Analord

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Analord
Analord (Aphex Twin album - cover art).jpg
EP series by
ReleasedDecember 2004–July 2005
Recorded2003–2005
GenreAcid techno[1]
LengthTotal: 3:24:04
LabelRephlex
ANALORD01 – ANALORD11
ProducerRichard D. James
Richard D. James chronology
26 Mixes for Cash
(2003)
Analord
(2004)
Chosen Lords
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
PitchforkAnalord 1: (5.6/10)[2]
PitchforkAnalord 2: (6.0/10)[2]
PitchforkAnalord 3: (7.5/10)[3]
PitchforkAnalord 4: (7.0/10)[3]
PitchforkAnalord 5: (5.8/10)[3]
PitchforkAnalord 6: (6.3/10)[4]
PitchforkAnalord 7: (6.2/10)[4]
PitchforkAnalord 8: (6.7/10)[4]
PitchforkAnalord 9: (6.8/10)[5]
PitchforkAnalord 10: (7.6/10)[5]
PitchforkAnalord 11: (6.6/10)[5]
PitchforkSeries Average: (6.5/10)[2][3][4][5]

Analord is a series of eleven 12" vinyl records released in 2005 by UK-based electronic music artist Richard D. James, primarily under the alias AFX. The series marked James's return to primarily analogue equipment following his computer-oriented programming work in the late 1990s. After their release, James "distilled" the 3½ hour, 42-track series into the 10-track compilation album Chosen Lords (2006), effectively his first full-length release since the 2001 album Drukqs.[6]

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, 21 bonus tracks have been added to the series, which now totals 62 tracks for a runtime of 4 hours and 36 minutes.[7]

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.[8][9]

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 a well-known manufacturer of 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".

Allusions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Analord 1[edit]

Released 24 January 2005.

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

Analord 3[edit]

Released 21 February 2005.

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

Analord 4[edit]

Released 21 February 2005.

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

Analord 5[edit]

Released 14 March 2005.

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

Analord 6[edit]

Released 11 April 2005.

Analord 6 Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Batine Acid"5:26
2."Snivel Chew"4:02
Analord 6 Side B
No.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
    1."Lisbon Acid"8:29
    Analord 7 Side B
    No.TitleLength
    1."Pitcard"6:18
    2."AFX Acid 04"5:37

    Analord 8[edit]

    Released 9 May 2005.

    Analord 8 Side A
    No.TitleLength
    1."PWSteal.Ldpinch.D"3:44
    2."Backdoor.Berbew.Q"4:57
    Analord 8 Side B
    No.TitleLength
    1."W32.Deadcode.A"6:18
    2."Backdoor.Spybooter.A"5:06

    Analord 9[edit]

    Released 13 June 2005.

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

    Analord 10[edit]

    Released 15 December 2004, Re-released as a picture disc on 11 July 2005.

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

    Analord 11[edit]

    Released 13 June 2005.

    Analord 11 Side A
    No.TitleLength
    1."W32.Mydoom.AU@mm"8:47
    Analord 11 Side B
    No.TitleLength
    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.

    References[edit]

    1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r825965
    2. ^ a b c "AFX: Analord 1 / Analord 2 Album Review - Pitchfork". pitchforkmedia.com.
    3. ^ a b c d "AFX: Analord 3 / 4 / 5 Album Review - Pitchfork". pitchforkmedia.com.
    4. ^ a b c d "AFX: Analord 6 / 7 / 8 Album Review - Pitchfork". pitchforkmedia.com.
    5. ^ a b c d "AFX: Analord 9 / 10 / 11 Album Review - Pitchfork". pitchforkmedia.com.
    6. ^ Fallon, Patric. "Aphex Twin Albums From Best to Worst". Stereogum. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
    7. ^ Analord, www.discogs.com, Retrieved 2015-07-11
    8. ^ Aphex Twin Interview, www.clashmusic.com, Retrieved 2015-07-11
    9. ^ A beginner's guide to the many sounds of Aphex Twin, www.avclub.com, Retrieved 2015-07-11

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