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Performer: Aphex Twin
Genre: Electronic
Title: Selected Ambient Works Volume II
FLAC album size: 1704
Style: Experimental, Ambient
Country: US
Released: 1994

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Selected Ambient Works Volume II is the second studio album by Aphex Twin, the pseudonym of British electronic musician Richard D. James. It was released by Warp in March 1994. Billed as a follow-up to James' debut, Selected Ambient Works 85–92, the album differs in sound by being largely beatless ambient music. James claimed that it was inspired by lucid dreaming, and likened the music to "standing in a power station on acid.

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The same could be said for much of Aphex Twin’s debut album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. It’s true that, even at its most intense, SAW 85-92 was gentler than his abrasive, reputation-making early singles like Digeridoo or Dodeccaheedron. But the pumping breakbeats and drum machines of tracks like Xtal and Pulsewidth were light-years from the interesting if ignorable air fresheners that Eno had originally proposed. But with 1994’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, James made a clean break-with his own prior catalog, and with virtually everything else that was being trafficked in the genre. Then, as now, the first thing you become aware of with Selected Ambient Works Volume II is its purity, its starkness, its emptiness. There have been quieter records, more minimal records, more difficult records.

and many mor. elected Ambient Works Volume II. Marc Weidenbaum. The closest there is to a Selected Ambient Works Volume I is Selected Ambient Works 85–92, released two years prior on R&S, a Belgian label with which Aphex Twin eventually parted ways in favor of focusing on his own enterprise, a small label named Rephlex, and signing with the more established but then still-emerging Warp. So, in the form of a reverse caveat, no, you have not inadvertently obtained a sequel without having first consumed the initial volume. This book is a standalone object about a record album that stands as a milestone of ambient music.

Listen free to Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II ( and more). Selected Ambient Works Volume II, abbreviated as SAW2, is the second album by Aphex Twin, released in 1994. It is the follow-up to 1992's Selected Ambient Works 85–92. The album peaked at on the UK Albums Chart. It was number 62 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Volume II differs significantly from the first volume in the series, in that it consists of lengthy, textured ambient compositions with minimal percussion and occasional vocal samples, in a vein.

On a practical level, Selected Ambient Works Volume II was a discombobulating experience. Instead of conventional track titles, there were pie charts paired with small photos of random scenes and household objects. These were painstakingly assembled by Paul Nicholson, who designed James's iconic logo, and taken by James's then-girlfriend Sam, who also shot the album artwork. Along with Selected Ambient Works 85-92, it remains his defining release, a record so beloved and influential it would end up altering the course of electronic music. Perhaps its most striking feature is its dominant mood. Ambient fans used to the bright and feel-good haze of Brian Eno were presented with an LP that was, for the most part, anything but: dark, tense, foreboding.

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Selected Ambient Works Volume II is the second studio album by Aphex Twin, the pseudonym of British electronic musician Richard D. James. It was released by Warp in March 1994. Billed as a follow-up to James' debut, Selected Ambient Works 85–92, the album differs in sound by being largely beatless ambient music. James claimed that it was inspired by lucid dreaming, and likened the music to "standing in a power station on acid.

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The same could be said for much of Aphex Twin’s debut album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. It’s true that, even at its most intense, SAW 85-92 was gentler than his abrasive, reputation-making early singles like Digeridoo or Dodeccaheedron. But the pumping breakbeats and drum machines of tracks like Xtal and Pulsewidth were light-years from the interesting if ignorable air fresheners that Eno had originally proposed. But with 1994’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, James made a clean.

As an album, Selected Ambient Works Volume II persistently evades the sort of consensual understanding that is usually accorded full-length recordings of note. There is no remotely satisfying cocktail-banter pithy summary. It is a monolith of an album, but one in the manner of Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, one that reflects back the viewer’s impression. As a sonic artifact, the album is not truly silent, but it is extravagantly vaporous. For a largely instrumental album whose limited verbal material is more syllabic than textual, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II tells many stories. For one it is a tale of the populist flowering of British occultism, a rave-era echo of the Summer of Love. When in 1996 I interviewed Aphex Twin, who was then living in London, he described the Cornwall of his youth: It’s got a really sort of quite mystical sort of vibe to it: Lots of sort of folklore and folk tales and it’s full of stuff like that, and there’s lots of strange people, lots of sort of weird hermit.

