Music / Autechre

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Autechre are an English electronic music duo consisting of Rob Brown and Sean Booth that formed in 1987. Both artist met through Manchester's graffiti scene, and after trading mixtapes and eventually creating their own compositions, releasing an EP under the name of Lego Feet. They released their first single under the name Autechre ("Cavity Job") in 1991.

Their 1993 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 release, a 4-hour, 21-track mammoth in five parts called elseq 1-5, came out on May 19, 2016.

Their style is a bit hard to pin down, but they draw a lot of inspiration of hip hop and electro music, and are typically associated with IDM.


Discography:

LPs:
  • 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)
  • elseq 1-5 (2016) - formally divided into 5 parts (elseq 1, elseq 2,...) but released all at once

EPs:
  • Anti EP (1994)
  • Garbage (1995)
  • Anvil Vapre (1995) - this and Garbage were also bundled with the US release of Tri Repetae
  • Envane (1997)
  • Cichlisuite (1997)
  • Peel Session (1999) - material recorded for John Peel's radio show
  • EP7 (1999)
  • Peel Session 2 (2001)
  • Gantz Graf (2002)
  • Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae (2008)
  • Move of Ten (2010)
  • L-event (2013)


Autechre provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Canon Discontinuity: The first release was the generic oldskool rave single Cavity Job (1991); the fans and the duo themselves rarely acknowledge it. Averted when it was included in the 5-CD EPs 1991-2002 box set.
  • 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 2013 album Exai is over 2 hours long.
    • The elseq series, itself totalling 4 hours in length, has even longer tracks than usual. Half of the songs are over 10 minutes, and "elyc6 0nset" tops 27.
  • 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; LP5 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 EPs 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: EP7 and Move of Ten, both ostensibly EPs, are similar in length to an average album. Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae 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: LP5 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.
  • Old Shame: The band consider their first two albums, all of which were highly influential and commonly considered their best work, "cheesy."
  • Punny Name: Confield and Untilted. Also Basscad,EP, a collection of remixes of "Basscadet", from Incunabula.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: The title of their eighth album is Untilted, not Untitled.
  • 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. And "Second Bad Vilbel" refers to a town in Germany.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Track: Slip is an upbeat, happy tune that happens to be on Amber, one of the darkest and unmelodic Autechre albums to date.
  • 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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