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Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Aphex Twin

1992

Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Album Summary

Selected Ambient Works 85–92 is the debut studio album by Aphex Twin, the pseudonym of British electronic musician Richard D. James. It was released on 9 November 1992 through Apollo Records, a subsidiary of Belgian label R&S Records. The album consists of ambient techno tracks recorded onto cassette reputedly dating as far back as 1985, when James was thirteen to fourteen years old. An analogue remaster of the album was released in 2006, followed by a digital remaster in 2008. Upon its release, Selected Ambient Works 85–92 received widespread acclaim. James followed up the album in 1994 with the more traditionally ambient Selected Ambient Works Volume II. In 2012, it was named the greatest album of the 1990s by Fact. It entered the UK Dance Albums Chart at number 30 after the release of Aphex Twin's 2014 album Syro.

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3.22

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4889

Genres

  • Electronica
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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

Much of this sounds like the background to a shower sex scene. But like. In an outdoor shower so it’s romantic.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

This is an wonderful album to listen to when you don't necessarily want to listen to music but don't want silence. I would like to have this entire album be the soundtrack of my life, I think. Just chill, wordless music that is upbeat.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

although technically I listened, it was as if I didn't because I remember nothing.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
1

I'm not into electronic music so this felt like being stuck in an endless loop of two notes. You get used to it, like the noise of an airplane engine on a 14 hour flight.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

Absolutely love this. Sounds like its from the future and ancient at the same time. It's incredible he was 14 making some of these tracks

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Although I have owned two Aphex Twin albums in the past (his more raucous, jungle-inflected stuff), to be honest Aphex Twin is an artist I have found easier to admire than like unquestionly. The story of Aphex Twin fascinates, partly due to Richard D. James' gleeful mythomania. Among his claims include sleeping 2 hours a night, gaining musical inspiration from lucid dreaming, scratching sandpaper instead of records, owning a tank (apparently, he actually owns an armoured car), living in a bank vault, purchasing the Michael Faraday Memorial, playing gigs in people's living rooms, and being named after a stillborn older brother. One of these legends is that this album assembles tracks he had lain down since the age of 14 on his ZX Spectrum, hence the timeframe indicated on the title. But is the music as interesting as the lore? The adjectives Aphex Twin generates seem impressive to some: experimental, challenging, innovative, unique, uncompromising. To multitudes, those terms inspire despair rather than intrigue. It appears tailor-made to accompany an Adam Curtis montage or Chris Morris' more surreal excursions; again, that thought will cause some to weep. But I am a sturdier figure. I chew up supposedly formidable works as if they were made by Wrigleys. Over this week, I have listened to Selected Ambient Works 85-92 thrice, and yes, it conjures those dread phrases "rewards repeated listenings" and "on its own terms". On the first occasion, which was not part of the reviewing process, I was, like I suspect many others would be, a trifle bored. It's an hour of ambient electronic dance music ca. 1985-1992. It sounds like an hour of ambient electronic dance music ca. 1985-1992. It didn't sound unpleasant, but unengaging and meandering. So, I continued with my assumption that Aphex Twin was not that embraceable. The second time, after the generator presented it, I found it much more alluring. The ambient nature of the album clicked, and I thought myself foolish for my prior dismissal. The third time, whilst writing this, I focused more the textures of individual tracks, and I was oft reminded of a group I adore, PiL (just checked, and the album does sample PiL's Fodderstompf). Like PiL's early work, the iciness may lead even those who appreciate difficult music to have their misgivings, but I'm not one of them. So yes, I like Aphex Twin, and I like this album a lot. By the by, Fact magazine (no, I haven't heard of it either) named this as the greatest album of the 90s. Even though this is an excellent album, can you think of a more pretentious choice?

