Oct 12, 2008

Sundaze (50)

Hello Sundazers, as the final Rhotation unwinds some of the best parts, that had been kept, show. This Autechre special had been waiting in the wings for some time. There's 260 min for those that never got around to something they should have..listen to Autechre, choice in versions, in short no reason to forgo here. Admittedly it''s not regular Sundaze..some intense music there...


Brown and Booth formed the group in 1987 when they both lived in Rochdale. They began their career making and trading mixtapes between each other, and gradually moved on to their own compositions while collecting a handful of cheap equipment, most notably a Casio SK-1 sampler and a Roland TR-606 drum machine. Since then they have employed a wide variety of electronic instruments to create an evolving style.

Booth and Brown pronounce the name Autechre with a Rochdale accent ( "awe-teh-ker"). However, they have explained that the name can be pronounced in any way one sees fit. Booth explains: "The first two letters were intentional, because there was an 'au' sound in the track, and the rest of the letters were bashed randomly on the keyboard. We had this track title for ages, and we had written it on a cassette, with some graphics. It looked good, and we began using it as our name." They are also commonly referred to by the abbreviation "Ae".

Autechre have also recorded under various pseudonyms. One of the duo's earliest recordings was a 12" under the alias "Lego Feet", released in 1991 on Skam Records. The majority of Gescom releases, most of them on Skam, have been attributed to Booth and Brown, among other artists. Autechre helped initiate the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in 2000, and were responsible for curating the 2003 festival.

Many describe Autechre's music as cold and austere, whereas others perceive a warmth and sentimentality that touches even the most cerebral pieces. Much of Autechre's music has a strong focus on complex rhythm, driving percussion, and meticulous sequencing. Often unusual rhythmic loops repeat and change incrementally, with the music constantly in transition. Sometimes patterns are set against one another, implying several time signatures at once. .Autechre's music creates a sonic environment that massages and stimulates our cortex directly In that sense, Autechrian communication takes place on two levels: sounds collide in a non- linear and anticyclical way within the piece (the first level), always maintaining a high amount of activity. This in part is transferred simultaneously to the listeners

Reactions to their music have varied. Many of their tracks contain complex or chaotic rhythms and close harmonies which some hear as random and noisy. Fans of their recent work tend to find the value of their music to lie in its unique fusion of rhythmic and melodic elements, percussive noises being tweaked to sound like they have pitches, and clustered, often enharmonic synthesizer patches implying numerous melodic lines and chord structures simultaneously. A recurring element in Autechre's work is the use of extremely short snippets of sound to create a fragmented, grainy effect.

Earlier this year they've released their ninth album Quaristice where Sean Booth and Rob Brown have definitely managed to harness the power of the neuron.

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Autechre - Incunabula (93, 78min ^ 471mb)

Incunabula, released by Warp Records in 1993, is the debut album by the electronic music group Autechre, and the seventh album in the Artificial Intelligence series. The album's title isformed of two Latin words meaning literally "in the cradle" or "in swaddling clothes". , the plural of incunabulum, the term used for printed books published prior to 1501, or more generally for something in its infancy or early stages or development.

Although Autechre's debut release doesn't totally display the full experimentation which would dominate their future albums and singles, it is still striking nonetheless. Lumped in with the "intelligent dance music" semi-genre popular at the time, Autechre doesn't hit the same levels as Orbital or labelmate Aphex Twin, but Incunabula still stands out as being both good dancefloor material and equally pleasant listening, and not simply new-age hash with a backbeat. "Kalpol Introl" sets the overall mood for the rest of the record, with a sharp blend of minimal but effective beats and bass combined with a variety of keyboard textures and understated melodies. From there Incunabula follows the same general tone; tracks often experiment with ghostly keyboard backing and mostly clinical beats combined with odd, individual touches.

