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  Selected Ambient Works Volume II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Selected Ambient Works Volume II (SAW2), released in 1994, is an ambient double album by Richard D. James under his Aphex Twin moniker.
Volume II differs significantly from Aphex Twin's first volume in that the first volume is mostly beat-oriented, with complex instrumental rhythmic patterns and heavy bass frequencies.
Volume II originally consisted of 25 songs, all untitled except for the song "Blue Calx".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Selected_Ambient_Works_Volume_II   (1005 words)

 A Comparative Analysis of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II and Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians
The music in this sixty-minute work never veers far from the theme established in “Pulses.” The parts in the sections that sound different from previous configurations of the theme are merely the results of pitch and tempo alteration, as well as the interchange of musical instruments.
Each of these works deserves patience and attention in order before comprehension of their genius is awarded to the listener.
Selected Ambient Works Volume II and Music for 18 Musicians are deceptively configured, but with the right approach this becomes not a hindrance but a virtue.
members.tripod.com /howisya/saw2vsreich.html   (4614 words)

 Ambient music - Free net encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.
Template:Main Dark ambient is a general term for any kind of ambient music with a "dark" or dissonant feel, but often involves extensive use of digital reverb to create vast sonic spaces for frightening, bottom-heavy sounds such as deep drones, gloomy male chorus, echoing thunder, and distant artillery.
Template:Main Ambient industrial is a hybrid genre of ambient and industrial music; the term industrial being used in the original experimental sense, rather than in the sense of industrial metal or EBM.
www.netipedia.com /index.php/Ambient_music   (1973 words)

 Ambient Music
The complementary forces of impressionist and expressionist artistic styles are an integral part of the modernist and post-modernist palette, and ambient music serves as the impressionist counterpart to the expressionist mainstream of the current musical culture.
Selected Ambient Works: Volume II Although similar in minimalist approach, this album at first feels as foreign as Brian Eno's Music for Airports feels familiar.
Loop Guru, a modern ambient effort, is primarily marked by its blend of Balinese, Tibetan, and Indian instrumentation and motif with contemporary electronic elements to create an interesting hybrid of Asian and European themes.
www.mindflip.com /guide/ambient.html   (1416 words)

 Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II
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Aphex Twin is the name by which Richard James releases his ambient works, and the name is quite a big one within the genre.
Oh, despite some serious problems, it would be unfair to the pieces which really do work well; I have to give it one thumb up for the high points that do exist among the lows.
www.spiderbytes.com /ambientrance/at-saw2.htm   (757 words)

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Selected Ambient Works II FAQ Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II Released: April 1994 Formats: CD\Vinyl\MC 25 track Warp LP21 (limited brown vinyl)(limited red/green/blue vinyl) 24 track Warp CD (RTD 126.1670.2 23 track Sire CD (2-45482-A) Layout The layout for SAWII can be kind of confusing.
Instead of all this "ambient!" rattling, that talk of his about lucid dreaming, the state in the morning (?) when you're still only half awake and full of dreams, or the state you get into under sleep deprivation, seems to make very much sense to me when I hear his saw2.
Selected Ambient Works II drops even fewer dance beats than the Twin's import-only cult classic Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
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 Rolling Stone : Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II : Music Reviews
II is the two-disc follow-up to the import-only Selected Ambient Works 85-92, the album that established the Cornwall, England, native as the pioneer of ambient techno, a musical style that converts the energized electrobeats and keyboard surges of dance-floor techno into slower, more tranquil sound washes.
II, James turns away from the glut of soulless techno by stripping away its base properties, focusing more intently on mood than on rhythm and melody.
Drawing inspiration from the early ambient work of Brian Eno and the minimalism of John Cage, James has created a riveting, experimental record that demands listener interaction.
www.rollingstone.com /artists/aphextwin/albums/album/122902/review/6067432/selected_ambient_works_volume_ii?source=aphextwin_rssfeed   (443 words)

 Chill: the new ambient - ambient music ArtForum - Find Articles
Where ambient techno is melodious (sometimes recalling program music or the naivete of a child's music box), isolationism favors musique concrete, dissonance, and microtonality; where ambient's sequencer bass patterns reassure, isolationism's loops tend to be unresolved, creating suspense; in place of ambient's halcyon reverb, isolationism uses an echo that is cavernous and metallic.
Toop, a critic as well as a musician, recently wrote of how certain strands of contemporary music reflect "the sensation of nonspecific dread that many people now feel when they think about life, the world, the future," and argued that this sensation was the other side of the coin to a sensation of nonspecific bliss.
Unlike ambient techno (which models itself on that pseudowomb the flotation tank), isolationism's idea of utopia is empty space.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0268/is_n5_v33/ai_16462111   (774 words)

