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  1. My two cents on the music theory debate: personally I think the relationship between music and music theory is analogous to the relationship between the physical world and the academic discipline of physics. Of course the physical world came first, and the job of physical theories is to describe the world as it exists, not prescribe how the world should be. But theories of physics enables us to build things in the physical world that we wouldn't have thought to build without those theories. In the same way, music exists prior to music theory and the role of music theory is descriptive, but knowing music theory is nevertheless useful for musicians because it gives them ideas they might otherwise not have come up with.
  2. The segue from Pule to Nuane is one of the best in their whole discography IMO, would be a shame to break that up.
  3. Not sure they belong in a thread about movies that won't break your brain.
  4. Another fan of generative techniques here, the track in my sig was all randomly generated.
  5. Have you tried playing one of them backwards?
  6. Jeez, now I feel a bit guilty for arguing about whether Autechre secretly write all their music in FLStudio as well.
  7. Great track. Personally I imagine I'd prefer it without the singing, the rest of it has its own identity but the vocal has strong Burial vibes. But then I don't much care for Burial so that's probably affecting my perception.
  8. This has a really nice chilled vibe to it. I find some of the percussion a bit confusing - the clicking noise that sounds a bit like vinyl static works well during the quiet passage that starts at the halfway point, but during the parts where the kick is present it seems to clash a bit with the other drum sounds and ends up sounding like clipping artifacts or something, if that makes sense?
  9. OK, I've reuploaded it with more bass. Hopefully an improvement.
  10. Interesting, thanks. I won't have access to my monitors this week but when I get a chance I'll see if I can figure out what's up with that and reupload if I can fix it. I didn't sum the low frequencies to mono like people often recommend - do you think that might help?
  11. The start of the track reminds me a bit of early Infected Mushroom, I like it. The high-pitched lead that starts at 1:25 could do with more timbral variation IMO, especially in the sections with no kick where it's carrying the track. Also I find the lead that starts at 2:23 a bit shrill. The bass with the huge filter sweeps that starts at 1:25 and again at 1:54 is my favourite part, I think it should be more prominent.
  12. Thanks for the feedback! I'm surprised to hear about the bass, I was worried that the track was too bassy if anything. Most of the bassline is concentrated in the low harmonics though so maybe it doesn't come through on headphones? I did try boosting the upper harmonics a bit when I was mixing but didn't like the result, should probably have tried harder. I did make the image, yes. Was done with Python. Listening to the video you posted now, it's cool.
  13. That would be a novel development in and of itself, I suppose.
  14. Finally got round to listening to SIGN. Not a big fan of the Vangelis-esque sound design that's on a lot of it but there are some really beautiful moments. Be interesting to see how my perception changes over time, as it inevitably will.
  15. This is the first track I've completed since rewriting my music software in Clojure. Let me know what you think:
  16. But you haven't given any reason to believe that it isn't true. Again: Autechre programming their own tools in Max isn't some outrageous thing that requires suspension of disbelief. So why should anyone take your word over theirs?
  17. Yeah, you got me here. IDK. I rather think their production does not differ and did never differ too much from all other electronic musicians. The rest is just marketing for kids. But now we're adult. Sandpaper and tanks, anyone? This is a truly bizarre opinion. Rob and Sean have always come across as sincere and down-to-earth and yet you're accusing them of spending the last decade maintaining a lie - based on what? Even if they could have made all of their recent output with a regular DAW (debatable), why the hell wouldn't they program their own stuff in Max? Writing music software isn't that hard - I've done it, and I'm an amateur hobbyist with a day job - and it's obviously something that appeals to the sort of people who make nerdy electronic music. Who do you think uses tools like Max or develops new synths/effects anyway, if not people like Autechre?
  18. Thanks for bumping this, I'd never heard this remix before but it's good.
  19. Personally I find it one of the best tracks on the album.
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