Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2

Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2015 Ratings: #406
January 23, 2015 / Release Date
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Warp / Label
IDM, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pitchfork

Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 is a release for established fans, people who want to know what his pieces would sound like in an altogether different setting.

80
Drowned in Sound
In short then, this EP is a welcome reminder of James’s ability to utilise decidedly avant-garde ideas in a manner that, although acutely alien to our idea of musical normality, is nevertheless engaging and inspiring.
75
The Line of Best Fit
This feels like a collection of ideas and textures rather than an intentionally cohesive, fluid piece of work.
70
Spin
This EP is spacious above the obvious clutter, and its grooves more resemble that of a funk garage band, thus there's more to be filled in.
70
Rolling Stone

The adroit android thump of "diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13" and the contemplative "DISKPREPT1" show the maestro finely mincing live drums and instruments into a sweet treat.

66
Resident Advisor
James spends most of the EP in that exploratory mode, and though there's a certain pleasure in listening to an artist figure things out, a full 28 minutes feels like overkill.
60
NME

It is occasionally quite beautiful ... Mostly, though, you suspect Richard D James makes this sort of music as a challenge – to his audience, and to himself.

60
Exclaim!
While mere scribblings from a musical genius can often still trump the best efforts of many, this is not the case here.
60
The 405
It's disappointing in some ways that quite a chunk of the record feels like offcuts; of precisely what, we can only wonder.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes
Some tracks are stunning, others pass by unnoticed. The fact that we have them is beautiful enough.
40
AllMusic

Had this arid content preceded Syro, a fair portion of James' fan base would have likely written him off.

mz
NR
quite the interested.
Windoze
50
the fact that this is supposed to be basically a sequal to drukqs is laughable

every track sounds the same except for the two piano pieces
rika_
80
this is cool and very weird i like it

fav tracks: diskhat all prepared1mixed 13, diskhat1, hat 2b 2012b, hat5c 0001 rec-4, disk prep calrec2 barn dance
least fav track: ???
NR
It's definitely Aphex Twin. At times it sounds like drukQs. It's just that, as with drukQs, it's not as good as his 90's stuff. That's all. A fairly good EP though.
84
makes me think.
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Track List

  1. diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13
  2. snar2
  3. diskhat1
  4. piano un1 arpej
  5. DISKPREPT4
  6. hat 2b 2012b
  7. disk aud1_12
  8. 0035 1-Audio
  9. disk prep calrec2 barn dance ( s l o )
  10. DISKPREPT1
  11. diskhat2
  12. piano un10 it happened
  13. hat5c 0001 rec-4
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Added on: January 9, 2015