What I do with current tools takes concentration and I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t; jumping around like a prick trying to make people think what you’re doing is better than it actually is, is dumb…. I love the fact that if you are very still, which I usually am, it’s much, much harder to get everyone dancing and going mental, because they look to you for how they should react…. This is because many people find the music on its own way too abstract, they need something else visual and need to be told what to feel…. A lot of acts are just too insecure to just play their music and shut the fuck up, they feel the need to tell people what they should be doing, like, “Make some noise”, “Put your hands in the air.” Why? If I want to put my hands in the fucking air I will, I don’t need some fuckstick telling me what to do—I get enough of that outside a gig.
—Aphex Twin, in a 2010 interview with Another Man magazine. Another Man, btw, is highly recommended. If you’re the sort of person that’s into high-end men’s fashion magazines that interview Aphex Twin. (via francishwang)
A lot of acts are just too insecure to just play their music and shut the fuck up, they feel the need to tell people what they should be doing, like, ‘Make some noise’. ‘Put your hands in the air.’ Why? If I want to put my hands in the fucking air I will, I don’t need some fuckstick telling me what to do- I get enough of that outside a gig.
Parallel to the CD release of your new album (Richard D James album), you’re releasing the same songs as maxi singles at 45 rpm. If you play them at 33 rpm, then this hectic, tense material becomes very relaxing and atmospheric. Is this a coincidence?
Many of my tracks are better if you play…
The sort of unwritten rule was that you can’t put your face on the sleeve. Therefore I put my face on the sleeve. That’s why I originally did it. But then I got carried away.
—Richard James talking about the use of his distorted face as a theme on the Aphex Twin album covers. (via grarse)