Analord

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Analord
Analord (Aphex Twin album - cover art).jpg
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 Analord 1: (5.6/10) [1]
Pitchfork Analord 2: (6.0/10) [2]
Pitchfork Analord 3: (7.5/10) [3]
Pitchfork Analord 4: (7.0/10) [4]
Pitchfork Analord 5: (5.8/10) [5]
Pitchfork Analord 6: (6.3/10) [6]
Pitchfork Analord 7: (6.2/10) [7]
Pitchfork Analord 8: (6.7/10) [8]
Pitchfork Analord 9: (6.8/10) [9]
Pitchfork Analord 10: (7.6/10) [10]
Pitchfork Analord 11: (6.6/10) [11]
Pitchfork Series Average: (6.55/10) [12][13][14][15]

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.[16]

History[edit]

The first installment, 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.[17][18]

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 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. It's also suspected that Analord is a portmanteau of the words "anal" and "lord".

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Track listing[edit]

Analord 1[edit]

Released 24 January 2005.

Analord 1 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Steppingfilter 101" 4:45
2. "Canticle Drawl" 1:45
3. "MC-4 Acid" 3:47
4. "Bubble 'n' Squeek 2" (Untitled until December 2009 reissue) 1:31
Analord 1 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Where's Your Girlfriend?" 5:06
2. "Grumpy Acid" 3:21
3. "Analord 158b" 1:40

Analord 2[edit]

Released 24 January 2005.

Analord 2 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Phonatacid" 9:47
2. "Laricheard" 2:15
Analord 2 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Pissed Up in SE1" 5:14
2. "Bwoon Dub" 5:56


Analord 3[edit]

Released 21 February 2005.

Analord 3 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Boxing Day" 6:36
2. "Midievil Rave" 2:44
Analord 3 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Klopjob" 5:24
2. "Midievil Rave 2" 4:00

Analord 4[edit]

Released 21 February 2005.

Analord 4 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Crying In Your Face" 4:23
2. "Home Made Polysynth" 4:07
Analord 4 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Halibut Acid" 6:07
2. "Breath March" 3:46


Analord 5[edit]

Released 14 March 2005.

Analord 5 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Reunion 2" 5:10
Analord 5 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Cilonen" 5:34


Analord 6[edit]

Released 11 April 2005.

Analord 6 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Batine Acid" 5:26
2. "Snivel Chew" 4:02
Analord 6 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "I'm Self Employed" 4:26
2. "2 Analogue Talks" (Split into two tracks on December 2009 reissue)
  • "Analogue Talk (Claknib)"
  • "Analogue Talk (Chorus 3)"
1:45
  • 0:57
  • 0:52
3. "Analoggins" (Written by Captain Voafose and Smojphace) 7:17


Analord 7[edit]

Released 25 April 2005.

Analord 7 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Lisbon Acid" 8:29
Analord 7 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Pitcard" 6:18
2. "AFX Acid 04" 5:37

Analord 8[edit]

Released 9 May 2005.

Analord 8 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "PWSteal.Ldpinch.D" 6:18
2. "Backdoor.Berbew.Q" 4:57
Analord 8 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "W32.Deadcode.A" 6:18
2. "Backdoor.Spybooter.A" 5:06


Analord 9[edit]

Released 13 June 2005.

Analord 9 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "PWSteal.Bancos.Q" 4:50
2. "Trojan.KILLAV.E" 3:03
Analord 9 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "W32.Aphex@mm" 3:52
2. "Backdoor.Netshadow" 4:49


Analord 10[edit]

Released January 2005, Re-released as a picture disc on 11 July 2005.

Analord 10 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Fenix Funk 5" 4:58
Analord 10 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Xmd 5a" 7:55

Analord 11[edit]

Released 13 June 2005.

Analord 11 Side A
No. Title Length
1. "W32.Mydoom.AU@mm" 8:47
Analord 11 Side B
No. Title Length
1. "VBS.Redlof.B" 4:39
2. "Backdoor.Ranky.S (Split into two tracks on December 2009 reissue)
  • Backdoor.Ranky.S 5
  • Backdoor.Ranky.S 4"
6:00
  • 4:08
  • 2:29


* Released on 24 December 2009, only available through download.

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