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Minecraft Creator Buys Aphex Twin Test Pressing For $43k

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$67,000. Wow. That’s an impressive level of commitment but not exactly surprising considering the artist involved. There are few artists who have such a dedicated following as cult producer Aphex Twin and so there was always going to be a great deal of demand from fans when a test pressing of the super rare Caustic Window LP emerged on Discogs. However, a very evident problem soon presented itself : the $13,500 price tag.

Out of the reach of most, fans quickly turned to crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter to club together to buy the LP and distribute digital copies to backers. 

The campaign ended on Saturday, May 10th, with 4,124 backers helping raise more than seven times the original target of $9,300 (after negotiating with the seller to agree upon that price). The campaign received the full support of Aphex Twin’s imprint Rephlex and saw the test pressing ripped to digital format and distributed to buyers before the original vinyl made it’s way onto eBay; with the proceeds being divided between Aphex Twin and his label, the Kickstarter contributors themselves and a charity.

However the story doesn’t end there with the final ebay price for the super rare vinyl being a cool $46,300 dollars. The buyer? Only Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson who revealed himself to be the purchaser by tweeting “So I kinda paid a lot for a double LP from the ’90s,”  before it was confirmed by the guy behind the whole Kickstarter campaign.

Caustic Window. The album that continues to sell despite not being released…

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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