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alco review by alco:   this is the new "autechre" album by them, the brothers. it's called "sign" which is short for "signs." i believe this is an m night shaymalan (or whatever) reference a

the autechre brothers. "the signs" in 2020. october. i forget the date. i'm meeting up with them, the "boys" of autechre. sean, the one who thinks its sick to make beats super wacky is smoking a cigar

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1 hour ago, drillkicker said:

Anyway, I had a listen and honestly I was quite underwhelmed.  It felt like a step back from what they've been doing over the previous decade.  Of course I'll need to listen again, but my first impression was not what I was expecting.  The chord progressions were more predictable, the rhythms were simple and linear, and the sound design didn't shock me at all.  Does anyone else feel this way ?  I'm hoping it'll start to make sense once I've listened more, like their albums usually do, but I was hoping for something more dynamic and dense considering it's a shorter release.

Pretty well sums up my first impressions too. There is a lot in SIGN that reveals itself with more listens tho. Listening on headphones has been a game changer for me. 

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21 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

Posted on page 125. Twitter link?

 

It was a comment on somebody else's retweet or like, I think, and I don't follow the original twitter user or the commentor. Can't find it anymore on my feed. Sorry.

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I'm still fucking sure that I've heard the higher pitched laser gun sounds on the background of psin AM in some other track but can't for the life of me figure what it was. Driving me nuts. It's like a very vague dream I have of hearing them and thinking that that sounds pretty cool.

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49 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

Posted on page 125. Twitter link?

 

Ah, I found it

 

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8 hours ago, tailings said:

I feel your pain; absolutely none of my physical friends listen to Autechre.  Boards, check.  Aphex, check.  Meat Beat, check.  etc, but Autechre has proven too obtuse.  'tis nice to share the experience with folks online, at least.

For me, listening to Autechre is a very private affair. I don't even need people to give positive feedback about it. I know what it does for me  and that's enough, really. I have shared some Autechre with mates years ago and that didn't go well. It wasn't a nice experience, but I got over it. So sod 'em, it's private now!

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Still no CD, which means the 19th at the earliest 😦

If you want to get a CD out to remote Australia, then dispatching 8 days beforehand during Covid probably isn't going to cut it. Still, digitals are noice as fallback. Just irritating when you preorder something several weeks out and just know it won't get there on time.

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2 hours ago, zkom said:

Ah, I found it

 

yet, in esc desc i keep finding traces of this:


(and while i'm far from being a hans zimmer follower, that slowdown at 1:30 breaks some serious big asses)

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I was the one idiot who forgot to pre-order so I ended up having to wait a week to download.

Anyway, just completed my first cycle. psin AM is the number one standout track for me at this time. Bears some similar melodic trends to classic BoC, yet feels distinct enough to be easily identifiable as otherwise. But on a more personal note, it's hitting me in the feels like nothing else right now.

I don't really have a good assessment on the rest right now. I'll have to give this album more listening cycles first.

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If you consider my reverse logo theories conspiratorial, you have no idea what you are likely to find out there.
From you tube (be strong):

Ciarán Byrne

If you consider the central shape within the cover art as being representative of both the 'A' and 'E' surrounded in flame, this signifies ending / resignation.

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I personally don’t think Autechre will ever stop making music, I personally see the orange as some kindof life showing up in this barren, dystopian landscape. Really this cover can describe the album really well, being the most “human” in their dystopian sound of a discography. I think this album may foreshadow some kindof new beginning / renaissance for Autechre. Still an interesting take nonetheless.

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Ciarán Byrne

@W a v e s O f R e d Yes, I suppose its interpretation would be colored by individual temperament. I do hope they continue to make music.

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@W a v e s O f R e d Just to add, I don't think the sign necessarily represents Autechre's resignation from making music, but is more so reflective of a collective resignation in a broader context; artists and DJs being told to reskill by dim-witted politicians, covid, environmental decline, etc.

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This is the kind of fine intellect I expect from Autechre fans!
However, the flames do not necessarily indicate resignation, because their shape is the same color as the negative space surrounding them. Additionally, all of the orange shapes that suggest a flame are the same fundamental shape as that in the center, in different arrangements.

This could be interpreted as the graphic fire being the living envelope that defines Autechre; this could signify a greater acceptance of their identity with that fire, but also an admission that within the fire is that same neutral substance permeating the environment.

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This gives me some Metroid Prime visuals, esp si00. I remember John and Dog's names being mentioned in the games "thanks to" credits and now I'm doin a think...

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7 hours ago, Draft78 said:

yet, in esc desc i keep finding traces of this:


(and while i'm far from being a hans zimmer follower, that slowdown at 1:30 breaks some serious big asses)

I guarantee Hans Zimmer didn't do any of the technical work in any of this (i.e., all of the work required to make electronic music).  I went to see him live last year and he was shit.  All of his chords progressions are the same.  I also have the Zebra 2 "Dark Zebra" preset pack by Zimmer.  No way on earth that cringe merchant programmed any of that.  He gets a technician with real skill to do it all for him.

 

I hate Hans Zimmer.

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17 minutes ago, LemanRuss said:

I guarantee Hans Zimmer didn't do any of the technical work in any of this (i.e., all of the work required to make electronic music).  I went to see him live last year and he was shit.  All of his chords progressions are the same.  I also have the Zebra 2 "Dark Zebra" preset pack by Zimmer.  No way on earth that cringe merchant programmed any of that.  He gets a technician with real skill to do it all for him.

 

I hate Hans Zimmer.

ewww are yuou serious?: thats rly sad

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12 hours ago, zkom said:

I'm still fucking sure that I've heard the higher pitched laser gun sounds on the background of psin AM in some other track but can't for the life of me figure what it was. Driving me nuts. It's like a very vague dream I have of hearing them and thinking that that sounds pretty cool.

Maybe c7b2 the grande breakdown lazors ? Slightly different though and more metallic.

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28 minutes ago, zlwwlz said:

Maybe c7b2 the grande breakdown lazors ? Slightly different though and more metallic.

Nah, it's not those. There's some more ambient style track that has a really long outro, I think, with lush pads and lasers firing in the background. Or then I've dreamed the whole fucking thing.

To me psin AM is very weird, because it's like some heavy dissociative-like experience where you feel something is alien and very familiar at the same time. The first time I heard it I was thinking "yeah, I remember this thing, this always existed, but this is the first time I'm experiencing this". It's not really like deja vu, but something that used to be really familiar to you but then you forgot and now you are reminded of it again.

I don't how to word it better..

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