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Brian Eno may have invented ambient music, but Aphex Twin perfected it with his 1994 masterpiece. Largely forsaking conventional musical materials, like beats, vocals, and even melody, he evokes heightened states of perception with faintly detuned tones that flicker like distant stars. Whether you're in pursuit of meditative states, lucid dreaming, or simply the wide-eyed experience of exquisite, wordless beauty, this hypnotic record's your ticket to another world.

Customer Reviews

This album helped me sleep.

This album, Specificly the second disc, has helped me sleep after many years of drug abuse, after years of mental health issues, and insomnia caused by terrible crippling pain, I handed this album out to many people and they agree the album helped them to fall and stay asleep. I recomend this album who wants a peaceful spaced out ambient environment. Thank you, Richard James...


This ambient masterpiece is FINALLY on Itunes! Trust me when I say that this album takes you to another world.


#3 on my "desert island" list (albums to keep if all others had to go). I think it's what the other 90% of my brain listens to. Thank you RDJ.


Born: August 18, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Exploring the experimental possibilities inherent in acid and ambience, the two major influences on home-listening techno during the late '80s, Richard D. James' recordings as Aphex Twin brought him more critical praise than any other electronic artist. Though his first major single, "Didgeridoo," was a piece of acid thrash designed to tire dancers during his DJ sets, ambient stylists and critics later took him under their wing for Selected Ambient Works 85-92, a sublime touchstone in the field of...
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