If you told me Richard D. James — better known as Aphex Twin — was an alien, I’d believe you. He makes beats from the inside of a bank vault, he owns a tank, and when Madonna begged him to remix a song, he said he’d only do it if she agreed to record a variety of sounds with her genitals (she did not do it). Music of late is often centered around bass drops. With Aphex Twin, the bass isn’t “dropped,” it’s swung, torn, spun, fermented, and sent into space. We will look back at his work as some of the most important music of our time. He’s often referred to as a pioneer, and I agree. But while most pioneers are followed by settlers, Aphex Twin camps alone.