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Editor’s Pick #195: Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” by Irina Dvalidze
November 1, 2009, 6:17 pm
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Aphex Twin's "Avril 14th"

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” MP3

Many factors go into determining what qualifies as the best piece of music of all time and most likely no consensus will ever be achieved on the topic. Call it a matter of aesthetic differences if you will. However, this past week a fairly worthy candidate has been making appearances  on my iTunes.

Richard David James aka Aphex Twin, probably the most influential contemporary electronic musician, has been active since the mid-’80s. In over two decades of music-making, he has produced spectacular work ranging from synthy mechanical combinations to raw audio layered with computer-generated acid lines. However one direction that stands out from James’s cacophonous stylistic mix is his focus on prepared piano arrangements.

“Avril 14th,” released on disc one of Drukqs, is arguably the most simplistically beautiful piece of music you will ever hear. Retaining the classic qualities that a piano can offer, “Avril 14th” has an otherworldly feel that too delicate to describe. The only thing you can do is hit replay on your iTunes and immerse yourself in its incomparable serenity.

— Irina Dvalidze, Multimedia Editor

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6 Comments

I agree great job Irina! Trivia = this song requires multiple people to play.

Comment by Andrew N

Awesome pick. And yeah, I’ve heard that too, Andrew.

Comment by jluposello

thanks guys !

Comment by irinadvalidze

I agree, Avril 14th is a beautiful piece of music and I encourage everyone to listen. Really nice tone from the piano.

Comment by Norvin Eitzen

Definitely, I’ve been in love with that song ever since I heard it in Marie Antoinette. It makes me wish i could play the piano 🙂

Comment by Kristin

Did you see the SNL Digital Short where Avril 14th is sampled?

http://biffwooten.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/aphex-twin-and-andy-samberg/

Comment by biffwooten




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