On a practical level, Selected Ambient Works Volume II was a discombobulating experience. Instead of conventional track titles, there were pie charts paired with small photos of random scenes and household objects. These were painstakingly assembled by Paul Nicholson, who designed James's iconic logo, and taken by James's then-girlfriend Sam, who also shot the album artwork. Along with Selected Ambient Works 85-92, it remains his defining release, a record so beloved and influential it would end up altering the course of electronic music. Perhaps its most striking feature is its dominant mood. Ambient fans used to the bright and feel-good haze of Brian Eno were presented with an LP that was, for the most part, anything but: dark, tense, foreboding.

Listen free to Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II ( and more). Selected Ambient Works Volume II, abbreviated as SAW2, is the second album by Aphex Twin, released in 1994. It is the follow-up to 1992's Selected Ambient Works 85–92. The album peaked at on the UK Albums Chart. It was number 62 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Volume II differs significantly from the first volume in the series, in that it consists of lengthy, textured ambient compositions with minimal percussion and occasional vocal samples, in a vein.

Tracklist

1-1 Untitled 7:28
1-2 Untitled 6:34
1-3 Untitled 7:44
1-4 Untitled 4:40
1-5 Untitled 8:51
1-6 Untitled 3:31
1-7 Untitled 8:51
1-8 Untitled 5:08
1-9 Untitled 6:55
1-10 Untitled 9:58
1-11 Untitled 7:18
1-12 Untitled 2:40
2-1 Blue Calx 7:20
2-2 Untitled 8:00
2-3 Untitled 5:34
2-4 Untitled 4:46
2-5 Untitled 2:05
2-6 Untitled 7:17
2-7 Untitled 5:58
2-8 Untitled 4:15
2-9 Untitled 7:10
2-10 Untitled 7:30
2-11 Untitled 11:27
2-12 Untitled 5:40

Companies, etc.

  • Published By – Chrysalis Music Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warp Records
  • Copyright (c) – Warp Records
  • Made By – PDO, UK – 10273491
  • Made By – PDO, UK – 20273491

Credits

  • Artwork [Uncredited] – Paul Nicholson

Notes

This version has different text and colors on the CDs compared to Selected Ambient Works Volume II and Selected Ambient Works Volume II
All printed text on both CDs:  ℗ AND © WARP RECORDS 1994

Track 2-1 was previously released on the compilation The Philosophy Of Sound And Machine.

All tracks (except track 2-1) are untitled, and are instead represented by photographs. On the artwork are six pie charts, representing the six sides of the vinyl edition, each pie slice representing a track (track length deciding the size of the pie slice), clockwise from top. By comparing each colour-coded pie chart with the small pie symbol on each photograph, it is possible to match track to photograph.

The artwork indicates 25 tracks, as on the vinyl and cassette edition, but there are in fact only 24 tracks on the CDs. The missing track, represented by the 19th pie slice, can be found on the CD compilation Excursions In Ambience (The Third Dimension).

Contains a booklet which folds out into a two sided six-panel display and a separate one-panel card.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 021129
  • Barcode (Reader): 5021603021129
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 01 &
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 20273491 01 &
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 09 &
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 20273491 04 &
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3, Disc 1): WARPCD21-1 , 8/28/02
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 , 9/4/02
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 4, Disc 1): WARPCD21-1 / 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 4, Disc 2): WARPCD-21-2 04223-8453
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 5, Disc 1): CA WARPCD21-1 @
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 5, Disc 2): CA WARPCD21-2 @
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 07 &
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 10273491 03 %
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 1): IFPI L134
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 3, Disc 1): IFPI LR61
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 2): IFPI L132
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 3, Disc 2): IFPI LR61
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 4, Disc 1): IFPI L038
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 4, Disc 2): IFPI LU31
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 5, Disc 1): IFPI L039
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 5, Disc 2): IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 1): IFPI 0466
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 2): IFPI 0466
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 5, Disc 1): IFPI 1287
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 5, Disc 2): IFPI 1287

