She took her first ecstasy pill at a rave called Raindance in London (she found it "so therapeutic") and attended all-nighters in a field behind her campus where she danced to house, techno, and, notably, "Windowlicker
" by Aphex Twin.
At the same time, Aphex Twin's visual identity metamorphosed from the enigmatic, depersonalized circular logo of his early efforts into ever more lurid Photoshopped distortions and multiplications of his own facial features, a tendency that reached its apotheosis in the Chris Cunningham-directed videos for "Come to Daddy" (1997) and "Windowlicker
" (1999), where James's moronic grin is multiplied, Being John Malkovich style, and pasted onto children and bootylicious female models.
It's not the first time big names have had a knockback from James, who burst onto the scene in the late Nineties with singles such as Windowlicker
and Come To Daddy.
The spooky image of a creature with a diabolical grin has been accidentally discovered on electronic artist Aphex Twin's 1999 hit EP "Windowlicker
." It isn't a separate file on the CD -- the sinister face is encoded in the actual sound waves of the music, and is revealed when the song is played on a computer through special software that visualizes sound waves, the aural equivalent of steganography: the practice of hiding secret messages and watermarks in images.
VIDEO nasties are all the rage after Aphex Twin's controversial Windowlicker
. The video for Ash's new single Numbskull (out April 26) features Tim Wheeler, above, in the scud.
The first happened in 2000, when I saw a girl make fresh sense of "Windowlicker
" on an empty dancefloor in Leeds.
With classic tracks such as Analogue Bubblebath Didgeridoo, Come to Daddy and Windowlicker
each track and every one of his albums are a touchstone of electronica.
It's about time someone made a film out of William Gibson's brilliant cyberpunk novel, and who better than Cunningham, the director of such insanely beautiful music videos as Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker
" and Bjork's "All Is Full of Love"?