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Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers album FLAC
Performer: Mike & Rich
Genre: Electronic / Jazz
Title: Expert Knob Twiddlers
FLAC album size: 1788
Style: Downtempo, IDM, Experimental, Ambient
Country: UK
Released: 1996

Expert Knob Twiddlers. Авторы текста и музыки. Mike Paradinas, Richard David James. Expert Knob Twiddlers. Cargo Records UK, Redeye Distribution (от лица компании "Planet Mu Records Lt. ); ARESA, BMG Rights Management" и другие авторские общества (3).

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Expert Knob Twiddlers is a 1996 studio album by Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James. On 14 July 2016, Planet Mu announced that a reissued version would be released with seven bonus tracks in September 2016. Mike Paradinas described the sound of the album as "an updated version of easy listening and funk". James had heard the music Paradinas had made under the name of Jake Slazenger and invited him to create tracks.

Mike and Rich 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' logo design T shirt. Printed on a Gildan Heavy Cotton T shirt in Grey. A classic fit, preshrunk, short sleeved tee shirt thats made from 100% cotton. These are fun experiments in the spirit of lighthearted moog pop and ripe 70s British TV themes, standing out from the po-faced electronica of the time with a garish glee.

Mike & Rich’s 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was made back in 1994. This text is not an instance of retrofitting; 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was the title upon the original release in 1996. The cover of the Japanese CD version and the catalogue summaries included inside Caustic Window "Compilation" and The Braindance Coincidence list this release by the artist name only.

Expert Knob Twiddlers was described by Paradinas in a 1997 interview (to paraphrase) as not being particularly important to him; he’d rather have a second pass, he said, at another Mike and Rich album.

So you might consider Expert Knob Twiddlers to be James’ version of Quiet Nights. In every gesture, it feels tied to the mid-’90s, offering Mike and Rich’s version of the Gen X nostalgia that was everywhere at the time. Just look at that album cover. Many of these tracks either sample from or are the creators’ versions of ephemera like ’60s spy film soundtracks, easy listening records, off-kilter funk, advertising jingles, and the like-a jumble of kitschy loops that could have come from Keyboard Money Mark, Sukia, or any number of lesser artists making music in that decade with cheap gear and samples.

This album has an average beat per minute of BPM (slowest/fastest tempos:, BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist Mike & Rich: Expert Knob Twiddlers. BPM Profile Mike & Rich: Expert Knob Twiddlers. Album starts at BPM, ends at BPM (+0), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing).

Expert Knob Twiddlers. Авторы текста и музыки. Mike Paradinas, Richard David James. Expert Knob Twiddlers. Cargo Records UK, Redeye Distribution (от лица компании "Planet Mu Records Lt. ); ARESA, BMG Rights Management" и другие авторские общества (3).

Listen to Expert Knob Twiddlers by Mike & Rich on Deezer.

Expert Knob Twiddlers is a 1996 studio album by Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James. On 14 July 2016, Planet Mu announced that a reissued version would be released with seven bonus tracks in September 2016. Mike Paradinas described the sound of the album as "an updated version of easy listening and funk". James had heard the music Paradinas had made under the name of Jake Slazenger and invited him to create tracks.

Mike and Rich 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' logo design T shirt. Printed on a Gildan Heavy Cotton T shirt in Grey. A classic fit, preshrunk, short sleeved tee shirt thats made from 100% cotton. These are fun experiments in the spirit of lighthearted moog pop and ripe 70s British TV themes, standing out from the po-faced electronica of the time with a garish glee.

Mike & Rich’s 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was made back in 1994. This text is not an instance of retrofitting; 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was the title upon the original release in 1996. The cover of the Japanese CD version and the catalogue summaries included inside Caustic Window "Compilation" and The Braindance Coincidence list this release by the artist name only.

The style-blending, however, cancels out the particular attractions of both artists, and the listener is left with a somewhat bland album. Fans of Aphex and µ-Ziq will be excited, but newcomers should go elsewhere before they dig this deep.

Expert Knob Twiddlers was described by Paradinas in a 1997 interview (to paraphrase) as not being particularly important to him; he’d rather have a second pass, he said, at another Mike and Rich album.

So you might consider Expert Knob Twiddlers to be James’ version of Quiet Nights. In every gesture, it feels tied to the mid-’90s, offering Mike and Rich’s version of the Gen X nostalgia that was everywhere at the time. Just look at that album cover. Many of these tracks either sample from or are the creators’ versions of ephemera like ’60s spy film soundtracks, easy listening records, off-kilter funk, advertising jingles, and the like-a jumble of kitschy loops that could have come from Keyboard Money Mark, Sukia, or any number of lesser artists making music in that decade with cheap gear and samples.

