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Am I the only one who gets a devil may cry 1 vibe from Hub? The distorted and muffled carnival music type sounds that fade in from time to time just sound exactly like some of the sounds from dmc.

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The best thing about Chiastic Slide are the first 9 tracks.

I'll give it a shot. Personally the album means a lot to me because of its strong associations with a particularly formative period of my youth, but trying to put that aside and listen objectively I t

What I love about Chiastic is the incredibly layered sounds, the rich textures, the weird yet accesible song structures, the melodies and the crunchy beats, the perfectly fitting cover art and I could

Chiastic is amazing but I wouldn't say it's even in my top 5 ae. Everything after it is just too good

 

By music in general standards it's a 10/10 hands down

By ae standards it's a 6/10 in my book

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Cipater's gradual mutation into its second phase

 

The first time I heard Chiastic it was on a scratched-to-fuck CDR copy that a schoolmate lent me. The disc played fine mostly, but would skip to shit for about a minute in the middle of Cipater, right where the transition is. So for years the Cipater transition was a mystery to me and I desperately wanted to know how it happened. Then eventually I bought a proper copy, and it basically sounded the same as the skipping CD lawl

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Still unbeaten as my favourite autechre album - I think it not only changed how I listen to music, but also changed how i think, just a little bit.

 

Not sure my girlfriend was too impressed when i played the whole album extra-loud yesterday morning though - another ten or so playthroughs will win her round I reckon.

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hi im just here to say this is my favorite autechre album in terms of consistency, style and sound. Lots of cool sounds in here. Recury deserves to go on forever since you just know by the first 2 seconds you're in for a fuckin A+ track. I worry it might get replaced by Tri Repetae as my favorite since I need to tune up my old 3-star rating on Rateyourmusic but for now, Chiastic Slide is a pretty underrated release and I'm happy it gets some love in here.

if youre a rym user like me I made a list for users who think its the best album:

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/PrezSquid/chiastic-slide-gang-where-you-at

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Every time this thread gets bump I go back to listen to this album. But as Zeffolia says it's always been a 6/10 album for me.

I can guarantee you I'll spin it in the next few days and it will be the same 6/10, but I always wish for the Autechre Sonic Magic Eye to kick in and blow me away. 

After maybe 20 years of sporadically throwing fat squishy eyes into the witches cauldron and not rising above a 6/10 I think the Autechre Sonic Eye will not open for this.

Honestly (unlike Draft 7.something) I wish I could hear what those who love this album hear.

 

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it's all the kind of gloomy but also sombre and slightly alien 'dark' pads and melodies in the background (appropriately smothered with reverb), which create kind of an ambience/soundscape with a moody edge. is why people like it. it's like the last album they made as actual human beings with anything resembling human emotions, before they became completely assimilated and put out albums composed solely of metallic squinks and farts that were thrown into a blender. metallic squinks are still cool, and all...

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On 1/18/2020 at 9:55 AM, beer badger said:

Every time this thread gets bump I go back to listen to this album. But as Zeffolia says it's always been a 6/10 album for me.

I can guarantee you I'll spin it in the next few days and it will be the same 6/10, but I always wish for the Autechre Sonic Magic Eye to kick in and blow me away. 

After maybe 20 years of sporadically throwing fat squishy eyes into the witches cauldron and not rising above a 6/10 I think the Autechre Sonic Eye will not open for this.

Honestly (unlike Draft 7.something) I wish I could hear what those who love this album hear.

i love that chiastic is hard for me to define, as it often has something very crunchy and something lush in the same track.  where draft is hyper sonically advanced hip hop, and more granularly detailed, chiastic has more broad juxtapositions in texture.  also for me chiastic takes place inside the mind of some spaced out robots, theyre trying to imagine humanity and sometimes it's successfully rendered as melody but other times their machinery short circuits and gets stuck in loops, which gives it an almost tragic vibe

@MisterE yeah i think we're getting at that same slightly-gloomy but also trippy vibe that makes this album special

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I'd say this is their most accessible album.  Every track combines cool futuristic sound design with huge beats and memorable melodies.  It sounds more alien than anything they'd released prior, and more human than anything they released after.  Kind of the perfect midway point of the Ae evolution. I can understand why it may be of less interest to some listeners (as the tracks speak for themselves without a lot of extra delving necessary) but I can't really understand not understanding why others love it (for the same reason).  It's a crazy immersive headphones listen too... basically the musical predecessor to ASMR, but with none of the annoying qualities.

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Looking forward to playing it tomorrow. I'll try to mentally jot down why this album doesn't release the desired fire work display.

I am pretty sure there is a track lurking on the second half which is a solid gold classic, but cannot recall which one.

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Loved it. 

Rinsed it.

Didn't listen to it for years.

Didn't vibe with it last time I listened.

Will try again tomorrow too.

....Pretty sure it ain't no SAW85 tho (oh shit I'm in the wrong forum)

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What I love about Chiastic is the incredibly layered sounds, the rich textures, the weird yet accesible song structures, the melodies and the crunchy beats, the perfectly fitting cover art and I could keep going on like this for a while. This is the first Ae album that clicked with me on first listen and it's what got me into them in the first place. I'll always treasure it and it never get's boring since there are always new sounds hidden in the deep layers of the tracks that you'll have never noticed before.

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20 hours ago, thumbass said:

Nuane nuane nuane nuane nuane nuane nuane nuane nuane (also cipater rettic ac tewe cichli hub calbruc recury pule)

The first half is fucking mental, then the 2nd half always reminds me of what the trillion-years heat death of the universe into nothing but a bath of radiation would sound like.

58 minutes ago, beer badger said:

Looking forward to playing it tomorrow. I'll try to mentally jot down why this album doesn't release the desired fire work display.

I am pretty sure there is a track lurking on the second half which is a solid gold classic, but cannot recall which one.

I think you're thinking Nvane dude

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41 minutes ago, BobDobalina said:

The first half is fucking mental, then the 2nd half always reminds me of what the trillion-years heat death of the universe into nothing but a bath of radiation would sound like.

I think you're thinking Nvane dude

Am I the only one that thinks goz quarter is the highest highlight on nvane?

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32 minutes ago, thumbass said:

Am I the only one that thinks goz quarter is the highest highlight on nvane?

yes

it is good but every track on there is better than the previous so obv Draun is supreme. that’s just the way it is, sorry.

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1 hour ago, auxien said:

no

Draun is good but every track on here is better than the one after so obv Goz is supreme. that's just the way it is, sorry.

 

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17 hours ago, auxien said:

yes

it is good but every track on there is better than the previous so obv Draun is supreme. that’s just the way it is, sorry.

Respectfully dis a gree.

Laughing Quarter is top 5 all time Autechre bangers.

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Laughing is pretty great, not gonna argue against that. Draun always hits me harder tho, touches on some d e e p e m o t i o n s for me.

pagebreak edit: anyway Chiastic is really good too of course. i get a bit bored with Hub tho, and gotta be in the right mood for Recury and Nuane

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ive always seen Cichli as another version of Gescom's amazing Key Nell 4 a year prior

also even when autechre morphs into a crazier, complex sound in the next two decades I can still sense the melody and humanity in a bunch of songs after (6ie.cr, Pen Expers, a lot of LP5, portions of Untilted, Altibzz, Move of Ten, BLADELORES GOAT Ae song)

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On 1/22/2020 at 10:14 PM, auxien said:

yes

it is good but the quality of every track is a sine function of the track's order number, starts from zero on Goz, reaches maximum on Latent, becomes zero again on Laughing, and reaches minimum on Draun, so obv Latent is supreme. that’s just the way it is, sorry.

ftfy

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