📑 The Long Tail of Aphex Twin’s ‘Avril 14th’

Bookmarked The Long Tail of Aphex Twin’s ‘Avril 14th’ by Eric Ducker (nytimes.com)

While this popularity may expose classical music fans to the sometimes overwhelming, occasionally terrorizing music of Aphex Twin, the exchange also flows the other way. “It’s a gateway to Debussy, or some of the other amazing piano pieces that are out there,” said Reitzell, the music supervisor. “If you like that piece, man, I’ve got 30 more for you. That is the most beautiful thing about music. That song will probably outlive Richard’s entire catalog in a way.”

But Moran hears an even more fundamental reason modern listeners have turned a haunting piano piece with minimalist influences into a digital era phenomenon. Before our interview, she transcribed “Avril 14th” again to refamiliarize herself with it. Holding up the piece of paper, she noted its chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure. “Honestly,” she said, “this is like a pop song to me.”

Eric Ducker reflects on the 20 year anniversary of Aphex Twin’s track Avril 14th from Drukqs. My favourite cover is Simon Farintosh’s arrangement for classical guitar. I also like Will Van Horn’s recording with the pedal slide.

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