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OK, hope I'm not abusing my question count but here's a somewhat more banal one.

 

When you work with FM with a sine carrier, at lower modulator levels there's some juicy stuff going on but the carrier sine is very audible, which can be annoying. I've tried adding an inverted sine to this and it doesn't seem to work, probably something to do with the relative amplitude chaning. Of course you could use a skinny/steep (e.g. Butterworth) notch filter and just carve it out, but that can remove some nice harmonics close to the carrier frequency. It seems like there's a more elegant solution. Any ideas you're willing to share?

 

have u looked at a spectrogram of it? u sure the freq is where u think it is?

 

 

 

 

well - i'm past the point where it actually bothers me but the whole 'how do you usually make a track?' thing got old pretty fast

 

 

here's a high ball then. what comedians do you rate?

 

 

stew lee, louis ck

daniel kitson sometimes

 

 

caught stew last month for some comedy animal action. he's head and shoulders above everyone else and just gets better, interested to see how much of the tour material will make it to tv. kevin eldon live is also terrific but i thought his series was disappointing despite serious good will. difficult transition it seems.

 

 

i can't get past thinking eldon is a real nasty fucker underneath

i used to like simon munnery as well but not seen him in years

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are you liking aleksi perala's new music?

apparently its all based on explorations on some scales/microscales: "the colundi sequence"

really good music. the theory seems real, but I just can't believe anything grant w-c says no more

 

not heard it

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I've got a lot of admiration for you two guys, making music for so long and not sounding like anyone else I've ever heard. The way that you transform your sound in each release is great -

 

- How do you maintain a sense of flow to your creativity?

- Do you find working collaboratively helps with the process?
- As for the tracks that end up on your releases; do you see these as 'sketches'; an exploration/observation of a certain idea/pattern as opposed to a cohesive finished track?

 

As a visual artist myself I find your aesthetic really pleasing too. Looking forward to hearing where you take your sounds next.

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Hello, Rob and Sean! Thank you so much, that the answer to the questions of fans here :beer:

Excuse my bad english, I'm from Russia

Please answer my questions:

1. 2 weeks ago I got married. The best gift for me and my wife would be if you wrote a few words on my photos. :emb: Certainly no need to print and scan photo. Just draw something in Paint, if not difficult. Received an unusual electronic signature. Here's a link to the photo:


2. Which track Autechre us to include? He will always be associated with our Honeymoon :music:

3. We fall in love with photography. Please give the name of my camera :wink:

4. What are your favorite wine and cheese?

5. FC Barcelona or Real Madrid? Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi?

6. Porsche or Ferrari?

7. What is the most surrealistic place in the world where you've been?

8. What are 5 albums Autechre would you take to a desert island?

P/S/: My wife and I will be perfectly happy if you follow our small request and answer our questions.

P/P/S: You - the most brilliant artists in the world! Thank you for what you are! We wish you good health, great shape and good mood! In addition to new albums waiting for your boxes with rarities, remixes and live performances! Come to Moscow! In advance many great big thank you! :smile::smile::smile:

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Richard Devine seems to have got himself well and truly absorbed on the world of modular synthesis, with every machine he's purchasing looking like it's twice as large as the last one. Have you got a big modular network going on somewhere in the Ae cave, or do you find these huge beasts impracticable ?

 

i.e. these sized monsters -

r_devine_studio_2.jpg

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earlier you mentioned how, when working in certain ways, it's "just nature telling us who's boss" and that sometimes you find after tweaking a track that it "was just totally meant to be that way and it couldn't tell us." do you think there is an interesting distinction beween discovering and creating when producing music, or art more generally? if so, how do you think of your own work, is it more uncovering something already there, or building something from scratch (or is ths a false dichotomy)? do you think of autechre's music as somehow autonomous or indepedent of you?

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i can't get past thinking eldon is a real nasty fucker underneath

i used to like simon munnery as well but not seen him in years

 

 

didn't pick up that vibe, usually reserve that sentiment for boyle or carr. perhaps you've conditioned yourself by falling asleep to jam;) but I'll stop before this place turns into cook'd+bomb'd.

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Hello, Rob and Sean! Thank you so much, that the answer to the questions of fans here :beer:
Excuse my bad english, I'm from Russia
Please answer my questions:
1. 2 weeks ago I got married. The best gift for me and my wife would be if you wrote a few words on my photos. :emb: Certainly no need to print and scan photo. Just draw something in Paint, if not difficult. Received an unusual electronic signature. Here's a link to the photo:
2. Which track Autechre us to include? He will always be associated with our Honeymoon :music:
3. We fall in love with photography. Please give the name of my camera :wink:
4. What are your favorite wine and cheese?
5. FC Barcelona or Real Madrid? Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi?
6. Porsche or Ferrari?
7. What is the most surrealistic place in the world where you've been?
8. What are 5 albums Autechre would you take to a desert island?
P/S/: My wife and I will be perfectly happy if you follow our small request and answer our questions.
P/P/S: You - the most brilliant artists in the world! Thank you for what you are! We wish you good health, great shape and good mood! In addition to new albums waiting for your boxes with rarities, remixes and live performances! Come to Moscow! In advance many great big thank you! :smile::smile::smile:

 

this can't be real, can it?

