Melodies from Mars
|Melodies from Mars|
|Studio album (unreleased) by Aphex Twin|
|Producer||Richard D. James|
|Aphex Twin chronology|
Melodies from Mars is a collection of unreleased tracks by Richard David James, better known under his pseudonym Aphex Twin. Although James did not admit authorship until 2014, it was known to fans as an unofficial Aphex Twin album because at least two of its tracks are alternate versions (possibly demo versions) of tracks featured on the subsequently released Richard D. James Album (1996). Some tracks also bear resemblance to those on Analogue Bubblebath 5.
There are few places to find this album. It is commonly believed that Melodies from Mars was given to some of James's friends on cassette tapes. The Aphex Twin Community claims that "men in black suits" (Rephlex) asked it to remove MP3 excerpts from its website. The best sources for finding it today are likely via online P2P file-sharing networks.
An alternate version was illegally released in Russia by Unreal Records. It is missing the below-mentioned version of "Logan Rock Witch." The song title remains, but the audio is of another track, "Untitled 7."
All tracks written by Richard D James.
|2.||"Fingerbib" (alternative version)||4:16|
|8.||"Logan Rock Witch" (alternative version)||4:21|
- The version of "Fingerbib" on Melodies from Mars is longer than the version on Richard D. James Album.
- The version of "Logan Rock Witch" is different than the version on Richard D. James Album.
- Track 12 features the same samples of pizzicato strings featured in "Girl/Boy Song" (track 9 on Richard D. James Album).
- David Firth has acoustically covered track 10, and used track 1 as the theme music for his "Panathinaikos Bear" shorts.
- Versions of tracks 6 and 7 were used in the beginning of David Firth's animation "ALAN".
- A version of track 10 was used in David Firth's claymation short "Hollowhead".
- Richard D. James – synthesizer, producer
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- "Hollowhead at fat-pie.com".