Knob Twiddlers'' (1996)
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!!Aphex Tropes:

* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: The beginning of the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fmo1Sjn7dg "Windowlicker"]]
* AffectionateParody: The cover art for ''Mike & Rich'' [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uo_eC6uZluY/RlGjoGKY6WI/AAAAAAAAAD0/KAew9P4i4e4/s400/mikerich.jpeg parodies the box art for the Milton Bradley game Downfall.]]
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: He owns a Daimler Ferret Mk 3 armoured car.
* BearsAreBadNews: The 'Donkey Rhubarb' video
* BilingualBonus: ''Syro'' contains some weird samples spoken in Russian, like ''Псевдо-растяжение звука во времени'' ("Pseudo stretching of sound in time") or ''Носочки'' ("Little socks").
* BreadEggsMilkSquick.
** Consider the lyrics to the song "Milkman", sung in a odd monotone-yet-cheerful jingle.
--->I wish the milkman would deliver my milk in the morning,\\
I wish the milkman would deliver my milk when I'm yawning,\\
[[spoiler:I would like some milk from the milkman's wife's tits...]]
** A more jarring version appears on "Funny Little Man." The song proper isn't all that bad, assuming you don't mind that a pitched-up, autotuned James sounds exactly like [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Rolf]] on acid, but what follows is a Plaintalk program threatening to [[spoiler:sodomize, stalk, and castrate the listener before eating their genitals]].
* BlatantLies: Richard's well known for deliberately misleading both the press and his fans with very bizarre lies. He has claimed, amongst other things, to sleep only around 3 hours a night, as well as the ownership of a large square building with no windows in the middle of a South London roundabout (it actually contains a power transformer).
* BodyHorror: It would be easier to list examples of his videos that don't invoke this trope.
* BrokenRecord:
** "Come To Daddy". Its lyrics are "I want your soul/I will eat your soul", with a part where the song title is repeated over and over again... And don't forget that [[CarefulWithThatAxe bloodcurling scream.]]
** "Milkman" alternates between repeating "I wish the milkman would deliver my milk in the morning / I wish the milkman would deliver my milk when I'm yawning" and repeating "[[spoiler:I would like some milk from the milkman's wife's tits]]".
* ButterFace: Used infamously in "Windowlicker."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: All we can say about "Come To Daddy, Pappy Mix" is that Richard's got quite a larynx on him.
* ChildProdigy: At age 11, Richard tinkered around with a Sinclair [=ZX81=] computer and caused it to produce sound, ''even though they lack sound hardware.''
** However, he didn't gain his skills as a musician until later on, as the GAK demos prove.
** In an interview, he said that his five year old son had downloaded music software from the Pirate Bay and put the songs on Bandcamp.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Assumed, due to some of the anecdotes he's told.
* ClusterFBomb: The first half of the "Windowlicker" video.
* CountryMatters: See PrecisionFStrike below.
* CrossReferencedTitles: "Blue Calx" on ''SAW Volume II'', "Yellow Calx" on ''Richard D. James Album'', and "Green Calx" on ''SAW 85-92''.
* {{Dedication}}: The name Aphex Twin is dedicated to his older brother, also named Richard D. James, who died during childbirth.
* DigitalHeadSwap: The cover for "Windowlicker" puts his bearded face on a bikini-clad girl.
** Used to even more disturbing effect in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBS4Gi1y_nc the music video]] for this song.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II''.
* DroneOfDread: ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' alternates between what most people think of when they hear the words "ambient music" and this trope. A good example of this trope in play on the album is "Stone in Focus".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Strangely inverted with "Selected Ambient Works 8592", which is not only his most fan- and critically acclaimed album to date, but also the most ''normal'' compared to his later ventures into Dark Ambient and IDM, which got progressively weirder and weirder.
* EasterEgg:
** [[http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/6540/aphexly2.png Richard's face appears in the spectrograph at the end of [Equation].]]
** An image of a spiral is responsible for the signature squeal at the end of "Windowlicker".
* EpicRocking: Richard ''loves'' this trope. Note that the examples below are just ''some'' of the examples in his discography.
** The entirety of ''SAW 85-92'' except for "I", which is justified since it's sort of an ambient interlude. The longest track is "Tha" at just over 9 minutes.
** The amount of ''SAW Volume II'' tracks that are less than five minutes long can be counted on one hand ("Hankie", "White Blur 1", "Grey Stripe", "Z Twig", "Lichen"). The longest track is "White Blur 2" at eleven-and-a-half minutes long.
** 7 out of the 12 tracks on ''...I Care Because You Do'' are over 5 minutes long, with the opening track "Acrid Avid Jam Shred" as the longest (7:38).
** ''Richard D. James Album'' had no tracks that fit this criteria, although "Girl/Boy Song" (4:52) got fairly close.
** 8 out of the 15 tracks on ''Drukqs'' are over 5 minutes long, with the 8.5-minute long "Ziggomatic 17" as the longest.
** 7 out of the 12 tracks on ''Syro'' are over 5 minutes long, with the 10.5-minute long "XMAS_EVET10 [120] (thanaton3 mix)" being the longest.
** There's also the 6-minute "Windowlicker".
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZGIrNf71Q Monkey Drummer]]", a music video made by ChrisCunningham for the song "Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michael's Mount".
* FanDisservice: The music video of "Windowlicker" has the girls' faces transforming into that of Richard's SlasherSmile grin and a really hideous woman near the end.
* GenreBusting [=/=] GenreRoulette: His discography is one of the most diverse ones in electronic music history, ranging from blissful ambient music to piano pieces to archetypal IDM to horrifying beat-sliced madness, as well as basically everything in between. His albums are also prone for swapping between musical styles and genres at the drop of a hat between tracks, or perhaps within a single track.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage:
** GratuitousFrench: The sole lyric on "Windowlicker" ("J'aime faire des croquettes au chien", or "I like to make dog nuggets".)
** GratuitousRussian: Several of the lyrics in "Syro", as listed above.
* HumanoidAbomination: How Richard D, James often likes to portray himself and others in his videos.
** In "Windowlicker", for example he seems to have the ability to transform others into 'clones' of himself. There's also the [[Creator/HRGiger windowlicker]].
** The screaming man from "Come To Daddy" gets an honorable mention as well.
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Song Naming]]: The more nonsensical titles on any given album are bound to have a theme:
** The titles of the tracks on ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' are not so much names as they are photographs. This was done to all tracks ''except'' "Blue Calx".
** Several of the titles on ''Hangable Auto Bulb'' and ''I Care Because You Do'' are anagrams of phrases pertinent to Aphex Twin.
** Several tracks on ''Drukqs'' are in Welsh.
** ''Analord 8, 9,'' and ''11'' all have tracks named after or akin to malware. This was apparently an attempt to discourage piracy.
** All of the ''Syro'' tracks have nonsensically chosen names that also feature the BPM in brackets. Some of them also claim to be mixes.
* IHaveManyNames: Aphex Twin, AFX, Blue Calx, Bradley Strider, Caustic Window, DJ Smojphace, GAK, Martin Tressider, Polygon Window, Power-Pill, Pritchad G. Kraymes,[[note]]Which he wrote to New Musical Express under after they deemed "Windowlicker" Best Single of 1999[[/note]] Prichard D. Jams, Q-Chastic, Tahnaiya Russell, The Dice Man, Soit P.P., The Tuss, and, by extension, both Brian and Karen Tregaskin
* InNameOnly: Several (but not all) of his "remixes" are actually original works.
* InsistentTerminology: He is one of many IDM musicians who insist it be called Braindance, on the grounds that the term "Intelligent Dance Music" has elitist connotations.
* ItsPronouncedTroPay: There has been speculation over whether ''[=drukQs=]'' is pronounced as "drugs" or "drug use" ("drug-Qs").
* {{Jerkass}}: There are a variety of stories, both confirmed and unconfirmed, about Richard being rude or spiteful to people.
** When requested to remix a song for {{Madonna}}, he said that he would only agree if she were to portray herself as a pig on one of his songs.