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Are you interested in exploring mechanical instruments, Pierre Bastien style?

 

I think it'd be fun to have some good general purpose mechanical instruments, like a percussion system with a handful of surfaces and mallet types that could be combined easily, or a box with a few different tunable strings and various plucking and bowing attachments.

 

nah every cunt's doing that

leave it to the aspirational types

Richard Devine seems to have got himself well and truly absorbed on the world of modular synthesis, with every machine he's purchasing looking like it's twice as large as the last one. Have you got a big modular network going on somewhere in the Ae cave, or do you find these huge beasts impracticable ?

 

i.e. these sized monsters -

r_devine_studio_2.jpg

 

 

lol all that gear and then a logic piano roll

says it all really

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i can't get past thinking eldon is a real nasty fucker underneath

i used to like simon munnery as well but not seen him in years

 

 

didn't pick up that vibe, usually reserve that sentiment for boyle or carr. perhaps you've conditioned yourself by falling asleep to jam;) but I'll stop before this place turns into cook'd+bomb'd.

 

 

i dunno i just always get some hint of spite from his stuff

he's alright comedian tho, pretty funny sometimes

earlier you mentioned how, when working in certain ways, it's "just nature telling us who's boss" and that sometimes you find after tweaking a track that it "was just totally meant to be that way and it couldn't tell us." do you think there is an interesting distinction beween discovering and creating when producing music, or art more generally? if so, how do you think of your own work, is it more uncovering something already there, or building something from scratch (or is ths a false dichotomy)? do you think of autechre's music as somehow autonomous or indepedent of you?

 

not really but i reckon what we call 'us' as in, 'conscious us', is just a little part of what makes autechre

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yeah sometimes we have to talk each other into using each other's tracks. like, it's always me trying to talk rob into including one of his tracks, or vice versa.

almost never happens the other way round

 

 

What's the reason for this direction? This sounds like you are not very sure about your own creations so you need positive confirmation from the other.

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It's nice that you guys take a relatively minimal take on touring/gigs. It make it more special. Also something I've noticed in this day and age (at least with more DJ/Producers) is that they are literally out playing gigs all the time and usually traveling from Thurs-Sun. Monday is recovery day you you have two good days tops in the studio. Also you see this inverse curve where the more popular they get the more the output drops and usually quality, too.

 

Not a question per se, more saying the proof is in the pudding.

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yeah sometimes we have to talk each other into using each other's tracks. like, it's always me trying to talk rob into including one of his tracks, or vice versa.

almost never happens the other way round

 

 

What's the reason for this direction? This sounds like you are not very sure about your own creations so you need positive confirmation from the other.

 

 

well, insecurity obviously

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Hi Rob & Sean, thank you for doing this. Reading all these pages was truly interesting and cool.

 

You said that Rob "still" uses a G2. So I do have some G2 questions for Rob:

- Do you use the G2 mainly as a synthesizer and control it via MIDI or do you also do sequencing on it? Or even the occasional track / "noodle"?

- Are you creating your G2 patches from scratch or do you sometimes use parts from the great patches from users on electro-music.com (such as e.g. the awesome stuff Tim created)?

- Sean said you'd use reverbs on the G2: I assume they're home-cooked... Any nice tips/tricks on working with reverb on the G2?

 

Also, can you name my G2 keyboard?

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yeah sometimes we have to talk each other into using each other's tracks. like, it's always me trying to talk rob into including one of his tracks, or vice versa.

almost never happens the other way round

Good to know it's not just our duo who do that - If I had it my way I'd fill most of the album up with my mate's tracks....
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Speaking of Richard Devine, Rob do your kids ever mess around with your equipment?

 

they like the look of the modulars or controllers switches/knobs, they'll want to play spaceships n shit, i'll let em all over pads n keys. anything not wired up for tracks at the time of Ae sessions. otherwise we end up with more gescom.

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Hello, Rob and Sean! Thank you so much, that the answer to the questions of fans here :beer:
Excuse my bad english, I'm from Russia
Please answer my questions:
1. 2 weeks ago I got married. The best gift for me and my wife would be if you wrote a few words on my photos. :emb: Certainly no need to print and scan photo. Just draw something in Paint, if not difficult. Received an unusual electronic signature. Here's a link to the photo:
2. Which track Autechre us to include? He will always be associated with our Honeymoon :music:
3. We fall in love with photography. Please give the name of my camera :wink:
4. What are your favorite wine and cheese?
5. FC Barcelona or Real Madrid? Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi?
6. Porsche or Ferrari?
7. What is the most surrealistic place in the world where you've been?
8. What are 5 albums Autechre would you take to a desert island?
P/S/: My wife and I will be perfectly happy if you follow our small request and answer our questions.
P/P/S: You - the most brilliant artists in the world! Thank you for what you are! We wish you good health, great shape and good mood! In addition to new albums waiting for your boxes with rarities, remixes and live performances! Come to Moscow! In advance many great big thank you! :smile::smile::smile:

 

this can't be real, can it?

 

Sorry. :cry: May be at least a couple of questions answer? :emb:

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