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

I love the story that these songs were recorded on homemade equipment when he was 14 and the sound quality is bad because his cat damaged the original cassette! Nice ambient pieces, the sampling is subtle, the hooks are catchy as they would need to be if you're going to build a whole song around them (I prefer 4-5 minutes vs 8-9!). It reminds me of a chill version of the techno that was coming out in the late 80s.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Underwhelming, but good for programming. I've been told the album was historically significant for electronic music, but it wasn't that exciting by today's standards.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
1

Boy, they weren't kidding when they put the word "ambient" in the title of this. It was on, there were beats, I absorbed it all and yet retained not a millisecond of any of it. I don't really know how to have an emotional response to music like this, and I don't really suspect anyone in Aphex Twin even set out to achieve that with this record. It's got ambient in the title! It's not supposed to engage anyone! Which makes it all the more baffling that some dude thinks this record is one of 1,000 best records of all time. OF ALL TIME.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

First time listen. This blew me away.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Easily, easily, easily one of the best albums ever made.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Lovely great trippy swooshing noises. Less aggressive then a lot of his work. Beautiful stuff.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Takes me way back when we used to sit in me mates treehouse and smoke stuff we shouldn't have. Glourios sounds and moods that take you somewhere else ambient as a masterpiece. Aphex is the king

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Great album with classic beeps and boops

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

I put this album on the big speakers in the other room while I worked on Friday. It was great background sound whilst I plugged away. It’s now Sunday night and I was prepared to mail in my *** rating. However, I decided to listen and skip around one last time before moving on to the next album on the list. Surprisingly, I did more listening than skipping. The beats are varied, present, but not in your face. I’ve dabbled in electronic/ambient/trance music before. I am quite impressed this came out in 1992. 1992 blows my mind because a lot of it sounds current and innovative for today.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Is it true that Richard, the Aphex Twin guy is the spawn of productivity lovers David Allen and Stephen Covey? ----- The main goal of ambient music is to fade into the background and be forgotten. This album does a fine job of that. The only memorable things about Aphex Twin are the album covers which give me NIGHTMARES. The thought of being stoned out of my mind and floating through some warehouse rave with this guy spinning is really attractive (is that still a thing?), though these days, crossing things off my to-do list is just as fulfilling. Richard Marx -er Richard James, the freaky guy in the blue bikini, was ahead of his time, there are literally loads of playlists and channels on Spotify, XM, Soundcloud, etc. with titles like "deep meditation" to get shit done. Go ahead, turn this on and start powering through all the albums you still have yet to rate.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

This seminal album is by the OG of Electronica. There are some great hooks and melodies buried in these tracks and many of them have gone on to become classics. I think the title is misleading though as its more Electronica Lite rather than Ambient music

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Somehow I thought Aphex Twin was super heavy so I was not looking forward to this (I have a headache). But it's lovely and chill. Despite the title, none of the tracks sound like they could have come from the mid 80s. It's a super modern excursion into electronica that feels exactly like it would have shaken things up in 1992. Yes, it's another influential album and it's very much of its age, but it still holds up. This album makes me want to go and hang out in a park.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Gosh, this is really good. I dig on some ambient tunes, both electro and otherwise. Metric Systems, Sarah Neufeld et al have really drunk from the Aphex fountain. This made me feel safe and at home, while taking me many places in space and time as well. Gotta love the history of these jams.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

This album is perfect to have on in the background whilst studying or working. Great lo-fi beats and sounds like something a 24/7 YouTube channel would be playing. Not sure if I can pick a best and worst, the whole album is pretty cohesive.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

A totally unexpected treat. I was expecting gloom and fug and got synapse-snapping electronics and good humour.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Want to fill a room with a series of random drums, clicks, and keyboard that is completely unremarkable? Then this is the album for you!

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Tue Sep 14 2021
1

What even is this? This is terrible. Boring and repetitious. I'll never listen to this on purpose again.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
1

No

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Sat Nov 06 2021
1

Awful and annoying

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Fri Nov 12 2021
1

Not my bag this I'm afraid, listened to it but had to skip some tracks. "Pulsewidth" is a good track and "I" appealed....a bit but not one for me I'm afraid.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
1

I mean it's literally ambient music - I don't get it. 2/10.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
1

Perfect album it you don’t want to actually listen to anything and simply have some music on in the background.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
1

OH MY GOD, 1001 ALBUMS GENERATOR, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO ME? This is nonsense of the highest degree. I just forced my way through Nightmares on Wax, and this is what you serve up next.?! Give me a break that this is "before you die" critical listening. Music for a rave is great for ravers the same way that an album of dogs barking is great for dogs - I am neither, and am uninterested in both. No.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

always loved their work. reverbs with the universe

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

A personal fave! Love it.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Das steht sicher nicht umsonst in meinem Regal

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Very good sound. Ahead of its time

