"based on sounds I first heard while dreaming. When I wake up, I go straight into the studio and try to create what I've heard."
Richard D. James, a.k.a. 'Aphex Twin'
Selected Ambient Works II
is a composition
of unparalleled sonic beauty
, although sometimes disturbing. 'White Blur 2' is pure eery, with samples from the mutterings of depressed clowns
, and 'spots' is the voices inside my head
. 'Grey Stripe' is the haunting of my soul
And then there is the nicer side. 'Lichen
' is everything I ever wanted to be
, pure liquid beauty
, enveloping me, telling me that it is okay
, I don't have to be anything
at all. So often it makes me cry.
I start the first disc
, listening to 'cliffs
', the "rippling hypnotic
mix of half-phrases and what sounds like "a harp being played underwater
," to lull myself into nothing