His last US show was at Coachella in 2008.
Aphex Twin performed in the US for the first time in 8 years last night (December 17). Playing a set at Houston’s Day for Night festival alongside Bjork and others, Richard D. James treated fans to a handful of tracks, including ‘Polynomial-C’ from 1992’s Xylem Tube EP.
In addition to the lightshow-backed performance, James was also selling a mysterious new 12″ at the merch table. Featuring all-white artwork and no text – other than the festival’s date and location along with the AFX and Warp Records logo – a festival rep has since confirmed the authenticity of the record to Pitchfork, however no further details are known. FACT has reached out to Warp for comment. Watch fan footage of the set and see images of the artwork below.
Meanwhile, James has been designing presets for Korg’s new analog synth, The Monologue. The synth supports microtuning, which allows users to create their own tuning outside of standard scales, and AFX has been assisting with this feature – preview some of his custom scales.
Last month, Aphex Twin was confirmed as a headliner for next year’s Field Day and will take in a performance at The Barn, a brand new indoor stage for the London festival.
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