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do you listen to Aphex Twin?

Not really, asides from a couple of his most popular songs. @Zettabhai does though!

I find Aphex Twin to be too avant-garde, experimental, and eccentric, even though I know it's these qualities he epitomises that cements his status as far and away one of the most celebrated and influential electronic musicians of all time. Or perhaps it's just because electronic music might not really be my cup of tea and I haven't listened to enough of his music.
 
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Stopped listening to anything honestly
 
Sometimes I put SAW2 on as background music
 
>Xtal, Tha, Pulsewidth, Ageispolis, I, Green Calx, Heliosphan, We Are The Music Makers, Schottkey 7th Path, Ptolemy, Hedphelym, Delphium, Actium
Is there an album with a better 13 track opener? I don't think so.
 
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Not really, asides from a couple of his most popular songs. @Zettabhai does though!
I know you have Rhubarb (#3) in your playlist, presumably you've added Xtal since. What other ones are you referring to?
I find Aphex Twin to be too avant-garde, experimental, and eccentric, even though I know it's these qualities he epitomises that cements his status as far and away one of the most celebrated and influential electronic musicians of all time. Or perhaps it's just because electronic music might not really be my cup of tea and I haven't listened to enough of his music.
It's understandable, I'm not going to disparage anyone who doesn't jive with it.
 
I know you have Rhubarb (#3) in your playlist, presumably you've added Xtal since. What other ones are you referring to?
I recently added Stone In Focus, Alberto Balsam, and Lichen after skimming through his YouTube search results most viewed. While I do have gripes about Stone In Focus's 10 minute duration—especially considering its static and unchanging structure—it's still an ethereal and meditative beauty. The snow monke in the video captures the essence of the song pretty perfectly, but instead of just being a looped clip, I think it would've been sick if this had been the video for it:


View: https://youtu.be/Aat9O85ynsI?si=yZJefP04rFlnnacK
 
I used to listen to xtal and Iz Us (mostly when it would play in gta)

I listened to rhubarb alot when I was younger but I got bored of it and now it just reminds me of when I was 15/16 and my life was shit so I cant listen to it

I like listening to stone in focus because it reminds me of the constant passing of time and how we are closer to death with every second with the way the clock ticks in the background
if life had a theme it would be that song
 
Only some of his popular ambient songs while studying.
 
Aphid twine is better
 
I recently added Stone In Focus, Alberto Balsam, and Lichen after skimming through his YouTube search results most viewed. While I do have gripes about Stone In Focus's 10 minute duration—especially considering its static and unchanging structure—it's still an ethereal and meditative beauty. The snow monke in the video captures the essence of the song pretty perfectly, but instead of just being a looped clip, I think it would've been sick if this had been the video for it:


View: https://youtu.be/Aat9O85ynsI?si=yZJefP04rFlnnacK

You might like these songs, I don't now. I'm assuming you've already listened to some of these. A lot of these are really popular.

View: https://youtu.be/YQaxA79imC4


View: https://youtu.be/uxTdTaNIUxo


View: https://youtu.be/2XK_FnzVfpo


View: https://youtu.be/zpNhIAlA83s


View: https://youtu.be/3_MRe3JwFc8


View: https://youtu.be/05quVI7Ioqc?list=PLe8QuhHu38dQYzF7WNjVzKa9ObOuJHJfl
 
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I recently added Stone In Focus, Alberto Balsam, and Lichen after skimming through his YouTube search results most viewed. While I do have gripes about Stone In Focus's 10 minute duration—especially considering its static and unchanging structure—it's still an ethereal and meditative beauty. The snow monke in the video captures the essence of the song pretty perfectly, but instead of just being a looped clip, I think it would've been sick if this had been the video for it:


View: https://youtu.be/Aat9O85ynsI?si=yZJefP04rFlnnacK

These songs too tbh

View: https://youtu.be/Euij4sVoDD0



View: https://youtu.be/AFc0klkcMD8


View: https://youtu.be/-3YxciozfM4


View: https://youtu.be/j2i8eb5b84A
 
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I recently added Stone In Focus, Alberto Balsam, and Lichen after skimming through his YouTube search results most viewed. While I do have gripes about Stone In Focus's 10 minute duration—especially considering its static and unchanging structure—it's still an ethereal and meditative beauty. The snow monke in the video captures the essence of the song pretty perfectly, but instead of just being a looped clip, I think it would've been sick if this had been the video for it:


View: https://youtu.be/Aat9O85ynsI?si=yZJefP04rFlnnacK

These too ngl

View: https://youtu.be/nHWdpfrLqGM


View: https://youtu.be/H7ZW_lOL4oI


View: https://youtu.be/zkWnJp12w1k
 
I used to listen to xtal and Iz Us (mostly when it would play in gta)

I listened to rhubarb alot when I was younger but I got bored of it and now it just reminds me of when I was 15/16 and my life was shit so I cant listen to it

I like listening to stone in focus because it reminds me of the constant passing of time and how we are closer to death with every second with the way the clock ticks in the background
if life had a theme it would be that song
You might like these

View: https://youtu.be/Sort2m3H3dc


View: https://youtu.be/H6yPLpfaGQI


View: https://youtu.be/UOxo4B3we8I


View: https://youtu.be/erNuvARUji0
 


I never heard any of these before Apart from On but I forgot about that song

I dont like the last song but the rest are decent

Aphex really just sampled a hoover in the first song for no reason at all
 
Like 1 album from him ye
 
You might like these songs, I don't now. I'm assuming you've already listened to some of these. A lot of these are really popular.

View: https://youtu.be/YQaxA79imC4
You can tell AFX is manipulating some strange sounds here, but it's done so deftly that you barely notice it. I like the cinematic slant this has tbh it sounds like it could have replaced the OST used to highlight the profundity of Light Yagami's dying moments and still fit the scene almost as well.

@Pixycel @epillepsy @CruxGammata @kikecel @DarkStarDown
lol I actually learned that this song was sampled for Kanye's somber ballad Blame Game last night, his goodbye letter to a deteriorating LTR that has run its course, and one of the more deeply personal of all the tracks on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With Kanye's vocals, which manically depict these different pitched, distorted, and panned vocals that are arguing their way through this whole scenario, the song's lyrics delve into the complexities of the ways in which normies often hurt each other in relationships, highlighting the challenges of understanding and accepting one another's perspectives in a way that even I, a tried-and-true KHHV, can understand. It's rather tragic in the way that it unfolds, and Kanye's portrayal of it is pretty creative, even if we completely ignore the obnoxious, tonally jarring Chris Rock sketch at the end that beats the themes over the listener's head.

I feel like everyone likes a sentimental piano song in some way, shape, or form—with the exception of my sister, who lacks empathy, which plays a role in how we respond to depressing tunes. and I'm certainly no exception. So naturally, Avril 14th grabbed my attention right away. A haunting lullaby that went on to gain a second-life and legacy all of its own, with the instrumental piece having been sampled by pop stars and rappers alike, inspiring classical musicians, and being featured in multiple film soundtracks. The familiar melancholy that the runaway pop culture hit creates is heightened by the fact that it is, in contrast to the rest of Aphex Twin's discography, simply more accessible for a wider audience.

What was once a stark departure from Aphex Twin’s signature electronic sound has become the sum of his legacy, certifying itself as his most commercially successful release since Windowlicker, but that's exactly what makes Avril 14th impressive when you consider how divorced from him as an artist it almost is. The track’s vulnerable, delicate, almost-human-but-not-quite’s composition and gorgeous notes have an unmistakable appeal precisely because it doesn't come off as delirium-inducing, standoffish, and occasionally terrorizing like most of his work does if techno isn't your genre of choice. This song is completely, beautifully out of place.

There’s just something about it. I can honestly say that it's one of his songs that I genuinely like—but I don't really have a relationship with it like you probably do because I've only recently learned about it in the last 24 hours.
This just straight up sounds like something that would be in Adventure Time jfl I used to be autistically obsessed with that show.


