Aphex Twin ‎– Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 (EP)

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Warp Records ‎– WAP375
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, EP
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Includes a black paper inner sleeve with credits, and a download code card.
Both sleeves have a plain black inner surface.
Plain black center labels, except for the text "33 or --45", "-" on side A, and "--" on side B.

Some copies have a sticker on the shrink wrap, which shows the copyright holders, barcode, and label code.

[On sticker:]
℗ 2014 Warp Records Limited © 2014 Warp Records Limited
Made in EU

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text on stricker): 0 801061 937515
  • Barcode (Scanned): 801061937515
  • Label Code (On sticker): LC02070
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A, hand-etched): WAP375 A ˅˄ BEAU e TEN EIGHT SEVEN BE73411-01 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B, hand-etched): WAP375 B ˅˄ BE73411-01 B1

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noizstepper

noizstepper

December 11, 2015
This album is no electronic/IDM Album anymore.
The main issue of those persons who do not like it is that is no Pop Music anymore. I would rather say here we've got the first true free Jazz release of Richard. It's suitable for listening as well as for using it as a mixing or sample utensil.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

August 9, 2015
I’ll be honest – at first I wasn’t even going to cover another Aphex Twin release. With so much hype last year, focusing on the return of one of the most influential musicians in the electronic scene, I felt like there was plenty of press around this eccentric figure, from underground to commercial scenes alike. I’m not saying that the publicity was undeserved – the Syro release was fantastic [read Headphone Commute review] – but it felt like the usual AFX standards, a bit like Richard David James just scrapped and remixed a few of his b-sides, left to collect the dust on the shelves post the 2001 Drukqs era.

Then there was massive Soundcloud dump from user18081971, which the entire community reeled from, but with so much material to sift through, how can someone be left reinforced? The account with the 200+ previously unreleased demos has been since shut down, but now appears to be active again (you can still find the entire archive hosted by one of those mega upload sharing sites if it goes away again). Meanwhile, in early January, Warp quietly released an Aphex Twin EP, suspiciously titled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 – [where was part one?] – but after my first skeptical rotation I was hooked. And here we are!

The EP is a collection of 13 short vignettes, ranging from 9 seconds to 5 minutes in length, on which James appears to play prepared piano, sampling its various sounds and then sequencing them into varied rhythmic pieces. The experimental signature of the arrangements is indeed that of Aphex Twin, but the overall organic sound of these “computer controlled acoustic instruments” propels the sound into that electroacoustic percussive territory, dominated by John Cage, David Tudor, and Arnold Schoenberg.

In the typical Warp fashion, there is not much revealed about the process used by James to compose the tracks – the label has no press release, the album cover and the disk are plain black (I wonder how much The Designers Republic got paid for this), and the titles are the usual garble of abbreviated words, hinting perhaps at the shortened file names, saved and later abandoned: “snar2″, “0035 1-Audio”, “hat5c 0001 rec-4″. A few of online reviews reference a series of constructed mechanical instruments which perform the compositions in the spirit of “musical automata” of Pierre Bastien, but frankly, I’m not buying it (the sound clips sound the same, down to the barely audible clicks at the end of each loop). Let’s hope that I am wrong, and one day we’ll witness a performance of the above, because this music certainly deserves it.

Regardless of its execution, the scratches and plucks still make my neurons tingle, as do the sped up arpeggios walking up a keyboard, as do the sounds of the home-made percussion. I love the honky-tonk of each key, the slap of each hammer, and the ring of each string. The rhythms of the kitchen utensils, or whatever else is the origin of each snare is, create a visually appealing sonic environment, in which every fan of Aphex Twin could feel like a kid again, banging on the sand buckets, filled with future castles of the memories past. And if you sensed a slight hint of negative connotation in these words, I urge you to disband it, because I’ll highly recommend this short EP for every fan of Aphex Twin.
FiST

FiST

May 14, 2015

it's all about the 'spined sleeve' for me, thank you warp records for blessing us with teh spined sleeve aphux twins records!!
betohopper

betohopper

April 20, 2015
I would say that this recording is being influenced by the great classical composer Conlon Nancarrow. He composed super complex pieces for the player piano. Pieces that were impossible to play for humans but a machine could. Acoustic but mechanical. Great works. One of the Johns from They Might Be Giants also composed a piece to be played by the mechanical band of a carousel. All fascinating ideas. I am really liking this record.
cristianHa

cristianHa

February 15, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

first listened to it at 33 rpm .then played it at 45 rpm . RDJ always delivers the goods!
juliocmatias

juliocmatias

February 9, 2015

great record! 33 or 45 depending on if you listen to it as a hip-hop or jungle ep. for me, given that rdj is fond of extremes, it's a jungle record, kind of a compact and even deeper concept of drukqs (in an interview for the groove magazine he says he's done some jungle stuff using a disklavier). that the cd was released in 33 speed, sounds for me as one more of his eccentricities, a kind of pop criticism or simply a proof of his genius, since in either speed you have a very enjoyable and extremely enigmatic listen.
iamxaml

iamxaml

February 7, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
If it aphex me, does it aphex you too?
mattsalcido

mattsalcido

February 4, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

When this first came out I listened to clips online and it didn't really grab me. After reading some mixed reviews here on Discogs the more positive ones intrigued me so I bought it.

Hearing this on a proper stereo setup made a big difference. When it was done I immediately flipped it back over to the A side and played it again. I love how the playback speed is listed at 33 or 45.

I really like the idea that an electronic musician is putting out an "acoustic" album of sorts (or EP in this case). It sounds like some of these tracks have effects added to them after initially being recorded so it's not exactly "acoustic" but close enough for me (and really, who cares?).

Some music just needs to be played loud and in the open (as opposed to headphones) and I think this is one of those cases. If you're hearing this on YouTube through computer speakers or headphones I think you're missing out. Pick it up in your favorite format and crank it up!
mcalber

mcalber

February 2, 2015

Pro tip:

Play at 45PRM
FabianKempe

FabianKempe

February 2, 2015

...piano un1 arpej...