Tracklist

Mr Frosty 6:51
Jelly Fish 6:30
Eggy Toast 4:07
Reg 5:57
Vodka 4:12
Winner Takes All 5:44
Giant Deflating Football 6:22
Upright Kangaroo 3:31
The Sound Of Beady Eyes 7:46
Bu Bu Bu Ba 6:51

Versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(CD, Album) Rephlex cat 027cd UK 1996
cat 027 lp, cat 027lp Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(2xLP, Album) Rephlex, Rephlex cat 027 lp, cat 027lp UK 1996
CAT 027 LP Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(2xLP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Rephlex CAT 027 LP UK 1996
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(CD, Album) Rephlex cat 027cd UK 1996
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(CD, Album) Rephlex cat 027cd Europe 1996
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Rephlex cat 027cd UK 1996
CAT 027 MC Mike & Rich Mike & Rich ‎(Cass, Album) Rephlex CAT 027 MC UK 1996
SRCS 8526 Mike & Rich Mike & Rich ‎(CD, Album) Rephlex SRCS 8526 Japan 1998
CHCU-010 Mike & Rich ...Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Chronica Cubica CHCU-010 Europe 2007
ZIQ369 Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(17xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Planet Mu ZIQ369 UK 2016
ZIQ369 Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(18xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Planet Mu ZIQ369 Europe 2016
ZIQ369 Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(18xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Planet Mu ZIQ369 Europe 2016
ziq369cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Planet Mu ziq369cd Europe 2016
ziq369cd, AMIP-0089 Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(2xCD, Album, RE, RM + File, WAV) Planet Mu, Planet Mu ziq369cd, AMIP-0089 Japan 2016
ziq369lp Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(3x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) Planet Mu ziq369lp Europe 2016
ziq369lp Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(3xLP, Album, RE, RM) Planet Mu ziq369lp Europe 2016
ziq369mc Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(Cass, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Planet Mu ziq369mc Europe 2016
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Expert Knob Twiddlers ‎(CD, Album, RE) Rephlex cat 027cd UK Unknown
cat 027cd Mike & Rich Mike & Rich ‎(CD, Album, RP) Rephlex cat 027cd UK Unknown

