Analord

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Analord
EP series by Aphex Twin
Released January–July 2005
Recorded 2003–2005
Genre Acid techno
Length Total: 3:24:04
Label Rephlex
ANALORD01 – ANALORD11
Producer Richard D. James
Aphex Twin chronology
26 Mixes for Cash
(2003)
Analord
(2005)
Chosen Lords
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media Analord 1/2: (5.6/6.0) [1]
Pitchfork Media Analord 3/4/5: (7.5/7.0/5.8) [2]
Pitchfork Media Analord 6/7/8: (6.3/6.2/6.7) [3]
Pitchfork Media Analord 9/10/11: (6.8/7.6/6.6) [4]

Analord is a 3½ hour, 42-track series of recordings on 12" vinyl by UK-based electronic music artist Richard D. James. On 24 December 2009, the Rephlex Records website began posting unreleased/bonus tracks for the Analord series in MP3 and WAV digital formats. To date, 20 bonus tracks have been added to the series, which now totals 62 tracks for a runtime of 4 hours and 36 minutes.

History[edit]

The first instalment, Analord 10, went on sale through the Rephlex Records website on 15 December 2004, and was packaged in a faux-leather binder with sleeves for housing the rest of the series. It was later re-released as a picture disc. Both pressings of Analord 10 were marketed under James' primary alias Aphex Twin, although other Analord recordings were released under the AFX pseudonym.

A condensed, album-length version of the series, Chosen Lords was released in 2006.

Musical equipment used[edit]

James has programmed a variety of analogue equipment throughout his career. Instruments on Analord include drum machines such as the Roland TR-606, TR-808, and TR-909; sequencers such as the Roland MC-4; and various synthesizers and polysynths, including the Roland SH-101 and Roland TB-303, a Synton Fenix Modular

Etymology[edit]

The name refers to the analogue and digital electronic music equipment James used to perform much of Analord, as well as being a double entendre. Since James has a penchant for anagrams, it is noteworthy that "Analord" is an anagram for "A Roland", perhaps referencing the manufacturers of de facto industry standard analogue synthesizers. It has also been speculated that the term "Analord" is a portmanteau, being derived from combination of the words analogue and lord, referring to Richard James' previous analogue programming, and the talent and recognition he has in his industry. "Analord" is also the title of a Luke Vibert track from Lover's Acid on Planet Mu.

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Track listing[edit]

Analord 01 (Released 24 January 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Steppingfilter 101" - 4:45
    2. "Canticle Drawl" - 1:47
    3. "MC-4 Acid" - 3:44
    4. "Untitled" - 1:32†
  • Side B
    1. "Where's Your Girlfriend?" - 5:08
    2. "Grumpy Acid" - 3:22
    3. "Analord 158B" - 1:40
  • Bonus tracks*
    1. "Canticle Drawl (Alt. Version)" - 0:36
    2. "Where's Your Girlfriend (Another Version)" - 3:36

Analord 02 (Released 24 January 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Phonatacid" - 9:47
    2. "Laricheard" - 2:15
  • Side B
    1. "Pissed Up in SE1" - 5:14
    2. "Bwoon Dub" - 5:55
  • Bonus track*
    1. "Carnival Acid" - 3:32

Analord 03 (Released 21 February 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Boxing Day" - 6:36
    2. "Midievil Rave" - 2:44
  • Side B
    1. "Klopjob" - 5:24
    2. "Midievil Rave 2" - 4:00
  • Bonus track*
    1. "Stabbij" - 4:21

Analord 04 (Released 21 February 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Crying in Your Face" - 4:25
    2. "Home Made Polysynth" - 4:07
  • Side B
    1. "Halibut Acid" - 6:07
    2. "Breath March" - 3:46
  • Bonus tracks*
    1. "Flutternozzle" - 6:28
    2. "In The Maze Park" - 1:31
    3. "Halibut Acid (Orig. Mix)" - 4:35

Analord 05 (Released 14 March 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Reunion 2" - 5:10
  • Side B
    1. "Cilonen" - 5:34
  • Bonus tracks*
    1. "Gong Acid" - 3:05
    2. "Reunion 2 (Alt. Version)" - 6:23

Analord 06 (Released 11 April 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Batine Acid" - 5:26
    2. "Snivel Chew" - 4:02
  • Side B
    1. "I'm Self Employed" - 4:26
    2. "2 Analogue Talks" - 1:47‡
    3. "Analoggins - written by Captain Voafose and Smojphace" - 7:17
  • Bonus tracks*
    1. "Bodmin 1" - 4:36
    2. "Bodmin 2" - 4:17
    3. "Bodmin 3" - 5:26

Analord 07 (Released 25 April 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "Lisbon Acid" - 8:29
  • Side B
    1. "Pitcard" - 6:18
    2. "AFX Acid 04" - 5:37
  • Bonus track*
    1. "Wabby Acid" - 3:33

Analord 08 (Released 9 May 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "PWSteal.Ldpinch.D" - 3:43
    2. "Backdoor.Berbew.Q" - 4:57
  • Side B
    1. "W32.Deadcode.A" - 6:18
    2. "Backdoor.Spyboter.A" - 5:06
  • Bonus track*
    1. "Backdoor.Berbew.Q (Tollwedgechord Mix)" - 4:59

Analord 09 (Released 13 June 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "PWSteal.Bancos.Q" - 4:50
    2. "Trojan.KillAV.E" - 3:03
  • Side B
    1. "W32.Aphex@mm" - 3:52
    2. "Backdoor.Netshadow" - 4:49
  • Bonus track*
    1. "Liptons B Acid" - 5:47

Analord 10 (Released January 2005, Re-released as a picture disc on 11 July 2005):

  • Side A
    1. "Fenix Funk 5" - 4:58
  • Side B
    1. "Xmd 5a" - 7:55

Analord 11 (Released 13 June 2005)

  • Side A
    1. "W32.Mydoom.AU@mm" - 8:47
  • Side B
    1. "VBS.Redlof.B" - 4:39
    2. "Backdoor.Ranky.S" - 6:00‡
  • Bonus tracks*
    1. "Not Disturbing Mammoth 1 (Mono)" - 2:05
    2. "Not Disturbing Mammoth 2 (Mono)" - 2:00
    3. "Love 7" - 4:45
    4. "3 Notes Con" - 4:54
    5. "VBS.Redlof.B (Bass Version)" - 3:28

* Released on 24 December 2009, only available through download.
† Not mentioned on the label of the original release, and named "Bubble n Squeek 2" on the December 2009 reissue.
‡ Split into two tracks in the December 2009 online reissue.

Analord 06
  • "Analogue Talk (Claknib)"- 0:57
  • "Analogue Talk (Chorus 3)" - 0:52
Analord 11
  • "Backdoor.Ranky.S 5" - 4:08
  • "Backdoor.Ranky.S 4" - 2:29

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