 Amazon.com: Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2: Music: Aphex Twin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Richard James working under his most famous guise, Aphex Twin, released this collection which is still one of the most significant electronic albums ever released and, yes, RDJ is both a genius and a calculated, smart-arsed iconoclast, but a con-artist he ain't.
These may sound like exaggerations, but 'Selected Ambient Works Volume 2' has a rare and profound effect upon me, and is one of the few albums I own that bears no likeness to anything else.
I found the Volume 2 CD is "far out" compared to Volume 1, in that it is more like one long series of weird sound effects.
www.amazon.com /Selected-Ambient-Works-Vol-2/dp/B000002MNZ   (1675 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Selected Ambient Works Vol.2: Music: Aphex Twin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
While its predecessor, Selected Ambient Works '85-'92 drew on seven years worth of material, the uniform quality of these untitled tracks, plus their judicious sequencing, suggests they were assembled over a shorter period.
Clocking in at over 150 minutes, the double-disc set (if this is "selected", how many hours of outtakes remain?) provides an exemplary introduction to the quieter facets of James's expansive, idiosyncratic aesthetic.
Selected Ambient Works is not an entirely representative recording, as these are essentially mood pieces, unlike the more instantaneous, dancefloor-targeted material that originally brought him to the nation's attention.
www.amazon.co.uk /Selected-Ambient-Works-Vol-2-Aphex/dp/B000024C6W   (2159 words)

 Bioloophorm by Subradial
He is able to assimilate recent classic ambient work, cobbling together what he needs to create a new, original work that reminds one of his influences but never slavishly follows the original sounds.
For me, this makes the work all the more appealing--Subradial creates music with respect to past works but with talent enough to make these touchstones his own.
Tomasz Szatewicz (the man behind Subradial) is clearly a man well-grounded in past ambient works--but with a level of talent that allows him to utilize these past influences and make them distinctly his own.
mysite.verizon.net /vze6zk8a/theambientreview/id57.html   (837 words)

 Astro-Noetics.com:: Archetypal Aphex: The World of Richard D. James
Pluto's nearly three-year transit coincided with James's most fertile and intensely creative period, climaxing in the release of his "Selected Ambient Works Volume II," which many critics believe to be the magnum opus of the genre.
This is ambient music at its most visionary, its most otherworldly, its most surreal, and its most dimensionally rich and layered.
Music on Selected Ambient Works Volume II ranges from the angelic and rapturously transcendent to hellishly tortured—Pluto was at work intensifying the already powerful forced communion of Neptune, Saturn, and Jupiter in James's birthchart.
www.astro-noetics.com /aphex_twin_3.html   (517 words)

SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS 85-92 : THE APHEX TWIN (1992)(LP.reissue 1994)
note: The UK brown vinyl triple-lp for "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" is limited/numbered to 10,000 copies, and comes with a circular fl [print] on white sleeve sticker affixed (which features its particular copy's edition number stamped [in fl ink] onto it).
note: The Austrian double-cd for "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" comes with a circular white [print] on fl sleeve sticker affixed to the front of its jewel case, and a fl [print] on white sleeve sticker on its back.
www.angelfire.com /music/aphextwin/albums.html   (2771 words)

 Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works, Volume 2
His Selected Ambient Works, Volume II, is a set of abstract musical pieces that add to the ambient genre started by Brian Eno.
On Volume II, each track is electronic tone painting, that explore a broader palette of electronic sound generation than Eno's work.
Most of the works have no beats, but are instead made up of slowly repeating electronic sounds, some acoustic sounds such as piano, and some unidentifiable noises.
www.synthtopia.com /music_review/AphexTwin-SelectedAmbient.html   (319 words)

 Splendid: Departments: The Essential Albums
Although the term "lucid dreaming" was coined in 1913, people throughout history have recorded their experiences of lucidity while asleep.
Whether or not this is true, the electronic genius masterfully manipulates human emotion through sound, and it would be fitting that this volume's tones and beats came from dreamland.
James's mesmerizing repetitive rhythms are strongly reminiscent of Reich's work, but he has publicly stated that he cares little for Reich.
www.splendidezine.com /departments/essential/ea53104.html   (704 words)

 AmbientMusicGuide.com - Aphex Twin
The mischievous, enigmatic Englishman Richard James is the sole author of these two strange, compelling excursions in ambient techno.
While his roots lie at the hardcore and industrial end of the dance spectrum - a style to which he has since returned - his popularity among dance boffins was enough to send Selected Ambient Works Volume II into the UK Top Twenty on its release in 1994.
On that album particularly, the minimalist ethic of composers like Eno is clearly at work with James cunningly developing his pieces so that subtle changes become like major events (mind you, a few dance critics misunderstood the second album's understatement as some kind of sick joke).
www.ambientmusicguide.com /pages/A/aphexTwin.php   (175 words)