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

The GOAT

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Great

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

listen to them a lot. just really fucking interesting.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Great ambient music

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Fucking sick as g

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

I am in love with this album

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

This album is so far ahead of its time that’s listening to it now still sounds fresh. Though I wouldn’t classify this as ambient, this music is certainly less harsh than some of Aphex Twin’s subsequent work. The influence this music has had across genres is staggering; it’s clear that Aphex Twin influenced Radiohead and inspired their Kid A era move to more electronic based music.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

A perfect album.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Pas fan de l'électro mais j'ai bien aimé cet album.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

A masterpiece in ambient music. Can always put this album on and just feel better, chills me out. The opening bars to Xtal is some of the most peaceful music I know

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

Classic

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

omfg absolute bangers through and through. what an artist

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

One of the greatest albums of all time

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Unabashed classic, sounds lightyears ahead of its time. Even if "Ambient" isn't really the genre to describe this music anymore since it's so exciting and filled with changes.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

This album is incredible front to back. Always kind of aware of Aphex Twin and heard the music occasionally in the background, but never listened to a whole record front to back, this is just excellent. Obviously game changing.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Siiiiiiiick

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Very chill, very ambient

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Wow I loved this. I’ve never been so happy to just close my eyes and have an album wash over me. Every song has its own bits of catchy rhythms or basslines that just keep them going, and somehow after ~80 minutes it doesn’t get old. 10/10

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Really funky, just noise and stuff

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Superb ambient music!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Iconic album. Aged rather well too, which can't be said for most of electronic music of that period. It is not flashy, but it is really well made. Works great as a background music, but has enough details to be interesting if you are paying attention too. And it's influence is undeniable.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

It's been a long time I was this impressed with an album on first listen. I have always been aware of Aphex Twin, but never really listened to him. Until now. And it has opened up a whole new world of music. Maybe not all songs are of the same quality of Heliospan, Schottkey 7th Path or Ptolemy, but reading up I certainly see even more how genre defining this work is and where later Radiohead during their Kid A era got their inspiration. This is going to be played a lot more in the coming months and years.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Wow very cool, saved!! Deffo gonna play this when trying to focus, I loved loads of tracks from this: Xtal, Tha, I, Ptolemy, Actium

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Another of my all time favourite albums - end to end perfection - it sounds timeless despite the calendar range in the title, surprisingly chock full of hooks and soul for an ambient album - and perfectly paced and an absolute immaculate flow. This is definitely the album that I’d put on to fight a ‘meh’ - in productivity, focus or motivating - it’s just pumping enough to get me going and gentle enough to ease me into a good mood.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Early on in music school I learned that if you want to sound like your influences, then you should listen to your influences influences. This wasn't tied to classical music or anything actually, as this tidbit came from my friend when I told him I want to sing like Eddie Vedder and he said "you should then try to sing like who Eddie Vedder wanted to sing like". It was really interesting to me. This group and album was one of the biggest influences on one of my biggest influences in music school, a guy named Payton MacDonald (and his music group called Alarm Will Sound). The group even has a full album of Aphex Twin covers and I think at some point they worked with Payton and/or he commissioned them to write music for him to perform. Because of that I feel like a sort of connected lineage to the group in inspiration. I love the album, I love their sound, and I'm just into it. The first track, "Xtal" carries so much emotion. Sometimes I think about how limited synths are and digital sounds altogether. They are innately robotic, innately inhuman. I know I'm wrong when I think that, but it pops up in my head sometimes. I think that the next time it does however I'll throw on "Xtal" and prove myself wrong. For videogame soundtracks I tend to write a lot of atmospheric synth music for in between scenes, and I think they capture the mood of "melancholic" really as good as you can do it. Overall, easy 5/5 for me. It's so much more than just an electronic music album.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

This is always a go to for me, superb ambient joy

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

slay

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

YESSSS

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Loved this album from start to finish. Ambient well done is mesmerising !

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Great chilled out album

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Música ambiental, not bad!

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Very cool

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Just a perfect piece of music to accompany you through a foggy Amsterdam morning. Though you may not want to have such a morning every day.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

If you can dance to it, it's not ambient as far as I'm concerned. It's likely the title of this one is another troll by young Richard. It's a great strong collection of glitchy bangers and really good driving music

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Very good. I liked this a lot.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Very very very very good electronica.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

This is mellow beats sounds that are good and not interruptive. I also have a soft spot for precocious musicians. Not too shabby for a recording damaged by the family cat's urine.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Way better than I first expected and really picked up after the first couple of tracks. Great ambient music to work to. Not memorable but the context of the album marks it out as significant. Will listen again.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Delivers on the name

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

doop bloop doop bloop

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

3.5

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

11/16 Booop beeeeep, ticktick tiiIING, wrrraaaaooow WHOMP haaaaaAAAAAAAAH Standout Tracks: Xtal, Tha, Schottkey 7th Path, Hedphelym

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Отлично

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Just cool. It's ambient but rewards active listening. Electronic music with heart.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

fair enough - great background music for working.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Some quite fun tracks on this album. Some recognisable as they've been used as the music for other songs as well. Doubting between 3 and 4 stars as it got quite heavy at the end and I didn't really want to continue listening. Giving it 4 stars because I see myself putting it on again.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

This is a classic in this genre, wouldn't make the list if it came out today but in the late 80s to make this kind of music using mostly analogue equipment is really impressive and it still sounds relevant and modern even now.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

So original for its time. Great instrumentals

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Love me an ambient album!! Always nice to have one of these on hand for work days. I'm surprised this was made in '92 because the tracks sound like the EDM hits I would listen to today. Must have been part of that inspiration. Green Calx was too techno-y

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

A very listenable ambient album featuring lengthy spacey hypnotic grooves. It's psychedelic without being weird.I can imagine this working well as film music, running music, background music and naturally it would be great music to listen to with certain substances.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

selected ambient percs

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Ambient - it's a doddle eh? Some relaxed beats, a bass line and a few chords on the synth. Aphex Twin shows how difficult it is to make great 'ambient', if such a thing exists, by showing its all about the details. Without lyrics or vocals or anything like a verse/chorus stucture to grab the listener, these tracks are a masterclass in detail: detail in how each track unfolds in time, and the textures employed to keep simple elements always evolving.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Great ambient tracks, smooth chillout background. Four stars!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Very mellow

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

Best Song: Ageispolis. Groovy and bloopy. Worst Song: Green Calx. Sounds a bit too much like a rave inside a malfunctioning office printer. Overall: It is excellent at what it aspires to be. This feels like the pinnacle of what "ambient" music can be. Lacks the busyness/aggression of some of Aphex Twin's other work. Great music to read or work to.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

The standout tracks just about overcome some horrible midi sounds.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Audio zen

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

<3

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Nice

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Really cool low key “background music”. Great for work or studying

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

I am SO glad this popped up because I've been meaning to listen to Aphex Twin for the longest time, but I didn't really know where to start. Most of this was repetitive - ambient seems to be that. However, what really shined through were the moments where it didn't FEEL repetitive and it felt like getting lost in space. Now that was pretty neat.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Loving this so far as I listen, groovy as heck. Ageispolis slaps hard Really enjoyed this album!

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

Took me a lot of tries to make it through paying attention... a combination of it being a bit long and also ambient. Overall, an enjoyable trek through ambient electronica... definitely some that find their groove, while others are interesting.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Not soppy ambient muzak, but interesting background music

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

It's good, but it shouldn't have been included on the list over SAW II. But after omitting Mezzanine, I'm convinced these people don't understand electronic music at all.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Not the easiest listen, but interesting and clearly influential. Definitely one to come back to in the future.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Really clean, and surprised to find the sample for Ugly Boy in this piece. Really lacking something for the final star, but strong for a debut.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Surprisingly good for not my usual cup of tea

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Sw4g

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Straddling a line between standing the test of time and having aged unfavourably, it’s place is certainly earned on this list

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Cheeeeeeelin

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Tue May 31 2022
4

Aaah, yes yes, this one good. XTAL JE SAVRŠENSTVO!