View: https://youtu.be/Qn8YeZCA9b0?si=RsXJmseyEwjs5k5u
More deviations from the acerbic electronic music that comprises the bulk of Aphex Twin's catalog. Simple, quiet, and calm, but toooo simple for what I find engaging. Both songs are much simpler than most examples of popular music, for example, which usually have clearly defined sections like the chorus, verses, and potentially a bridge or pre-chorus. Instead, their structures are more skeletal and follow a very basic pattern.

In all honesty—and I know you're gonna scoff at this—these ones sound like someone practicing some chords. From this angle, it would be easy to characterize these two songs as algorithms, and the repetitive approach to their musical structure is, to put it mildly, boring. Replaying these songs isn’t satisfactory, as exact repetition becomes monotonous quickly.

I recommend this piece as an excellent example of piano improvisation:


View: https://youtu.be/7M95h7zQU3k?si=QQwBzhWeA8Z6s_XX
That being said, there is a place and time for these sorts of elementary arrangements if you want to focus in peace and quiet and whatnot. I like this one more than aisatsana and Nanou2 because it relies on pillowy atmospheric echo rather than plain, unadorned tinkling. It's alright. But still, despite being piano instrumentals just like Avril 14th, neither strips away all the alien eerieness of a sound heavily dependent on machinery so as to reveal the sense of melody at the core of all Aphex Twin's best work like that song does.
 
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He’s got some good songs, not to mention his range and longevity. Wish I would have started listening to him earlier than starting in the pandemic
 
I'm assuming you've already listened to IZ-US, Flim, Fingerbib, etc.? I'm running out of all the entry level songs. And you're right, I did scoff at the chord complexity angle. I find that to be ridiculous.
 
I'm assuming you've already listened to IZ-US, Flim, Fingerbib, etc.? I'm running out of all the entry level songs.
:no: :no: :no:

The only Aphex Twin songs I've heard are the ones you've recommended here because I generally don't make an effort to seek out new music unless it immediately grabs my attention. I don't think I've ever listened to any of his albums, and ngl I don't really plan to because I doubt I would enjoy it that much given what I've already heard , but I could try...
And you're right, I did scoff at the chord complexity angle. I find that to be ridiculous.
Pls don't hate me Zettabhai
 
Pls don't hate me Zettabhai
It's not even that I necessarily disagree or listen to those songs in particular. But that angle is quite funny, If I was looking for complex improvisational piano pieces I'd be listening to jazz pianists. With songs like these it's more the emotional intention and atmosphere than the complexity of the arrangements, like a nice sounding breeze in nature. It's more about the mood it exudes than the technical prowess.
 
It's not even that I necessarily disagree or listen to those songs in particular. But that angle is quite funny, If I was looking for complex improvisational piano pieces I'd be listening to jazz pianists. With songs like these it's more the emotional intention and atmosphere than the complexity of the arrangements, like a nice sounding breeze in nature. It's more about the mood it exudes than the technical prowess.
My problem with super minimalistic songs isn't that they aren't outright complex (a lot of the music I listen to is far from intricate in structure), it's that they're simply too… simple. Unless they have a catchy or memorable enough tune, they're actually so simple that I don't really see much value in them, let alone the emotional intent, becase there's so little to latch onto. Maybe this is just a result of my zoomer ADHD brain, idk.
 
My problem with super minimalistic songs isn't that they aren't outright complex (a lot of the music I listen to is far from intricate in structure), it's that they're simply too… simple. Unless they have a catchy or memorable enough tune, they're actually so simple that I don't really see much value in them, let alone the emotional intent, becase there's so little to latch onto. Maybe this is just a result of my zoomer ADHD brain, idk.
>t. cums in pants during the first notes of runaway
 
>t. cums in pants during the first notes of runaway
If I were to rank the MBDTF tracklist, Runaway would probably be closer to the bottom than it is to the top ded srs. There are songs on that album that I think are a lot better given how much praise Runaway gets, with many fans of all music genres alike considering it to be his best song of all time ever. For one, the instrumental itself is great, despite how stark it is. But again, that circles back to how I stress the importance of memorability in music.

