Autechre: Classic or Dud?

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Great inventive IDM or geeky mindless crap?

I say the former, but i'm a Warp-head...

dog latin, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I got one of their CD's because they were critically acclaimed, but only listened to it once. I guess I just don't like their style.

james e l, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Bleep bloop, blip blip, bloop bloop. I borrowed an Autechre CD and I too found that the hype didn't live up to the bleeps. On the other hand, I heard Autechre being used as background music for a film at an art installation, and it seemed to work there. By itself, though? Can't see it. Maybe I'll grow into it.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Er, rather, bleeps didn't live up to the hype. Time for me to go home, I think.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

mindless crap is what my dad said after listening to a bit of LP5 but for me it's great background music and also when your fucked up...

Kevin Enas, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

well, it's not the kind of stuff one likes after one play

search: LP5

dog latin, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Actually, I really like the idea of hype not living up to bleeps.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

personally, subjectively, they were brilliant on _tri repetae_. almost a perfect piece of work, i think, with all of the more traditionalist melodic bits of their first two albums clashing with the beginnings of the DSP shitstorm that was to come on later releases. everything since has been hit and miss, with even the better releases (lp5, ep7, envane) having tracks that just sound like 'generic autechre.'

as for "inventive," well, the IDM list be damned, they pretty much defined how IDM has sounded for the past 4 years or so by dint of every semi-talented derivative jacking their style (phoenicia, entire schematics roster, everything i've heard on musik aus strom, especially the horribly derivative but not even close to the mark flagship duo funkstorung, etc, etc). their fault or their misfortune, you be the judge.

your null fame, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I quite like Autechre. Chiastic Slide and Tri Repetae are great. And the earlier more ambient stuff from Amber and Incunabula is quite nice too. I haven't been that into the shift toward more digital, more abstract, less beat oriented music in their last few releases. I like that they're evolving, I'm just not too keen on the result.

bnw, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I've always found them strangely dissapointing. I do like most of Tri Repeate, but I find Amber dull (hard for me to imagine how so many consider that classic) and the post-Tri stuff I've heard generally just slides by me. I ADMIRE what they're doing with the thick sounds on EP7 -- it sounds very complicated and new -- but it's just not enjoyable listening for me. I keep it around, though, because I figure some day it just might click. But for now I'm calling Ae a dude.

Mark, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I would say Classic based on Tri Repetae and Chiastic Slide, but I think they make more of a Search and Destroy kind of band than a Classic Or Dud. They have some fantastic material and a chunk of not so fantastic. To my mind, the problem with them is that when you first hear their sound, it blows your ass to the back wall, but a monrh later it doesn't sound nearly as good, especially after you hear all the shameless imitators mentioned above? But then, is it their fault that it's easy to do a third rate imitation of their sound? And does that irrevocably alter how we hear the songs themselves?

Dave M., Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic for the first four albums. 'Amber' is my favorite (not dull at all, it's perfect twilight music). Again a band who release too much stuff and you start to lose interest (and I won't start on all the 2nd rate copycats). But the first four are just perfect and all have a different atmosphere. Also have become victim to what someone on the Hips,head,heart-thread called the Kraftwerk-don't-have-a-soul fallacy. Autechre always struck me as one of the great soul bands, they always try to home in on a very peculiar sense of melancholy (fading of a beautiful day, the sadness of machines) or nostalgia (a lot of times the music shimmers with the feeling of being a child again). Any band that does that is Classic in my book.

