Derek's CryptoMusic #2

Derek's CryptoMusic #2

By Derekt | CryptoMusic | 2 Mar 2020

Derek's CryptoMusic #2


This week I bring you something special! Aphex Twin (Richard D. James)

If you have been living under a rock then you probably never heard of this guy, also known as the mozart of electronica... father of braindance...

Well, his style ranges from very complex drum compositions to beautiful ambient sounds. I am pretty sure there is an album or track that you will fall in love with. Some people will enjoy his Analord series (acid style) and others his Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (ambient style). Or like me, all his discography!

CryptoMusic #2 will be focusing this week on his ambient side. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 which are both ambient masterpieces from my point of view.
Selected Ambient Works was recorded between 1985-1992. At this time young Richard was around 14 years old. He used some home made equipment constructed from standard synthesisers, also some drum machines. Interesting fact is that the sound quality of his recordings for this album has been described as poor due to it being recorded onto a cassette damaged by a cat.
"We Are the Music Makers" track contains the sample "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams" from Arthur O'Shaughnessy's poem Ode, found in the film "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)". This sentence is very iconic as Aphex Twin rarely uses any kind of human lyrics. His melodies/work speaks for itself and evokes soundscapes in your imagination. This is the concept of the 'braindance' genre. Do not worry, I will be sharing more 'braindance' masters in the future CryptoMusic series, so stay tuned!

Fans have always been waiting for a third release on this series, but officially this never happened. Good news is, around 2015, Aphex Twin released a ton of music on the platform Soundcloud using the username 'user48736353001' for free. Some nice soul has put together the ambient tunes released on Soundcloud and made an unofficial release of Selected Ambient Works vol.3 vol.4 vol.5. I am sharing with you those links below!


Hope you enjoy this special CryptoMusic share as much as i do ;)


Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Released: 1992
Style: Techno, Braindance, Electro, Experimental, Ambient



Selected Ambient Works vol.2

Released: 1994
Style: Ambient, Electronic



Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 3 (2015) - user48736353001 compilation

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 4 (2015) - user48736353001 compilation

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 5 (2015) - user48736353001 compilation

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 6 (2015) - user48736353001 compilation

Released: 2015
Style: Ambient, Minimal, Techno



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