Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 - 2015 IDM 15 Trk 12" EP
Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2
Label: Warp Records
Format: Vinyl, 12", 33 RPM, 45 RPM, EP
Paper inner sleeve is black with credits printed on it. Both sides of the center label are plain black except for the text "33 or 45".
Comes with a download card to redeem a digital copy.
Made in EU.
Released: 23 Jan 2015
Style: IDM, Experimental
A1 diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13 5:22
A2 snar2 0:20
A3 diskhat1 2:26
A4 piano un1 arpej 0:50
A5 DISKPREPT4 1:53
A6 hat 2b 2012b 1:25
A7 disk aud1_12 0:09
A8 0035 1-Audio 0:27
B1 disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo] 4:22
B2 DISKPREPT1 3:30
B3 diskhat2 0:38
B4 piano un10 it happened 1:48
B5 hat5c 0001 rec-4 4:46
Phonographic Copyright (p) Warp Records Limited
Copyright (c) Warp Records Limited
Mastered At Ten Eight Seven Mastering
Pressed By Optimal Media GmbH BE73411
Mastered By Beau Thomas
Written-By, Producer Richard D. James
It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It would have made a fine alternate title for Syro, Richard D. James's mind-melting, hyper-distinctive return as Aphex Twin from last year. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself, another Omar-S album title, works well for James's latest, the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP. Few artists could claim creative carte blanche on the level James can, especially after an album that showed he's still in his prime long after his first run of classics. And here he claims the hell out of it, turning in a moody set that sounds a bit like either Tom Waits instrumentals, a gamelan ensemble going pop, or maybe just some bits from Syro played back at a fraction of their original speed.
Where Syro played up James's virtuosity as an arranger, composer and programmer, Acoustic Instruments emphasizes atmospherea crucial component of Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Of particular interest is what happens when acoustic instruments are played in a roomthe reverb tails, the quirky resonancesand the telling hiss of the machine that's capturing them. The textures are certainly sumptuous, and occasionally they lend the record something unique. That's the case on "diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13," which sets a Syro-style madcap arrangement to a tense shuffle. We hear every instrument's creak and crunch, but no matter how many piano notes and drum hits James throws at us, the track still grooves.
"disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo]" sits at the opposite end of the spectrum, focusing on squeezing as many tones from as many bang-able surfaces as possible. James spends most of the EP in that exploratory mode, and though there's a certain pleasure in listening to an artist figure things out, a full 28 minutes feels like overkill. Regardless, it's comforting to know James isn't settling into a routine.
|Format||EP , 12, 12"|