Autechre - Best NTS Session POLL

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It's time. I have no idea which one I will choose but this will be a great excuse for me to re-listen to my favorite release of the decade and decide. Let's do it.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Session 4 8
Session 3 6
Session 2 3
Session 1 2


Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 5 October 2019 23:00 (two months ago) link

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J. Sam, Saturday, 5 October 2019 23:03 (two months ago) link

3 is my favorite atm

cheese canopy (map), Saturday, 5 October 2019 23:31 (two months ago) link

i think it has the most variety and the weirder tracks like acid mwan idle and ninefly are stunning. it has the hardest track, tt1pd, and the poppiest track, glos ceramic.

cheese canopy (map), Saturday, 5 October 2019 23:35 (two months ago) link

I think 3 is the most underrated (4 is the most overrated) but I think I'm voting for 2. "violvoic," "e0," and "dummy casual pt 2" are some of my favorite things on this box, and even the relatively weaker tracks on Session 2 ("9 chrO," "xflood") are still pretty terrific.

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 6 October 2019 00:37 (two months ago) link

(iirc, #3 got the least amount of overall votes in the polls)

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 6 October 2019 00:41 (two months ago) link

3

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 October 2019 04:06 (two months ago) link

gonk

j., Sunday, 6 October 2019 06:32 (two months ago) link

gonkin' on bobo

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 October 2019 13:59 (two months ago) link

2

frame casual (dog latin), Sunday, 6 October 2019 14:47 (two months ago) link

This is tough... do I pick the one with the best songs? Or the one that is the most cohesive 2 hour listen as a whole?

octobeard, Monday, 7 October 2019 21:41 (two months ago) link

This is tough... But it's still 4 for me. Fuck calling it 'overrated'.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 7 October 2019 21:42 (two months ago) link

gonkin' on bobo

frogbs, Monday, 7 October 2019 22:15 (two months ago) link

This is tough... do I pick the one with the best songs? Or the one that is the most cohesive 2 hour listen as a whole?

― octobeard, Monday, October 7, 2019 5:41 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

This is my quandary too. A lot of my favorite jams are on #2 but #3 has the higher jam-to-filler (sorry) ratio for me, and is the one I've been going back to the most recently.

re: #4: I've gone from thinking about "all end" as, "eh, cool that they ended it that way, but I will never listen to this again" to "omg why did they blight a nearly perfect collection of music with this pretentious nonsense."

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 7 October 2019 23:56 (two months ago) link

This is my quandary too. A lot of my favorite jams are on #2 but #3 has the higher jam-to-filler (sorry) ratio for me, and is the one I've been going back to the most recently.

as above except #1/#2 instead of #2/#3

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 09:47 (two months ago) link

and the poppiest track, glos ceramic.

i know 'poppiest' is relative but hmmm

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 09:48 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Listened to all of these again since starting the poll and am now voting 3

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:55 (one month ago) link

kinda love 1, 2 and 3 evenly. Higher highs and lows on those. Favorite tracks are from these first three. But 4.... that's consistent and coherent from start to finish. Going to have to go with that as the best "album" of the bunch.

octobeard, Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:13 (one month ago) link

My first instinct is to vote 2 but I’m gonna re-listen to 3 first. That hour-long track makes voting 4 feels like virtue signaling to me.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 24 October 2019 11:27 (one month ago) link

As I said upthread I've grown to actively dislike "all end." It feels like padding. And anyway, who pulls out Ae records for hour-long drones?

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:25 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 4 November 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

I don't think all end is padding or that liking it represents virtue signaling

Dan S, Monday, 4 November 2019 00:12 (one month ago) link

The idea that voting for something on ilx could be virtue signaling.. wow

brimstead, Monday, 4 November 2019 01:51 (one month ago) link

can we just call it fronting

brimstead, Monday, 4 November 2019 01:51 (one month ago) link

it would still be lame but not as lame

brimstead, Monday, 4 November 2019 01:52 (one month ago) link

buncha virtue posers

j., Monday, 4 November 2019 01:58 (one month ago) link

all end is padding, but that doesn't make it bad or anything. it could have just as easily been 30 or 90 minutes depending on how much time they had to fill to get to 2 hours.

it's certainly the best filler track I can think of

silverfish, Monday, 4 November 2019 02:06 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

Haha, yes! Let the moaning commence :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:16 (one month ago) link

I disagree with the results, but it makes a kind of sense. 4 has "frane casual" and "mirrage," two of the most difficult-to-beat tracks in the whole box. If the rest of that volume were of that caliber, I'd have voted for it.

FWIW I rank 'em

3
2
4
1

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 02:48 (one month ago) link

4, 3, 2, 1 for me

Dan S, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 02:57 (one month ago) link

1,2,4,3. 1 has three massive bangers and the oldest of old skool four of seven, with its gorgeous coda, and perfect transitions between tracks 7, 8, and 9. Frane casual is currently nowhere near the top of my list of unfuckwithable tracks.

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 08:43 (one month ago) link

2, 3, 4, 1

my controversial autechre opinion is that the first half of 4 is better than the second half

my non-controversial autechre opinion is that all of the sessions are good

silverfish, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:49 (one month ago) link

Agree with both of those opinions. All things considered, it's my favorite new release of the past ten years.

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:31 (one month ago) link


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