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
9 45482-2 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II ‎(2xCD, Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 9 45482-2 US 1994
WARPCDD21 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II ‎(24xFile, WAV, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD21 UK 2004
WARPCDD 21 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II ‎(24xFile, AIFF, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD 21 UK 2017
WARPCD21 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II ‎(2xCD, Album, RP) Warp Records WARPCD21 Europe 2006
WARPCDD 21 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II ‎(24xFile, ALAC, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD 21 UK 2017

Arashilkis
No way I'm paying £100s for a tatty copy with surface noise or an american pressing mastered from CD with two tracks missing. This is the golden era of the vinyl reissue so I'm holding out for that magical announcement. Come on Warp you shits, give us a second pressing!
Yanthyr
R E P R E S SIt's been 25 years without an official Warp release of this on vinyl!
Miromice
Surely it's in the works. They'd be silly not to release a 4LP at some point with extras/bonus tracks from the SoundCloud tracks. They'd make a killing
riki
Came here to say this. Come on Warp get your finger out
Whatever
My original U.K. 2cd has been bronzing for years now, and some of the tracks are unplayable now.
Frdi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_disc_bronzing The bronzing should not be progressive at this stage. The problem is PDO discs made in Blackburn Lancashire.
Buriwield
With almost 3 hours of music to account for you'd think warp would have used 4 lps instead of trying to get >26 minutes of music per lp side
Vosho
It's almost up to 30 mins a side, the problem with making it a quad LP would be the track divisions, I don't think it would really work on eight sides.
Sudert
as noted on other WARP releases, they are VERY prone to disc rot....back that shit up before it's too late
Androlhala
Sadly a lot of PDO releases are not that great in quality. Identifiable by ''bronzing'' - just to make it more interesting, PDO also added a bronze dye to some CD's just to make them look different, so it's hard to tell if your CD is actually dying or if it's because of the coloured dye.
Naktilar
Rich says there aren't any plans for vinyl, but Track 19 aka Stone In Focus has been uploaded to the digital store!
Skillet
This was actually repressed just under a month ago 15/02/2017 Mixmag only advertised the fact yesterday 07/03/2017 if you hurry you may be lucky, only a few copies left, good luck!
the monster
This album will haunt the deepest, darkest hidden parts of your mind!! One of my most listened to albums. A truly astonishing piece of work. 10/10 Masterpiece!
Saithinin
Trying to found out the different track timings between each CD pressing is a mess. For example, the last track on Disc 1, is timed at 2:38 on many pressings here, it's 2:40 on my 2xCD UK repress, and on two FLAC rips I found online, both verified with Accuraterip, it's 2:44.So either someone is putting out incorrect timings, or Warp has issues with consistency between the masters of each disc pressing they have.
BlackBerry
Whoops did I stumble on some reddit circle jerk "great shimmering beast", I guess I care because you can fake it. Likely my least fave of all his output including power pill. It's pronounced tall if you feel like attempting shame.
Runemane
on importing my CD to itunes, I get the following tracklisting, complete with track names1 of 12 Cliff 7:282 of 12 Radiator 6:343 of 12 Rhubarb 7:444 of 12 Hankie 4:405 of 12 Grass 8:556 of 12 Mould 3:317 of 12 Curtain 8:518 of 12 Blur 5:099 of 12 Weathered Stone 6:5510 of 12 Tree 9:5811 of 12 Domino 7:1812 of 12 White Blur 2:401 of 12 Blue Calx 7:202 of 12 Parallel Stripes 8:013 of 12 Shiny Metal Rods 5:344 of 12 Grey Stripe 4:465 of 12 Z Twig 2:056 of 12 Window Sill 7:177 of 12 Hexagon 5:588 of 12 Lichen 4:159 of 12 Spots 7:1010 of 12 Tassels 7:3011 of 12 White Blur 2 11:2712 of 12 Match Sticks 5:40
Coiril
My Japanese copy has a Japanese inlay with this tracklist so It might be official.
Mavivasa
These are unofficial titles the fans named after the images
Nahn
although my inlay card is just a series of pictures / pie charts as described
Love Me
Terrible quality pressing from me too. Visual blotches, crackles and overall bad quality sound. the version on Apple Music sounds better.
It's so easy
Yep the 1972 re-issue sounds like a 96kbps (at best) crackly, scratchy flat piece of shit.Absolute waste of money.
Dddasuk
