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.