Aphex Twin ‎– Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Apollo ‎– AMB 3922 CD, Apollo ‎– AMB3922CD
CD, Album


1 Xtal 4:51
2 Tha 9:01
3 Pulsewidth 3:47
4 Ageispolis 5:21
5 I 1:13
6 Green Calx 6:02
7 Heliosphan 4:51
8 We Are The Music Makers 7:42
9 Schottkey 7th Path 5:07
10 Ptolemy 7:12
11 Hedphelym 6:02
12 Delphium 5:36
13 Actium 7:35

Companies, etc.



Published by R&S Records. Marketed & Manufactured by R&S Records/Belgium.

Catalogue number (On Front/Rear): AMB 3922 CD.
Catalogue number (On CD): AMB3922CD.

Track timings are taken from the artwork and vary from actual timings given on CD players.

This is the original pressing, without a barcode. Later pressings included a barcode printed on the back cover.

Matrix is only viewable on the data side of the disc and appears 'mirrored'.

Regarding the individual tracks and track names:
"Xtal" is an industry standard abbreviation for "crystal" in electrical engineering.
"Tha" is named after Aphex Twin's then-girlfriend Samantha (the soundcloud track "Sam's Car" is also named after her).
"Pulsewidth" refers to the distance between one peak and the next in a sound wave.
The track "i" was the earliest created on this album (the only 1985 song on it). Richard would've turned 14 in 1985.
"Calx" is an oxide of a metal, often found in mines. It looks like liquid slag that has solidified. Richard claimed to have briefly worked in the mine his father worked in, and the colored calx on the walls was one of the few pretty sights to be seen in the mines (because calx is low value it gets left in the walls rather than mined out).
"Helios" is the sun god in Greek mythology. In some Greek texts he is said to be the same god as Apollo, in other texts the two are both sun gods in the same pantheon.
"We Are The Music Makers" is named after the sample from "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory" used in the song.
"Schottkey" is presumably named after "Walter H. Schottky", a physicist who made many significant contributions in the areas of semiconductor devices (eg the Schottky diode and the Schottky barrier).
"Ptolemy" is named either after a famous Greek mathematician/astronomer/geographer/astrologer (Claudius Ptolemy, AD 100-170) or Alexander The Great's most trusted friend (Ptolemy I Soter/Ptolemy The Savior, BC 367-282) who was made Emperor of Egypt, founding the Ptolematic Dynasty (of which Cleopatra was the last ruler of).
"Delphium" is presumed to be named after Delphi, the location of the famed Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was in one of the two major temples dedicated to Apollo.
"Actium" is the name of the town where Augustus (the Roman Emperor who the month of August is named after) defeated Antony and Cleopatra. It is also the location of the other major temple dedicated to Apollo.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout (variant 1 (Mirrored)): DADC AUSTRIA AMB-3922-CD 11 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (variant 2 (Mirrored)): DADC AUSTRIA AMB-3922-CD 11 A1

Other Versions (5 of 44) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMB LP 3922 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album) Apollo AMB LP 3922 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CD Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(CD, Album, RE) Apollo, Apollo AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CD Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
AMBLP3922 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Apollo AMBLP3922 UK 2018 Sell This Version
none Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(13xFile, WAV, Album, RE) Apollo none UK Unknown
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Bro) Apollo (17) AMB3922XI Unknown Sell This Version