Where people listen
Not long ago, Richard D. James was swimming in the creek near his house when his next-door neighbor made an unexpected request. Until that point, James says, he was pretty sure none of his neighbors had the slightest clue that he was Aphex Twin — the hugely influential electronic musician whose ambient washes of sound and freakishly twisted beats have gone on to inform artists of all genres. Since , though, the reclusive star has lived in a tiny Scottish village population: , releasing virtually no new music.
Raised in Cornwall , James began performing as a rave DJ at local clubs and free parties in the late s. He attracted wider praise for his debut album Selected Ambient Works 85—92 , released by Belgian label Apollo. The latter two singles, accompanied by music videos directed by Chris Cunningham , brought James attention in the US market. He has since released further charting EPs, including Cheetah and Collapse James was born on 18 August  in Limerick. James began making music aged 14,  partially as a refuge from the "bloody awful" Jesus and Mary Chain albums played by his sister. I think some of the other students were a bit in awe of him".