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Music: Autechre

Autechre are an English electronic music duo (consisting of Rob Brown and Sean Booth) that formed in 1987.Their debut album Incunabula, was a surprise success and their third album Tri Repetae, was considered a breakthrough and is still to this day considered a classic. Though their first few albums had an ambient techno sound, this changed completely with their 2001 album Confield, which was drastically different from their earlier works and was considered largely inaccessible.Their latest album, Oversteps, was released on 22 March 2010. A new EP, Move Of Ten, was released on July 12 2010.

  • Incunabula (1993)
  • Amber (1994)
  • Tri Repetae (1995)
  • Chiastic Slide (1997)
  • LP5 (1998)
  • Confield (2001)
  • Draft 7.30 (2003)
  • Untilted (2005)
  • Quaristice (2008)
  • Oversteps (2010)
  • Exai (2013)


  • Broken Pedestal / Old Shame: The band consider their first two albums, all of which were highly influential and commonly considered their best work, "cheesy."
  • Canon Discontinuity: The first release was the generic oldskool rave single Cavity Job (1991); the fans and the duo themselves rarely acknowledge it.
  • Common Time: Believe it or not, Gantz Graf.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The cover art for Draft 7.30. Behold.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Played straight in Cavity Job and Incunabula
  • Epic Rocking: "Perlence subrange 6-36" is almost an hour long, which, despite its genre (ambient), counts for length alone.
    • Their latest album, Exai, is over 2 hours long.
  • Genre Roulette: Seriously, compare Amber to Confield. That Other Wiki has.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The majority of their albums' names are linked to what number it is chronologically, e.g. debut album is called Incunabula, derived from a latin word meaning 'the earliest traces of something'; third album Tri Repetae has the prefix 'tri-' indicating three; a chiastic phrase has four parts, thus the fourth album being called Chiastic Slide; LP 5 and Draft 7.30; eighth album Untilted has eight letters in the title and eight tracks; Quaristice has the catalogue number 333 which adds up to nine; Exai is a phonetic reading of XI, the roman numeral for "eleven".
    • More recently, the EP Move Of Ten has also drawn speculation over its name: it's their first release after their tenth album, it was released in 2010 and its title is possibly a Punny Name (they were on tour during the release).
    • Furthermore, three of Autechre's early E Ps each had their own quirk when it came to naming the songs on them. On Garbage, each track's name is followed by the suffix "-mx" and a number which represented how much of the EP the song took up as a percentage. On Envane every track name ended with the word "quarter", and on Anvil Vapre each track name begins with the word "Second".
  • In Name Only: Two of their EPs are similar in length to that of an average album. One is twice as long.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: Possibly the poster child of this trope. This is the cover of their most popular album, Tri Repetae.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They cover the entire scale, from a 1 to an 11. Here are examples by Autechre in each level:
  • New Sound Album: Confield and to some extent, Oversteps.
  • No Name Given: LP 5 does not have any actual name.
  • No Pronunciation Guide / Word Puree Title: Autechre are kings of this trope, down to their name ("aw-TEK-er" being the commonly accepted pronunciation.) Most song titles range anywhere from "Perlence" and "Cipater" to "Cep puiqMX" and "Cfern". The most egregious use of this has to be "O=0" on Oversteps.
  • Punny Name: Confield and Untilted.
  • Sampling: "The Plc" off of Quaristice samples Run DMC's "Here We Go".
    • "Lowride" from Incunabula samples Gang Starr's "DJ Premier Is In Deep Concentration", which samples Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness" in its turn.
  • Self-Titled Album: Due to the fact that a title is not printed anywhere on the case, but the band's name is, LP5 is often referred to as Autechre or The Autechre Album by the more oblivious.
  • Sensory Abuse: Most of their songs play it straight, but the worst offender right now is "Gantz Graf".
  • Shout-Out: "Theme Of Sudden Roundabout" which references a local landmark near where Rob and Sean used to live, while "Montreal" refers to the Canadian city and the friends that they have there.
  • Surreal Music Video: Second Bad Vilbel (which was directed by Chris Cunningham) and the iconic Gantz Graf video.
  • Uncommon Time: Even their early works show signs of this.
  • Word Salad Title: Some of their more coherently named works.

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