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Aphex Twin still owns his tank, has hired Chinese programmer to develop mutating audio software

30 December 2014, 12:02 | Written by Laurence Day

Aphex Twin has answered 25 (26 really) questions for Germany's Groove magazine, with each coming from a different cover star from the mag's history.

Among the question-askers are Caribou, Skrillex and Richie Hawtin, but as you might expect, there's quite the roster of electronic legends.

All the answers are pretty fascinating, with Mr. Twin delivering them in his usual is-he-telling-the-truth-or-totally-bullshitting fashion. He provides an array of info, including letting us know that he still has his tank ("It’s still at my sister’s house in Wales"), giving closure on the Captain Birdseye x acid myth, and divulging an experiment about A.I. and mutating software.

Responding to a question from Mate Galic, he says:

"I’ve actually recently hired a Chinese programmer to make a music software for me. It’s taking the concept of mutation into music software. You give the program some sounds you made and then it gives you six variations of it and then you choose the one you like most and then it makes another six and it kind of keeps trying to choosing the variations by itself. It’s a bit like that, but more advanced, but basically it starts with a sound, analyzes it, then does different versions of variations. It randomizes, it compares all of them to the original and then it picks the best one. It sounds totally awesome, but it needs to be tweaked a little bit. I will continue with this. I have a whole book full of ideas for software and instruments."

You can read the interview in full here.

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