Mike & Rich ‎– Expert Knob Twiddlers

Rephlex ‎– cat 027cd
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The cover is a parody of the box cover of "Downfall", a board game by Milton Bradley.

Fans of the album, record stores, and Planet Mu's official site state that the title of this release is "Expert Knob Twiddlers". The Planet Mu site says : "… Mike & Rich’s 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was made back in 1994. Richard edited the tracks into shape later in 1996 with his new Apple Mac computer and it was released later that year on Rephlex …". This text is not an instance of retrofitting; 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was the title upon the original release in 1996. The cover of the Japanese CD version and the catalogue summaries included inside Caustic Window "Compilation" and The Braindance Coincidence list this release by the artist name only.

℗&© 1996 rephlex.
Made in England.

Cat# appears as "cat 027cd" on spine, back, in fold out insert and on disk (big text).
Cat# appears as "cat 027lp" on disk (small text).

Issued in a jewel case with clear tray and an 8 page fold-out insert.
EFA distribution code on sticker (rear).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 027238 002724
  • Matrix / Runout: CAT027CD 10420191 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0485
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0466

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers(CD, Album, Promo) Rephlex cat 027cd UK 1996 Sell This Version
ziq369lp Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers(3xLP, Album, RE, RM) Planet Mu ziq369lp Europe 2016 Sell This Version
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers(CD, Album, RE) Rephlex cat 027cd UK Unknown Sell This Version
ziq369cd, AMIP-0089 Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers(2xCD, Album, RE, RM + File, WAV) Planet Mu, Planet Mu ziq369cd, AMIP-0089 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
CHCU-010 Mike & Rich ...Expert Knob Twiddlers(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Chronica Cubica CHCU-010 Europe 2007 Sell This Version


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August 3, 2018
I didn't like this. I bought it off a beach vendor on Brighton seafront for a tenner in the early 00's, I kind of felt bad because he clearly didn't know it was going for 3 times as much on ebay back then. However as I didn't like it I actually went into Rounder Records in Brighton and asked them if they'd swap it for the copy of The Advent - Elements of Life which they had going for £30 and had been there for at least a year, they did a quick ebay search and agreed! So yeah I didn't like this one :)


July 19, 2016
There's a 2016 reissue imminent!! http://planet.mu/releases/expert-knob-twiddlers/ (includes seven new tracks as well!!)


November 8, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

A album that was underwhelming to some at the time but is now a Rephlex classic. A+ on the artwork, also.


September 26, 2014

Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James.
this is a great production.
one of my favorites.


March 31, 2013
This album definitely is named *Expert knob twiddlers*.


April 7, 2012

It's okay for the time it was made, but it's definitely less than what you would expect from two major IDM producers.


November 11, 2010
Not the best work either of these guys have done, but I think we can all agree that this is the greatest album cover ever.


June 24, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
For all who expected something "more sophisticated" because Mike & Rich are stand-out musicians in this field, keep in mind, that the record was made in 3 days on drugs in 1993 (as Mike once mentioned it took three years for the release). On that framework the record is still brilliant and one of the funniest electronic music records ever. I can hardly have such a laugh with any other record.


January 5, 2010
Another track, 'Brivert and Muons', never made the finished album. Runs to 6:23 and is a clashy, noisy little number that probably never made it because it's not on par with the rest of the LP.


December 6, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
For this album, Aphex and mu-ziq cheese it up and make some pretty groovy and bizarre tracks.
I heard that Mike & Rich made this album in a weekend, tripping on some psychedelics (acid or shrooms, but who knows). Could be BS, but it wouldn't surprise me at all.
I'd say the best time to listen to this album for the first time would be while on acid or shrooms.
"Mr. Frosty" and "Upright Kangaroo" are the real standouts for me. Mr Frosty makes a great opener. Very funky, and one of the most listenable songs on the album. Upright Kangaroo includes belching sounds in its melody. It makes sense though, in this surreal aesthetic they've created for themselves.