In 1992, the then-young independent British record label Warp Records launched a series entitled Artificial Intelligence. A foray into what the label called “electronic listening music”, the seminal chain of albums forever altered the way electronic music was viewed, written, and heard. At the time, most of the electronic music known to the public was club/rave/dance music. Though this had it’s place, Warp’s founders, Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell, had a vision of electronic music that could be listened to and enjoyed rather than only dance to. Almost all of the contributors to the series went on to become well-known and highly influential electronic acts. The series today still serves as a historical landmark in the ways of electronic music, being the first to promote itself as listening music rather than as a new play-thing for DJ’s in nightclubs. Now this isn’t to say that the music doesn’t have head-nodding beats, or that toe tapping isn’t appropriate, but unlike many of the acts of the time (such as Orbital), the songs in the series were often too slow, too subtle, too melodic, or too complex to be built for the floor. The Artificial Intelligence series was, in many respects, the beginning of the genre known in the United States as Intelligent Dance Music (IDM), a label that is scoffed at by many musicians, but that stuck nonetheless.
Here is the link of the cover show, for DJ Absurds Rinse France show (5/5/14), with new music from the likes of, Ena Asaeda, Mock The Zuma, Fullfridge Music, DJ Absurd, Synaptic, Dogboy, Shinigami San, MR CASUAL, and Lumumba, B.YRSLF division ! A mix from Active Vectors, and Youthman. And a selection of vinyl oddities, and leftfeild music.
In 1998, iconic UK artist Richard D. James issued a 13-track excursion into the depths of his acid obsession which compiled together four previously released EPs produced under his Caustic Window alias. And though he certainly went on to make loads more music in a similar style, the famously prolific artist never released another record with that moniker. Fans have long hypothesized about the existence of lost albums and unreleased tracks from Aphex Twin and his many projects with nothing to show for it, but it would seem that a previously unheard album from Caustic Window is now going to see the light of day.