I asked the author of the 33 1/3 book if he found out why only the original vinyl and cassette pressings of this album featured track 19 (commonly known as "[stone in focus]") -- especially in this digital age where it could have been released online. It's because Warp wanted to keep the original release special.This album is a masterwork. Don't bother with the 2012 reissue vinyl on 1972; it's mastered from the quite lacking US CD.
Tane
Welp, the originals aren't very special anymore. The version of this you can get on Aphex's new online store do indeed have Stone in Focus.
Ximathewi
There's those rare albums that morph into a lifestyle or at least a life altering event. Then there's this album. A vacuum into something so rare, only those 'indoctrinated' by its sounds can understand. Truly beyond description, this album is an eternal shimmering beast.
Buzatus
This is probably my favourite album by RDJ and that's quite an achievement considering the quality of his catalogue. It's very dark and moody in places but also warm and reflective. Please please WARP do the right thing and give us a decent sounding re-press of this wonderful album as the recent 1972 reissue makes a mockery of the original 25track album.
Mr_Mix
This is easily one of the best ambient albums ever produced. The reason I love James' music is because it reminds me of my sub-consciousness from when I was a child. I really find it hard to explain but that is the bare bones of it. listening to the right tracks makes me feel euphoric and that's why I can't get enough of Richard's work.The tracks take a gentle journey through the lucid dreamworld of Aphex Twin's brain. (Or so he says) and beautiful scenery comes into your brain when you just sit and chill to it. It is a very strongly composed piece of work that I haven't been able to match with Boards of Canada's ambient tracks.It is a distinct change form the likes of Selected Ambient Works 85-92 as there a fewer beats. This is not at all a bad step as it proves Richard is an artist who can cater for a variety of moods and doesn't need to pump out the same thing again and again.
Ffrlel
I got this on brown vinyl the day it came out in 1994 and took it back the next day to exchange as the pressing was so bad. The quality of the vinyl was atrocious especially because there's some pretty quiet passages throughout. Anyway got another copy that next day and that was just as bad. Kept it for a year until I picked up a CD copy then went down Vinyl Exchange to sell the vinyl, now wishing I hadn't seeing the crackers prices this has gone for. However, probably wouldn't be able to sell now for nostalgia reasons, funny thing vinyl.Just be aware the sound quality was poor even when boxfresh, can't imagine it will be any better twenty years down the line.
Blackworm
Needs a 3 cd reissue with Stone in focus and the track missing on the U.S. cd release.
Cordanius
This is a brillant album from start to finsh, it's the music you listen to when your watchin' your lampshade argue with the wallpaper(if you know what I mean). I first heard this in Vinyl Exchange in Manchester, I was waitin in a long arse line gettin rid of some tapes whilst track 10 of C.D.2 was playin'. I stood there in a world of my own listenin' to this amazing track then the next track came on, this track made me fell like I'd necked 10 acids all at once. The wobble of it and and the girl gigglin' over it(sounded like she was on 10 acids aswell)blew me away, I jumped the que and asked the guy what it was and I needed to buy it now. He couldn't sell it me 'cause it wasn't out for 3 weeks, I was gutted. I was there at a record shop waitin' for it to open like a geek the day it came out, got home rolled a fatone and was totally blown away by it. I love the fact that this sounds phuqall like the first one which probably freaked a lot of people out, I also love the fact that Mr James had the balls to release it. This album is fantastic and I don't think that any one would ever have the gut's to try and better it, it' also great for gettin' unwanted guest or people who outstayed there welcome out your house.
Amhirishes
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Beanisend