Inertedub
They've found a few copies of the cassette and blue vinyl over at the Planet Mu bleepstore, but are not selling them cheap. However, there's a sale on at the moment, so if you're prepared to pay collector rates, might as well get it from Planet Mu/Bleep themselves. https://planetmu.bleepstores.com/release/74321-mike-rich-expert-knob-twiddlers
Jesmi
some weirdo on ebay was selling this for £16that was a great day
Washington
Mr Frosty makes you more addicted to it the more you play it.
Kitaxe
I didn't like this. I bought it off a beach vendor on Brighton seafront for a tenner in the early 00's, I kind of felt bad because he clearly didn't know it was going for 3 times as much on ebay back then. However as I didn't like it I actually went into Rounder Records in Brighton and asked them if they'd swap it for the copy of The Advent - Elements of Life which they had going for £30 and had been there for at least a year, they did a quick ebay search and agreed! So yeah I didn't like this one :)
Anarus
Surprisingly fast delivery from Planet Mu website.... I certainly did not expect it to be a single pocket jacket supporting three LPs at once. Could have a risk of severe split seams, but luckily didn't happen to me. The LPs are regular weight (140g maybe), a couple of static sides due to the black paper sleeves, but other than that, I'm very happy with this pressing. Mastering was handled by Beau Thomas, who has been cutting some AFX releases since Syro, and, well, the source material for this one may sound digitally rough, but I think he handled it well. No download code, at least not in my copy, but since I bought from Planet Mu Bleepstore, the purchase already comes with bundled lossless files for download.
Fenius
Lots of different reactions when I get to play this one out. But finally I attach more and more importance to it as it emerges you in the creativity of a mutant producer...Well and maybe I am crazy wrong but my head just made a link from Jelly Fish to some Manu Dibango gem
Hugighma
At the time to me it sounded a bit like left over Jake Slazenger tracks that either Warp or Clear didn't want and Richard threw in a couple of random rough draft tracks to fill it out. I know there are heaps of people who love it but as an owner of pretty much everything these guys have put out over the years this album is the least played out of all of them for me. Great cover though!
Kare
A fun and exciting return of Mike & Rich's work from the "Expert Knob Twiddlers" collab. Albeit appearing in a slightly different order, all 10 original classics from the 1996 Rephlex version are given a nice mastering cleanse and sound better than ever. And the icing on the cake? Us loyal fans of Ziq and the Twin are treated to 7 bonus tracks on a dual disc! These additional tunes definitely host a welcome change in sound for this duo, from the 8 bit whimsy of "Portamento Gosh" to the ravishingly beautiful "Waltz" as well as a number of sequels to previous well-known anthems. And of course, let's not forget the in-your-face sass n bass of "Brivert & Muonds" at last presented in all its funky glory! Makes one wonder why none of these made the original cut, but better late than never. A wonderful gift from the Planet Mu crew for the end of the summer! ;-)
Carrot
Wow, the CD was actually more expensive than the LP even in the late 90's, when CDs already dominated the market.
Danrad
Rarest item in my collection. Sounds really nice, love the design, overall just a really good reissue of a stellar album.
Blackbeard
Splendid remastered sound, splendid album. If, as me, you already own the old CD, this new 3xLp version is worth it, both for the sound and for the 7 bonus. And also for the cover!
Varshav
I fucking almost choked by that price. 20 grand? Get real.
Hono
So is this also remastered? Cause there is only a RM note at the blue vinyl version. Here we've got only the RP note.
Zavevidi
Anybody try this album on 45rpm and realized it's actually far better !?
Doomblade
I was skeptical on some tracks at the beginning on 45 (especially Vodka), but after several listening I'm definitely sure I prefer it at 45. It's more IDM and when I try it at 33 it seems so low and without all ambiances and density that we can find at 45 :)
Laizel
You were right! I love it at 45. I prefer some of the tracks at 45 now.
Dorizius
I will definitely try it out. Thanks for that advice
Granirad
Anybody try this album on 45rpm and realized it's actually far better !?
Mautaxe
Oohhh ya, thanks for the info, it is far better on 45rpm outta this world dynamite alien sounds
Voodoolkree
ordered mine from the bandcamp, had no idea how many there was, now its my rarest item.... was less than 20$.......... Wow... wow... wow.....
Daizil
I too would love to find a blue copy if anyone wants to sell one!
Thabel
the sound quality is superb on this release. bottom end sounds so awesome, and I'm hearing lots of detail that I didn't notice in the original cd release
Xurad
Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers // Limited to 200 Cassettes
Levion
Do you have a source for this by any chance please? Would be great to add as part of the submission.
Iarim
There were only two hundred were made. Wow not many. Really?
Kazimi
Anyone know where the bonus tracks came from? Unreleased recordings?
Dagdage
quote from Mike, "They were finished in ’94 during the original sessions and have been edited recently, but they didn’t need much editing. Some of them are just as they were. I think the reason that they weren’t included in the original album was that they didn’t fit stylistically or we didn’t think that they were very good. It’s as simple as that, really." -Red Bull Music Academy Daily
Jockahougu
The expanded edition will come with seven unreleased tracks 'from the vaults.'
Kinashand
I have a sealed Cheetah cassette to trade for a sealed copy of this.
Grillador
Great album. Sound quality is fantastic.Sleeve is a bit of a let down. I would have liked a nice triple gatefold instead of the standard cover it comes in.Also the edges of the records are a bit rough with some small lumps. It isn't anything too terrible, but it just makes the records feel a bit cheap when handling them, especially when its a "deluxe edition".Not sure if this is a problem with all versions or just the blue limited edition version that I have.
Kashicage
NICE! Have you listened to this record at 45rpm? Some tracks sound awesome.
Throw her heart
Weird coincidence alert!I'm the guy who runs "The Windowlicker" Youtube channel! :-)
Ynye
I have the blue edition and it's smooth on edge. I get this with my records from time to time. Sometimes the blade is dull that cuts the flash off the records which causes this.
PanshyR
