Listen to Every Aphex Twin Album and EP Track Played Simultaneously
Thanks to YouTube user Jean-Luc Picard, you can now hear every Aphex Twin track from the electronic producer's entire discography of full-length albums and EPs played simultaneously. Listen to the mashup featuring 195 different tracks played at once below.
The original version of the video, posted last week, only included tracks off Aphex Twin's full-length studio albums. Although the YouTuber (who is no relation to the Star Trek character of the same name) only boasts about 13 followers, the mashup video garnered tens of thousands of views in just a few days.
In the YouTuber's own words in the introduction to the original rendering, the mash-up "starts off pleasant like a brick in a washing machine and evolves into full on Kazumoto Endo level insanity by about 3 minutes," Stoney Roads reports. Listen to Jean-Luc Picard's first go at the project, originally titled "All Tracks By Aphex Twin Played Simultaneously," below:
Clocking in at just under 12 minutes long, both versions of the "mix" sound exactly as nightmarishly cacophonous as one might imagine. The first three minutes feature deafening white noise as each of the 195 tracks plays simultaneously, but as you push through the six minute mark and most of the shorter tracks have played out, the result is surprisingly musical.
The YouTuber explained in the comments of the original posting: "All the tracks were originally 320kbps and then transcoded to 320kbps again when rendering the final file. What I didn't realize is that with so much data playing at once exporting the file even at 320kbps would trim off a huge amount of information, making it sound more like 128kbps," Magnetic Magazine reports.
As weird as this YouTube mashup is, it's groundbreaking in some ways because, as Magnetic Mag points out, Aphex Twin's tracks are rarely heard in DJ mixes. That being said, KCRW's Jason Bentley did drop an old cut from the producer in this past weekend's Metropolis mix for NPR. Listen to that episode featuring "IZ-Us" towards the end, here.