Bandcamp Daily your guide to the world of Bandcamp. Explore music. Favorite track: Ptolemy. Will Stephenson. Alexandra Grx. James D. Steven King. Ryan Bates. Sigma Ronin. Miguel Diaz. Aguste Sharma. Ikky Sekky-Gutty. Alex Marcus. Jack Wilson. Husband of Algebra. Andrea Sorini. Jacob Barber. Michael Heimbaugh. Selected Ambient Works has been critically acclaimed.
Pecoraro of Pitchfork noted "the creeping basslines, the constantly mutating drum patterns, the synth tones which moved with all the grace and fluidity of a professional dancer," describing the album as "among the most interesting music ever created with a keyboard and a computer" despite its "primitive origins". Widely regarded by critics as one of the pioneering works in early IDM and modern electronic music, retrospective reviews mention its influence on electronic artists.
AllMusic called it "a masterpiece of ambient techno , the genre's second work of brilliance after the Orb 's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld ". Credits adapted from Selected Ambient Works 85—92 liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aphex Twin. Album version, as it appeared on Selected Ambient Works 85— Retrieved 14 February Future Music.
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But James surrounds the pulsation with an ethereal feedback that bleeds all over the track, leaving the percussion awash in a murky solution of synth tones, pairing dance music with ambience in ways the Orb never dreamed possible. It matches pitchshifted tones and drum machines with a burbling bassline, assorted machine-gun synth interjections, the slightly effected tones of various pistons, motors, and machines, and even the occasional cartoon spring noise.
Nestled in these simple, undeniably danceable tracks are the roots of contemporary IDM. And despite its somewhat primitive origins, the final product remains among the most interesting ever created with a keyboard and a computer.