Do you know that state of being half-awake/half-asleep? Like if you had been working for the whole 24 hours of a day, and finally lay down on the bed, but just after an hour you are suddenly forced to wake up? Listening to this record puts you in a mood that is very similar to that sensation, only much more relaxed and light. In fact, a better definition of it is that it is the most impressionist record i have ever heard in my life. Every sound is smudged and blurred, reduced to texture, which creates very minimal-like atmospheres. And i am not referring to minimalism in the sense of cold and clean. They are the musical equivalent of a Monet, Pissarro or Renoir painting. Warm, cozy, quick sketches of light and shadow, fire, water, air and earth, metal and wood, etc. etc., that sound infinite as their unusual lenght (still fair for ambient standards) drag you into what it seems to be never ending listening time. Besides the aesthetic uniqueness to it, the range of moods is striking as well.You will find melodies for an afternoon lying in the reeds, a walking by the seashore, a moment of contemplation while stuck at home during a rainy night, an attempt to find the way out of a cave you got stuck in, a trip to an abandoned house, a walk through an unhinabited, but still operational factory, a tribal ritual being recreated around a campfire at night, looking at the clouds out the window of your usual airplane. There is a track for every possible mood, story and situation. Lately i have been playing this in my car, in the morning, while trying to get to my workplace, between all the chaotic traffic, and it works so well in contrast, even though i can't understand why.I guess there is a bit of mystery to this record as well, and for me that is an unquestionable and necessary part of the whole magic.
Anazan
Great record, one of my favourites! If you want this on wax, head to Ebay. Where records go for what they're worth and not for what people wish they're were worth.
OCARO
I love this album, and I think Rhubarb is the most beautiful and soothing song I've ever heard!
Debeme
Nothing much i can add except to comment the cover picture that shows the long ago lost logo found on the wall and it says something like: >Once Upon a Time There Was a Man called Aphex Twin Enough said!
Ttyr
utterly seminal album combining tracks of true beauty with those with a decidedly undefinable edge. several of the tracks drop you into the kind of soundscape suited to moments of revelation while standing staring out panoramic vistas, but the flipside is the kind of music aphex himself would probably use to scare kids off from buying lollies from his ice cream van.uneasy listening, but essential.
happy light
Out of all the ambient albums I have heard, this one remains the most emotionally wrenching and consistently interesting. This is an incredible advancement over its predecessor and even after all of these years does not sound dated in the slightest. The commenter's below are all right. Rhubarb is one of the most pleasure-full ambient tracks I have heard; and it's not just because it was played in everyone's favorite internet cartoon Salad Fingers. Highly, Highly recommended
Huston
I remember buying this on my 17th birthday in 2007 and since then must have listened to the songs Blue Calx, Parallel Stripes, and Rhubarb at least once everyday since then... Its these three (but especially Rhubarb) that to me have become the soundtrack to just about every emotion harvested within me since that time. Some of the most pure and sincere music you will ever hear. Not to say the rest of the album isn't as good, but its worth getting if not just for these three songs alone... Incredible stuff :)
Ahieones
heh, i remember buying this on MY 17th birthday... in 1995. wow im old.
Cogelv
To date, I have yet to hear an ambient track that can surpass the haunting beauty that is track 3 from disc 1 (otherwise known as "rhubarb"). "Isolation Part 1" by Pulusha came close, but the understated pads and delicate chords are about as close as one could come to complete ambient bliss. It is sad, it is melancholic, and it is just brilliant. Also look out for track 8 from disc 2 ("Lichen") which is similarly essential.
Marilore
Really nice and "freakish" soundscapes. Most of the time without a slice of beats. When those are present, they are subtle and do not distract from the drones, piano or melodies. When the record end the perfect record companion to play next is Leo Anibaldi - Void (CAT 031 CD). It spices things up because of the industrial beats on some of the tracks but this is a sort of continuation, a darker one. Like an industrial version of SAW II.
Use_Death
Easily my favorite Aphex Twin album, and the release that got me into ambient music. IMO most of RDJ's stuff is technically impressive, but the shock of innovation wears off with repeated listening. This album is the exact opposite - the focus on woozy, minimal production and repetitive melodic snippets gives the album a lot of staying power, and it doesn't sound dated at all. Lots of variety, too: the mood ranges from blissed-out washes of synth to dark, brooding soundscapes that wouldn't sound out of place in a horror movie soundtrack. Some tracks have beats, but most don't. You have to be really patient to get into it, but that should be a given. "Cliffs" (Track 1) is probably one of my favorite songs ever. A nearly flawless album. If Monet made ambient music it would sound a lot like this.
