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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 August 1971Limerick, Ireland
Birth NameRichard David James

Mini Bio (1)

Richard D. James is one of the most inventive musicians to have come out of Britain. Born in Limerick, Ireland, and raised in Truro, Cornwall, UK, to parents of Welsh decent, his music is always changing, always inventive, and liberally laced with his own brand of eccentric humor. Under a variety of stage names, (AFX, Caustic Window, Polygon Window, and Aphex Twin, to name the most known), he has transcended through the various permutations of pop-oriented electronic music, fused together elements of each, and given us an insight into inner worlds vast and beautiful. In 1997, he caused a controversy with his video "Come To Daddy," directed by Chris Cunningham, which featured his distorted visage grafted onto the faces of mad children running through a dilapidated housing project. This is the moment that people in the mainstream began to be aware of this musical phenomenon. He has gone on to become one of the only pop-oriented musicians to collaborate regularly with people from the Western classical world, such as Philip Glass and Gavin Bryars.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: paul f savage (the_23_illuminati@hotmail.com)

Spouse (1)

Anastasia (? - present) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

Named after his older brother, Richard James, who died before he was born.
His brother's grave is featured on the cover of the "Girl/Boy" EP and in the booklet in the "Richard D. James Album" both released under the name Aphex Twin in 1996

Personal Quotes (13)

[on Christopher Morris] He's amazing, that geezer.
[on his music being used in advertising] They always use my stuff on programmes about surgery, or rapists, or paedophilia, or murder, or war... which is better than it being used on some cooking or DIY programme, I suppose!
Sometimes I just hit the keyboard in a way I'd like the rhythm of the tracks to sound.
The best musicians or sound-artists are people who never considered themselves to be artists or musicians.
I'm a really good hacker, but I'm not a sensible person.
Well, I just bought a massive bank and I've moved into it on my own.
It sounds really arrogant, but my music's my favourite music ever. I prefer it to anyone else's.
It's quite similar to guitar solos, only with programming you have to use your brain. The most important thing is that it should have some emotional effect on me, rather than just, 'Oh, that's really clever.'
I used to make up names when I used to catalog my stuff.
There's a lot of melancholy in my tracks.
It started off at a club called Disobey, around the corner from where I live.
Can't really despise people you don't know.
I got a feeling I had loads when I was in primary school, 'cause I had red hair; you know, like Duracell.

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