Those depressing, minimal, repetitive piano riffs would be nothing if not for the vaguely industrial and frigid drums which contrast very well with the light, airy, and elegant strings and synths throughout the track, helping to create the tender atmosphere its known for. However, there’s a lot about Runaway that I still just do not care for.
 
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lol I actually learned that this song was sampled for Kanye's somber ballad Blame Game last night, his goodbye letter to a deteriorating LTR that has run its course, and one of the more deeply personal of all the tracks on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With Kanye's vocals, which manically depict these different pitched, distorted, and panned vocals that are arguing their way through this whole scenario, the song's lyrics delve into the complexities of the ways in which normies often hurt each other in relationships, highlighting the challenges of understanding and accepting one another's perspectives in a way that even I, a tried-and-true KHHV, can understand. It's rather tragic in the way that it unfolds, and Kanye's portrayal of it is pretty creative, even if we completely ignore the obnoxious, tonally jarring Chris Rock sketch at the end that beats the themes over the listener's head.

I feel like everyone likes a sentimental piano song in some way, shape, or form—with the exception of my sister, who lacks empathy, which plays a role in how we respond to depressing tunes. and I'm certainly no exception. So naturally, Avril 14th grabbed my attention right away. A haunting lullaby that went on to gain a second-life and legacy all of its own, with the instrumental piece having been sampled by pop stars and rappers alike, inspiring classical musicians, and being featured in multiple film soundtracks. The familiar melancholy that the runaway pop culture hit creates is heightened by the fact that it is, in contrast to the rest of Aphex Twin's discography, simply more accessible for a wider audience.

What was once a stark departure from Aphex Twin’s signature electronic sound has become the sum of his legacy, certifying itself as his most commercially successful release since Windowlicker, but that's exactly what makes Avril 14th impressive when you consider how divorced from him as an artist it almost is. The track’s vulnerable, delicate, almost-human-but-not-quite’s composition and gorgeous notes have an unmistakable appeal precisely because it doesn't come off as delirium-inducing, standoffish, and occasionally terrorizing like most of his work does if techno isn't your genre of choice. This song is completely, beautifully out of place.
You write about it as if you had studied music theory at University and took up peer review as a pastime hobby that inevitably would have flourished into a passion for critical examination. Is there an article in which you learned all of this?
 
If I were to rank the MBDTF tracklist, Runaway would probably be closer to the bottom than it is to the top ded srs.
I don't know how I would rank it, It's not an album that I listen to. I think the track listening within of itself has that discerned. Except for all of the lights and so appalled which should probably be at the bottom under runaway. The former being on top, perhaps.
There are songs on that album that I think are a lot better given how much praise Runaway gets
I'd agree, a good song but with an inflated representation. The majority of people who "listen" to the song and laud it as a magnum opus skip the introduction and the ending on replays, which is amusing and contradictory.
, with many fans of all music genres alike considering it to be his best song of all time ever. For one, the instrumental itself is great, despite how stark it is. But again, that circles back to how I stress the importance of memorability in music. Those depressing, minimal, repetitive piano riffs would be nothing if not for the vaguely industrial and frigid drums which contrast very well with the light, airy, and elegant strings and synths throughout the track, helping to create the tender atmosphere its known for.
I was being frivolous and lightheartedly attacking you. In my eyes, this is comparing apples to oranges. And I don't know if I would necessarily agree with the premise that the memorability of runaway's introductory part would be completely negated if it didn't amount to something greater. I get the point you're making but we're at a fundamental impasse. I can simply latch on to simple droning chords and two note melodies just as much as I can latch on and appreciate polyrythmic pieces with complex chord progressions and intricate melodies.
 
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You write about it as if you had studied music theory at University and took up peer review as a pastime hobby that inevitably would have flourished into a passion for critical examination. Is there an article in which you learned all of this?
I mean, I'm literally a Doctor of Musical Arts, so :p
 
@Zettabhai is literally Ryan Gosling irl though
@Aubrey Porter this has been a known fact among highly reputable users on incels.is for years before your blEW ass crawled out of the woodwork
 

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