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Would never have guessed these were from 1985-1992 with how well produced these tracks are. The time flew by while listening to this album! Perfect for relaxing or doing some work to.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

What an interesting collection. I got caught up in the techno vibe. I was so happy they were not trying to bemore than just a great beat. Would be 3.5 if I was allowed halfpoints

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

6/26/2022 - ALBUM #150 Today's Album: "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" by Aphex Twin - This is an artist that I've been meaning to check out for a long time, and although this isn't the album I've heard is their best work, it is still so good that it's hard for me to imagine how they could have improved upon it. Some of these tracks even date back to when the artist was 14 and it's just amazing to me what they were able to create so young. These tracks are a collection of ambient loops and each of them is a unique soundscape that is slowly explored with incrementally added instruments and samples. It actually reminds me a lot of the Orbital album I just reviewed, but there is a more subtle approach to the production and layering of each song. The droning ethereal synths and echoey production remind me a lot of those sleep/meditation playlists on Spotify, but the steady drum machine and lead synths make it much more engaging and enjoyable. The album as a whole feels like one long song in a way since all the songs do take a pretty similar approach to the sonic landscapes they're building, but each song does stand on its own as a unique piece and it becomes very enjoyable to hear what each track is going to build off from. Overall, this is a really peaceful, but engaging album with a ton of really interesting sounds and it's filled to the brim with ethereal grooviness. Give this one a listen if you want a good electronica album to study or sleep to. Highlights: Tha, Ageispolis, Green Calx, Heliosphan, We Are the Music Makers, Delphium, Actium Score: 8/10 The most peaceful electronic music I've heard before

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Must admit I didn't really know this album but I really enjoyed it. Definitely something to come back to. Perfect for chilling and working

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

I love aphex twin but this isn't my fave album I have to say. I prefer the first half of the album to the latter. But obvs overall it is great. It's that relaxed ambience that suits any mood or occasion, v relaxing

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

These are indeed ambient works

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Rating after listening several weeks ago, but I enjoyed it. But I already knew that.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

8/10. Enjoyable ambient music. Always feels weird that ambient albums are included on this list at all, but that aside my main complaint with this one was some tracks were a bit distracting for something to be in the background, especially Green Calx.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Xtal, Actium

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Took me back to my 90s Sunday morning radio days inserting local ads into a new age music show. Really great for chilling out. I’m digging this!

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Really great in the background today. Caught my attention now and then in a very pleasant way.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

This was some nice background music for me today. I didn't find anything groundbreaking, but there was a steady beat and somewhat soothing sounds. So very decent electronic music from the early 90s.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

I enjoyed listening to this quite a bit today. (Thankfully, it fit the day quite well. It may not always have.) I liked it being mellow and groovy but also with a beat. Am I meditatin' or dancin'? Both!

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Xtal - 8/10 Tha - 9/10 Pulsewidth - 8/10 Ageispolis - 8/10 I - 6/10 Green Calx - 9/10 Heliosphan - 9/10 We Are The Music Makers - 8/10 Schottkey 7th Path - 5/10 Ptolemy - 9/10 Hedphelym - 8/10 Delphium - 8/10 Actium - 9/10

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Always avoided because I assumed it would be noise but turns out it is literally what it says on the cover & very much my genre of bleepy bloopy. Also, turns out he's my boss boss boss boss boss' brother - tenuous celebrity connection?!

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

I liked this but I’m not sure what all you say about it. Ambient is a weird genre where sort of falling back from the forefront to become part of the context is maybe the point. Bonus score for the precocious origins and technical inventiveness.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

nice and chill ambient electronica. good in the background 4/5

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Had heard selected songs but never the album. Very mellow. Wish I had listened in a more intentional setting.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Another daft hole in my music listening history (I was listening to Orbital when in these moods instead, so far from a total loss). Wonderful.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Zou ik nog eens luisteren

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

I think I would put this on once in awhile. I was listening to this while putting together a computer workstation and it was really good background music.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Have definitely heard "Pulsewidth" before and it's driving me nuts trying to figure out where. I'm often puzzled by the potential for this type of music performed "live" or I guess maybe I just don't "get" the concept of live DJs or raves. Not really a critique of the music I don't think because... I kinda love this...? It's completely different from what I usually listen to and doesn't follow anything like a traditional form of "songs" - I could call it background or better-yet atmospheric. I just really like the way it sounds - spacial, mysterious, never really abrasive but still not so safe that it's boring. Again - still not really active listening music but more music or melodic sound with a purpose. Would and will listen to again. 7/10 4 stars.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Forse ho un piano per il futuro grazie a Tha. Grazie.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Like anything which kick starts a genre, better stuff comes with time but this was a catalyst of inspiration. Crazy he had been doing it for years prior to release as a teenager.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Brilliant stuff.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Late 80s and early 90s electronic music is incredibly my jam, especially the more experimental works when people were just throwing stuff at the wall to see what stuck. They're not all winners, but there are some incredibly good tracks and moods on this album.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Beep boop

