(idm) Re: Diceman?

From Christopher Miller
Sent Mon, Aug 12th 1996, 08:16


     That was me who wrote the below stuff about THE DICEMAN.  Anyway, just
recently an interviewer from the MBM list asked Jack Dangers what Greg Retch's
real name was... 

     ...you guessed it: `Colin James'.  Thhat means that THE DICEMAN is none
other than ex-MBM scratcher, DJ Greg Retch!  NOT Richard James.  Let's put this
to rest once and for all. 

     Therefore, the next FS list I see with THE DICEMAN under the `APHEX/
RePhLeX and related' section should be flamed in accordance... or something
like that.  This is as bad as mis-labeling those UNIVERSAL INDICATOR records. 

     That's it.  The End.

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On Fri, 9 Aug 1996 redacted@example.com wrote:

> It's not on Fluid's Discog because it isn't Aphex.  PERIOD.  I saved this
> email because I knew it would come up again.... 
> ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
> > Can someone tell me anything about these Diceman EP's I keep finding?
>      DICEMAN is one of the many pseudonyms used by Jolly James/Colin
> James.  He is also LMNO, EMANON, BOB AND IAN, and SOLACE.  It's pretty
> weak blip bloop repetetive housey boring stuff.  
>      As far as I know, there's only one actual release by DICEMAN (called
> "Le Noir"), and I think other tracks appear on some other split Vivatonal
> Records release.  Anyway, this project is definitely not to be confused
> with the RDJ alias (from AI.1) as quite a few people originally thought. 
>      One of the tracks on the 12" e.p., "Gris" (I think - I can't
> remember), uses the same exact spoken-word sample (all the way straight
> through) as in the MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO song, "God O.D. (part 2)" - it's
> the 'children of the beloved' one.  I have this theory that Greg Retch
> (ex-MBM) has something to do with DICEMAN.  In fact, there is a Vivatonal
> compilation that features a piece on it which was the opening noise intro
> to MBM's first tour (it's called "Admission", and it's credited to MUSICAL
>      Unless someone else has anything to add, that's all I know.  In
> addition though, here is an article out of the _New Music Express_ "Info
> Feako" section from March of 1995 (as typed up/transcribed by Maarten D. 
> Schermer <redacted@example.com>), which may shed a little bit more light on
> the subject: 
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> "Aural Exciter
>      I've seen a compilation CD called "Vivatonal" featuring tracks by The
> Diceman.  I know that this is one of the pseudonyms by Richard D. James of
> Aphex Twin fame, but I've never come across any of these titles before.
> Can you shed any light on this? (...) 
>                                      - Angus Bryant, Rugby
>      Richard James, aka Aphex Twin Polygon Window, AFX and several
> thousand other names, has only released one track as The Diceman, the
> confusingly entitled "Polygon Window" on Warp Records' 1992 "Artificial
> Intelligence" compilation (LP/CD, WARPLP/CD 6).  He was subsequently
> forced to drop this name when a previously existing Diceman took umbrage,
> and it's this Diceman who appears on the "Vivatonal" collection (Vivatonal
> CD, VTTCD 01).  The original Diceman is, to add further confusion, an
> unrelated Colin James. "Vivatonal", which feature mixes by Kris Needs, The
> Sabres Of Paradise and Spooky, is actually entirely the work of Colin
> James working under no less than five pseudonyms. (...)" 
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