Kickstarter Campaign to Buy Lost Aphex Twin Album Raises Over £40,000

Over 4000 people now have access to the previously unheard LP.

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A Kickstarter campaign to collectively own a copy of an Aphex Twin album that only reached the test pressing stage has ended – with fans raising a total of over $67,000 (£40,000), NME reports.

Working with the artist and his label, users of the We Are the Music Makers (WATMM) forum planned to buy a £5,000 test pressing of "Caustic Window" from 1994 - distributing digital copies to those who support the campaign. Over 4000 people now have access to the previously unheard album.

The group launched their campaign last month (April) after a British record collector announced they were selling the record for $13,500 (£8,050). The seller claims that the release is one of five test pressings that were never released and that he was given the record by the electronic musician's own Rephlex Records label in 1994. The seller claims Rephlex will never press the album itself.

Now the Kickstarter campaign has ended, the record will be put up for auction on eBay. A third of the profits will go to Aphex Twin (real name Richard James) and his Rephlex label as a royalty payment, a third will go to the Kickstarter contributors, and a third to a charity that they will all vote on.

Aphex Twin's last full album was 2001's "Drukqs," although James has since released a number of EPs and recordings under various aliases.

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    This is actually really cool, and a great idea by the people who set it up. I really hope we manage to dig up more cool shit like this through crowdfunding.
    Aphex Twin changed my life. sometimes you need to put down your guitar & find other music.
    So, how many Aphex Twin fans are on UG?
    *Raises hand* Those who are not familiar with his stuff, listen to "Alberto Balsalm" or "Acrid Avid Jam Shred". You'll be addicted.
    I am - The music RDJ makes is highly creative, fascinating, and intriguing. I do think people should know him for more than just making the creepy/bizarre videoes for "Come to daddy", and "Windowlicker" - One should check out "Selected Ambient works 85-92" (including the volume two follow-up), and "Richard D. James album" to get a proper understanding of his absolutely twisted and brilliant mind.
    Me! Right here, me! *throws panties on stage* He's ****ing amazing. Those who have never listened to his music, give "Selected Ambient Works 85–92" a chance. You can thank me later.
    I enjoy his music, I contributed to the Kickstarter so I'm excited to see what comes out of it.
    I remember passing out on the sofa after a night out and waking up to the Window Licker video, so so creepy, so so good!
    What else , alias or not, has he released since Drukqs? I know about AFX and Polygon Window, but that stuff was made before Drukqs came out
    I would also like to know what he's been up to the past decade. Be must be doing SOMETHING.