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  1. I might have considered the thread topic more carefully if I knew it was still going to be active 13 years later
  2. I think it's because Autechre simply doesn't qualify for the label "music" by most people's definition. I used to dismiss that as a completely ignorant mentality, but I have kind of come around on that opinion. I love Ae as much as anyone, but their work resembles music in the way that Picasso's work resembles actual people. People who are used to, and expecting to see a classic semi-realistic painting of a person is going to be totally off-put by something like The Poet. As interesting a piece as it is, it resembles a person in the faintest sense of the term. About the only thing it has in common with a more classical portrait is that it is a bunch of paint on a canvas. There are vague hints of human-like features but you need to look to even see those. Over the years I've realized that while my need for Autechre is rarely quenched by other music, my need for other music is rarely quenched by Autechre. They are separate mediums in a lot of ways. Autechre is where I go to for exploration, intrigue, novelty, and it benefits greatly from concentrated attentive listening. On the flip side, if I just want to have something on in the background, or listen to something to cheer up or relax or whatnot, I'm much more likely to toss on something more conventional.
  3. Did anyone see the speedrun of it?
  4. Am I crazy for saying this reminds me an awful lot of EP7? Bit of confield in there too. I needed this so badly
  5. I'm a little concerned that this one will end up taking the back seat in my Ae rotation, perhaps even after Oversteps which I hardly ever listen to. I can't really think of any tracks that have enough excitement for me to just pick them and put them on randomly, it's kind of a self-contained album. Even Oversteps has Ilanders, Treale, D-sho Qub As much as I appreciate their textures and sound design, I come to Ae for the intricate beats and composition, and I don't feel that in Sign much at all. Maybe my opinion will change in the future.
  6. I think under normal circumstances I might be a tad underwhelmed by this release, but the way life has been going lately, I really needed an album like this. I love the tonal space it sits in as opposed to something like Oversteps. It's got a hint of creepiness and a dash of melancholy, but it's overwhelmingly warm and optimistic. This album is like a hot bath.
  7. What's not to get about pce freeze? It's an exercise in discordant, dissonant chords
  8. The bastard actually manages to work out some pretty awesome transitions between tracks... something that I didn't think was really possible with most of Autechre's work.
  9. This I thought we were past this with the previous several AE releases just dropping out of the ether with little warning. Fingers crossed they drop the digital downloads several weeks early.
  10. I dug up the quote: from the AAA spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XAizLmKun4yF6oBVUhIrewYN-ZiY_9ORckmT-hF93Ho/edit#gid=0 So basically, they can do solo stuff but only if they do it under Warp? I guess that's what I'm understanding.
  11. If I remember correctly, Sean was upset with them for crediting him directly, as he wanted to be credited as Autechre. Don't ask me for a source for that though, it's just memory.
  12. Here's hoping they pull an Autechre on us and drop the full album downloads in a week
  13. I think it looks pretty sweet, and It's been over a decade since they had some color in their album covers
  14. Stop bumping my ancient threads, the cringe is making me sick to my stomach
  15. Most of the second half is a tad waffly for my liking, but otherwise it's a pretty solid release! Definitely beats The Digging Remedy, but falls a bit short of Reachy Prints for me (though I have an enormous hard-on for RP). Standouts for me so far: Los Maru Ops Drowned Sea!!! Dancers The Pale Moth starts really strong but kinda gets a bit faffy when the oboes come in. The beginning bit really reminds me of this track from Cultist Simulator though (very plaid-like) Meds Fade is half decent but I can't figure out what they're trying to do there. That goes triple for Recall. Interesting premise but it doesn't go anywhere. Can't figure this one out at all. The rest is fairly standard Plaid fare. All pretty good stuff but not much else to write home about...yet...
  16. It almost feels like malicious compliance at this point, after the decade or so of fans constantly asking for live sets. Like, "OH, YOU WANT SOME LIVE SETS?!?!?!?!"
  17. Since when do you have a private line to the Chre?
  18. Is all this happening in the watmm discord or something?
  19. So, evidently this is Autechre's form of a pre-release ARG?
  20. I'm super out of the loop here. They released MD/MM patches on their site, and now there's 13 hours of crazy A/V stuff floating around?
  21. I haven't had the chance to make it through the entire thing yet, but Revsic has earned about 6 or 7 rotations already. That track is top 10 devine for sure.
  22. I've gotta say, I've been really enjoying 9 chr0. I feel like there's an enormous amount of depth that I keep picking away at on each listen. The polyphony in this track is insane. In the way that some autechre tracks are like a synth duet, this track is like several people all excitedly talking over each other trying to tell the same story. It's also one of the few tracks on this record where the rhythm is slippery enough to get away from me regularly. I'd be interested in listening with a metronome to try and figure that aspect out.
  23. I'm very much enjoying NTS so far. As of now, I would say it beats out elseq for me, maybe not quite as good as Exai though. I think there's two main things I would criticise: Too many of the tracks are almost completely lacking in progression, despite almost all of them being upwards of 10 minutes. Go peruse through any tracks of theirs from the last decade and as you skip around the track it's like several completely different tracks all woven together. Used to be the case if you played me a 2-3 second snippet of an autechre track I could tell you the rough timestamp. I think I would struggle significantly with most of NTS in that way. It feels just a tad too jammy. Like they just put a 16 step pattern on loop 4-8 times, and then switch to the next 16 step pattern, etc etc. Glos Ceramic is maybe the worst offender here. It feels like the patterns in some tracks are kind of just bolted together, without particular regard to a sense of flow or transition. I don't necessarily mind jammy autechre, and certainly the track lengths are not the sole culprit here, as I would say Gonk Steady One does far more than it even needs to remain thoroughly interesting throughout. I think it's just that the tracks here are lacking a certain metamorphic quality, or perhaps to a certain extent lacking attention to detail. None of that is stopping NTS from being on constant rotation for me though.
  24. Ugh, I really don't like the idea of streaming only bs. So I need to have an app to listen to the one track I don't have in my mp3 collection? Here's hoping they release it for paid download later on their site or something, otherwise I will defo be finding a rip.
  25. 9 chrO at 2:25-3:35, 9:00-9:20 Am I crazy in thinking this track has kind of a country-rock vibe to it?
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