Video: Aphex Twin, Jonny Greenwod & Krzysztof Penderecki Live



Regarding a certain Oxford quintet, does anybody remember back in 2002 when Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin, declared so adamantly:

“I wouldn’t play with them, since I don’t like them.”

Well it seems AFX has since updated his iPod to include Radiohead’s music. Either that, or he’s found a mutual affiliation with Radiohead multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood for Polish avante-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki, as the electronic music legend put all his silly little differences aside to share the stage in Wroclaw, Poland, with both of them.

There were two performances held on consecutive evenings at the European Culture Congress. Among the originals and re-workings performed, Greenwood debuted ’48 Responses To Polymorphia’, while Aphex Twin debuted ‘Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima Remix’ and ‘Polymorphia Reloaded’. Check out the videos below.

Extract taken from Experiments in Sound and Sense: Radiohead (2000-01) – Influences:

The Polish modern classical composer’s influence during the OK Computer period transgressed to the Kid A/Amnesiac sessions, where he continued to inspire Jonny Greenwood’s string arrangements. ‘How to Disappear Completely’ and ‘Pyramid Song’ are both haunted by that atmospheric, slightly atonal soundscape for which Greenwood is now renowned: “I got very excited at the prospect of doing string parts that didn’t sound like ‘Eleanor Rigby’, which is what all string parts have sounded like for the past 30 years.”

September 9th Concert Program:

  1. Krzysztof Penderecki “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” (1960–61)
  2. Jonny Greenwood “Popcorn Superhet Receiver” (2005, Polish premiere)
  3. Krzysztof Penderecki “Canon for Strings” (1962)
  4. Jonny Greenwood “Future Markets” from the “There Will Be Blood” soundtrack (2007, Polish premiere)
  5. Krzysztof Penderecki “Polymorphia” (1961)
  6. Jonny Greenwood “48 Responses to Polymorphia” (2011, world premiere)

Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor
Marek Mo? – conductor
AUKSO Tychy Chamber Orchestra

September 10th Concert Program:

  1. Krzysztof Penderecki “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” (1960–61)
  2. Aphex Twin “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima remix” (2011, world premiere)
  3. Krzysztof Penderecki “Canon for Strings” (1962)
  4. Aphex Twin “AFX set”
  5. Krzysztof Penderecki “Polymorphia” (1961)
  6. Aphex Twin “Polymorphia Reloaded” (2011, world premiere)

Aphex Twin
Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor
Marek Mo? – conductor
OCT AVA ensemble
AUKSO Tychy Chamber Orchestra

Download the mp3 for Aphex Twin’s beautiful musical anomaly: ‘Avril 14th’


-James Godwin, September 12th, 2011

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