The pioneering electronic musician’s first official music video for 17 years was shot by Ryan Wyer of Rush, co. Dublin
During the 1990s, Aphex Twin created some of music’s most iconic videos with visionary directors like Chris Cunningham, but he hasn’t released an official video for a long time. But today, the pioneering electronic musician has returned with his first music video in 17 years, and it sees him team up with a very different sort of director – a 12-year-old YouTuber from Ireland.
The clip for acid belter “CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix]”, taken from Aphex’s upcoming Cheetah EP, was directed by Ryan Wyer of Rush in Fingal, County Dublin, a small seaside town whose population was recorded at just 9,231 in the 2011 census. Wyer’s video features a lot of kids in Richard D. James masks and Aphex Twin t-shirts getting up to no good, while some Windows Movie Maker-grade filters are applied over the top. It is, in a word, a masterpiece.
According to a press release, Wyer directed, edited, and produced the video after Aphex Twin and his label Warp Records became aware of his YouTube channel epic1:40d Gaming, which features titles such as Playing black ops 2 part 2 and Callum Caught on Tape scary video amongst a score of Aphex fan videos. Most of the videos have under 30 plays.
Is this real? Aphex Twin is hardly a stranger to pranks and half-truths, so it’d be very easy to assume this is just Richard D. James pulling everyone’s leg once again. If it is a prank, it’s a meticulously planned one – some of the videos on Wyer’s channel are over a year old.
Watch the video above.