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The main pseudonym of Richard D. James, one of the leading electronic musicians in the 90's, the prime innovator of the IDM movement, and the founder of Rephlex records. He has no experince in musical theory, and has built most of his instruments by himself. He makes a colossal amount of e-music in many different styles, from slow, mellow ambient pieces to harsh, drilling noise sequences.
"That's a fine IDM piece, Jonny. not Aphex Twin, but still good."
by XamiXiarus February 22, 2004
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Real name: Richard D. James. Also known as AFX and dozens of other names. The only musician that I would call an artist, inventor, and madman. Makes incredibly varying music, ranging from ambient house to abstract techno to trance-oid songs. Makes his own synths, and slices sound effects into hundreds of pieces and rearranges them to make some odd and truly original sounds. Became famous for critically acclaimed album Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Many of his tracks have nonsense names, are acronyms, or are random letters.
by aphex twin April 06, 2004
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Sure, I go through Autechre, Squarepusher and Boards of Canada phases, but RDJ is the only one who's infallibly in my CD changer at all times. Although he no longer reinvents electronic music's productional lexicon with every release like his label mates, Autechre, Aphex continues to inject this inexplicable character into his music that no one has ever come close to duplicating. It might be the AFX melodies, it might be the programming, and it might be the sound design; I really can't tell you. There's just something about RDJ that sets him above the rest. Honestly, I've never listened to music the same since hearing Richard's "RDJ Album" for the first time. He gets my most sincere recommendation, my unabashed praise, and my dick if he wants it.
Aphex (Twin) can be used as a proper noun, an adjective, and even a verb.

As a proper noun, we have: "Aphex Twin was born in Cornwall and he even pwned as a baby."

As an adjective, we can say: "OMFG THAT DRILL AND BASS IN VENUS NO 17 IS SOOO APHEX!"

And as a verb, it's appropriate to say: "Holmes, this track is going to land on Chocolate Industries or some shit unless you aphex it up a bit."
by Matt (ultra fanboy omg) August 21, 2004
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the best electronic artist ever, makes his own synths and samples and is totally original...
-yo gee, this shit is hot, damn who did this?
-aphex twin, who else
by Anonymous August 29, 2003
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