Since iconic electronic producer Aphex Twinannounced his forthcoming Syro, his first new proper studio record in thirteen years, publications the music world over have been trying to get an interview with the reclusive Richard D. James to learn more about the LP, which drops on September 23rd. Thanks to the Fader, we've now learned that some of the music that will appear on the album has been in the works for up to six, or even seven years, and that, thankfully, Syrowon't be his last record. “I’d stockpiled up so much stuff and you can kind of have to draw a line under it somewhere,” he said. “By banging something out it, it’s like the end of the chapter. It properly draws a line under it and allows you to move on.” He also discusses his process of developing music:
“I’m a serial killer for sounds. I collect sounds from other records so I have to know where they come from and how they’re made. I bought every old sampler in existence and bought all the sample libraries. Like a serial killer, basically. I’ve gone through all of the sounds and worked out where everyone got all their sounds from.”
Another great tidbit from the interview was where he discussed Kanye West's "Blame Game," which samples from his piano composition, "Avril 14th."
"Is it a sample? I actually don’t know what it ended up being in the end, I’m so slack. I know that he tried to fucking rip me off and claim that he’d written it, and they tried to get away with not paying. I was really helpful, and when they first sent it to me, I was like, 'Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,' because they’d sampled it really badly and time-stretched it and there was loads of artifacts. I was like, 'I’ll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.' And they totally didn’t even say 'hello' or 'thanks,' they just replied with, 'It’s not yours, it’s ours, and we’re not even asking you any more.' [laughs]
Equally important, thanks to Consequence of Sound and FactMAG, we've learned that, over the past few years, James has performed four of the songs that will appear on the album live in some form: "4 bit 9d api+e+6" (A Nightmare Before Christmas) at an ATP performance in 2007; "2010 XMAS_EveT10 (thanaton3 mix)," performed live in 2010 (its titled as ‘Metz’); "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]" which was circulated as “the Manchester track”; and "PAPAT4 [pineal mix]" which you can hear at the 7:44 mark during a performance in Singapore. Hear all four below: