One of the more interesting feats in the world of electronic music vinyl purchasing is the fact that $46,300 was paid for a double-vinyl test pressing of Aphex Twin‘s Caustic Window album. As the story goes, this project was completed and pressed in 1994, but was ultimately shelved, leaving a limited number of test presses in circulation (we’re hearing there were five, but there might have been more copies pressed). Whatever the case may be, the price climbed quickly for this one, and a Kickstarter campaign netted over $64,000 for a digital copy of the release–that’s 4,116 backers paying $16 a piece for a lossless digital version of this “holy grail,” which Rephlex never planned on releasing, and a porting of the funds raised going to a to-be-determined charity. Somewhere the decision to throw this up on eBay came up, and we’re back at square one, with a mysterious owner of the vinyl for Caustic Window…
…until now. FACT reports that it has been confirmed that Notch, the creator behind the meta-successful Minecraft computer game (which has a fan in deadmau5 and legions of followers who make their own YouTube videos set to piercing dubstep tracks), is a huge fan, and was the one who shelled out the $46,300 for this piece of true electronic music history. When you’re rolling in the dough like Notch is you can afford to do something like this:
So I kinda paid a lot for a double LP from the ’90s..
— Markus Persson (@notch) June 23, 2014
For a person like me, who is he father of a Minecraft addict, it’s ill to know that the guy who makes the game he’s ga-ga over is a bigger fan of Aphex Twin than I am. You can listen to Caustic Window down below.