It’s a little hard to believe given the April Fool’s joke someone played on Aphex Twin fans last week, but the popular electronic music forum We Are the Music Makers has reportedly confirmed the validity of a rare Caustic Window test pressing that popped up on Discogs today for $13,500. According to FACT, the record — which never got an official release — was given to the seller by Aphex Twin’s Rephlex imprint in 1994. It’s one of just five copies, with the others belonging to Planet Mu founder Mike Paradinas, Rephlex co-founder Grant Claridge-Wilson, Chris ‘Cylobs’ Jeffs and Richard D. James himself.
While the listing is still live, WATMM claims it will be taken down soon in favor of a unique Kickstarter campaign. Here’s what the forum’s administrator had to say:
“I spoke with Grant regarding this, and he and Richard have agreed to allow one-time duplication rights of the tracks off CAT023, and have negotiated with the seller for a reduced price of 5000 GBP (8368.54 USD as of 8/4), so that reduces the minimum amount to be paid to 10 GBP (16.73 USD). The seller has agreed to remove the listing from Discogs Marketplace for the time being (once the Kickstarter goes live), and 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.
Once the 5000.00 GBP funding amount is met, the record will be turned over to me, and in turn I will contract with someone to produce a high-quality rip (lossless) of the vinyl – in turn, all the people that contribute to the Kickstarter will get a digital version of the tracks, which will be provided by WATMM. The license Rephlex is providing for this is ONLY for the 500 people who contribute to the Kickstarter, nothing more.
Before the digital tracks are released, the record will be put up for auction on Ebay, and once sold, 1/3 of the proceeds will go to Richard/Rephlex as royalty payment, 1/3 will be divided equally between the Kickstarter contributors (a discount if you will off the initial purchase amount), and 1/3 to a charity that we will all vote and agree upon (suggestions are welcome – e.g.: Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund…). Once the auction is complete and payment received, everyone will get to download their promised digital version.
I’m going to try and get the Kickstarter set up ASAP and will post a separate thread with information once that’s done. Never did a Kickstarter before so bear with me!”
So in other words, Aphex Twin is looking to pull what’s now being called a “Wu-Tang Clan.” Whatever happens, this is probably about as close as you’re going to get to seeing the actual thing: