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I really like the subtle piano in Cfern. It seems like in the beginning they took a normal piano sound but elongated the attack to make it sound like a pad.

 

I also love the crispness of the marimba sound and organ sound. Something about using such "cheesy" instruments in this context makes it sound so much more threatening...

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Guest Rook

I like that gurgly bubly vomit sound that starts to come in about halfway through cfern and then comes in every few seconds or so. Adds to the drunken stupor feel of the song. That plus how everything is detuned.

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Ok, here is the deal people. This thread is about confield discuss everything from generative techniques and what the hell that means to what you think about the tracks, and why it is or is not the greatest album evar.

 

Though Confield was my favorite album on my first listen, I can wholly understand how it isn't for most people or how it takes many listens. Here is why. Confield doesn't appeal to readily accessible human emotions. I mean lets take LP5 for example. Songs like Rae and Corc are just flat out beautiful, those songs wear their hearts on their sleeve and can easily be recognized as saddening beauty. Or Under Boac and Acroyear play to our sense of fast adventure. Arch Carrier is straight up gangsta.

 

Confield on the other hand isn't beautiful the way you find your cut little depressed indie crush to be, or how you find the Italian super model to be beautiful. Confield asks you to find beauty in pain and abstraction. Each song on confield is so visual that you could write a thousand page book on each.

 

Vi Scose Poise is separatation. You aren't sure where you are. Just that it is raining. Metallic atmosphere surrounds you. You relax.

 

Cfern is the drunken knowledge of torture by mother nature. You suddenly realize why you are hear. When the bass comes in the tension starts. It is maddeningly slow and incremental. As if army ant pinchers are slowly slicing you while drops of water slowly land on your forehead. Yet the pounding and resistive bass lets tells us that your will is unwavering. Your eyes squinting, your face scowling, nothing can stop you.

 

Unfortunately, as we all know, nothing defeats mother nature. Pen Expers comes in and demolishes you. A seemingly never ending treatment of your body as only the hands of the abstraction of torture could do. But there is one thing that mother nature did not count on, for she cannot. Human will. Through your gray-black clouds of tears you begin to smile regardless of the pain. You see yellow and white light. Something not of this world has aided you, you for several minutes you experience enlightenment. You do not care about the physical world. The physical world is not real, it is not everlasting. You cry in pleasure as you have never experienced beauty before.

 

But wait, though the physical world is not everlasting, you are still alive in it, mother nature has not relented. You are released from enlightenment, each man must suffer the pain coming to him. You are again thrown into darkness. Pounded, for an agonizingly long minute.

 

Then the real sickness starts.

 

 

With Sim Gishel, mother nature smiles her most evil smile and begins. She inserts creatures in your ears, not meant to cause direct pain but instead ever so slight pressure, slowly increasing. All the while the natural weapon of claustrophobia works against you. The black-red-dark gray closes in on you. Your sternum is periodically pressed inward. Your lungs grasp for breath.

 

Than it is over. At this point you are tired, the fifteen seconds of dead time nearly allows you to lose yourself and go under. You feel sudden relief. But mother nature is not always merciful.

 

The loud, repetitive bass of Parhelic Triangle appears from nothingness. This sort of pain is not physical. Instead purely psychological. You begin to see fear as you have never seen it before. Suddenly fear is no longer an emotion, it is a tangible entity. Your eyes roll back in their sockets, your brain expands, white hot beads of torturous sweat emit from every pour of your sickening body. But something keeps you from giving in. What could it be? It is the realization. You realize that fear is just an emotion. Your reason seems thousands of miles away, but you notice it none the less. Mother nature sees the momentary strength of your resolve. THis angers her greatly. She fights you with Bine.

 

Bine is the irrational anger of mother nature. She lost the control and logic she had with her previous assaults. Significant, because Bine can be fought. Bine can be resisted. Bine can be understood, since irrationality is a human trait. Bine ends.

 

Eidetic Casein is the realization and actualization of assault. For the first time you physically see your opponent. Mother nature fights with perversion. She takes childish things and uses them in only a way that the most disgusting of men could. Eidetic Casein is mother natures rapists, pedophiles, murderers, psychotic, perverted. Waves of vomit like yellow and green lines caress your body. You are disgusted. This disgust wakes you up in a way that you were not before.

 

God takes pity on you.

 

You are thrown again into abstraction. Uviol is floating in eternity. Dark purple and black clouds protect you. The torture that once was is not apparent. You know it is there, but it is not. Where are you? God is showing you unsettling beauty. He knows that you must inevitably return for a final battle, but rewards your resolve as he has rewarded none others. The impending end creeps in through the abstraction. You walk on ambiguity, but are suddenly thrown back by unknown force. You walk again anyway. You are throw back again by unknown force. White noise looks like black noise, and sees you. The end has come.

 

Lentic Catachresis is the monster that confield is. It grows and grows. You stand unwaveringly. You are not afraid. As it erratically rises, you stare at it, it stares at you. For a long while. The battle begins. It is obvious that you will lose. You fight anyway. The monster strikes you down, you don't get up. The monster keeps striking you anyway. It has no notion of honor. It strikes you faster, faster, faster.

 

You are dead.

 

 

 

 

I love Saturdays.

 

Great review Rook! Cfern is a particular fave for me on this album, I love the dark, depressing feel of it, but it's not depressing at all. I just love how downbeat it is in a comfortable, warm way and the way the piano meanders through the track and the dark, gurgly sounds. Uviol's a good track, sends me to sleep. Very peaceful. Love how Lentic Catachresis sounds so metallic with some BoC style melody in the background. Excellent album.

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"Parhelic Triangle" is a cover of "Sixtyten" by Boards of Canada, imo.

