Aphex twin : On, a melancolic track for rainy days
Aphex Twin a.k.a. Richard D. James needs no introduction ; he’s a legend, an electronic music virtuoso. The guy is weird : he used to live in a tank and his twin brother died as Richard was born. He is somewhat constructing analogue MIDI components with his own devices and suplies. He’s got several reputable fan sites. On is from 1993 and there is even a video of this song directed by Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. It’s one of my favorite desert island track : very cinematic with raindrops flowing amidst the track with haunting melodies and endless layers of depth. Thunderous bass keeps coming back and forth and it always catches you off guard. This track opened my mind in 1993 to the idea that electronic music could evoke the same kind of emotion as music produced by conventional means. I heard it on radio show in CKRL 89,1 called Zoo simiotique hosted by DJ Stormbass. Of all music that Richard D James has ever released, On must be the single best piece ever. It has a chilled, ambient feeling of a lot of tunes, but also a weird, distorted rhythmic works of other Aphex’s work.
P.S. : Here is an ambient mix entitled “Natural born chillers” that includes the song On from Aphex Twin. You can check it out at this address.
Aphex twin : On [Warp: 1993]