Earlier this month a green blimp toting the Aphex Twin logo floated around London making headlines. The internet erupted with article after article hoping and praying for a new Aphex Twin album.
Earlier today the Aphex Twin twitter handle tweeted this “http://syro2eznzea2xbpi.onion”. If you try and plug this into your browser nothing will happen. But if you are in the habit of lurking the darker corners of the internet anonymously, you would know that this is a Tor browser web address. Tor is an underground internet browser that lets you connect and search completely anonymously the more nefarious parts of the intertubes.
I have a friend who has Tor *cough* and when I, I mean my friend, plugged it into the browser it brought me to a webpage that presented what looked like just garbled command prompts with a floating Aphex Twin logo on the right. If you look closely you can tell that the words on the page are actually a track list made to resemble computer command lines. If you continue to scroll down to the end of the page you get the image that is hosted above.
Being a child of the internet I can’t get over how absolutely awesome this marketing campaign is. I feel as if I am tracking the movements of some underground resistance rather than writing about another album release. Needless to say my colleagues and I are very excited about the up and coming release. Given what they have done so far who knows how they will distribute the album, I personally am hoping for an army of robotic cats that I can USB into, but thats me.