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What is your reaction to that? 

I would be pretty pissed but someone will love it maybe... But why you want to sound exactly like them? 

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depends who said it

at the risk of sounding elitist... if it was someone on here i'd be pretty stoked, but for some reason i think i'd be annoyed if it was from someone with surface level knowledge of ae/afx. i'd be like "yeah? the fuck do you know?"

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everyone hears shit differently. perception being what it is. 

i don't think anyone really sounds like autechre especially the last 10 years or so.. but really forever.. i mean.. you know when it's autechre. 

reading a grischa lichtenberger interview a couple years ago he was asked about autechre and comparisons etc and his reply was somehting like "you can't make weird music w/o someone comparing it to autechre" or something like that.. but he mentioned how he's mostly focused on sampling and sample processing/mangling and they're mostly about synthesis. 

regardless i don't think i've ever thought "grischa sounds like autechre"  - i think we're all well passed that discussion aren't we? anyone who's been listening for a while knows ae created a new genre like every 3 years or something and "autechre music" is the genre and it's a genre of 1.

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15 hours ago, ignatius said:

eading a grischa lichtenberger interview a couple years ago he was asked about autechre and comparisons etc and his reply was somehting like "you can't make weird music w/o someone comparing it to autechre" or something like that.. but he mentioned how he's mostly focused on sampling and sample processing/mangling and they're mostly about synthesis. 

regardless i don't think i've ever thought "grischa sounds like autechre"  - i think we're all well passed that discussion aren't we? anyone who's been listening for a while knows ae created a new genre like every 3 years or something and "autechre music" is the genre and it's a genre of 1.

Same goes for afx, he's made everything from ibiza dance pop to sandpaper noise gigs so it's hard to evade all association on a real fan forum. Maybe the idea is that only someone who didn't really listen to anything deeper down the iceberg would say that, so it became uncool. My only real problem is people who think there's four genres, synthwave, edm, afx and ae and if you do any non-dancey wanky stuff you're in the latter camps. So any comment really says more about them than you. 

"Sounds like" and "sounds exactly like" are a lot different, you could say sex pistols sound like the beatles, there's drums, guitar and some brits singing badly into a mic. I wouldn't pay too much attention.

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I'd be like "I don't know those bands. Not really into mega obscure techhouse and all that jazz."

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Without getting too wanky about it I think normally it's a comparison of 'palette' rather than having decent/interesting rhythms or melodies. 

Detuned synths with 808/606 samples recorded to lo-fi tape etc etc "Sounds like early AFX mate."

A lot of the AFX 'copies' can't develop a track beyond it's initial idea. 

A lot of the Autechre 'copies' think that making an irregular rhythm makes it good. 

 

At the end of the day, most of the "Sounds like X" comments are just people trying to be nice about something they like. 

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17 hours ago, ignatius said:

reading a grischa lichtenberger interview a couple years ago he was asked about autechre and comparisons etc and his reply was somehting like "you can't make weird music w/o someone comparing it to autechre" or something like that.. but he mentioned how he's mostly focused on sampling and sample processing/mangling and they're mostly about synthesis. 

Interesting, always thought Autechre were equally big on fucking up samples? I think the comparison thing is if you make good 'weird' music that has a tone, sound quality, personality and keeps your interest (whether rhythmic, timbral or melodic) then you're bound to be compared to Autechre. 

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They're probably right.

You can react:

1- by being insulted

2- by being flattered

3- by being indifferent

4- try to make more original stuff

Let's just say that happened to me a lot because of my love of braindance lol. If you make braindance/idm you have to deal with it its just gonna happen.

If you want it to stop, you have to force yourself to make original and totally new sounding stuff.

Which is NOT easy AT ALL and is the reason why there is a lot of more or less derivative stuff (am 100% guilty of this)

I have nothing against things that don't reinvent the wheel but if people say it sounds like AFX/AE you got to be honest with yourself and realize it probably does.  There is nothing inherently wrong about that but original stuff will always have the upper hand.