The real question is, how limited? Kicking myself for not getting it from the bandcamp when I had the chance.
Ericaz
Would really hate to see this turn into a Cheetah debacle, but even this one didn't retail for 19 f**king dollars like Cheetah
Nalmetus
i want the cassette too, but like a bit late on it. i got the vinyl of the reissue but not the blue one. oh well to me its worth it to have it again on black vinyl. maybe the cassette will show up on here for $10 someday.
Fomand
There's a 2016 reissue imminent!! http://planet.mu/releases/expert-knob-twiddlers/ (includes seven new tracks as well!!)
inform
A album that was underwhelming to some at the time but is now a Rephlex classic. A+ on the artwork, also.
Faulkree
I agree. When this came out back in 96, it wasn't anything close to what I expected, considering that I'd been listening to all of their solo material, which really didn't sound much like anything on this little gem at all. I listened to the hell out of it regardless and anticipate the expanded re-release coming up in a few months! :)
Boraston
Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James.this is a great production.one of my favorites.
Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle
This album definitely is named *Expert knob twiddlers*.
the monster
It's okay for the time it was made, but it's definitely less than what you would expect from two major IDM producers.
Dusho
Richard and Mike give a smile to your face as soon as mr frosty starts.I have listened to Aphex Twin and µ-ziq and both have a similar electronic ambience. They have done some silly(tunes) in there solo work but when they both team up to make this little wonder.They are clearly having so much fun they might just get carried away and make the album cover a parody of a childrens board game.-heeheeYou do wonder during the album what parts are mike and what parts are Richard but at the end of the day they have made alot of tunes.It becomes hard to determine.And I'm sure the boys knew this would happen rather than hoped it would. But if I would The jazzy side is more on Mike .When the ambient synth has been more famously been aphex twins sound.Warning! when you get to Giant Deflating Football.Don't eat a big peanut piece.It made me feel like a wee fatty despite having a wee jigg to the start of the album.Too end on the prove that the too where having a laugh.Is when the last track "Bu Bu Bu Ba" ends with vocalist laughing out the words,if you listen closly you can hear a second laughing boy in the background.This album is a beutiful reminder that even the poineers of electronic music don't take themselves seriously all the time.
Xaluenk
Not the best work either of these guys have done, but I think we can all agree that this is the greatest album cover ever.
Ces
For all who expected something "more sophisticated" because Mike & Rich are stand-out musicians in this field, keep in mind, that the record was made in 3 days on drugs in 1993 (as Mike once mentioned it took three years for the release). On that framework the record is still brilliant and one of the funniest electronic music records ever. I can hardly have such a laugh with any other record.
Crazy
Another track, 'Brivert and Muons', never made the finished album. Runs to 6:23 and is a clashy, noisy little number that probably never made it because it's not on par with the rest of the LP.
Nicanagy
For this album, Aphex and mu-ziq cheese it up and make some pretty groovy and bizarre tracks. I heard that Mike & Rich made this album in a weekend, tripping on some psychedelics (acid or shrooms, but who knows). Could be BS, but it wouldn't surprise me at all. I'd say the best time to listen to this album for the first time would be while on acid or shrooms. "Mr. Frosty" and "Upright Kangaroo" are the real standouts for me. Mr Frosty makes a great opener. Very funky, and one of the most listenable songs on the album. Upright Kangaroo includes belching sounds in its melody. It makes sense though, in this surreal aesthetic they've created for themselves.
Black_Hawk_Down
What a great album! If you are truly a fan of Mike Paradinas and Richard D James then this is a must for you. It has the seriousness that Richard puts forth in his music and Mike's bouncy beats that makes this album one of my all time favorite albums of all time.
Kalv
In truth while this album veers from the awful to the ordinary its not one which will get many listens beyond the first, except the final track, which is an awesome piece of loungecore, one of the best aphex tracks and rather buried away .
Der Bat
An album where they both turned the fun up to maximum. Sounds nothing like their other works, a jazzy, squelchy, and rather organic album. Reminds me quite a bit of Mouse on Mars' later sound, while still holding to a classic IDM base ala I Care Because You Do. A great, balanced album.
Gom
This album is really funny. In it you can found some of the more interesting moments of both great musicians. It is a real collaboration. Doesn't sound like any other Richard D. James or Mike Paradinas record. Those two big experimentalist join they forces in a direction not very usual in any of them when they work alone. That direction is the "downtempo/jazzy experiments" that "Sand_Leaper" points. Rather than "weak and uninspired", I found it funny and curious. Of course, that's just my opinion, but I really enjoy each time I listen it. Histroy of music is full of better things that "Expert Knob Twiddlers", but not always I want to listen a masterpiece.
Thoginn
Quite disappointed with this. With heavyweights like these twiddling the knobs, I expected something with a lot more bite and edge to it. Instead, you get a collection of downtempo/jazzy experiments that just sound so weak and uninspired that I reach for the skip button after a few minutes.
Auau
A must for all Mike Paradenas and AFX fans. Leans towards the silly but there are some fantastic grooves to be found within.
Arakus
Mike is Mike Paradinas (Mu-ziq) Rich is Richard D. James (Aphex Twin). Together they're awesome. On some tracks they build on old rock-n-roll samples, constructing a big layered groove. I have a theory: Mike controls the right speaker/channel, Richard controls the left, they work together on some parts. This album is amazing, you can clearly hear the two artists' minds fusing together. And its all pretty fun and lighthearted!
Rleyistr
I was told this album took 3-and-a-half days to record... hmmmm. However long it took, it certainly sounds like they had fun recording it. A mixup of styles, all cobbled together into wonderfully-joyful sounds. No chin-stroking in sight. Superb cover too, featuring the duo playing Donfall on a mock-up of the old MB Games boxes. Superb.
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