Omar, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Listening to the last strains of Cichli on Chiastic Slide as the sun comes up is awesome...

dog latin, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

If you look up Autechre in the dictionary you'll find the answer

K-reg, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

always admired what autechre were doing (the sheer bloody-mindedness reminded me of the fall) but could never love it. just too dry.

but in the last 6 months i've begun to change my mind, and i'm beginning to really love some of what they do (most of LP5, a lot of Chiastic Slide, and Clichi Suite are beautiful records i think).

it seems strange that it too such a long time for me to really like them, but then i did that with piano magic, happy mondays and tom waits too, and i love 90% of all their stuff too.

got tri repetae recently, but having difficulty getting into that one so far.

saw them at Brixton Fridge the other week, and they were excellent. every track seems to start off so uninviting, but gradually becomes wonderful

so, i think i'd head towards classic really

gareth, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

nah, i don't like tri repetae too much.

dog latin, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

autecism-the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host

Kevin Enas, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Hm, then who is the host? Mr. Aphex Twin? Or just idm geeks in general?

bnw, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

that's what the dictonary said..i'd go with idm geeks

Kevin Enas, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I'd like to amend my previous comment. Based on the other comments here, I went out and picked up Tri-Repetae and I have to admit that I'm liking it quite a bit. I don't know what the other album I heard was, now. I'll probably check out the new one too. Thanks for changing my mind on this one.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Heh, you're doing lots of amending lately... excellent. :)

Josh, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Clasik They laid down their basic schematic a decade ago, which was duely appropriated by a whole generation of Electronica outfits as a viable escape route from the ambient ghettos of the early nineties. But somehow, they both manage to avoid sounding anything like their legion of imitators, and remain undeniably Autechre. Geniuses in their own petri dish - remote, but perfect

K-reg, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

So anyone heard the new one? I was going to skip on this one, but it's getting really good reviews. Is it a departure or can it be compared with an oldie? Oh and most important: does it have some humanity (I always dread a full Autechre move into pure abstraction).

Omar, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

i think the new one is the business. it is kind of a departure. its unmistakably them but less electro-ish. in a strange taxidermy way it reminds me of piano magic. very decayed sounding. busted cd type feel as well.

difficult to compare to other releases. perhaps the closest is chiastic slide (particularly hub)

i'd definitely recommend it. is rivalling Discovery for favourite album of moment.

gareth, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Someone explain the appeal please? Much as I love the Warp-label, Autechre's brand of IDM just leaves me cold. Too ornate, too wrapped up in its own 'cleverness', too much fidgeting about playing around with FX. This music has no flow. Listening to Confield gives me a headache, as has every other release of theirs I've heard. Occasionally they hit on a groove, a sound, a pattern and everything momentarily clicks, but 5 seconds later and it abruptly changes direction. Is it like Geometry, or computer programming? I'm bemused, confused, and fail to connect with this music.

Stevo, Sunday, 10 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I still haven't listened to the new album much - I haven't found myself in the right mood - but it might be fair to say the music indeed "has no flow", the way you're probably thinking. Unless this sort of willful difficulty is your thing, I think it would help to start with their earlier CDs and work your way forward. (That might make the current stuff more palatable, but then it might not for you.) Incunabula and probably Tri Repetae (and "Garbage", dammit I wish my Trie Repetae disc 2 hadn't snapped in half) have lots of songs that unfold more nicely, without so much focus on subverting rhythmic expectations (and sonic ones too).

Josh, Thursday, 14 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

i come from the opposite perspective on this one josh. i only picked yp incunabula recently and found it rather uneventful, and i find tri repetae is too harsh. chiastic slide is like tri repetae but somehow more personable. i think the ideal starting point is probably LP5. this seems very accessible (although again, on initial hearing it just gave me a headache!), it eventually seeped in and i love that album now.

the new one is simultaneously a continuity of LP5 in terms of denseness and a complete break in that there seems to be no flow or groove whatsoever. the flow may have been convoluted before, now it just sounds broken and rusted. its a wonderful record (particularly the middle section) but probably not the best place to start. LP5 i think remains their highlight.

gareth, Friday, 15 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Sean of Autechre in recent De:Bug declare: "we make the ultimate folk music". I like that idea a lot. No flow/broken sounds like another chinese puzzle, going to get it anyway. Another thing: I skipped on LP5, since i was suffering from autechritis at the time (I mean really, a record every year is too much), still worth checking out?

