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  • Premier Icon theboyneeds
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    I realise I’ve come very late to this party, but what albums shall I start with?

    Ta muchly.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Rcihard D James, druqs and I Care…

    And all the ambient ones

    uselesshippy
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    Start with, selected ambient works, then, pretty much the rest.

    sirromj
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    Think my favourites:
    Classics, I Care Because You Do, Selected Ambient Works Volume 2, Come to Daddy EP, Girl/Boy EP.

    This, from the Positiva Ambient Collection (complication mix album, other artists, etc)

    Spine tingling stuff at volume.

    on and on
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    On was the first cd I ever purchased. Good taste 🙂

    Premier Icon theboyneeds
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    suburbanreuben – I heard home of that this afternoon which prompted my post! Cheers.

    CaptainFlashheart – one of my fave JJ songs. Thanks.

    downhillfast
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    Everything. He’s pretty prolific and has a high “hit” ratio.   Search out his pseudonyms too…  Polygon Window, Caustic Window, AFX, Dice Man, Mescalinum United etc…   The ’90s Warp “Artificial Intelligence ” series are classics. Might as well start at the beginning…  Selected Ambient Works, I care Because You Do etc…   The Analord series is good too.

    Worth checking out “uziq” aka Mike Paradinas if you like Aphex twin, and maybe “Venetian Snares” if you’re into that.

    Dickyboy
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    R4 listeners outing themselves?

    Premier Icon theboyneeds
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    My hand slipped on the tuning knob…

    sirromj
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    Worth checking out “uziq” aka Mike Paradinas if you like Aphex twin, and maybe “Venetian Snares” if you’re into that.

    And throw a bit of Autechre in there to.

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    R4 listeners outing themselves?
    We’re all on the Archers thread [blush] . . . aren’t we, Flashy?

    myti
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    I heard that programme on radio 4 today. Really interesting and made me search out some of his tunes this avo.

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    Considering where we are I’d suggest rushup edge 😁

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Agreed. Get The Tuss stuff on.

    Then Surfing On Sine Waves.

    disco_stu
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    Start with Selected Ambient works Vol1 and work through the albums. also check out the stuff he dumped on Soundcloud a few years ago – I’m amazed he didn’t release this track when he recorded it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPF7r-Mr3aI

    And throw a bit of Autechre in there to.

    I’ve tried to get Autechre – their earlier stuff is good but recently they sound like sound engineers having a circle jerk, it’s all very clever but lacking in things I like – melody or a hint of a rhythm.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    R4 listeners outing themselves?
    We’re all on the Archers thread [blush] . . . aren’t we, Flashy?

    Er, no and no.

    Actress is worth a go too Hazyville, Splazsh  and the rest if you like em.

    giantalkali
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    Drukqs, Richard D James and Syro to begin with, then analogue and 26 mixes for cash.

    See also ‘Polygon Window’. Same guy using pseudonym for Warp records ‘Artificial Intelligence’ series of albums.

    fifo
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    Windowlicker.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Windowlicker

    Ooh, good call as it’s not on any album!

    One of the best videos of all time ever, so let’s go

    and of course, more Chris Cunningham genius

    Kid Cragg
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    All you need to know is….

    dunt-Dun-unt-durnant-durn-errrrr

    aphex_2k
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    Warp Records back catalogue on a Spotify playlist….

    Dickyboy
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    Oddly enough I’ve been listening to Autechre for years but never knew who it was by until now. I really ought to pay more attention to such things..

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Autechre are from Rochdale, and are nothing to do with Richard D James… apart from being key artists on Warp.

    Dickyboy
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    If proof were ever needed about what a music ignoramus I am 😀 almost as bad as when I asked a mate when his band supported skunk anansie, only to be told “when you can to see us ****”

    Boba Fatt
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    Try out the Analord release, the CD is a good dip into that series.

    Selected Ambient Works 85-92, then just go wild with the rest, I’ve not heard a track that I didn’t like.

    I listened to this a few weeks back and this will do you proud: https://cashmereradio.com/episode/sound-portraits-radio-4-aphex-twin-w-doron-sadja/

    The lecturer talks about this track being the last IDM track he would ever need to listen to, and I have to say I agree, it’s so complex

    oldejeans
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    @ aphex2k – good find 8)

    there’s a lot of good stuff there (and bad!!)

    re: disco_stu

    I know what you mean, but I think you’re doing Autechre a huge disservice there.  Their stuff over the last decade is more sophisticated, funky, emotive, banging and downright beautiful than anything that anyone else is making, including Richard James imho

    Granted, they’re not always an easy listen, it takes a while for tracks to unfurl in your head, and I find tracks growing and waning on me at different rates.  But for me, they are the ultimate in electronic music.  Everyone else is lagging far, far behind.

    Their recent (8 hour!!!) album is still available to stream (on loop) over at NTS:

    https://www.nts.live/projects/autechre-nts-residency/

    A lot of it just doesn’t make sense until you’ve given it 2 or 3 turns.  But there’s a few immediate bangers on it like splesh (on NTS3) and gonk steady one (NTS1).

    Always liked this one:

    aphex_2k
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    Of course, the greatest track I ever made was “On”

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    All mentioned really . He was basically my hero growing up. Dont forget Mike and Rich

    Rob Hilton
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    On, Polynomial C and Analogue Booblybath are great!

    95% of the rest is somewhere between “challenging” and shit.

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    I downloaded and listened to that radio show on the way to work.  What a load of sycophantic dribble.  The music was right up there with some of Yoko Ono’s output too.

    retro83
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    You think you’re starting to understand his work then this comes along

    jwt
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    Love Heliosphan.

    Boba Fatt
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    I downloaded and listened to that radio show on the way to work.  What a load of sycophantic dribble.  The music was right up there with some of Yoko Ono’s output too.

    Please don’t compare it to this

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