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Biggest shock hearing an Ae song for the first time?

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:53 AM

Which song do you remember feeling the most surprised about when you heard it for the first time? For me it's either known(1) or bnc Castl, both sounded so different from anything I had ever heard from them before (which says a lot). 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:03 PM

For me possibly r ess combined with ilanders as the openers to Oversteps. I'd been so used to their albums heading towards crunchy technical shenanigans that when the huge ambience and melodic twangs of these first two tracks came on I knew the album would be a very different beast indeed.

(It also didn't help that my headphones weren't plugged in properly and I was just getting the 'side' information rather than anything in the mid channel for the first few minutes !)

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:06 PM

My introduction to autechre was only a few years ago with Exai lol. Had only heard a few remixes of theirs before that. (I know, its unbelievable lol). 


Me and the waifu went into the album blind, on mushrooms. With no point of reference for autechre trax other than the 2 tracks preceding it (which were also pretty nuts), prac-f came on.


fook me was that ever trippy.


Album was so good we invited my brother over to repeat the process the following weekend.




Didn't mean for that to read like a trip report lol sorry. I just remember prac-f being particularly shocking as it was like nothing I'd ever heard before.

Edited by Bulk VanderHooj, 10 November 2017 - 12:07 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:18 PM

untilted - quaristice - oversteps certainly was the most wtfucked sequence of releases to me, each for very different reasons. representative tracks? prolly fermium, ending of plc, known(1).


sure, unpredictability is one of ae's defining (and most cherished) features anyway but yeah those i saw coming the least i think.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:18 PM

Gantz Graf for me. I'm pretty sure the first time I heard it was also watching the video, and it was a hell of a sensory overload. Even with their music often tending towards that rapid groove and harsher sound, they really went somewhere else with that track they'd not really gone before imo: it's succinctness and clarity was (and still is) really engaging, but with the 'coordinated' visuals and punch of it all together, it was a hell of a first impression.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 01:26 PM

Not just song, but album. In which case I'm talking about EP7. I was still fairly new to Ae at the time, and I'd previously only heard Incunabula, Amber, and Tri Repetae++. It took me a day or two to realize it was the same guys.

This was in May 1999, and I was accustomed to the impression that Ae were strictly into spacious, ambient grooves. And at the time EP7 was like an evil computer virus to me. But then when I first heard Chiastic Slide and LP5 the following year, those were the missing puzzle pieces. And then things made more sense.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 02:05 PM

my first time with VLetrmx :
We made love and me brain cummed so hard

my first time with VLetrmx and MDMA :
Jupiter and beyond the infinite

Edited by autechrist, 10 November 2017 - 02:08 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 02:22 PM

friend of mine who knew i was big into breakcore recommended gantz graf & draft to me, which i now love. they described it as very cold and alien, but even expecting that it still pulled my brain to shreds.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 04:27 PM

ipacial section on big system. pure fire!

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 05:29 PM

i was around 14 and baked as hell at a friends house and we where all listening to Confield i think, my mind couldnt comprehend the music but it was very pleasant , i felt like an autist.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 05:37 PM

I think it was 2003, a friend burned me a cd: discordance axis before and ep7 sfter. I already well knew discordance axis, but I never heard of these Autechre. I was speechless. Then I found out that the cd was defective: it interrupted the autechre's tracks with seconds of net silence. I was very disappointed to find that those cuts of silence were not authentic: you have no idea how Rpeg was abstract and innovative with those absurd pauses. Despite this, with or without silences, I soon realized that those two british dudes played exactly what my brain always asked for, without knowing it. Unfortunately I have been ill of this, and still today I barely can not hear anything else. Someone help me get out please.  :cerious:

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 06:10 PM

I think it was 2003, a friend burned me a cd: discordance axis before and ep7 sfter.


sounds like a good friend to have.