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One of my early favorites of yours is Dropp. I've always kinda seen it as that synth part, the drums, and then swirling stuff.

- The swirling stuff kinda seems triggered or generated by the drums, is that the case?

- Do you remember what synth you used for that first synth line, and how did you sequence it?

 

its a nord, sequenced in logic iirc

the swirling stuff is autechre® trade secret

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re piezo - funny i was saying similar early on in this thread. definitely a travelling past regular waypoints situation, with large scale moire patterns, then as the strings emerge 2mins in as a horizon rising up. it could work.

Yeah, that's it - kind of vast/epic but contained at the same time. Taking in stuff as it comes along rather than all at once.

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The Amber artwork/photos works truly well with the music. Have you been to Cappadocia actually ?

Seems like the promised land for Autechre's fans.

Could you named my semi audiophile 1992 Sony Playstation SPCH 1001 (main cd player) ?

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Oh I have one more track specific question. I forgot to ask about Outh9x. It's my favourite autechre track, and I could ask leading questions based on my interpretation of it as a polytonal masterpiece. But maybe I should ask about it in a more general way.

 

What was it like writing Outh9x? How did you come up with matching that bass melody with those pads? What gear is playing what part?

a lot of that is NMG2, and simmonsSDE. trying to get the tunes to peel off upwards all the time, most of it quick instinctive off the cuff reactions, but we were just quite careful not to rush it i think cos we had to get thebleakerthemorebeautiful bits to really work in the second half.

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Would u guys play in a carpark in south london? Russell Haswell did stuff there last summer, .... pls can u name a juno 6 & korg delta? thx!!

 

 

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One of my early favorites of yours is Dropp. I've always kinda seen it as that synth part, the drums, and then swirling stuff.

- The swirling stuff kinda seems triggered or generated by the drums, is that the case?

- Do you remember what synth you used for that first synth line, and how did you sequence it?

 

its a nord, sequenced in logic iirc

the swirling stuff is autechre® trade secret

 

 

Damn, are the marble and frying pan used to make Scose Poise trade secrets as well?

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Do you like the sound of a particular old computer or game console? Is so, Have a favorite?

 

i know it's boring but the fm in sega megadrive was really beautiful

esp on games like Taz

 

I like the same sound.

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Can you still hear the hf noise (a sine at maybe 18 khz) in Piezo clocking in at 00:13? For me, it got lost rather suddenly. I remember it well, but now I'm 40+ and once I got back to Amber, it was gone.

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If an L-Event were to actually occur, what would it be?

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Do you often set out with a specific brief before making music? (Such as 'make a beat which inverts the position of the up and down beat over time' or something like that)

fold4wrap5 was a bit of an exercise. these things to toy around for a time, yeah it happens. not always

 

 

I love the "EPs, 1991-2002" box, but the collector in me is a bit disappointed that the Basscad EP isn't complete (it's missing the beaumont hannant and seefeel mixes). And I'm also a bit miffed by the fact that EP7 was spread over two discs, instead of keeping it on one disc as I assume it was intended.Why were some Basscadet mixes left out? Why was EP7 split like that? Were those your decisions, or was is Warp's decision and you had no say in the matter?Also, the OCD filetagger in me is confused about the Garbage EP. Originally the tracks were named with numbers (Garbagemx36, PIOBmx19, etc...) But on the EP compilation box those numbers are left out of the tracknames. Was this a mistake, or a conscious decision?

The remixes by other ppl weren't to be inluded on this collection, and the split ep7 i think was a good way to reflect the way it was split onto two vinyl.

 

The garbage titles weren't left incomplete as such, more like they weren't relevent that way anymore in this collection.

 

Ah, something I forgot to respond to.

 

What do you mean, not relevant in that way anymore? What did the numbers refer to?

 

 

Also, did you edit your post to make that typo on purpose? ;p

 

don't make us spoil anything

 

no its spelled just fine

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What do you think of banksy?

utter shit

 

Can you elaborate? I'm curious to hear your opinion, seeing as you have had a history in graffiti.

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I'll assume by not answering, I was on to something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob & Sean,

 

I know nothing of your personal lives, but, like, you guys sitting in your respective homes, answering a bunch of questions from fanboys & girls for most of the day, the past several days.

 

Aren't your wives/girlfriends like "awwright, can you like fix the damn running toilet, get the kids to school, go pick up some milk & cream, take out the trash, for christ sake, do something besides tappity, tap, tapping on your laptops!!!"???

 

or

 

"Oh, you're on watmm dear, let me top off your tea & fluff that pillow...carry on love."?

 

Don't get me wrong, you guys are f'ing champs for doing what your doing, but aren't you like bored yet?

lol

 

"...carry on love"

 

i fluff my own pillows thnx

 

Seriously though, in deeper context, you guys have spent several days on watmm. You realise now, watmm has slowly crept into some synapses & implanted itself in you. There is no going back I fear. After this experiment is over, you'll go back to your kickass lives, but days will pass. Maybe weeks or months. But, you'll be compelled to come back, you won't know why, but you will post here again. Slowly but surely swallowed into the bowels of watmm.

 

You will post threads about goatse. You will ponder the true meanings of heat or night. Threads about RDJ's next release will consume you. You will one day be like "who the fuck really was CUP?"

 

I pray for you.

 

on a side note, when you guys blow through Detroit again, you should find a way to do a guerilla set at the old packard plant. The Autechre sounds will draw in bald white dudes, (some German, some Polish), and the scrappers already in the plant will have some working music. Would be damn mental.