 Qwika - similar:Aphex_Twin
Genre Techno / Ambient Length 18:00 Label Rephlex Producer(s) Richard D. James Professional reviews AFX chronology Hangable Auto Bulb(1995) Analogue Bubblebath 3.1(1997) Analord(2005) Analogue Bubblebath 3.1 was the eighth EP released by techno and IDM artist Richard D. James, under his commonly known al...
Ambient/ Space music Stylistic origins: 20th century classical music, Electronic art music Cultural origins: 1970s Typical instruments: Electronic musical instruments, some ambient artists use traditional instrumentation of almost any variety Mainstream popularity: Low.
Aphex Twin chronology Didgeridoo(1992) Xylem Tube EP(1992) Selected Ambient Works 85-92(1992) The Xylem Tube EP is an early EP by electronic music artist Richard D. James, commonly known by...
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 Ned's Nineties: 11   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
What is of course particularly intriguing about these tracks is that none of them seem 'ambient' per se, instead finding odd rhythms without beat (and sometimes with) and aiming more for a meditative, focused on the song state as opposed to something which you can easily ignore.
Screwing with expectations is always a nice thing, of course, and the fact remains this as much disturbs as it soothes, and of course sometimes it does this at once.
By the time it does finally conclude with the bottomless cold creep of the final track, an echoed percussion sound almost like a rippling raindrop and floating musical colors out of the wrong sort of space, things aren't quite what they seemed as when we started, and clearly we're not in Kansas anymore.
www.netcomuk.co.uk /~tewing/ned/n11.html   (462 words)

 Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994)
The insert that comes with the UK vinyl releases is 12"x12", while the one that comes with the cd releases is exactly the same, only smaller at 4 3/4"x4 3/4".
The UK double-cd for "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" comes with a circular fl [print] on white sleeve sticker affixed.
The AUSTRIAN double-cd for "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" comes with a circular white [print] on fl sleeve sticker affixed to the front of its jewel case, and a fl [print] on white sleeve sticker on its back.
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 Amazon.ca: Selected Ambient Works, Vol 2: Music: Aphex Twin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
I guess the term "ambient" fits best, but its really a case of no lable being sufficiently decriptive enough to describe what is here.
I only recently got into Aphex Twin; having heard Selected Ambient Works Volume 1 and deciding that it was one of the best albums I had ever heard, I went out and got this, 26 Mixes for Cash and the Come to Daddy mini-album.
Two hours of ambient music is a lot, but if you really listen the changes in the music are very subtle and clever indeed.
www.amazon.ca /Selected-Ambient-Works-Vol-2/dp/B000002MNZ   (1096 words)

 Inspiring Music
It's not as minimalist as Ambient Cookbook, and the tracks are shorter, so 'get to the point' a little more quickly.
All are about as ambient as the genre gets -- expect to be bewildered, scared and confused by the rustling whispers, flowing harmonics and wide synthesised and sampled sounds.
Darker and more cynical than any of their previous work, Dead Cities laments urban decay and the seemy side of life in the 1990s.
www.geocities.com /Athens/7117/dark/music2.html   (3027 words)

 "Thought Experiments"
His work is an incendiary music of change, pointing the way to possible futures through advanced technology and thought systems.
In the trailblazing spirit of these Obscure recordings, Eno’s Ambient series of the late seventies and early eighties—consisting of four albums, two by Eno, one a collaboration with minimalist pianist Harold Budd, the fourth a shimmering album by dulcimer artist Laraaji—were inspired by a “new” method of listening to music.
Since Eno’s original conceptualization of ambient music, the ambient genre itself has ballooned outward to include a wide variety of styles of music, most of which do not strictly adhere to his original thinking of the ambient concept.
www.asimovs.com /_issue_0604_5/Thougthexperiments.shtml   (3433 words)

 Oval: Ovalcommers: Pitchfork Record Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Two misperceptions about Popp are that he makes ambient music and all his work sounds the same.
In the watershed year 1994, the ambient label almost applied, due in part to Oval's composition process at the time.
That year, Popp, along with then-collaborators Sebastian Oschatz and Frank Metzger, decided to take copies of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, apply a magic marker to the CD surface, and record and manipulate the ensuing tracking errors.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /article/record_review/20650/Oval_Ovalcommers   (782 words)

 Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Selected Ambient Works Volume II contains just over two and a half hours' worth of music, which is just as well because it's a vast departure from Aphex Twin's other output: it is his only full album in the beatless ambient genre, one or two unobtrusive rhythms aside.
Clipping and painful resonance are present in several tracks, and an overall amateur sound marrs the final result.
Despite all that, Selected Ambient Works Volume II is one of the most original albums I've heard.
music.bytenoise.co.uk /selected_ambient_works_volume_ii.html   (404 words)

 Aphex Twin - Article from FactBug.org - the fast Wikipedia mirror site
He experimented with electronics from an early age, winning a competition to make a Sinclair ZX Spectrum play a tune by setting the connected television's volume to full and alternating the colours on the screen, producing different pitches of noise.
Early releases featured a more hardcore and acid based sound (Ventolin is often called one of the harshest or most abrasive songs ever recorded due to the screeching trebles and breaking beats), and later progressing into his critically acclaimed ambient works, while his hardcore side remained active through his pseudonym of Caustic Window.
Several of these claims include him owning an 1950s armoured scout car (a Daimler Ferret Mark 3), a submarine, composing ambient techno music at age 13 (contradicting most music history), building all of his synthesizers from scratch, having "over 100 hours" of unreleased music, and living in a converted bank.
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