'Minecraft' Creator Buys Rare Aphex Twin Vinyl for $46,300

Markus "Notch" Persson picks up test-pressing of hallowed 'Caustic Window'

June 24, 2014 4:10 PM ET
Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin
Andy Willsher/Redferns/Getty Images

An extremely rare vinyl copy of Aphex Twin's lost album, Caustic Window, was just sold on eBay to Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson for $46,300, Fact Magazine reports.

See where Aphex Twin's 'The Richard D. James Album' placed on our 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time

Twenty years ago, Richard James, the musician behind Aphex Twin, planned to release Caustic Window, but abandoned the project and left test-pressings in the hands of just four people. After one copy surfaced on Discogs earlier this year, a group of fans, led by James Thomas, used Kickstarter to raise money to purchase and then release the album, striking a one-time distribution deal with James and his label, Rephlex Records.

The Kickstarter was a resounding success, with 4,124 backers raising $67,424. Copies of Caustic Window were sent out earlier this month, and one, perhaps unsurprisingly, just surfaced on YouTube. The plan was always to auction off the physical copy, and now the $46,300 Persson spent on Caustic Window will be divided and shared, with one third going to James and Rephlex as royalty, another third going to the 4,124 Kickstarter backers and the last third going to charity.

"[Persson]'s a really cool guy, and didn’t even consider the charity aspect when buying it (but was really happy to hear that half is going to charity) — he's been an Aphex fan since he was young," Thomas wrote under his username "Joyrex," on the forum, We are the Music Makers. "My daughter was blown away that the guy who made the game she endlessly plays bought a record off her dad for 46K."

As Rolling Stone learned in our recent profile on Persson, the Swedish game creator is a huge electronic music fan, throwing massive parties featuring music from EDM superstars like Avicii, Deadmau5, Skrillex and A-Trak. "It's a very stupid way to spend money," Persson admitted. "But why not? People say, 'You should invest it.' So I can get more money to put in a pile? At least if you spend it, it goes back and does something, maybe."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

More Song Stories entries »