Phonica Records hints at Aphex Twin and Novation collaboration
A display up in the window of London independent record store Phonica Records suggests that Aphex Twin and Novation have something going on for the 20th October.
Novation and Aphex Twin have some history. In April last year Novation released the AFX mode firmware for the Bass Station II which introduced the idea of having multiple parameters altered with every keypress. Each key essentially plays its own patch. This leaves room for all sorts of interesting and chaotic interaction that takes a humble monosynth into completely new territory.
So, with that in mind what do we think could be happening next?
Phonica Records is located in the heart of London’s Soho district a stone’s throw from Carnaby Street and Oxford Street. It sells new and used vinyl as well as merchandise and DJ equipment. It’s hosted pop-up events and artist releases in the past and that window display looks liked it was designed to be there. Novation has also hosted events in Soho before and knows how to put on a decent party.
A familiar logo has appeared alongside a mysterious circuit board in our front window today. More news to be revealed via @WeAreNovation on October 20th 👀 pic.twitter.com/06fTDkUyph
— Phonica Records (@phonicarecords) October 5, 2020
Aphex Twin and Novation
So where does that leave us? With lots of questions but also a fair bit of anticipation. The update to the Bass Station II was pretty revolutionary and Richard D. James obviously knows his stuff and brings interesting ideas to the table. Maybe they’re going to do a similar thing to the Peak or Summit. Let’s hope it’s not just a sample pack. We shall see.
You can see at the bottom center of the image it says “Novation AFX STATION”, and some interface elements mirror the BS2. Special edition with upgrades?