Aphex Twin has dropped a surprise NFT auction. The auction is a 1 of 1 mint of a collaboration with visual artist Weirdcore, with accompanying music and SFX by Aphex Twin. The winning bid came in at 72 Ethereum, equivalent to roughly $128.5k.
Novation and Aphex Twin have announced a new synth called AFX Station. It’s a new, custom-modded version of the famous Novation mono synth – the Bass Station II – with an ‘AFX Mode’. The AFX Mode was initially part of a firmware update last year, that was originally added in April 2019. Aphex Twin’s concept was to have a different set of parameters loaded to each key of the synth, meaning every key had a different sound, including drums. The update also adds fixed duration envelopes, extended sub-oscillator control and more to the mono synth.
Novation has teased a new collaboration with Aphex Twin, with billboards and posters popping up in Berlin, LA and London’s Design Museum. The UK-based synth company have been dropping clues to a potential collaboration starting with Aphex Twin’s visual collaborator Weirdcore, followed by a display in Phonica Records’ window.
Aphex Twin has announced he will live stream his full Warehouse Project set tomorrow (10th April) at 6pm (BST).
The set, recorded in September last year, will be shared in full via Warehouse Project’s YouTube and Facebook pages. It will also be accompanied by interactive visuals from long-time collaborator Weirdcore.
The news follows Aphex Twin sharing six new tracks on his user18081971 SoundCloud account. He has been uploading music to the channel since 2015.
And now for something completely different. Tracks by Aphex Twin, Burial, Kraftwerk and Massive Attack have cropped up in a round of University Challenge.
The popular academic quiz, which was first broadcast back in 1962, featuring a round where a team comprised of students from Jesus College, Oxford were asked to identify the performers of 'Trans Europe Express' by Kraftwerk, 'Xtal' from Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92', 'Ghost Hardware' by Burial and 'Unfinished Sympathy' by Massive Attack.
Aquarian is sipping tea at home in Berlin. The Canadian is back in Europe after a festive break that included time in his native Toronto, and Brooklyn, where he lived for 10 years until a recent relocation. “The food is much better there,” he laughs, “so it’s nice to really indulge. There are a lot of parallels with the joys of eating and the joys of experiencing music — they’re very visceral, but also sensual and real art forms.”
In September, Warp Records announced that it would continue its 30th anniversary celebrations up to the end of this year with the release of a new box set collecting various radio sessions from key artists on the label.
Aquarian and Deapmash return as AQXDM this month for their Houndstooth debut, ‘Infrared’.
The five track EP, written and recorded between the aritsts’ respective studios in Berlin and Caen, has already garnered support from the likes of Skee Mask, Call Super and Aphex Twin, who can be seen dropping the EP’s title track in Printworks here.
The Warehouse Project presented two epic opening events at its new home last weekend.
Leaving WHP's original Store Street venue in 2018 for the 10,000-capacity Depot at Mayfield this Autumn/Winter, Friday night saw the first event curated by Aphex Twin, who performed an A/V show, alongside performances from a host of artists including Nina Kraviz, Lee Gamble, Renick Bell, and 33EMYBW.
Nina Kraviz's has shared her full set from the Warehouse Project opening party on Friday night.
The annual Warehouse Project events take place every Autumn/Winter season in Manchester, and this year opened at a brand new venue, Depot.