The BBC broadcast delves into the many mysteries surrounding the musician
Aphex Twin is the subject of a new radio documentary, which explores the mythology of the influential electronic musician.
BBC Radio 4 aired ‘The Cult of Aphex Twin’ earlier today (July 3). The special broadcast is hosted by music writer and The Quietus editor John Doran, who delves deep into the world of Richard D. James.
Doran introduces the documentary by shining light on long-standing mysteries and rumours surrounding the artist.
“Did he once live in a bank vault in the middle of the Elephant And Castle roundabout? Does he own a submarine? Does his DJ tech rider include a food processor and sheets of sandpaper? Does he move among his many fans on electronic dance music forums online, often trolling them and stirring up these very myths?”
The doc features contributions from the likes of Frank Ocean collaborator Vegyn, comedian Vic Reeves, and David Toop. It also digs into the archives with some early interview clips. Check out the full broadcast here.
Aphex Twin last released new material in the form of 2016’s ‘Cheetah’. In a three-star review, NME said of the record: “‘Cheetah’ isn’t bad, but it could be the work of a lesser producer. In this respect at least, Aphex Twin remains an enigma. After all, you don’t come out of retirement to be ordinary.”
In support of the album, the musician performed at last year’s Field Day festival. The show marked his first live appearance in five years.