|Birthname||Richard David James|
|born on||18 August 1971 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )|
|Place||Limerick, Ireland, 52n40, 8w38|
|Timezone||IST h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||24°34' 22°39 Asc. 09°43'|
English musician best known for his idiosyncratic work in electronic styles such as techno and ambient music in the 1990s, and for his association with the electronic subgenre known as intelligent dance music. In 2001, Guardian journalist Paul Lester called James "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music".
Raised in Cornwall, James began performing as a rave DJ at local clubs and free parties in the late 1980s. In 1991 his debut EP Analogue Bubblebath was released on Mighty Force, a local independent label, winning him acclaim and a cult following. James co-founded the independent label Rephlex Records the same year. He attracted wider praise for his 1992 debut album Selected Ambient Works 85–92, released by Belgian label Apollo. He signed to the UK label Warp in 1993, and his music became increasingly well known with the charting albums Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994) and ...I Care Because You Do (1995), and singles "On" (1993), "Come to Daddy" (1997), and "Windowlicker" (1999). The latter two singles, accompanied by music videos directed by Chris Cunningham, brought James attention in the US market.
James has also recorded under aliases including AFX, Caustic Window, and Polygon Window. After releasing the Aphex Twin album Drukqs in 2001, James spent the following years releasing music mostly under other aliases, including the 2005 Analord EP series as AFX, a pair of 2007 releases as the Tuss, and archival material such as an unreleased 1994 LP in 2014 as Caustic Window. He returned as Aphex Twin in 2014 with the album Syro, which won the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album. He has since released further charting EPs, including Cheetah (2016) and Collapse (2018).
- Work : Prize 2015 (Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album)
From Thom Richardson by email: "his time of birth... is mentioned on one of his tracks, specifically "Lornaderek" off of his 2001 album drukQs. (Lorna is his mother's name, Derek is his father's). This track is basically a recording of his answering machine message his parents sent to him on his birthday. Here is the transcription of it:
"Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you, dear Richard
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, my little son, my little 28-year-old son. Well, you were born by now because you were born about 5 o'clock in the morning. [?] you have a lovely day, I hope your card came"."
- Traits : Body : Race (Welsh descent)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
- Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Ireland to England)
- Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Stage names, aliases)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Synthesiser, piano, softsynth, turntables, drum machine)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Other Entertain/Music (Nightclub DJ)
- Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Music, record)
- Notable : Awards : Grammy (Best Dance/Electronic Album)