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

An excellent album featuring pleasant melodies, great beats and fun details. Feels like it was ahead of its time in sound and style. Highlights: “Xtal,” “Pulsewidth,” “Ageispolis,” “We Are the Music Makers,” “Ptolemy,” “Actium”

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

listened to again the chillest most accessible IDM I know

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Boop. But also, and I am quite serious in this: Beep.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

OOOH heel toffe geluiden

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

hyvää. klassikoita. mukaansatempaavaa (jumitukseen ja miksei tanssiin)

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

I really enjoyed this, I've heard of them but never listened. I recognized one of their songs from Die Antwoord (Ugly Boy)

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Issa vibe, mang.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

It was so fresh, chill and different from all albums I listened before this. Nice ambient, really good to just play in background. I don't thin I need to remember any of this songs because it's ambient and not made to be remembered. I kinda impressed that some tracks was made by 14yo. Also, am I going crazy or track 'Ageispolis' is at list what inspired melody for 'Ugly boy' by Die Antwoord?

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

notes - electronic/idm producer aphex twin’s debut album - recorded from the time he was like 14 to 21 - ranges from techbo music to industrial to acid house - instrumental except for a couple vocal samples - really organic sounding for electronic music - recorded onto casette which adds some warmth and human element - lots of reverb, underwater level - he has a great handle on melody specifically fav - schottkey 7th path - silent hill 2 soundtrack vibes least fav - pulsewidth - nice change of pace but not as compelling as the other songs 4/5

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Perfect background music for basically any activity, with enough hooks to keep things interesting while still being just a lovely and spacious ambient backdrop

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Good vibes

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

It's not Eno, but it's enough.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

Hearing this always brings back the very vivid memory of the first time of ever hearing this album. One of the best Saturday nights of my university days: drinks and pool at the Poly, a random party in Jesmond that got shut down by the local constabulary, listening to Apex Twin back at our house with everyone in my housemate's room at 3am-ish, up at 9am for Sunday morning football. I miss being 20.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Great ambient tracks to work to

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Ihan makeeta kamaa läpi levyn. Hauska detalji ku huomasin, että yhestä biisistä oli Die Antwoord lainannu samplen.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Ihan lepposaa menoa. Levyn ehdoton helmi on Agrispolis joka on tullut tutuksi aivan toisen bändin toimesta.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Interessant disc de techno ambiental, que transcendeix el génere de l'electrònica i pot agradar a qualsevol amb interés i ment oberta

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Very back of background music

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

This was decent. I wasn't fully in the mood for ambient music today so I didn't finish the entire album but what I heard sounded good. Definitely intend to keep this in mind for when the mood is right.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

September 2, 2021 Actually pretty good for working/studying. Don't think I'd listen otherwise.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

This is your fault, Brian Eno!! I saw it was Aphex Twin, and thought “oh didn’t they have that one really weird music video? I’ve heard of them.” Then I saw the title. More ambient music 😖 A lot of these ambient works sound like great background music for haunted houses and video games where you are figuring out creepy puzzles (Myst!) or getting lost in dungeons with who-knows-what lurking around the corner. And for those purposes, this would be really fitting. But to just sit and listen, for 2 hours and 36 minutes!? No thanks. There is definitely instrumental stuff that is good for background while you work or whatever. This isn't it. (The music video was for "Come to Daddy." It was messed up. That song sounds way more like Prodigy-type late 90s semi-popular drum and bass. But it's not good.) ------------------------- Ok, so all of the above nonsense was written while I was mistakenly listening to the wrong album. Some of it still applies. But not the haunted house/dungeon thing. This album of selected ambient works sounds totally different than Aphex Twin's other selected ambient works. This one has a beat. This is closer to dance music, while the other one is background music. There's some decent stuff here, but a couple that I didn't like. But it's really amazing how different this is from their other ambient album.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

meh

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

I had higher expectations for this album. I really thought I'd love Aphex Twin, because I know some of his songs like; of course Alberto Balsalm, and I really love the vibe it gives me. This album not so much. Oh wait, does it pick up after Heliosphan? No... I find it too silly most times, and not as dark og abnormal as I would've hoped 3

