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17 minutes ago, mushroom said:

(444). Amber is just kind of uninteresting imo...

Was minutes off being 4:44 am (here, Melbourne au) when you posted that😄

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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, sidewinder said:

is there an Autechre LP or EP cover that you think is worse than the one for SIGN?

The albums range from mediocre to downright bad, I think - except for Chiastic Slide which is top drawer, and Oversteps which almost works but not quite.

Always found it curious that the EPs generally had a much higher standard of presentation

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1 hour ago, ArrraR said:

I'm miffed to why Alphonso or Vinnie bamboots don't design their own covers...

some of the art (Draft, EP7, Chiastic? Cichlisuite?) has come from them, but the ultimate design gets handed off to the design pros. 

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23 minutes ago, NewSchoolScience said:

People moaning about the Sign album art after the insipidness of Oversteps.

Nawww Oversteps cover is beautiful, reflects the sounds of the album prefectly

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2 hours ago, sidewinder said:

I have a question. I don't think it's really been asked or answered here. But with all this dislike for the new cover (and I get that it's not mind-blowing or very unique but I also don't have much against it), is there an Autechre LP or EP cover that you think is worse than the one for SIGN? I've never taken issue with the simple covers for Tri repetae or LP5, for example, but I understand that the absence of a shape can be less offensive than the presence of a shape you dislike. Tri repetae was a nice color and LP5 had a cool solid gray CD case with the Autechre text debossed, so that was unique. But what about elsq? Solid black circles and squares on a solid white background, arranged differently for the different volumes. What about Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae? A large gray square centered on solid black. Again, it comes back to "nothing" or something super basic being less offensive than something you actively dislike. But I'm curious...is there anything worse in their catalog?

Cool question, my (wo)man. First of, i'd argue the SIGN cover is still "super basic" but not in a good way this time around. I mean warmy colour is not enough, and the shapes are less wild than elseq, the contour stays the same in all beans, it's pretty strict in fact. 

That said, worse ae covers to me: Tri Repetae, yeah. Anti, Anvil Vapre, Envane, Quadrange, L-event

I really don't appreciate that the new cover uses livesix design which was done way sharper on those posters (and if the album has nothing to do with live stuff it makes it even offensive)

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3 hours ago, sidewinder said:

I have a question. I don't think it's really been asked or answered here. But with all this dislike for the new cover (and I get that it's not mind-blowing or very unique but I also don't have much against it), is there an Autechre LP or EP cover that you think is worse than the one for SIGN? I've never taken issue with the simple covers for Tri repetae or LP5, for example, but I understand that the absence of a shape can be less offensive than the presence of a shape you dislike. Tri repetae was a nice color and LP5 had a cool solid gray CD case with the Autechre text debossed, so that was unique. But what about elsq? Solid black circles and squares on a solid white background, arranged differently for the different volumes. What about Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae? A large gray square centered on solid black. Again, it comes back to "nothing" or something super basic being less offensive than something you actively dislike. But I'm curious...is there anything worse in their catalog?

I have a strong dislike for the Cichlisuite cover. That's the only one I really can't stand.

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1 hour ago, demo said:

Nawww Oversteps cover is beautiful, reflects the sounds of the album prefectly

I feel you

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17 minutes ago, IDEM said:

I have a strong dislike for the Cichlisuite cover. That's the only one I really can't stand.

Just, wow.....

 

There are no words.

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13 minutes ago, hello spiral said:

Incunabula = good

if Amber = your favourite, you are probably also a Coldplay fan (fuck you)

I know this is a joke but I srsly think the diff between Incunabula and Amber is that Incunabula dated pleasantly and I love its sound design and vibe while Amber to me sounds cheesy/ugly dated and I almost never listen to it. But I've tried many, many times. (Piezo's dope tho but that's it.)

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As we ponder the superbness/lameness of AE cover art, it will be interesting to see what the whole package for SIGN looks like.  Tri Repetae's diarrhea brown front cover is underwhelming in the extreme, but the interior images are fantastic, some of the best AE art to date, IMO.  Absolutely love that glitched out rotary engine. 

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1 hour ago, demo said:

Nawww Oversteps cover is beautiful, reflects the sounds of the album prefectly

I totally disagree. Oversteps has a very angular, almost crystalline sound. I can maybe see The first two tracks in the artwork, but the rest of the record feels like it should be visually depicted by kaleidoscopic (and perhaps indeed microscopic) studies of ice. I remember Sean's joking in AAA about Oversteps being possibly a warmer-weather album (and then taking it back), and I think it sounds totally windswept and wintry apart from Treale and, maybe, pt2ph8 (which, to be fair, stills sounds wintry but in a serene vista sort of way).

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tDR is well into beans lately, it seems from digesting their discogs page. Notice how only the top left is an ideal circle and that series goes back to 2015 (the collage is an online template i used for additional taste)

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3 hours ago, demo said:

Nawww Oversteps cover is beautiful, reflects the sounds of the album prefectly

As a cohesive package the art is fantastic. There's a different one for each track, the record sleeves are beautiful, the typeface and format utilized is unique. Everything about the art captures the space the album encompasses.

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so...  the beauty of Ae graphics lies essentially in the idea and the ability to synthesize that captures in an elementary sign that extremely vast set of characters found in sound. For example, exai's graphics are not "beautiful" in themselves (a seemingly occasional set of dark squares and rectangles on a little more clear background), but it's fascinating, it has a cryptic feel, and one lets oneself be seduced by the suspicion that there both a deeper reference behind (which eventually resulted in the game of life hypothesis, which is fairly confirmed since Sean streamed his voice the day he died).
Elseq is interesting because it combines circles and squares, but arranged in such an irregular way that it gives a sense of imbalance, although the circle and square are the regular geometric figures par excellence.
I like the graphic for Sign, it has a breaking role with the line of recent years, introducing warm colors and harmonious shapes (yes, like all, I hope there is a relationship with the new sound route), but maintaining that essentiality that give back something enigmatic ( however, I must say that the original shape has given its best in the screen prints for Onesix: there is something Kubrickian in that image). On the contrary, I find the incunabula cover totally wrong, those hasty glitches just to associate themselves with a consolidated and generic aesthetic. The same is true of Anvil Vapre. Confield seems to me to lack any personality, my eye wouldn't be caught if I didn't know that it covers music written to evoke Pazuzu.
I must confess that even draft art leaves me very perplexed: the black streaks that create three-dimensional fantasies and the digital fades remind me demos for graphics softwares of 2000.
On the other hand, I like Untilted, the combination of colors, the (almost) loss of three-dimensionality of geometries for a completely abstract aesthetic, and in general the shapes..  seems to me that they center the mood of untilted. For now, however, my favorite image is Oversteps. Here too there is a break with the past: an expressly manual gesture that tries to get closer to the perfection of the circle. In its elementary nature it strikes me, i just surprised myself interested in something as common as a circle,  like if it hide something archetypal (for the same reason I find Richard Serra's works attractive :catbed:).

in any case I find it impossible to separate those graphics from the music they echo: it is through cognition that they represent that specific music, which are enriched with charm: once again, it is a mental fact, not of universal immediacy.

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I like the fact that the Draftr564746765 tl;dr post was completely ignored while the onion ring SIGN pic was awarded with some 6 likes.

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