A rare Aphex Twin album that only reached the test pressing stage is streaming online. Click below to listen now.
The extremely rare album, titled Caustic Window, was printed on four sides of vinyl and went on sale earlier this year priced at nearly £8,000. A Kickstarter campaign set up by fans to buy the album raised over £20,000 from fans of the producer.
Working with the artist and his label, users of the We Are the Music Makers (WATMM) forum bought the test pressing of Caustic Window, distributing digital copies to those who supported the campaign. Those backers received their copies yesterday (June 16) and the album was subsequently uploaded to YouTube.
According to Fact, Caustic Window reached the test pressing phase in 1994, but was scrapped and never released. The original seller claimed that the release is one of five test pressings that were never released and that he was given the record by the electronic musician’s own Rephlex Records label in 1994.
There are plans to put the record up for auction on eBay. Once it is sold, a third of the profits will go to Aphex Twin (real name Richard James) and his Rephlex label as a royalty payment, a third will go to the Kickstarter contributors, and a third to a charity that they will all vote on.
Aphex Twin’s last full album was 2001’s Drukqs, although James has since released a number of EPs and recordings under various aliases.