** When a representative for the band The Lemonheads came to his house one morning asking for the remix he was commissioned to do, he went to his studio, ripped a random song which was irrelevant to the song he was requested to do, and gave it to him for in exchange for thousands of dollars. Supposedly, this was due to Aphex completely forgetting about the remix he was commissioned to do, but apparently, he didn't demand money.
** He looks and acts incredibly annoyed on several interviews.
** Oddly enough, when there was a snafu regarding TheLonelyIsland sampling Avril 14th for "Iran (So Far Away)", Aphex Twin didn't mind and was "cool" about the whole thing. His label, however, wasn't.
** On the other hand, he once criticized the desciption of his music as "Intelligent Dance Music", as it implied everyone else's music was stupid, before joking it was "really nasty" to everyone else's music.
** Alternatively he may just be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* KubrickStare: Richard sure likes to show off his creepy smile. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L_ZEXhDQzo promotional video for ''26 Mixes for Cash'']] compiles some his unsettling promotional photos.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: This is how "Peek 824545201" ends.
* LightIsNotGood: In 'Windowlicker', James' clothes, umbrella and limo are stark white.
* LongList: The packaging for ''Syro'' is a visual version of this trope.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Avril 14th" and "nanou2" among others.
* LongTitle: Track 2 on the ''Windowlicker'' EP has, as a title, an incredibly long mathematical equation.[[labelnote:*]]It is referred to as "[Equation]" or "[Formula]".[[/labelnote]]
* LoudnessWar: ''SAW 85-92'' was remastered in 2008.
* LyricalDissonance: Once again, "Milkman", which, despite the lyrics, has a melody reminiscent of children's music.
** Unless counting the Fan Video by David Firth.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: He unexpectedly fits into this scale. While "Windowlicker" is a soft 4, "Come To Daddy" is a solid 10-borderline 11. "Ventolin" [[UpToEleven might actually be enter Level 11 altogether]].
* MoodWhiplash:
** LyricalDissonance aside, "Milkman" has a happy, peaceful feel to it. However, at the very beginning of the song, James's voice can be heard unintelligibly mumbling an anecdote about [[EyeScream gouging a kid's eye out with his erect penis.]]
** ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' consists of beautiful SweetDreamsFuel tracks alternating with atmospherically horrifying tracks.
** On ''Come to Daddy'', "Flim" is placed right after "Come to Daddy, Pappy Mix". In other words, one of his calmest and tranciest songs is placed after one of his heaviest and most terrifying songs.
** ''Drukqs'' also falls prey to this. At first it seems to alternate between pounding breakcore and soft piano pieces, but then the ambient tracks show up...
* {{Neologism}}: ''Syro'', which is short for "Syrobonkus", a nonsense word that one of James' sons came up with while listening to material on the album.
* NightmareFace:
** James' iconic unnerving smile, which seems to look creepy however it is depicted; just plain and pressed up to the camera (''Richard D. James Album''), in an oil painting (''...I Care Because You Do''), pasted onto children (''Come to Daddy''), and even onto bikini-clad women (''Windowlicker'').
** The face near the end of "Windowlicker". The fact that it was based on an Creator/HRGiger sketch certainly helps.
* NotableMusicVideos: When Chris Cunningham's involved...
** "Come To Daddy": filmed in one of the locations for ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', it depicts an old woman walking her dog. The dog pisses on a pile of garbage and on a TV which brings itself to life, with a creepy being chanting out the lyrics of the song. From the building, a group of troublemaking kids with Richard D. James's trademark face with SlasherSmile start to wreak havoc and unintentionally bring the TV being to the real world. The being, then, [[CarefulWithThatAxe screams out loud to the old woman]] and then gathers the kids to itself. '''WARNING''': this video has content which can potentially cause nightmares.
** "Windowlicker": filmed in Los Angeles. The video starts with two men (a black guy and a Latin-American guy) who [[SirSwearsALot love to swear]], who then meet two sexy prostitutes. The two men want to have sex with the two girls, but the latter reject them because of their bad behavior. An heated discussion starts, which is then interrupted by the arrival of Richard D. James, depicted as a ridiculously rich pimp, who manages to score both of the women. The rest of the video will probably make you say "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs".