 

Holla when you guys come through. Again, cheers for helping me waste my days at work in this thread.

 

 

 

 

lol

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Oh I have one more track specific question. I forgot to ask about Outh9x. It's my favourite autechre track, and I could ask leading questions based on my interpretation of it as a polytonal masterpiece. But maybe I should ask about it in a more general way.

 

What was it like writing Outh9x? How did you come up with matching that bass melody with those pads? What gear is playing what part?

a lot of that is NMG2, and simmonsSDE. trying to get the tunes to peel off upwards all the time, most of it quick instinctive off the cuff reactions, but we were just quite careful not to rush it i think cos we had to get thebleakerthemorebeautiful bits to really work in the second half.

 

Thanks for the response!

 

And thanks for the music. You have so many tracks that are awesome in a way I've never heard before.

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I always thought the numbers were percentages of the disc, so if they're on a disc with other tracks they don't really work.

edit - Garbage, that is.

Edited by purlieu

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Do you often set out with a specific brief before making music? (Such as 'make a beat which inverts the position of the up and down beat over time' or something like that)

 

not really

might try it out as a sketch, if i have an idea that basic a sketch would be a good test, but in terms of implementing that i would more likely then shelve the idea so that it can come to me as a flash later when i'm in the middle of something else

I always thought the numbers were percentages of the disc, so if they're on a disc with other tracks they don't really work.

edit - Garbage, that is.

 

yeah exactly, 100 watmm points

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autechre-1.jpg

 

What where you doing there, Rob?

on my imaginary phone, yeah sand in my eyes, no crying

 

are you sure no crying coz in this next one it really looks like you are.

 

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Do you have track titles for the live tracks you do?

i need them as a sort of memory aid, i mean, i have done. not sure if i always will do tho'.

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Is Banksy's real identity something also famous? Like is he famous for something else too?

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your picks:

 

r8 vs machinedrum

 

dx100 vs tx81z (don't know if these were ever used by you in particular but nice question. little dx100 with buttons vs tx81z multitimbral - you ever spend time on dumb questions like this? I do and I know it is such a waste - esp. when i own both and are so cheap).

 

nord g1 vs g2

 

did you use the machinedrum to trigger the nords like with the r8? maybe this was already answered as i know you had the g2 around on tours with the elektrons?

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What do you think of banksy?

utter shit

 

Can you elaborate? I'm curious to hear your opinion, seeing as you have had a history in graffiti.

 

 

yeah his style is shit and his shit cynical jokes are unfunny

 

and risk free cos stencils, so fails at graff

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What's a day in the life of Ae?

 

Any interesting stuff you can say about any of these tracks? Theme of sudden roundabout, iera, cfern, nuane, latent quarter, 777, netlon sentinel, perlence, they're a few of my faves.

 

Can you name my oxygen 49?

 

Space, deep sea or Antarctic?

 

Android or iOS?

 

Cheers, thanks again for this q&a session, it's been a great show!

will get to this tmoro

 

You broke my heart by not delivering, Rob. I'm going to run away and cry now.

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your picks:

 

r8 vs machinedrum

 

dx100 vs tx81z (don't know if these were ever used by you in particular but nice question. little dx100 with buttons vs tx81z multitimbral - you ever spend time on dumb questions like this? I do and I know it is such a waste - esp. when i own both and are so cheap).

 

nord g1 vs g2

 

did you use the machinedrum to trigger the nords like with the r8? maybe this was already answered as i know you had the g2 around on tours with the elektrons?

 

r8 cos it was there first

 

dx cos it pushes you more (but that's a tough one)

 

g2

 

nah but not thru choice or anything, just never did that

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I absolutely love

kruton: smallfish pa track 2 (autechre remix)

 

 

Can you tell me a bit about it and have you listened to it recently?

 

Any source for the original track online?

 

Its so filthy!

not sure i can find it online. could be out there somewhere.

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do you enjoy Nutella spread?

 

do you enjoy listening to your tracks over anyone elses'?

Edited by sergeantk

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today for example i'm listening to a smart playlist which is sorted by bpm

 

 

haha! speeding up or slowing down?

 

 

also, actual bpm or computationally guesstimated?

 

 

speeding up, but its happening really slowly, takes like 2 hours to get thru each whole bpm

 

computationally. but i like that cos some come out half speed or it sometimes plays one with the kicks doing a hemiola thing or whatever, it breaks things up nicely

 

 

this is indeed excellent.. running this analyzer over my lib now, intermediate results are already quite good: http://www.beatunes.com/itunes-automatic-bpm-detection.html

 

reminds me of another thing, not really a question tho... you mentioned earlier that working with data mining on your own music is not really a thing you're into if i understood right..

however, have you ever? there's e.g. this online API: http://developer.echonest.com/docs/v4/

 

it has a thing where you can get detailed analysis of an audio file, down to a "perceptive" description of each individual detected "played note" or hit in a piece.. more info about this here: http://developer.echonest.com/docs/v4/_static/AnalyzeDocumentation.pdf (PDF link)

 

basically you upload a track and get back some JSON/XML with lots of number/timestamp pairs relating to timbre/tonality and such.

interesting stuff imo... so far have only used it for visualization myself, but could be interesting for generating synth automation etc., especially related to how a BPM analyzer gets things wrong with interesting results nonetheless...

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