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I would give anything to listen to Autechre especially Confield again for the first time.

 

 

 

And no Parhelic Triangle is not a cover of sixtyten.

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And no Parhelic Triangle is not a cover of sixtyten.

I was kidding. They sound really similar, that's all.

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Guest Kenneth172

I think it's about time Rook reviewed another Autechre album for us on another thread. (hint hint - well you can't get any subtler than that!)

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yea, sometime soon I will write a Chiatic Slide review and add my already finished Nuane review at the end.

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does anybody feel pen expers as an edited-to-fuck rae (first half)?

funny that both are album's third with almost the same length. probably its just dream

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I'd say the next best album to review in this fashion should be Draft 7.30 or Quaristice....but I think its a bit early for Q.

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Way too early for quaristice. Either Draft or Chiastic Slide. I think I already did a little for Nuane and Surripere somewhere in here.

 

 

lol yea nuane is a page back

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all im gonna say is yum

 

 

 

 

this album is creeping up to the top (for me)

 

i get the strangest feeling when i listen to draft, i can hear how fantastic it is and how it should be 'the' album for me out of autechres catalogue, but i still don't quite get it. its really annoying.

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Draft is my favourite of the Draft, Confield and Untilted period, all tracks on Draft seem to be a bit more melodic and make more sense to me. But I haven't listened much to Confield yet I'll admit, I like Pen Expers though.

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listened to this last night. Noticed something different about Parhelic Triangle.

 

 

Man I have terrible Insomnia.

 

 

What's interesting about insomnia though is, all music sounds a lot faster than it usually does.

 

 

 

 

I wouldn't consider Untilted part of the Confield era. I think it's kind of by itself.

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Can't people just listen to the music and decide whether or not they like it for themselves without another person telling them (in extremely worrying detail) why its soooo great? Why do people need to put their obsession for an album into words? Words which don't really make any fucking sense or relate to the music, words which are just their to show everyone how clever the writer is, words which are so deep and heartfelt they would make even the most hardened emo cringe with embarressment.

 

Pass the sick bucket :sick:

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Can't people just listen to the music and decide whether or not they like it for themselves without another person telling them (in extremely worrying detail) why its soooo great? Why do people need to put their obsession for an album into words? Words which don't really make any fucking sense or relate to the music, words which are just their to show everyone how clever the writer is, words which are so deep and heartfelt they would make even the most hardened emo cringe with embarressment.

 

Pass the sick bucket :sick:

 

Of course they can. Still it's great to hear other people's views and opinions though. I listened to Confield yesterday again after reading Rook's great review. I loved it, Pen Expers was better than ever. This entire nature thing is not something I had really imagined before. It was definitely a different experience.

Words might not relate to the music but they DO make fucking sense. One thing I love about music, and perhaps art in general, is that it can take you further than just the thing you hear or see. Autechre might not have had this imagery (i'm quite sure not :P) with Confield but exactly that is the great thing. There's much more to an album than just the sound. Heck, I even loved the hype around the last Star Wars movie, before even seeing it.

 

People should form their own opinions but it's great to share them and influence one another. And in words is simply the easiest way to do that, we're on a messageboard after all.

 

Anyway, great review Rook. I think Confield is one of the best Autechre albums, Untilted being my personal favourite.

 

(first post woot)

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Can't people just listen to the music and decide whether or not they like it for themselves without another person telling them (in extremely worrying detail) why its soooo great? Why do people need to put their obsession for an album into words? Words which don't really make any fucking sense or relate to the music, words which are just their to show everyone how clever the writer is, words which are so deep and heartfelt they would make even the most hardened emo cringe with embarressment.

 

Pass the sick bucket :sick:

 

Of course they can. Still it's great to hear other people's views and opinions though. I listened to Confield yesterday again after reading Rook's great review. I loved it, Pen Expers was better than ever. This entire nature thing is not something I had really imagined before. It was definitely a different experience.

Words might not relate to the music but they DO make fucking sense. One thing I love about music, and perhaps art in general, is that it can take you further than just the thing you hear or see. Autechre might not have had this imagery (i'm quite sure not :P) with Confield but exactly that is the great thing. There's much more to an album than just the sound. Heck, I even loved the hype around the last Star Wars movie, before even seeing it.

 

People should form their own opinions but it's great to share them and influence one another. And in words is simply the easiest way to do that, we're on a messageboard after all.

 

Anyway, great review Rook. I think Confield is one of the best Autechre albums, Untilted being my personal favourite.

 

(first post woot)

You, sir, are very articulate. I agree with all of that.

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What I have always appreciated Autechre for, is that their work is so abstract and complex (at least the albums since 2002 or so) that it requires you to listen very intensely and 'look' for stuff you like, all this made me appreciate music in general even more.

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Guest Rook

Seriously though, Confield is amazing.

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Rook, who's that man in your avatar? I have never asked you...

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Archie Bunker

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Confield and Draft for me represent a transitional phase in Sean and Rob's lives when they consumed copious amounts of psychedelic mushrooms while creating and mastering these tracks - yet such geniuses we have in our midsts that in doing so they created some of the greatest works of art of all time.....

 

Parhelic Triangle is my favourite - it's so deep and full of texture it reminds me of my senses being warped by acid and my mind on the verge on the precipice of pure fear and horror yet i'm still in control...i can't thin of any other music, art or piece of film to re-create such a feeling

 

Yeah...confield's great godammit

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its funny because i picture that old man as the character who is totally into all the autechre music.

 

Anyways i loved confield right from the start, at first i think i started listening to autechre out of curiosity and it was confield that sounded the most unique upon a quick bleep.com preview of the tracks.

 

Friggin amazing album, definately the most well-structured albums as a whole.

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