Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II: 2 (33 1/3) by Marc Weidenbaum

By Marc Weidenbaum

Extravagantly opaque, willfully vaporous - Aphex Twin's chosen Ambient Works quantity II, published by way of the estimable British label Warp documents in 1994, rejuvenated ambient song for the net Age that used to be simply dawning. within the usa, it used to be Richard D. James's first complete size on Sire files (home to Madonna and Depeche Mode) below the moniker Aphex dual; Sire helped usher him in as an immense strength in track, digital or otherwise.

Faithful to Brian Eno's definition of ambient track, Selected Ambient Works quantity II was once deliberately practical: it offered sit back rooms, the sanctuaries amid extreme raves. Choreographers and movie administrators started to hire it to their very own ends, and within the intervening many years this historical past song got here to the fore, tailored through classical composers who reverse-engineered its fragile textures for functionality on acoustic tools. at the same time, "ambient” has moved from esoteric sound paintings to relevant guideline of on-line tradition. This booklet contends that regardless of a name for being beatless, the album exudes percussive interest, offering a sonic metaphor for our technologically mediated period of numerous synchronized nanosecond metronomes.

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