Aphex Twin fans were treated to a full album's worth of unreleased music this month thanks to the results of a successful Kickstarter to recover a rare vinyl LP. But while Kickstarter backers received a digital rip of the vinyl, the record itself was later put up for auction for anyone to bid on — and it turns out, its winner is Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. "So I kinda paid a lot for a double LP from the ’90s," Notch writes on Twitter.
"So I kinda paid a lot for a double LP from the ’90s."
The auction's orchestrator later confirmed the purchase in a forum post on his website, We Are The Music Makers. "He'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," he wrote, going under the name Joyrex. "My daughter was blown away that the guy who made the game she endlessly plays bought a record off her dad for 46K."
Notch paid $46,300 for the LP — a test pressing that's believed to be one of only four in existence. As Joyrex says, a portion of the auction will go to charity, as voted on by his website's community. Current leaders include Doctors Without Borders and the World Wildlife Fund. The remaining money is supposed to be split between the artist himself and his record label.
So I kinda paid a lot for a double LP from the '90s..— Markus Persson (@notch) June 23, 2014