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Aphex Twin vs. Stockhausen

From Aphex Twin's Wiki page:


In November 1995, The Wire published an article titled "Advice to Clever Children." In the process of producing the interview, a package of tapes containing music from several artists, including Aphex Twin, was sent to Karlheinz Stockhausen.

He commented:
I heard the piece Aphex Twin of Richard James carefully: I think it would be very helpful if he listens to my work "Song of the Youth," which is electronic music, and a young boy's voice singing with himself. Because he would then immediately stop with all these post-African repetitions, and he would look for changing tempi and changing rhythms, and he would not allow to repeat any rhythm if it [was] varied to some extent and if it did not have a direction in its sequence of variations.[37]

Aphex Twin responded: "I thought he should listen to a couple of tracks of mine: 'Didgeridoo,' then he'd stop making abstract, random patterns you can't dance to".


Mehehe.

25 comments:

  1. Best comeback ever.

    Here, did you go to The Field in the end? It was great. Downstairs was horribly packed (student types, tut tut) so I went upstairs after the first song. So good.

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  2. Isn't it just?

    I didn't go, much to my disappointment. I'm horribly broke these days, glad to hear it was good though. I'll be at Wavves this week however - should be excellent judging by their live vids on Youtube...

    I've been listening to your stuff, btw - 'tis wonderful, particularly 'snow globe'. Interesting tent-like stage persona also :)

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  3. I read that before. It's fucking priceless.

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  4. Thanks very much for that Niamh. But how on earth did you know I made music?! Confused...

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  5. Scratch that, I just remembered my Last.fm account! Had a bit of a "blonde moment" there...

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  7. ...funny thaaaaat he gradually took every word of it to heart over the next 6 years.

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  8. It was not a "vs." feud at all. The Wire solicted Stockhausen's opinion on these artists; he listened carefully to the selected samples of their works and gave his honest, very informed, musical opinion.
    James did also say he enjoyed Stockhausen's music and that he'd be happy to go out for a night on the town with him: "we could have a wicked discussion!"

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