Omar, Friday, 15 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

yeh, lp5 is the best one!

as for autechre writing folk music, i wrote a confused piece on this, which you can find here

gareth, Friday, 15 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Dude! Confused? Not all. It's true isn't it? It such a nice framework for this sort of music.

So there you have it: we're the new folkies! :) Let's all grow beards.

Omar, Friday, 15 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

'Incunabula' is impressing me Josh, making more immediate sense than 'Confield'. 'Tri-Repetae' has moments of fractured beauty that long to be dwelt on, but frequently aren't. I find Autechre cold, abstract, and introverted, but I can't quite dismiss them. There is a dark clinical beauty that does attract. Like being drawn to an alluring, handsome stranger only to discover she/he is suffering from schizophrenia.

Stevo, Friday, 15 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

1 listen into Confield and all i can say: it's doing my head in! Very, very good. 1st track esp. is amazing (sort of gamelan-on-ice planet stuff, beautiful melody harking back to 1st album...nice, nice). Bit of a surprise because it sounds more direct in a way than mid-period Autechre. And they came up with some new cool sounds too.

Omar, Monday, 18 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Just got sent this:

Autechre - 'EPS 1991-2002' WARPCD211
5 X Deluxe CD - 47 Tracks - 5hr 39min 59sec
47 track digital bundle available now
CD shipped & released 11th April 2011

Order CD with instant WAV/MP3 download at Bleep
Download MP3/WAV at Bleep (includes videos)
Download digital at iTunes

Visit Autechre.ws

(Made in The Designers Republic™)
CAVITY JOB, BASSCADEP, ANTI EP
(Disc 1)

Cavity Job
Accelera 1 & 2
Basscadet (Bcdtmx)
Basscadet (Basscadoublemx)
Basscadet (Tazmx)
Basscadet (Basscadubmx)
Lost
Djarum
Flutter

Tracks 1 – 2 originally released as Cavity Job (p)1991 Autechre.
Tracks 3 – 6 originally released as Basscad EP (p) 1994 Warp Records Limited.
Tracks 7 – 9 originally released as Anti EP (p) 1994 Warp Records Limited.
GARBAGE, ANVIL VAPRE
(Disc 2)

Garbagemx
PIOBmx
Bronchusevenmx
VLetrmx
Second Bad Vilbel
Second Scepe
Second Scout
Second Peng

Tracks 1 – 4 originally released as Garbage (p)1995 Warp Records Limited.
Tracks 5 – 8 originally released as Anvil Vapre (p) 1995 Warp Records Limited.
PEEL SESSION, ENVANE
(Disc 3)

Milk DX
Inhake 2
Drane
Goz Quarter
Latent Quarter
Laughing Quarter
Draun Quarter

Tracks 1 – 3 originally released as Peel Session (p)1995 BBC.
Tracks 4 – 7 originally released as Envane (p)1997 Warp Records Limited.
CHICHLISUITE, EP7
(Disc 4)

Yeesland
Pencha
Characi
Krib
Tilapia
Rpeg
Ccec
Squeller
Left Blank
Outpt
Dropp
Liccflii

Tracks 1 – 5 originally released as Cichlisuite (p)1997 Warp Records Limited.
Tracks 6 – 12 originally released on EP7 (p)1999 Warp Records Limited.
EP7, PEEL SESSION 2, GANTZ GRAF
(Disc 5)

Maphive6.1
Zeiss Contarex
Netlon Sentinel
Pir
Gelk
Blifil
Gaekwad
19 Headaches
Gantz Graf
Dial.
Cap.IV

Tracks 1 – 4 originally released on EP7 (p)1999 Warp Records Limited.
Tracks 5 – 8 originally released as Peel Session 2 (p)1999 BBC.
Tracks 9 – 11 originally released as Gantz Graf (p)2002 Warp Records Limited.

