That's something I've been thinking about lately.
Many describe the music of Sean and Rob as "cold". Some say even Amber or Incunabula felt "cold" for them, and subsequent stuff even would get "colder".
I think I understand, what they mean, but on the other side, no, I don't understand it at all. I find it just lazy. Lazy to get into the music and think about it.
I mean, today is a really hot day here in Budapest, 30 degrees Celsius in the morning, and I was just listening to Autechre (L-Event and Draft 7.30, so the colder stuff), and you know what: the temperature didn't cool down. Not wit single degree.
Okay, okay, they mean perhaps, "cold" as "without a feeling of humanity". But that's not true: there is always an emotional aspect to Atechre's music: and where are emotions (even when just scary ones), there is life, there is humanity.
Or stands "coldness" only for a lack of catchy, pop-melodies and easy, comforting harmonic structure? I think it is. But that's just sad. Great music should never be easy. Cathyness and easyness is just, music without heart. Without a heart, there is no warmth at all. A heartless catchy pop-song is colder for me as anything else.
And in the music of Autechre there is a heart. A strong beating one. With a lot of warm blood pulsating in it. Not cold at all. Sometimes scary, not always comforting, but always true, and human.
What do you think? Is the music of Autechre really cold? What do this mean to you?