Aphex’s first video in 17 years was made by YouTube prodigy
Aphex Twin has shared his first music video for 17 years, which is directed by a 12-year-old boy.
Aphex chose Dublin schoolboy Ryan Wyer to direct the video for ‘Cirklon 3 (Колхозная Mix)’ after being impressed by videos on Wyer’s YouTube channel, Epic Gaming. These include his own videos of Aphex’s songs ‘Spectogram’ and ‘Run The Place Red’ as well as a two-minute film of a boy supposedly hypnotised by Satan.
‘Cirklon 3’ is taken from Aphex Twin’s new EP ‘Cheetah’, which is released on July 8. The seven-song EP has four mixes of the title track, two of ‘Cirklon’ and ‘2X202-ST5’.
It’s the third release of new music by Richard D James as Aphex Twin since the Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Syro’ album of 2014. In 2015, he released the single ‘Marchromt30a Edit 2B 96’ as well as the EP ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2’.
Having waited 13 years since 2001’s ‘Druxqs’ album to release ‘Syro’, James explained that he is finding it easier to release new Aphex Twin music. He told German magazine Groove: “Releasing music gets harder and harder. Every time I go to compile it, I give up after a few hours because it’s just so much stuff and then I get lost. But I’m now in this mode where I’m listening and compiling a lot. I think I’ll be putting out a lot of stuff, hopefully.”