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A still from Aphex Twin’s live show at Field Day festival. (Video: NTS.)

Weirdcore: Aphex Twin’s Chief Visual Corruptor

Visual Artist Remarks On His Long Career With AFX, And How Novation Has Played A Role

Bruce Tantum
Nov 3, 2017 · 6 min read

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More stills from AFX’s Field Day performance. All visual effects are processed and generated live by Weirdcore. (Video: NTS.)

“The more intense the better, really — the goal is to set the level up to 11.” — Weirdcore

That’s the philosophy behind it — but how does Weirdcore bring that philosophy to fruition? Well, Max/MSP has a lot to do with it. “It’s a handy bit of software that allows you to build your own software, basically — you can do anything you want,” he explains. “Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. When you have a bit of software that’s set in stone, you can just go ahead and explore the possibilities of what you can do with it. But when you can just do your own thing, you tend to go down the rabbit hole. I end up programming stuff right up till the last minute, and then I’m like, ‘Oh my god, there’s no time to practice.’”

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Weirdcore’s Launchpad Pro (left) and the accompanying Max/MSP environment that defines its behaviour.
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Weirdcore models a Zero SL MkII in 2012.

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