Photo via Charolette Zoller
Earlier this week, FACT noticed that a test pressing of the unreleased 1994 Aphex Twin album Caustic Window was up for sale on Discogs. The price is listed at $13,500… which is a lot. But the record’s owner, along with Richard D. James’ label Rephlex Records, have struck up a deal with the electronic music forum We Are The Music Makers (WATMM): A Kickstarter will give 500 people the chance to receive a digital copy of the album.
The site’s administrator, who goes by Joyrex, negotiated the asking price down to $8,368. That means those who buy into the Kickstarter will pay about $16 for a digital download. Once the Kickstarter threshold is met, the physical LP will be sold on eBay. The proceeds from the eBay sale will be split evenly between Rephlex/Aphex Twin, the people who pay into the Kickstarter, and a charity to be decided on by the site’s users.
After the auction is completed, everyone will receive their digital downloads. “Apparently all agree that it’s a good chance to give the hardcore fans a unique chance to own something that will never see the light of day otherwise,” Joyrex wrote.
Watch the video for Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker”: