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Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)

Aphex Twin
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Ambient music, Ambient house, Techno, Electronic dance music, Intelligent dance music

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Selected Ambient Works 85–92 is an ambient techno album by Richard D. James under the pseudonym of Aphex Twin. This is his third release and debut studio album under this alias. It was released in 1992 on the Belgian techno label Apollo. An analogue remaster was released in 2006, and a digital remaster was released in 2008. Selected Ambient Works 85–92 is considered by many to be the threshold album in modern ambient music as well as one of the pioneering works in IDM and Electronic Dance Music.
Having been a club DJ in the late 1980s and early 1990s in his home of Cornwall, James had learned about new music techniques and rhythm patterns. With the club scene under his belt, and with a small underground following, James went on to release SAW 85-92, which was mostly recorded before he started DJing and consisted of instrumental songs that were mostly beat-oriented.
A remastered SAW 85–92 Compact Disc was released by Apollo/R&S Records on 8 April 2008. The remastered 12" vinyl record was released in 2006.
Although Selected Ambient Works is primarily instrumental, many of the songs feature vocal samples. "Xtal" has samples of female vocalizing as well as alternating ambient sounds,

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6:03 Hedphelym
5:29 Delphium
7:36 Actium
5:23 Ageispolis
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