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Aphex Twin books first US appearance in eight years

IDM god Aphex Twin has booked his first US show in eight years. The Irish/English electronic musician made a rare Tweet to promote the date with a cryptic GIF. It reveals that he is playing Day for Night festival in Houston Texas, which takes place over December 17 and 18.

Aphex Twin, AKA Richard D James, made his last US performance at Coachella in 2008. His performances in general are quite rare. He made a one-off appearance at Glastonbury Festival in 2014, but the last time he's toured was in 2012.

Aphex Twin increasingly active following 2014 Syro LP

Since 2014 Aphex Twin has been increasingly active. His 2014 LP Syro broke a decade-long period of release inactivity. Since then he has released two EPs, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 (2015) and Cheetah (2016). Of the two Cheetah was far more interesting, at least to my ears. Record buyers also agreed, as it was his first EP to enter the US Billboard 200.

The Cheetah EP was named after the widely despised Cheetah MS800 synthesizer. The MS800, created by UK company Cheetah, is mostly remembered as one of the most difficult to program synthesizers ever made. James is apparently a glutton for punishment as the EP was created using the '80s relic. He gets some tasty sounds out of it too. Aphex Twin's Twitter is still blazoned with artwork inspired by the original promotional material for the Cheetah Sweet Talker speech synthesizer.

Not content with an using unconventional synthesizer, James also found an unlikely videographer to create the film clip for the EP's lead single CIRKLON3 [ ????????? mix ]. 12-year-old Welsh boy Ryan Wyer directed the clip after James discovered a series of homemade film clips for older Aphex Twin songs on Wyer's YouTube channel. The young man managed to create quite an interesting piece as well. The video was Aphex Twin's first official clip in 17 years.