Upon its' release, Selected Ambient Works 85—92 received widespread acclaim, and has been considered a landmark in the fields of electronicaambient technoand intelligent dance music. Init was named the greatest album of the s by Fact. According to James, he began experimenting with musical instruments, such as his family's piano, at an early age. He subsequently created music using a ZX Spectrum and a sampler,  and also began reassembling and modifying his own synthesizers.
As a teenager James gained a cult following being a disc jockey at the Shire Horse Inn in St Iveswith Tom Middleton at the Bowgie Inn in Crantock and along the beaches around Cornwall, learning new musical techniques. About his studies, he said "music and electronics went hand in hand". InJames and Grant Wilson-Claridge founded Rephlex Records to promote "innovation in the dynamics of acid — a much-loved and misunderstood genre of house music forgotten by some and indeed new to others, Delphium - Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 in Britain".
Although he moved to London to take an electronics course at Kingston Polytechniche admitted to David Toop that his electronics studies Delphium - Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 being evacuated as he pursued a career in the techno genre.
Selected Ambient Works was reputedly recorded between and beginning when James was fourteen  using homemade equipment constructed from standard synthesisers,  as well as drum machines. AllMusic noted that the album draws from the club rhythms of techno and acid house, but adds melodic elements "of great subtlety, beauty, and atmospheric texture.
The album's sleeve also maked the debut of the now iconic Aphex Twin symbol. It was designed by Paul Nicholson who at the time was sharing a flat with James on Southgate Roadand had acted as a dancer at several of James's live gigs. Nicholson stated that the duo's intention for the logo was to Palace Of Eternal Spring - Yeskim - A Voyage To.
China "amorphic and soft form with no sharp lines" . Selected Ambient Works has been critically acclaimed. Pecoraro of Pitchfork noted "the Bidding For A Rope - The Boy Tate - If This Is An Answer basslines, the constantly mutating drum patterns, the synth tones which moved with all the grace and fluidity of a professional dancer," describing the album as "among the most interesting music ever created with a keyboard and a computer" despite its "primitive origins".
Widely regarded by critics as one of the pioneering works in early IDM and modern electronic music, retrospective reviews mention its influence on electronic artists.
AllMusic called it "a masterpiece Delphium - Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ambient technothe genre's second work of brilliance after the Orb 's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld ". Credits adapted from Selected Ambient Works 85—92 liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aphex Twin. Ambient techno    IDM  electronica  ambient . Album version, as it appeared on Selected Ambient Works 85— Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 25 May Retrieved 1 March Retrieved 19 July Slant Magazine.
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