Aphex Twin Has Been Remade with N64 Sounds

The career-spanning 'Selected Aphex Works N64' mostly uses 'Super Mario 64' sounds

BY Alex HudsonPublished Dec 28, 2023

Radiohead recently got the N64 treatment thanks to some covers albums by producer on4word, who recreated the band's works using sounds from turn-of-the-millennium video games. Now, Aphex Twin has gotten the same treatment in the form of the 13-track album Selected Aphex Works N64.

Released just before Christmas, on December 22, the album contains a selection of songs from throughout Aphex Twin's career — all of which, as the description reads, have been "remade to sound like they belong in Nintendo 64 games."

The album was mostly made with sounds from Super Mario 64, as well as bits from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Banjo-Kazooie. The tracks are presented in chronological order from throughout Aphex Twin's career, starting with the chill platformer vibes of Selected Ambient Works and closing with Syro's "Aisatsana."

The album mostly favours the mellow side of Aphex Twin's output, including the hypnotic meditations of "Rhubarb" and "Lichen" (a.k.a. "#3" and "#20," respectively, from Selected Ambient Works Volume II). That being said, the rhythms get pretty freaky on "4" from 1996's Richard D. James Album, and there are some wonky keyboard sounds on the iconic "Windowlicker."

Hear it all below.

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