Aphex Twin

Genres: Drama Electronic & Ambient Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Richard D. James, 18 August 1971, Ireland, but raised in Truro, Cornwall, England. Over the course of the 90s James, under a variety of names, became one of the leading exponents of ‘intelligent techno’, ‘ambient techno’ and other terms invented to describe his brand of electronic music. As a child he was not interested in music, but instead amused himself ‘making noises and banging on things’; later he began recording his efforts on tape and consequently began building and customizing his own synthesizers. While DJing at parties and raves he sometimes included in his sets the odd original tune such as ‘Didgeridoo’; ‘I wanted to have some tracks to finish the raves I used to play in Cornwall, to really kill everybody off so they couldn’t dance any more’. ‘Didgeridoo’ was a dark pulsating track with analogue sounds bubbling over a splashy breakbeat. He eventually released the Aphex Twin EP and...

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