Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 EP (12")


Aphex Twin

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Amoeba Review

01/30/2015

Just four months after breaking years of silence and releasing the excellent Syro, Richard D. James is back with another brilliant piece of music. Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP is based around the kind of computer-controlled “live” instruments you can play with on GarageBand. That gives the EP some pulse, on the clanging percussion, cut-up hip hop beats and vague sense of dread on that permeates through “diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13.” “diskhat 1” is even gnarlier, with a heavier beat and percussive elements that echo just out of time. Wild piano lines slither quickly up and down the trunk of “DISKPREPT4,” while “disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo]” calls to mind gamelan music, as does much of the EP. A few tracks sound like more like unused drum beats and loops left over from Syro, but they also work as part of James’ seeming goal to break down tracks and announce them unceremoniously, removing expectations and letting pieces stand on their own. And however short, like the 38-second, alien funk of “diskhat2,” most of them leave their mark. By the end of the album, we’ve looped back into more clanging funk, and it’s clear James has left us with plenty to chew on over the course of the extended EP’s 27 minutes. If we’re lucky, James will just keep cranking these out as he sees fit, given the extraordinary quality of both Syro and this EP.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13
Aphex Twin 05:22
2.
snar2
Aphex Twin 00:19
3.
diskhat1
Aphex Twin 02:26
4.
piano un1 arpej
Aphex Twin 00:50
5.
DISKPREPT4
Aphex Twin 01:52
6.
hat 2b 2012b
Aphex Twin 01:25
7.
disk aud1_12
Aphex Twin 00:08
8.
0035 1-Audio
Aphex Twin 00:26


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
disk prep calrec2 barn dance ( s l o )
Aphex Twin 04:22
2.
DISKPREPT1
Aphex Twin 03:29
3.
diskhat2
Aphex Twin 00:38
4.
piano un10 it happened
Aphex Twin 01:48
5.
hat5c 0001 rec-4
Aphex Twin 04:46

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