01 - Kalpol Introl (3:18)
02 - Bike (7:57)
03 - Autriche (6:56)
04 - Bronchus 2 (3:33)
05 - Basscadet (5:23)
06 - Eggshell (9:01)
07 - Doctrine (7:48)
08 - Maetl (6:32)
09 - Windwind (11:15)
10 - Lowride (7:15)
11 - 444 (8:55)

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Autechre - Amber (94, 74min ^ 395mb)

Amber is fossil tree resin, which is appreciated for its slightly orangish yellow color and beauty. In small but noticeable ways on this, their sophomore release, Autechre begin to break from the clean, if at times obvious, artistic techno from their debut record, and reach instead toward something far more distinct. Sean Booth and Rob Brown weren't quite there yet, but their self-production is even more accomplished than before, and their instincts to steer away from overly polite electronic dance music come ever more to the fore at various points throughout Amber. Things are clearly starting to gel a little more here than on previous releases; the great leap forward becomes all the more logical in retrospect.
The sleeve is designed by Sheffield based design agency The Designers Republic. The cover photograph depicts mountain formations from Cappadocia in Turkey.

01 - Foil (6:04)
02 - Montreal (7:15)
03 - Silverside (5:31)
04 - Slip (6:21)
05 - Glitch (6:15)
06 - Piezo (8:00)
07 - Nine (3:40)
08 - Further (10:07)
09 - Yulquen (6:37)
10 - Nil (7:48)
11 - Teartear (6:45)

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Autechre - Tri Repetae (95, 72 min ^ 425mb)

Starting with the snarling, slow machine-funk of "Dael," Tri Repetae fully confirms Autechre's evolution into electronic noise kings. If not as immediately experimental as the fractured work by the likes of Merzbow, Tri Repetae expertly harnesses the need for a beat to perfectly balance out the resolutely fierce, crunching samples and busy arrangements, turning from being inspired by Aphex Twin to being equally inspiring in itself. "Rotar" does a particularly fine job on this front, with high-pitched sounds against low, distorted bass blasts -- and this only forms part of the percussion arrangement. The basic combination of soft melody and harsh beats are here as well, coming fully to the fore and resulting in such fine songs as the synth-string/organ wheeze laden "Leterel" and the quirky, sweet "Gnit." Nearly every track has a particular edge or element to it, making it eminently listenable and distinct. Tri Repetae stands as a varied, accomplished album, clear evidence of Autechre's unique genius around sound.

Autechre - Tri Repetae ( ^ 424mb)

01 - Dael (6:39)
02 - Clipper (8:34)
03 - Leterel (7:08)
04 - Rotar (8:04)
05 - Stud (9:40)
06 - Eutow (4:15)
07 - C/Pach (4:39)
08 - Gnit (5:49)
09 - Overand (7:33)
10 - Rsdio (10:08)

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The Anvil Vapre EP starts out with the absolute classic song of "Second Bad Viibel." Not only did the track feature a video by Chris Cunningham but it's nearly impossible to listen to the clunking, fuzzed-out epic without images of demented robots coming to mind. The EP also contains the amazing "Second Peng," which might be one of the creepier ambient/IDM tracks you'lll ever hear.

 Autreche - Anvil Vapre (flac   215mb)

1 - Second Bad Vilbel (9:45)
2 - Second Scepe (7:44)
3 - Second Scout (7:21)
4 - Second Peng (10:53)

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StellaVista said...

Did you know that "Bad Vilbel" is the name of a small town near Frankfurt, Germany? They must have seen the sign on the Autobahn.

Rho said...

Hello Stellavista, no i didnt know, but to take it a step further..Vilbel is likely derived from the french ville belle or beautiful town , which kind goes with the bad , in english spa. So now we've got Bad Vilbel = beautiful spa town , i doubt Autechre got as far..wink.

best of luck,


Anonymous said...

Bad Vilbel is twinned with the Derbyshire town of Glossop, which lies between Sheffield and Manchester. AE would have to drive past the sign every time they made the trip from home to Warp.

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Anonymous said...

Hello Rho

Is it possible to re-up the Autechre albums?

Thank you very much