Aphex Twin’s free ‘sample mashing’ app feeds on your music library

Aphex Twin is finally ready to offer its mutation powered music software to the world. pitchfork Aphex Twin (aka Richard James) and engineer Dave Griffiths have released Samplebrain, a free “sample mashing” app that converts audio files from your computer into sample blocks that you can use in projects. You can recreate a sample using tracks in your music library or create a “303 riff” from unexpected sounds.

The app is available in ready-to-use versions for Mac and Windows computers. You can also create a Linux-friendly edition. As pitchfork warns you may need some technical know-how to use the app – this is not for inexperienced musicians.

Samplebrain has been a long time coming, to say the least. James said he first envisioned the app back in 2002, back then Printqs was his latest release. He revealed he hired an engineer to work on the software in 2014 (when he returned with the music Siro), but not much more said so far. Apparently there is a good reason for this. James and Griffiths realized the project “got slightly out of hand” as they kept adding more parameters, and James admitted he didn’t have much time to “explore [Samplebrain] right.” This is an attempt to finally put the tool in the hands of the creators, even if it’s a rough shape.

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