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

Not my kind of thing, but good background music and very chilled out. Sounds like the work of one man with a clear idea of what he wants to do

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

I've listened to this album before, but not very closely. I played the album to provide some background music at work. During this second listen, I had to work at paying attention to each track, and appreciate what the music offers. I think I like the music, but based on my rating of the individual tracks this only gets 3 stars ("Green Calx" had some repeating sound effects that were too distracting). Even with only getting 3 stars, there is a chance I'll put this album on again.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
3

Good, but not my thing

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Sat Nov 06 2021
3

Fail so see what is “must hear”.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Definately ambient. Some really good tracks balanced by some indifferent one. It was OK.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

Ambient

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Above average electronica = electronica = 2.5 = rounding up to be polite.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Name def suits the music. Even though it was better than expected and likely influencial-ish, it still sounds just kinda like background music on a loading screen or something

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Solid 3

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Tue Nov 30 2021
3

This is fine. I think that the prevalence of loop software has made things like this seem much, much less special than they actually are. Kind of like how TikTok can make me look exactly like an old man but they couldn't erase Superman's mustache in that one movie.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

RIP Paul Walker

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

This record is as overdressed as a bacon sandwich on a surfboard.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

I mean, it's pretty chill, but also nothing really stood out to me. Might be good to play during focused work tasks?

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

One of Richard D James's more melodic affairs. Like it a lot...

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

A bit of a monoculture, and pretty quickly I couldn’t stand the artificial drums, but overall - not too bad, even if Aphex Twin has better stuff out there.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

As Aphex Twin, Richard D. James lives on a diet of electronic pulses and seeds of inspiration. "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" is an odyssey of experiments in sound, some immediately lush and beautiful, others subtle and vague- all fully realised. It's hard to believe some of these tracks were first sketched out as early as 1985, when ambient music had barely taken off from the airport with Brian Eno. By the time "SAW" was released in 1992, electronic dance music had exploded onto the scene, in a kaleidoscope of rave, house and techno. In the meantime, James had built up a cohesive catalogue of work to cherry-pick from, and still ended up with a 74 minute album of very long tracks. A bit of self-editing here might have been to the album's benefit and made it more accessible still, but defining a whole sub-genre isn't bad going. In "Selected Ambient Works", Aphex Twin offers a more mellow side of electronic dance music, blending steely processed drum sounds with washes of synth to give voice to an emergent sub-genre of "ambient techno." The term seems much more apt than "intelligent dance music", an elitist label that James was right to reject. Instead, the "I" might be replaced with "introspective": this album is subtle, shape-shifting, moving through its tracks almost unnoticed. It's been on while I've been writing this and I've got completely lost in it. The more beat-driven material appeals to me a lot, even if the sounds are minimal and low-key. "Xtal" is a strong opening to set up stall, with a propulsive hi-hat cutting through calming washes of pads, with some gorgeous wordless vocals hovering faintly in the background. It's soothing, calming, yet restless and urgent. "Pulsewidth", "Ptolemy" and "Heliosphan" are similar, allowing the percussion to give a sense of dynamism and occasionally letting it cut out completely, for everything else to wash over. It's difficult to go much more in depth with the other individual tracks as I was very happy to surrender to them and let them soundtrack my day, giving a stronger aesthetic to work, relaxation and walking. It's easy to imagine how the album might have seeped into its fans' daily lives in the same way, becoming part of their landscape. It makes the early 90s seem like a utopia of listeners, riding the wave of fancy new portable music players and headphones, allowing James' "Ambient Works" to soundtrack their travels, their towns and cities, their late nights alone.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

good but not my thing

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

I couldn't really get into the ambiance of it all.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Never heard of them before. Not bad. Interesting catchy tunes. Some are a bit too weird. Middle of the road electronic sounds.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Didn't hate this as much as I thought I would, ha. It wouldn't be on regular rotation but I may go back to it at some point.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

I enjoyed this more than I thought j would, as it's not a genre I naturally gravitate to. However, it's perfect music to have playing in the background whilst cracking on with some work. I tuned in an out, which would normally be a bad thing. But it seems like an acceptable response to this album. You don't need to be paying attention. Just subconsciously groove along

