I don't know anything much about music, but I feel out of electronic music past and present his works are the most dynamic and interesting. Most other stuff I kind of like but it gets old so move on to other things.
For upbeat, fun electronica try Take's Only Mountain:
For minimalistic, meticulously-composed sounds try Jan Jelinek's Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records:
For an impressionistic, watery sound try Limalo's Human Bloom:
For a dark, hazy sound try Lotide's Moonless:
For boundary-pushing weirdness try Bunbleman's Anthill (especially the track "Focus Tous" as an introduction):
For chiptune-infused beat music try Snubluck's Square Wave Phonetics:
For pure retro chiptune try cTrix's A for Amiga:
These are pretty random but all are probably different than what people normally associate with electronica. I don't like most of the popular electronica out there.
A few weeks ago, he released a song, Reggie's Song , which has been like an absolute mind virus. If I'm not playing it on my bike commute to work, I need to get it in during the day somehow. The song was mostly created on a Pocket Operator OP-1 . The whole video is super entertaining, as he annotates the creation process via textual inserts, and has arguments with an alter-ego, Octocat (the GitHub one?).
Another EP that I really enjoyed recently, though not in the same style, is OVERWERK's Canon . The same artist also created a Daft Punk anthology a few months back, which is a great way of going through the many years of Daft Punk's history, all in a single song 
: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK5cU9qWRg0 (This video covers the creation of most of the song. The whole song is available at 12m37s)
Edit: It's also through issues with playing OVERWERK's and Jeremy Blake's songs that I discovered that SoundCloud appears to have some pretty major issues with their CDN. They've never gotten back to me, but some people can't play a bunch of songs, and the Android app silently skips over them. https://twitter.com/teotwaki/status/847140656715837440
Wierd. Same thing with Microsoft Groove
Perfume Advert's +200 Gamma, dreamy with lots of atmosphere:
Frank Riggio's Psychexcess II - Futurism, intense music that reminds me of highway driving on a rainy night:
Kristen Zwicker's Hydrazine Dream, impeccable sound design:
Telephobia's You Must Feel Strange, uplifting futurebeat:
Teeb's Collections 01, a quite popular artist from LA, but awesome nonetheless:
In other words, Aphex Twin is the most "organic" electronic music out there. This acoustic drum is a great example of how far he will go to achieve that.
I'm really impressed by the detailed work described in this page!
I've got some classical mixed in, but I found that either I get bored of it or I start paying attention to it, and thus, it's purpose as background music is nullified.
When I'm in the car or at home, anywhere else other than in my office I never listen to electronic music. Heavy metal/rock for the gym, and then basically anything under the sun that I like when I'm just listening.
I like all his albums but those songs are really some of the most relaxing sounds I have heard.
Note that there's an album of classical versions of Aphex songs by Alarm Will Sound which is very good (their Avril 14th is inferior though)
Pascal Comelade (more childlike):
Harold Budd (more abstract):
Pēteris Vasks fourth string quartet, nr.5 meditation
edit: also, some of the calmer tracks by Lullatone
It's probably something I can do more cheaply with an Arduino, assuming I don't count the value of my time.
We also got a huge list of music robot projects for anybody who wants to read more about that stuff http://learning.sonicrobots.com/list-of-music-robotic-projec...
 - "15.01.2015: Aphex Twin announces a release using Robosnar as well as our HAT robot."
 - Listen to an unauthorized upload here: https://soundcloud.com/xiao-bao-ming/02-snar2
What's there is nice, but hardly any of the ideas develop beyond "hey, look what I did with these instruments". More like a demo than an EP.
I just wanted to give people a quick taste of what the thing actually sounds like.
If you go to the "Aphex Twin" artist page https://open.spotify.com/artist/6kBDZFXuLrZgHnvmPu9NsG, the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments EP isn't listed at all.
However if you search for it using the search interface you can find it.
For such an accomplished practitioner, the author made one glaring mistake:
> We will use one solenoid on each side of the snares, thus doubling the force
Clearly they have a system with one solenoid pulling from each end of the same thing. This does not increase the force at all. Pulling on a rope with one end fixed is just as good as pulling on both ends (from the rope's perspective there is no difference).
That would mean hitting in the same direction on two different spots on the diameter of the circle, effectively doubling the force...
Track 2 ('snar2') is basically a demo of the device.
Would love to see a video of Richard James sending midi data to that snare that was meant for a completely different instrument, maybe one of the melodies from Windowlicker :-P
That video is funny, perplexing and frightening all at the same time! I was a little relieved to realize the human appendages were added digitally (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_Drummer).