Purestone
The Beatles followed up the baroque ornateness of Sgt. Pepper's with the stark balladry and straightfoward rock of The White Album. In some respects, the same effect is achieved by Richard James here. SAW 85-92 was an enormously successful album encompassing several subgenres which helped to break listening electonica into the mainstream. Here, the man returns to the roots of electronica--the influence of Eno, of course, is present ("Rhubarb" sounds like it could have been an outtake from On Land), but one can also discern inspiration from La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Wendy Carlos, Morton Subotnick, later Stockhausen, Otto Luening, early Kraftwerk, and early Tangerine Dream within the groovess. At the time, SAW V2 was malinged by critics and the public, and with the ascendancy of the more rhythmic trance and breakbeat it likely will be for years to come. As somebody else pointed out, SAW 85-92 already sounds very dated and a product of its period; this recording constantly reveals new textures to me.
Umor
Most probobly Aphex Twin's most minimalistic work, it is a cerebral adventure with little foundation. It is truly an album meant for the patient, or at least those who think they can appreciate ambient music. Make sure you get the Warp release, which has the extra song "Hankie", which I unfortunately missed out on.
Reggy
In my time as i have fallen further down the spiral of IDM, i have yet to come across something so beautiful as this. RDJ has out done himself and has created a masterpiece that anyone will agree, is without a doubt some of the most compelling and gorgeous soundscape excursions. As in such case: I was sitting in my house one night around christmas, only thing on was the lights from the tree (dim white lights) and the display from my CD player. I was sitting in solitude, just thinking. My brother walks in high as a kite from smoking blunts all night. I dont acknowledge him, but keep listening. He stood in the doorway not turning on any lights, not saying a word for 3 full tracks. At which point he utters "what the fuck is THAT." Him being a thug and only hearing rap all day, this was new to him. He bought a copy the next day. It has something for everyone. btw...the Spawn Animated series from HBO a couple years back....the ending credits. find it. :)
Lightbinder
Aphex Twin, in all of his guises (AFX, Caustic Window...) has always amazed me with his aural textures and his talent at making truly intelligent music. This is most decidedly true for SAW II, ambient at its spooky best (this is true ambient, very little percussion, if any, is used on these tracks). It starts off with "Cliffs", where you genuinely feel like your in the Rockies in the blazing sun, staring out over the Grand Canyon. That leads into "Radiator", both claustrophobic and wide-open with its bell-harmonies. "Blue Calx", the only track that has a definite name, is by far the best track on the album; haunting synth-strings over a very simple time-keeping rhythm; simply amazing. This is truly 21st century classical music; never once does this album give away that it is, in fact, an electronic album. Definite highlights include 1:1 ("Cliffs"), 1:2("Radiator"), 1:3("Rhubarb"-absolutely beautiful), 1:9("Tree - a piece of music you only thought you'd hear in your nightmares), Blue Calx, 2:2("Parallel Stripes"), and 2:8("Lichen"). An ABSOLUTE must-have!
Ť.ħ.ê_Ĉ.õ.о.Ł
SAW2 is excellent sleeping music. A lot of people will probably shun it out because it is true beatless ambient music (contrary to SAW85-92) and because of how lengthy and reptitive the tracks are. The album can envoke lots of different moods and emotions, tracks like "Rhubarb" and "White Blur 1" envoke a feeling of euphoria, where as other tracks sound like a melodic horror movie soundtrack.
Tantil
This is a massive dissapointment after "Vol 1" and in my opinion one of the weakest Aphex releases, there is definately no need for this to be a double CD. Anyone expecting more of the variety of "Ambient" tracks on Vol 1 will be sorely dissapointed, this set consists mostly of minor low key drones which although interesting to begin with soon become monotonous and unimaginative and I very rarely managed the enthusiasm to listen to CD2. It is Ambient in the original sense of the word i.e. Background sound, I expected more from Mr James. I would love to see him do a Vol 3 more in the spirit of Vol 1, his experiments with Satie style piano compositions on Drukqs indicate that it could be a much more satisfying addition to the "Ambient Works" series.