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Low-fi hip hop beats to chill and study to

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Solid casual beats, but I’m too angry to listen to this. Great for work.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Ronseal. Ambient techno. Pleasant background music. Not something that demands attention, but a good album to review documents to and certainly a success under its own terms. Green Calx is a bit Pigeon Street. 3.5/5.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

A decent album to work to, but can’t imagine when else I’d put it on

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Very ambient. So ambient, I forgot I was listening to it. While not my style, good album. 3/5.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

Much less melodically driven than other AT works, dwells more in ethereal soundscapes and ideas than grounded song structures. This works intermittently throughout the album - the highs are enjoyable, but other tracks tend to fade into the background due to repetition or lack of meaningful melodic content.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
3

3. pleasant background ambient music. Not as good as what I'd usually put on, but still good.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Interesting background music - which I guess is all you can ask from Ambient music

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Me gusta Aphex Twin lo he escuchado bastante. Y aunque este no es su mejor disco tiene algunos temas buenos. Es más o menos tranquilo así que no puedes equivocarte si quieres algo de electrónica suave.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

The background music of the old mobile game "Smash Hit", where you destroy triangle shaped crystals with metal balls. That bland music that is played in a seminar venue when the seminar has not yet started. A background music for exhibition arts, or a smartphone screensaver. You know, the type of show that only consists of lines and shapes. Elevator music but for airports. This is apparently ambient techno. IDM (EDM but with I for "intelligent", perhaps because it makes you feel smarter, or whatever. Fun Fact: Aphex Twin himself hates that term). It's a decent background music when working or doing homeworks. That's what this 70 minute whopper is. An interesting background music. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Nice background noise for working.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Had me dancing a bit on my own in my room.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
3

ambient, background, fine but not music I'm seeking out

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Great in the background, but lackluster in the foreground more times than not. So it goes with ambient, I suppose.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
3

De lo que ha tocado de electrónica, lo más digerible y utilizable para mí. No se pone pretencioso, no es taaaaaaan repetitivo y no tiene cantos encima. Por otro lado, hora y cuarto de esto, tampoco me dio ganas de darle otra vuelta.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Cest ambient comme le titre le dit. 1h15 de musique d’ambiance… top 1001 ok peut etre pour ce style. Potentiel de reecoute tres grand dans un loundge ? 3.25

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Sat Apr 30 2022
3

Música ambiental electrónica. Agradable, pero ni fu ni fa.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
3

Música electrónica relajante. Buena para tener de fondo

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Like a soundtrack to nothingness

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Interesting and the name definitely fits. I can see how this is experimental and could inspire other ideas.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Not my kind of thing, but good background music and very chilled out. Sounds like the work of one man with a clear idea of what he wants to do

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Sat May 28 2022
3

I would rather the Come to Daddy EP or Drucqs - but I haven't listened to this for 20 or so years, so maybe I'm ready to 'get' this album now. Nope. It's still an interesting album, but it lacks the propulsive lunatic energy of Come to Daddy, the squelchy funk of Cheetah or the mind melting beauty of Avril 14th. It's still years ahead of its time (if you changed the dates to 1997-2004 it would make more sense!) But is more of a document of his earlier compositions than a work of genius as happened later.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

Poslušo sam ovaj album kad sam jednom nakon posla u HTu na Draški čeko 🚊. Nosio sam The Cure majicu, sjećam se jer je lik kreno pričat samnom ko da je Robert Smitha upozno, a ne jadnog mene u majici, i rekao mi za Aphex Twin da obvezno moram poslušat i tad jesam ovo prvo i jedino od aphexa možda čak. Taj lik je odrastao i postao Obama. Šalim se, al fr on je na 101 vodio rock antropologiju, kul tip, mislim da bi se razočaro u ocjenu.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

This was an enjoyable listen. It's the kind of music you can exist with while doing other things, but it also has a lot of nuances you can discover if you pay attention. As a collection of songs written over an extended period of time, obviously the album lacks a certain cohesiveness or point of view. It also could stand to be a few songs shorter. Not a bad song on here though. Fave Songs: Heliosphan, Tha, Delphium, Actium, Green Calx, Xtal

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