Aphex Twin’s career is as twisted and complex as the music he makes. It takes many turns, seems to disappear only to return to with a relentless onslaught. BBC Radio is making an attempt to make sense of it all with a new documentary titled The Cult Of Aphex Twin, which was aired on BBC Radio 4 July 3.
The 30-minute documentary is hosted by John Doran, editor of the Quietus, and features interviews with a host of people around entertainment. They include author and musician David Toop, British comedian Vic Reeves, Iranian producer Leila and UK producer Tom Middleton (no relation known to me).
Trying to unpack the legend surrounding Richard D James, the doc asks the important questions like “does he drive a tank around Cornwall?” or “Did he once live in a bank vault in the middle of the Elephant And Castle roundabout?” They also want to know if he has a submarine, “Does he really write songs while asleep after training himself in the practice of lucid dreaming?” and if his DJ tech rider has a food processor and sheets of sandpaper on it.
Listen to the show here.