"So if you hear a C-major chord with an equal temperament, you’ve heard it a million times before and your brain accepts it. But if you hear a chord that you’ve never heard before, you’re like, "huh." And your brain has to change shape to accept it. And once it’s changed shape, then you have changed as a person, in a tiny way. And if you have a whole combination of all these different frequencies, you’re basically reconfiguring your brain. And then you’ve changed as a person, and you can go and do something else. It’s a constant change. It could sound pretty cosmic and hippie, but that is exactly what’s going on."
Extended Aphex Twin Interview in Pitchfork
"Music is a catharsis for release, or a life force. Having faith in music is unfashionable in these days of giveaway, throwaway tracks. I’m still hooked on buying reggae 7-inches and I’m still every bit as excited about discovering some new producer who’s got a sound that makes me say “What the fuck?!” Fundamentally, music is still my life. I used to think it was a means to bury myself in the reality of everything, but increasingly I’ve realised it’s really a parallel universe for me that I’ve been constructing, because the real one is just too much. There’s a real duality to it. In a lot of ways I felt music’s fulfilled all my dreams but it’s also led to lots of other problems along the way. If I wanted an easy life or to make money it wouldn’t have been with music, so there’s the positive and negative, and the collision of the two."
FACT Interview with the Bug
"This is truly how I feel about this music. I cherish it, I nurture it, and I try and give it the same respect that I would give anything in my life that has given me so much. Because of this, maybe I take it too personally, or maybe I even see things from a perspective that is biased, but there are things happening around me within this community that I feel should be addressed if we are going to keep the integrity, atmosphere, and experience we have fought for all of these years. To clarify even further, because I’m from the US dance scene, when I say that I "fought" for this, it’s a literal statement. Over here, we have always fought against popular culture for the acceptance of this music as something legitimate; now, as it’s coming out of the underground and becoming popular, it’s slowly being formulated and sold back to audiences that might not give it the respect it deserves or even understand that this music has a real history."
DVS1 Talks to XLR8R about the current state of the dancefloor