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Are Ae getting better as they age?

AE_LIVE tldr yes

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#1 Schlitze

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 05:36 PM

They ain't taking their foot off the gas with these new sets, that's for damn sure.  These mutha's are as obsessed with sound as they were in the 90's. Some of the sections in the new sets are otherworldly. I probably need to revisit confield soon to properly compare. I dunno, it seems like they've moved up a notch lately?



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 05:57 PM

yeah ae are always next level though with anything new they put out



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:07 PM

yeah ae are always next level though with anything new they put out

Agreed



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:12 PM

For my part, all their output stands one step ahead of the previous one. They never stopped, and have consistently passed over the present.

Confield or EP7 are historically significant because they led to a fracture in electronic music, but personally I find that today they are where nobody has ever been.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:13 PM

Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..

 

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Edited by Deer, 10 December 2015 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:16 PM

... while I was writing the post, Bread preceded me with an identical one, so I fell into a redundancy: sorry!


Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..

 

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epic!



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:22 PM

From this:

 

 

... to this:

 

http://pro.beatport....nal-mix/4837269

 

And I am not even being facetious! I love it all!



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:45 PM

... while I was writing the post, Bread preceded me with an identical one, so I fell into a redundancy: sorry!


Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..

 

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epic!

Agreed!



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 07:35 PM

Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..
 
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Always loved that photo
Top right corner is my fav

Anyway, in recent years I definitely see this as a big progression from the EP7/Confield/gantz days
Though to be honest I can't say "every" release improves on the last
Quaristice was a nice spin off of the ideas in untilted sort of, but not a forward step but more a branch sideways
But Exai is basically the perfect follow up to gantz/draft which was the perfect follow up to ep7/Confield

And this live stuff is probably the perfect apex of everything autechre is and has ever been

Edited by fizzkinz, 10 December 2015 - 07:38 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 07:43 PM

Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..

 

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perfect



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:19 AM

Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..
 
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perfect
Agreed... And something about the last 2 really make the hair on the back of my neck stand up, which is also quite fitting.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:24 AM

Hard to say wether or when they reached their peak when they continuously redefine what "peak" means.

In my book at least these days (Exai, L-Event, AE_Live) they reached a perfect marriage between viscerality and sophistication, a venture starting around Untilted after a tendency towards the more cerebral culminating with Draft.

Oversteps seemed to be more of a one-off sidestep.

Oh and their production skills also certainly improved, all recent releases have a sick plasticity turned up loud i miss when revisiting the older stuff. But that might stem from sound design choices.

Blah anyway: Good days to be an AE fan fo sho :)



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:40 AM

I'm inclined to say yes. After everything I've experienced from their Ae Live soundboards plus actually seeing them IRL for the first time this year, I feel as though all of their studio releases up to this point were all one long warm-up exercise put together, more than two decades in the making.

They're basically an unstoppable force, if they so choose.



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:43 AM

They ain't taking their foot off the gas 

 

This quote sums it up for me really. The better/best/worst discussion is pretty insignificant, imo. As I don't believe in better or worse when it comes to something subjective like art. It's more about the evolution. And it's exactly this where ae seems to excel at. They're almost the embodiment of evolution. And it doesn't sound like they're at some endphase.



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:46 AM

 unstoppable force

 

Speaking of which, I'm pretty sure this title https://venetiansnar...you-can-imagine is paraphrased from an LP5 review but can't seem to find it now.

 

Anyone remember it?



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:10 AM

absolutely yes! they are one of few musicians keeps getting better and being creative, every album is a quality release and distinct from previous ones, imho, can't find anyone else keep being that much creative for 20+ years.



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:26 AM

Yeah the AE LIVE sets are some of my favorite autechrian releases, as a die hard fan, i'm totally impressed (even surprised) by the brillance of their latest work. 



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 03:36 AM

I'd love to see some "People listening to Ae for the first time" videos and i mean a sit through of one of their AE_LIVE sets on decent speakers.. from teens to grannys, dj's to ISIS members.

 

Hell i'd love to see even a die-hard fan reaction!

 

Youtube gold



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 08:39 AM

Autechre's evolution in my opinion ..

 

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this could not be more any more accurate



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 08:45 AM

I wouldn't say they're getting better, or worse (Chiastic Slide is still my favourite album, perhaps mainly due to nostalgia, but Exai definitely gives it a run for its money). But they've never rested on their laurels or been content to settle into a particular sound and flog it to death. They're still consistently pushing the envelope and every release sounds like something new.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:35 AM

Even when I don't necessarily love an album or track, I can hear that they're trying to progress. 

 

They've made so many quality releases that if I don't like something it's probably my fault :) 



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:47 AM

While imo most bands would profit if they'd just call it quits after releasing 2-3 good albums before producing mediocre/bad stuff, Autechre are one of the few groups that constantly progress and create interesting music. Cheers to Sam and Bob for almost 30 years of amazing sounds!



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 11:34 AM

 

Aint nobody in 2015 getting up there playing shows as good as this shit. And its 21 years old. Honestly when you think about it, we probably only really seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of what they have done and are capable of. I kind of see them as this untouchable pillar in music that no one will ever truly ever come close to or fully comprehend. 

 

And yea Exai and all of the 2014 / 2015 live sets are totally pushing boundaries in ways that no one else really is.



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 11:43 AM

They are the ones who know how to tread the perfect path between a tune and experimental sound. They are the navigators of the highest order.


Edited by beerwolf, 11 December 2015 - 11:45 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:22 PM

Liking the cat drawing analogy. To my nerdy mind, Ae's evolution is like the bifurcation deriving from the logistic equation

http://hypertech.dev...heory-155672953





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