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

ooh, they've split the EP7s across two discs. Bad show.

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

(closes eyes, mutters 'i do not need or want expensive box-sets, i do not need or want expensive box sets...')

ledge, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

('I have all these tracks already, i have all these tracks already')

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Seems a little odd not to include the Seefeel or Beaumont Hannant mixes of Basscadet, but maybe that can be justified. Putting "Anvil Vapre" before "Garbage" seems like flat-out bad sequencing.

with hidden noise, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

?

Tracks 1 – 4 originally released as Garbage (p)1995 Warp Records Limited.
Tracks 5 – 8 originally released as Anvil Vapre (p) 1995 Warp Records Limited.

ledge, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

ah, my mistake!

with hidden noise, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 15:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is disappointing. At least include all vinyl-only tracks, not only Cavity Job.

I don't feel this is worth the double-dip.

Sebastian (Royal Mermaid Mover), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sorry boothbrown, I already have all the original releases.

StanM, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 16:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

only own the Anti EP but not sure what I would do with this package - EP collections on several CDs just seem so impractical

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is disappointing. At least include all vinyl-only tracks, not only Cavity Job.

I don't feel this is worth the double-dip.

OTM.

Better to have the original Anti and break the seal on it to show what bollicks the Criminal Justice Thingy is.

Asparagus Peee (Leee), Friday, 18 February 2011 02:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I couldn't decide which C or D thread to pick so I made a new one

Autechre Exai

ledge, Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:00 (five years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

http://youtu.be/lC7LGzCZ-q0

classic

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 14 October 2013 17:51 (five years ago) Permalink

track at 18:00 is pretty sick

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 14 October 2013 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

that whole video is rad, oh man that brings back memories, esp. the whistles and the whole dudes-with-long-fringe-swept-back-w-headbands thing, damn haven't seen that look in a minute

the tune was space, Monday, 14 October 2013 20:11 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://ge.tt/9ZkPRWw/v/0

more ore

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:14 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Lovely piece - the Gelk description made me smile. That record CANNOT be 10 years old, it’s sparkling clean and new every time I hear it.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:55 (three months ago) Permalink

My favorite line:

"It’s at that point that the album really starts to reveal itself, and become so beautiful it’s like watching an endlessly spinning, deceptively intricate sculpture of chrome and glass twirl in the sunlight."

This album definitely took me a while to get into it. And I remember playing it a TON during the summer of '98 at the coffee shop I worked at. This also reminds me that Music Has the Right to Children will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall. Oy.

octobeard, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 07:09 (three months ago) Permalink

yea this was the album that really convinced me these dudes were brilliant after all. I've retroactively come to appreciate their earlier work (especially Chaistic and Amber) but LP5 was the first album where it really clicked. so much cool stuff on the disc but I think what really got me was the way the rhythm on "Fold4, Wrap5" radically shifts tempo in the middle of each measure, as though it trips over itself and falls down the stairs over and over again. one of the first times I've heard electronic music used to do non-human things that wasn't just playing at 250 BPM or whatever.

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 12:39 (three months ago) Permalink

Tri repetae was my intro but LP5 sealed it for me

Ross, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 13:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Had no idea this was one was so highly regarded. I love it, of course (I love every Ae release), but it's never been my favorite because I tend to think of it as Fold4, Under BOAC, Arch Carrier, and some other stuff (I have never cared for Rae).

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 13:48 (three months ago) Permalink

LP5 was my intro to autechre as well. I remember having downloaded a bunch of idm-ish stuff and listening to it while playing games on my computer. I still remember my "what is this?" reaction the first time I heard arch carrier. That track opened up a whole new world for me.

silverfish, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 14:30 (three months ago) Permalink

I sold my lp5 CD in a backlash mode at a time when i'd encountered some younger IDM nerds IRL who were annoying tits.

