The enigmatic electronic music wizard Aphex Twin doesn’t go on record often, and he damn sure doesn’t interview other people. But today, Warp Records, Aphex’s label, published an interview — really more of a long and expansive conversation — between Richard D. James, the man behind the Aphex name, and Tatsuya Takahashi. Takahashi is a former engineer for the synth company Korg, and he currently serves as an advisor for it. Together, he and James spent a long time dorking out over specific synth sounds. (Typical Aphex quote: “I’m into the extremes of the audio spectrum, ultra clarity ’n’ all but I probably prefer fucked-muffled/lo-bit/’70s sound more, ha!”) And they also worked together on “Korg Funk 5,” a playful and relatively melodic new Aphex Twin track, one recorded using a series of Korg equipment, as well as Aphex’s son on vocals. Here it is:
Aphex Twin also put together a series of five short tracks with custom scales that he made. Here are those:
Read the interview between James and Takahashi here.