Capella
Quite simply put, the greatest electronic CD that I own, and quite possibly in the top ten over all (this is battling with the likes of Mozart and Bach, mind you.) Not only is this the CD that introduced me to Aphex Twin, it is the CD that launched me into a world of experimemtal, ambient, and IDM sounds. Every once in a while you get something that changes your life, and I can honestly say this changed my life -- and it continues to do so, nearly a decade later. I've listened to this one so many times, sometimes all day long on loop. There isn't a single song that gets old for me. Another thing is that it does not feel dated, despite using equipment and techniques that are now inferior -- it is almost as if the hissing and sometimes marred samples were all meant to be that way. Ambient Works I has not aged so well, unfortunately. Part of it has to do with the utter atmospheric quality of the tracks. Some of them seem more akin to forgotten wind chimes on a depression era porch out in the middle of Kansas. There isn't ever a feeling that this is electronic, even though it plainly is. There is no "right" way to listen to this music. I've listened to it in the background with my parents while discussing philosophy; In a hot bath with flickering candles; in the wee hours of the morning writing software; weeping in bed; painting; softly; so loud the walls shake; sitting on the porch; cooking food; making love -- I've done it all, and never has it felt out place. It taints whatever you are doing and enhances it. It is brain food. My best artistic inspirations have unfolded during some of its darkest tracks. It will creep you out. You'll find yourself madly humming its non-sense sonic riddles during the day. It's ironic, the reason I diverged from my prior listening tastes into the word it opened up was to find more music like it. I've found a lot of stuff I really love as a result -- but I have yet to this day found anything like SAW2, and I doubt I ever will. It used to depress me, but now I don't mind. The original craving for more has been fulfilled by the timeless quality it provides.
Briciraz
Another classic from the Aphex Twin.. I think his best musical period was between 1992 and 1995. At that time his music was very special and mystical. Selected Ambient Works II was the most mystical of all his records and i think one of his best. Music that you have never heard before in that time.. It's like the music on this album is made by an alien lifeform. Very beautiful, intelligent and dark at the same time and not from this world..
Mayno
Sipmle yet complicated, happy yet sad...Ambient works Vol.2 absorbds every emotion and can cater for most dreams and visions that can occur when listening to this sort of stuff. In simple terms it can either scare the sh*t from you...or take you to the next level !
Madi
Electronic lullabys. There are some really haunting melodies on this one with just the odd uncomfortable sounding track to make sure you're still awake. Highly recommended.
Mautaxe
To add a new dimension to this album, play any 2 tracks together (using Turntables or 2 winamps or something) and prepare yourself for amazing results.
Kriau
This is simply the best cd I own. If there was ever an album that Richard D. James could call his masterpiece, I definitely think this is it. Each piece exists in its own personal universe, some are very strange and remind one of Alice in Wonderland, and some are very dark and remind one of Hell. There are a few pieces that, in my mind, do not work and are simply "filler" tracks, but the ones that do work make all other music obsolete. It is simply the most beautiful music I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. (Best tracks: 1:1, 1:3, 2:1, 2:2, 2:8, 2:12) Buy this if you don't own it already.
Nirad
The sound of electric lights humming away in a morgue at 4am mixed with various hums, whistles and parp noises to produce the perfect soundscape for anybody who finds comedowns a nightmare and has to try and get a few hours kip or go mad. But seriously, this is probably one of the more coherant albums put together by Richard D. James and although nothing more than a (challenging) collection of soundscapes it does provide a stunning collection of tracks that can be enjoyed by anyone with an open mind and doesn't stray too far into 'total wierd out territory' that other Aphex Twin releases are prone to do. I cannot recommend this enough - 21st century classical, experimental chilled stuff and deserves a place in everyone's collection.
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