Also a lot of it is well soppy and I still don't much like soppy-techre ;-)

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 14:50 (three months ago) Permalink

it's definitely their 'pop' album, might even pass the old grey whistle test, acroyear2 in particular.

gelk description lol otm, always loved that melody.

i like this interview which comes from a slightly different angle from the usual gearhead pieces - i don't do enough listening in the dark:
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/autechre-something-happens-when-you-listen-to-music-in-the-dark-1.3558048

it also clued me in to these nts dj mixes which i think passed me by at the time:
https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/autechre-22nd-january-2016
https://www.nts.live/shows/solid-steel/episodes/solid-steel-radio-show-2212016-hour-1-autechre

lana del boy (ledge), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:28 (three months ago) Permalink

unperson's piece is interesting because it seems to focus on the tracks I think about the least. if I don't have time to listen to the he whole thing I tend to skip the first two cos they're a bit bonkers and frenetic and go straight for Rae which is one of their prettiest songs. interesting that they included Melve which, well it's very short and low-concept and not much like the rest of their stuff. I'd like to know more about how that track came about

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 22:55 (three months ago) Permalink

kickin' off the morning with the Quadrange EP and so far that's been an excellent decision

frogbs, Friday, 20 July 2018 13:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Just got an email that the NTS Sessions physical boxes are being delayed an additional two weeks. Grrr...

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:37 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTg2ruTYvQo

j., Saturday, 21 July 2018 22:20 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

My copy of the NTS 8CD box is on the way...

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 13 August 2018 17:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I've lost count of the amount of times with Autechre that I've heard a new piece of music of theirs (to me) that initially sounds confusing and inscrutable, only for something to click and suddenly it makes perfect sense. It's like it initially keeps the listener at arms length before saying "right, I'm going to let you in now" and what once was flat and inscrutable suddenly becomes like being in the middle of some 3D aural landscape.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 13 August 2018 17:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Their songs are the aural equivalent of a stereogram

octobeard, Monday, 13 August 2018 19:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Didn't know I'd be getting hit with local duties and tax on top of the shipping cost. That was a fun surprise.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Their songs are the aural equivalent of a stereogram

― octobeard, Monday, August 13, 2018 8:22 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This really needs to go in that hall of fame thread

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Okay so I've been listening to NTS a bit more and I've come to the conclusion that:

- It's cool to have an almost endless stream of new Autechre
- I get jam-band Autechre as a concept - it totally makes sense
- But also it's a bit of a slog innit? I mean, I don't wanna sound like a lightweight but some of these tracks go on for so long without really developing a whole lot. I do miss when it felt a little more composed, a little less like I'm listening to a generative algorithm, and they'd fit an idea or five into 5-6 minutes

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 17 August 2018 15:51 (two months ago) Permalink

This food is so great! If only the portions weren't so generous!

I jest, sort of. I would suggest going back to the 2015 live sessions for more varied and idea-heavy stuff, albeit with a similar sonic palette.

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 17 August 2018 16:07 (two months ago) Permalink

thesis: I get jam-band Autechre as a concept - it totally makes sense
antithesis: some of these tracks go on for so long without really developing a whole lot
synthesis: ??

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 17 August 2018 16:08 (two months ago) Permalink

IF Ae = JamBand AND NTS_Sessions(AvgSongLength) / NTS_Sessions(TrackDevelopment) < DesiredRatio THEN LikesJamBands = 0

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Friday, 17 August 2018 16:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Spurious logic. Never trust a computer.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Friday, 17 August 2018 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Wow. Sounds like someone hasn't accepted that they need to adapt to the music and not the other way around. Some of us have made SACRIFICES

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 17 August 2018 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I think that = needs to be a ==

Also, he hasn't closed the block

koogs, Friday, 17 August 2018 20:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Autechre made the front page of Reddit yesterday. Amusing seeing a number of people unfamiliar with them all of the sudden check out their tunes and report back:
https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/97hmfs/til_in_1994_in_an_attempt_to_ban_raves_the_uk/

octobeard, Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:21 (two months ago) Permalink

ultimately my appreciation of this doesn't really outweigh my emotional enjoyment and I'm kind of down about it cos I want to love it, instead I just think it's good that it exists

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:00 (two months ago) Permalink

(a metaphor for a lot of things in my life rn when I come to think about it)

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I would never berate someone for not loving or appreciating this music.

