Yesterday, it was revealed that Adult Swim had scheduled a five-minute segment named after Aphex Twin’s new EP Collapse. Though the segment was slated to air later tonight, the network has since told Pitchfork that it’s been cancelled. Now, Adult Swim’s Creative Director of On-Air Jason DeMarco confirmed that the segment was pulled for safety reasons. “[The segment] didn’t pass the Harding test,” he tweeted, referring to the set of standards for photosensitive epilepsy safety that’s mandatory for television broadcasters. “We will be premiering it online.”
Collapse has been teased in the recent weeks with mysterious advertisements and Aphex Twin logos in cities throughout the world. The EP will be Richard D. James’ first release since 2016’s LP Cheetah. Last year, James shared a streaming site with rarities, unreleased tracks, and more from throughout his career. He also shared the tracks “korg funk 5” and “4xAtlantis take 1.” An Aphex Twin radio documentary recently aired on BBC Radio 4.