* OverlyLongGag: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two rappers, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.
** The packaging for ''Syro'' with the receipt as the cover stretches over several sides of the casing, which has to be folded over five times to be closed.
* PrecisionFStrike: Apart from an answering machine message, ''drukQs'' is an entirely instrumental album. The one lyric, "COME ON YOU CUNT LET'S HAVE SOME APHEX ACID", is screamed in the middle of "Cock/ver10" and was a phrase used in promotion for the album.
* {{Pun}}: ''Surfing on Sine Waves''. [[DontExplainTheJoke It's funny because sine waves are mathematical curves and aren't actually waves of water that you can surf.]]
* RidiculousProcrastinator: Despite having a reputation for having thousands of hours of music recorded, there are a couple stories about how he almost missed deadlines. One story claims that a remix for a major record label was almost overdue and said label sent an agent to retrieve the tape directly from James, he dubbed off a copy of the first song off a random cassette and handed it to the agent.
* {{Sampling}}: James' usage of samples is legendary within its own right. Very notable examples include:
** "4", which includes Richard and his father; both appear in dialogue throughout the ''Richard D. James Album''.
** "Nannou", which is composed entirely of wind-up music box samples.
** "We Are the Music Makers", the title of which comes from a line in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' which is heard throughout the song.[[note]]Actually, the true original source is a 19th century poem written by Arthur O'Shaughnessy called "Ode".[[/note]]
* SelfDeprecation: The page quote comes from him describing himself in an interview.
* SelfTitledAlbum: The ''Richard D. James Album''.
* SensoryAbuse: He's made several songs that are made to be as harsh as possible.
** "Ventolin" is deliberately patterned after the side-effect Ventolin gives to some users (namely, harsh-sounding ringing in the ear).
** The end of "Windowlicker" has a wall of extremely distorted, amplified, and fuzzy bass.
** The start of "Peek 824545201" has some ''extremely'' grating instrumentation.
* SigilSpam: He used his face as a contrast to other musicians that were [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen faceless]]. ({{Lampshaded}} during an interview where James admitted that he overdid it.) He's also done the same thing with his actual logo, though not to such a similar extent.
* SirSwearsALot: The two men in the "Windowlicker". Oh dear God.
* ShoutOut: 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.
* SlasherSmile: Probably one of the most famous examples of this trope in music.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Goon Gumpas" and "Logon Rock Witch" (both off of ''Richard D. James Album'') sound like they've been ripped straight out of ''cartoons''.
* SurrealMusicVideo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrKQTi4SoMI On.]]
* TakeThat: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos.
** One who did an interview to 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.
* TastesLikePurple: Richard is allegedly synesthetic. He claims to have used it as an inspiration for ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II''.
* TeenGenius: He was already producing music at age 12. ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' was recorded during those years, which means he was making his first album at the ripe old age of 13.
* TitleDrop: done in "Taking Control" by a SyntheticVoiceActor.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Heard at circa two minutes in "Windowlicker". Obviously the sexual moan is chopped up to go [[UncommonTime in rhythm with the song.]]
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks: The beginning of the 'Windowlicker' video. Then Richard D. James shows up.
* UncommonTime: Many of his songs have extreme syncopation and complicated instrumentation that make dancing to the music nigh-impossible. Many of the ''Richard D. James Album'' songs are good examples, as is "Windowlicker".
* YouMakeMeSic: The back of the ''Richard D. James Album'' has a tracklist written in Richard's own handwriting. Said handwriting is oddly piss-poor (unlike the more comprehensible one on ''...I Care Because You Do'') and crams words together, rendering some parts difficult to read. It's caused some annoyingly persistent misspellings of song titles, especially "Logan Rock Witch" (frequently mistaken for "Logon Rock Witch") and "Carn Marth" (frequently mistaken for "Corn Mouth")
** Similarly, "Redurth School" is sometimes misspelled as "Redruth School".

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