These days i take it as a challenge to go from there and try to find new ideas from whatever i learned in the genre.

But yeah true originality and true artistic vision is not easy and is basically the artistic Graal. Some find it very quickly, some find it later at year 5-10-15 of practice, some never do.

 

 

 

 

 

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Actually I've had also the reverse happen to me. I sent a link to an Autechre track to them and they responded by saying that it sounds like my music. Damn Sean and Rob ripping off my style!

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I don't mind the AFX/Autechre comparisons, because I still rip off Autechre pretty regularly.

The worst one for me is when I include even the slightest hint of a slow minor chord arpeggio and people say "sounds like stranger things!!".

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8 minutes ago, modey said:

I don't mind the AFX/Autechre comparisons, because I still rip off Autechre pretty regularly.

The worst one for me is when I include even the slightest hint of a slow minor chord arpeggio and people say "sounds like stranger things!!".

when i worked at a synth shop people would come in and play that and try to patch it on a modular. i'd always walk over and point to the headphones with a smile.  after the first 10 times..  enough already. 

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3 hours ago, ignatius said:

when i worked at a synth shop people would come in and play that and try to patch it on a modular. i'd always walk over and point to the headphones with a smile.  after the first 10 times..  enough already. 

 

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I think most listeners try to fit your music in with what they've heard in the past. So, if they're familiar with Aphex Twin (an extreme rarity in my experience), and it's vaguely in that area, they'll say that. To me, it's always a compliment when someone says it makes them think of an artist I like, especially one which is more niche. I'm not consciously trying to imitate anyone, but I appreciate the comparison. Someone compared my music to Kraftwerk once, and I knew that they just had a narrow frame of reference in which Kraftwerk was the only remotely electronic, robot-like, non-pop music they'd heard. But I still took it as a compliment.

For people who don't listen to any kind of experimental or non-pop music at all, they have often compared it to:

  • Noise (if they want to be rude) (They should listen to this afterwards)
  • Video games (if they want to be nice but have a limited frame of reference)

I've compared other people's music that I liked to other artists I like. Just to clear things up, since some people apparently take offense to this, I meant it as praise.

As far as who owns a given style, it's very hard to say something like that. Aphex Twin and Autechre, in particular, have spanned so many different styles that it would be obscene to say that "other people must be copying them" if there's any similarity. Maybe there is just an overlap in taste. The academic obsession with the pedigree of a song and feeling the need to cite sources (influences) (not talking about samples) is tiresome. You can't lay claim to something so broad as the wide range of outputs that are possible from similar methods of experimentation.

On the other hand, I heard someone on SoundCloud who was doing a studied impression of BoC's entire shtick, from the music to the art (I suppose it could just be coincidence). Although, I guess that's what happens in pop music and nobody is surprised. If you wanted to give a small, musical nod to another artist, I think that could be cool, but attempted identity theft is not.

I think an artist's sound can only come from the collection of their work, not from a single track. If you have a multitude of influences and just let the music flow through you, you shouldn't have any trouble being seen in their own right. But people will still try to connect your work to what they know. I would just be happy someone listened to your music, for any reason at all. At the very worst you can adopt Tommy Wiseau's acceptance of the ironic embrace The Room was given.

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On 2/22/2022 at 8:37 PM, ignatius said:

reading a grischa lichtenberger interview a couple years ago he was asked about autechre and comparisons etc and his reply was somehting like "you can't make weird music w/o someone comparing it to autechre" or something like that.. but he mentioned how he's mostly focused on sampling and sample processing/mangling and they're mostly about synthesis.

I was thinking about this the other day when listening Grischa and I agree that vast majority of his stuff doesn't sound like Autechre but there are some tracks that come pretty close.

Like I could imagine this being an Ae track around Confield-Draft era. Maybe just the lack of reverb and the overall track structure betrays it a bit. And I think that time Autechre was also more into sampling?

 

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