Aphex Twin Week: Video Vault Part II: Aphex Twin Before + After SAW2

It’s the final day of Aphex Twin Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, by Marc Weidenbaum (revisit Marc’s author Q&A, here). In his second video vault entry, Marc visits the visual world of Richard D. James after SAW2 came out. Richard D. James has more pseudonyms than Jason Bourne and Fernando Pessoa combined. So, it isn’t quite right to say he didn’t release anything after Selected Ambient Works Volume II for a full year. Quite the contrary, there was a…

Aphex Twin Week: Video Vault Part I: Aphex Twin Before + After SAW2

Welcome to Day 4 of Aphex Twin Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, by Marc Weidenbaum (revisit Marc’s author Q&A, here). Here’s Marc’s first of 2 video vault entries. Selected Ambient Works Volume II‘s release on the label Warp in 1994 was framed by the pair of singles that directly preceded and succeeded it, both of which were EPs that had accompanying videos. The two EPs are intense in their own ways, and work to further emphasize the unusually vaporous…

Aphex Twin Week: Cultural Afterlife Is a Form of Change

It’s Aphex Twin Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, by Marc Weidenbaum (revisit Marc’s author Q&A, here). In this third entry, Marc talks about an album’s “cultural afterlife.” Much of my book about the Aphex Twin album Selected Ambient Works Volume II is about what I’ve come to think of as the album’s “cultural afterlife.” All art, once released into the world, gains as many co-authors as it has recipients, viewers, consumers, listeners, readers, what have you. That is to…

Aphex Twin Week: The Wind Chime as Rhythm Machine

It’s Aphex Twin Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, by Marc Weidenbaum (revisit Marc’s author Q&A, here). Here, Marc delves into the power of a single instrument in Aphex Twin’s work; namely, wind chimes. What? Yes, wind chimes. If there is a single track that stands out to me as the core of my appreciation of Selected Ambient Works Volume II, it is arguably “White Blur 1,” around which much of the book’s first chapter is built. “White Blur 1”…

Aphex Twin Week: The Aphex Twin Book I Did(n’t) Write

Welcome to Aphex Twin week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, by Marc Weidenbaum (revisit Marc’s author Q&A, here). For his first entry, Marc discusses the book he almost wrote. It is fitting that I wrote a book about “Volume II” of something, because I wrote the book twice. When I proposed writing a book for the 33 1/3 series about Selected Ambient Works Volume II, the landmark 1994 album by the British electronic musician Aphex Twin (aka Richard D. James,…

An Aphex Twin Track-by-Track Adventure

How was your Grammy night? Boring? Did it peak with Beyoncé and Jay-Z? Or with Pharrell looking like a lost Mountie? Yoko Ono’s shimmy? Us too. Also, what is up with Dave Grohl’s nostrils? They are so big (truly, we blame the photographer for this one)! So let’s move on, shall we? Good. Marc Weidenbaum–author of the forthcoming Aphex Twin 33 1/3–will be doing a daily track-by-track analysis and countdown of Selected Ambient Works Vol. II on his blog, Disquiet.com. Leading all the way up to the book’s release date,…