You do get some odd objections, though. Not what Dog Latin said above - I read a post on prog forum where someone was complaining about the lack of space and depth (all surface, two dimensional,) lack of longer sounds (all short "samples",) and lack of development over releases.

Which is kind of baffling but perhaps is to do with way it can demand a different mode of listening to a lot of other pop music.

One thing it does have in common with complicated prog is the way it can be more enjoyable as as your brain learns the tracks. With prog it's the compositional twists and turns, with Autechre it's things like textural details and odd spatial relationships.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Saturday, 18 August 2018 13:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Box set came in today! It's ... huge. Pretty cool triangle pattern on the spines to help make it easy to keep them in order.

octobeard, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Ha! I had a note in the post today that DHL couldn't deliver a package as I wasn't home. Couldn't for the life of me think of what it was until you mentioned this right now! Ordered it ages ago, it feels. Picking it up tomorrow, stoked.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:07 (two months ago) Permalink

I got mine yesterday.

In today’s mail: the 8CD Autechre box I ordered on April 9. My favorite aspect of the design is the black lines on the spine of the individual sleeves, each one a little longer than its predecessor. pic.twitter.com/EanXZ85jyU

— burning ambulance (listen to the podcast!) (@burn_amb) August 20, 2018

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh that's beautiful.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:17 (two months ago) Permalink

The black mark next to the 1 on those photos, does that have a purpose?

koogs, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink

part of original cover art. iirc is a placed differently on each of the 4 volumes.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 22:00 (two months ago) Permalink

it matches the left-hand edge of the lower right-hand figure.

home, home and deranged (ledge), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 07:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Does it though? It's a bit lower than the top of the one and you'd think a simple 5x5 character set would be more regular. Also, why?

koogs, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:41 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.reddit.com/r/autechre/comments/8bt5v5/something_i_noticed_on_the_nts_artwork/

This agrees with ledge. Still looks like a mistake to me though.

koogs, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Edge of the *right* hand figure (i.e. the 4). It’s not a 5x5 pixel grid either, the zeroes have diagonal slashes on the four session covers.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:56 (two months ago) Permalink

(remember these are the guys who made the Exai sleeve look like binary or a QR code - before Sean admitted they just scribbled e, x, a, i in rough pixel grids and messed it up a bit)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 09:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd say the black line is just a graphic reference to the other parts of the design and makes the outer edge look more balanced / identifiable.

(my contribution to the inevitable poll)

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:54 (two months ago) Permalink

On the Reddit image they do line up...

koogs, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:57 (two months ago) Permalink

They don't show the box front though, do they? (As well as being digital images from months ago.)

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:21 (two months ago) Permalink

ok this is funny

If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:07 (two months ago) Permalink

what that has to do with Autechre……….who knows!!!!

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Cohen is now Autechre's roadie, go figure

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:23 (two months ago) Permalink

for a second i thought trump was weighing in on the "which is the best NTS session" controversy which is sweeping the nation, and reddit

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:43 (two months ago) Permalink

By the way if anyone thinks the discussion earlier was trivial and anal I'd remind you that Black Lines Matter.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:57 (two months ago) Permalink

irl lol

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 16:27 (two months ago) Permalink

so all of nts is now on spotify (in the order 2, 3, 4, 1) but still only elseq 1.

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 24 August 2018 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, sweet

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 24 August 2018 19:15 (two months ago) Permalink


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