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


(Made in The Designers Republic™)
(Disc 1)

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

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.
(Disc 2)

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.
(Disc 3)

Milk DX
Inhake 2
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.
(Disc 4)

Left Blank

Tracks 1 – 5 originally released as Cichlisuite (p)1997 Warp Records Limited.
Tracks 6 – 12 originally released on EP7 (p)1999 Warp Records Limited.
(Disc 5)

Zeiss Contarex
Netlon Sentinel
19 Headaches
Gantz Graf

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.


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...


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

track at 18:00 is pretty sick

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

two weeks pass...

more ore

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

one year passes...

The elseq "buy" link on goes to the autechre shop

koogs, Sunday, 27 May 2018 13:20 (one month ago) Permalink

says a person who has clearly never experienced the buzzkill of running to "shimripl air"

feeling this

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 27 May 2018 13:55 (one month ago) Permalink

quaristice is super weird isn't it. i like it but it has a lot of outliers for them i think.

'acid mwan idle' is also pretty different for them in a similar way maybe. i don't know wtf is going on with it but i've kind of connected with it.

you bet, nancy (map), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:43 (one month ago) Permalink

yeh, acid mwan idle is really distinct from anything else they've done - love it though

i have a hunch violvoic is based on IO from quaristice although i haven't bothered to find the parts that make me think that. anyone noticed any other bits that suggest the NTS tracks could be descendants (or at least relatives) of tracks from other releases?

cheeseburger, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 07:39 (one month ago) Permalink

- "all end" ... the bulk (the surface, at least) of it, is from the outro to "bladelores" (Exai)
- “violvoic” is obviously using a “voice” from Confield’s uviol when you listen to it
- "clustro casual" from nts 3 sounds a lot like "teartear"
- "four of seven" sounds lifted straight out of the Amber era too
- noticed the pads from "Altibzz" creeping in at the end of "debris_funk"

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 08:27 (one month ago) Permalink

autechre will eat itself

koogs, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:01 (one month ago) Permalink

also as noted upthread north spiral is straight outta the 2014/15 live sets.

lana del boy (ledge), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:36 (one month ago) Permalink

tbf this is like taking a shot at Bach for using the same 'cello sounds in ALL of the 'cello concertos

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 12:53 (one month ago) Permalink

yea Ae recycling stuff is pretty exciting, tbh

frogbs, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 13:22 (one month ago) Permalink

carefree counter dronal sounds a looooot like some early parts of pendulu hv moda and maybe another track in the elseq set I'm forgetting.

Definitely seems like they're recycling instruments or "parts" to generate new tracks. While I do like this, I hope they change their palette up a bit for their next release. It's been fairly consistent and refined since Exai. One of my favorite things about their post Confield explorations in organized chaos and musical entropy has been the consistent changeup in sounds between albums.

octobeard, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 16:47 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i don't see it as necessarily good or bad, just an interesting observation. it makes sense that they'd build on max patches over time (rather than constantly creating new ones from scratch) and I think the recent releases are snapshots of these patches at that point in time

cheeseburger, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:50 (one month ago) Permalink

resident advisor just did an autechre piece (jo3 muggs) and i couldn't get more than two paragraphs into it, really cringey, like most of ra these days. made me appreciate the pitchfork nts review that much more, just for being thoughtful and coherent.

you bet, nancy (map), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:43 (one month ago) Permalink

link to article?

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:32 (one month ago) Permalink

i'd still rather listen to tri repeate, untilted, oversteps than any of their recent work..controp maybe

Slippage (Ross), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:40 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost they did a review a few weeks ago, but it wasn't by jo3 muggs:

the last jo3 muggs thing with autechre at RA was this, but it was a couple years ago:

btw i don't know who jo3 muggs is

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink

he reviews the electronic music in The Wire.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00 (one month ago) Permalink

oops i didn't look at the date on that piece, fucking facebook

you bet, nancy (map), Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00 (one month ago) Permalink

If it's still called critical beats then that column.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00 (one month ago) Permalink

look i don't mean to diss jo3 muggs i just clicked on a linky link to a year-old article and didn't likey like lol sorry

you bet, nancy (map), Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't think it's been called Critical Beats in years

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I haven't bought it for a long time.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:09 (one month ago) Permalink

i remember "Critical Beats". as a name it sounded like dj spooky was mad and wanted to hit someone with an "assemblage"

you bet, nancy (map), Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:16 (one month ago) Permalink

I actually thought the RA review of NTS Sessions was pretty good. The enthusiasm convinced me to check it out.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Haha yeah great mag, but I always hated the section titles in Wire. Especially 'Critical Beats'- isn't that track 3 off the first Chemical Brothers album? Jo3 Mu9gs is a good writer on the whole. Don't know about the RA article though

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:04 (one month ago) Permalink

S0m3 r34lly 1nt3ns3 g00gl3pr00f1ng h3r3

boxedjoy, Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Again: they haven't had those section titles in years

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:13 (one month ago) Permalink

jo3's piece on elseq seemed pretty good to me. they're hard to write about, noz nailed the current stuff in a way i've never seen before

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:21 (one month ago) Permalink

So this was pretty great - far more abstract than their previous live sets I thought.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 25 June 2018 08:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i'd have found that a tough listen i think, would have fallen on my knees in gratitude when the beat came in at 44:00. the guy recording seemed to enjoy it though, maybe the sheer weight of noise in the live setting would make a difference. 33:20 ftw either way.

lana del boy (ledge), Monday, 25 June 2018 13:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

!!! thank u Matthew <3<3<3

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Monday, 25 June 2018 20:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It was a pretty challenging listen in that context, especially since it was a festival crowd and probably only 30% of people would have been up to date on where they're at these days. But I liked the fact that they tried something more interesting than 4/4 banger approach. Much as I love it when they do that.
Same person (not me!) recorded the Melbourne show the night before, and it's obvious they have a lot of control and flexibility when they perform these days.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 25 June 2018 22:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

can't get enough of nts you guys

i want to get cancer (map), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 02:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Has anyone actually received CDs/vinyl or are they not actually available yet? Site still says "pre-order".

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 02:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I got an email a few days ago:

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Thank you for your pre-order of the Autechre - NTS Sessions. We are writing to inform you that your order is now due to dispatch from our warehouse on the week of the 30th of July. You will receive a dispatch notification when it ships.

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an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 03:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That Tasmania bootleg is worth it just for the guy recording it

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 08:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tokyo ga arimasu

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol at the bit in Tassie gig where he turns the recorder off for a few seconds after being scolded

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

saved. I love that album.

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Monday, 16 July 2018 22:09 (three days ago) Permalink

As I say in the piece, it was my entry point for them.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 16 July 2018 22:27 (three days ago) Permalink

me too. I definitely hear it as their 'purest' album. Nice words btw

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Monday, 16 July 2018 23:56 (three days ago) Permalink

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 (two days 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 (two days 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 (two days ago) Permalink

Tri repetae was my intro but LP5 sealed it for me

Ross, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 13:42 (two days 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 (two days 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 (two days 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 (two days 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:

it also clued me in to these nts dj mixes which i think passed me by at the time:

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

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