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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 for themselves and nascent electronica record label Warp Records; both are now considered godfather figures in modern electronic music. Autechre's third album Tri Repetae was considered a breakthrough in ambient techno for its incorporation of early hip hop rhythmic ideas, and is considered a classic of the genre to this day. After this point, the duo became increasingly interested in algorithmic permutations made possible by software environment Max/MSP, which has complicated their work ever since. 2001's Confield is still considered largely inaccessible for this reason, but the duo has never looked back, adding to their hardware/software amalgam "The System" constantly. Though their music has expanded dialogues in electronic music and computer programming, the duo have been consistent in claiming their latest album is "more hip hop" than the last one, and that all of their songs are now culled from jam sessions.

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2016 saw Autechre's albums become increasingly lengthy and experimental, beginning with 2015's AE_LIVE, soundboard recordings of their 2014-2015 tour that started with 9 ~hour-long tracks and has since been expanded to 28. Their two most recent studio albums are the 4-hour elseq 1-5 and the 8-hour NTS Sessions. Autechre also uploaded 444 videos of random audio and visual patterns on Youtube, which has since been deleted. It's been rumoured that user 4utechre on Twitch is the duo broadcasting jams live on air, which usually occurs once a month.

Their style is a bit hard to pin down but they draw a lot of inspiration of hip hop and electro music, and the group have typically been associated with IDM. It is in fact so singular that some reviewers have jokingly put "Autechre" down as the genre of their albums in reviews. As for the pronunciation of their name, Rob and Sean have said any way is valid, but they themselves use "aw-TEK-er".

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Discography:

LPs:
  • Incunabula (1993)
  • Amber (1994)
  • Tri Repetae (1995)
  • Chiastic Slide (1997)
  • untitled (1998) note 
  • Confield (2001)
  • Draft 7.30 (2003)
  • Untilted (2005)
  • Quaristice (2008)
  • Oversteps (2010)
  • Exai (2013)
  • elseq 1-5 (2016) note 
  • NTS Sessions (2018) note 

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)
  • AE_LIVE (2015)
  • Warp Tapes 89-93 (2019)
  • AE_LIVE 2016/2018 (2020)


Autechre provides examples of the following tropes:

  • All Your Powers Combined: NTS Sessions can aptly be described as "every single Autechre release at once", combining distinct features of each phase of their career into a cohesive whole.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Their 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". There's even a click track for most of the song.
  • Darker and Edgier: Confield is far more dense and chaotic than their earlier works. And then there's Gantz Graf...
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The cover art for Draft 7.30. Behold.
  • Dream Team: With Venetian Snares (for a compilation appearance) and the Hafler Trio (for a series of albums).
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Their first commercial release, the Cavity Job EP, is pretty much standard early 90s rave music.
    • Incunabula and Amber, while more experimental than Cavity Job, lack the noise influences that would go on to define their sound, though Amber is a little closer than Incunabula.
  • Epic Rocking:
    • Nearly each album contains a few lengthy pieces, including: "Windwind" from Incunabula; "Stud" and "Rsdio" from Tri Repetae; "Nuane" from Chiastic Slide and "Sublimit" from Untilted.
    • Ambient piece "Perlence subrange 6-36" is almost an hour long, which counts on length alone.
    • Exai is 2 hours long and features 7 songs over the 7-minute mark.
    • AE_LIVE is 9 hour-long live sets of otherwise unreleased music.
      • it was updated on January 30th 2019. It now runs nearly 29 hours.
    • elseq 1-5 is over 4 hours long and half of the songs are over the 10 minute mark; 3 are over 20 in length, with "elyc6 0nset" being 27 minutes.
    • NTS Sessions is an 8 (!) hour album, with the average song length being 15 minutes. The last song, "all end", is nearly an hour long by itself.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • "Flutter" from Anti EP was specifically programmed so that no two bars included the same rhythmic pattern at all (see Take That! below.) From then on, Autechre's output would grow more and more algorithmically generated.
    • On NTS Sessions, a small section of "all end" appears as the coda to "splesh", a song that appeared roughly 3 hours beforehand.
  • Genre Roulette: Seriously, compare Amber to Confield. That Other Wiki has. It's difficult to pick out at times, but Autechre's love for classic hip hop from both the UK and the US is very apparent throughout their catalogue; it's whatever chaos they decide to lay over top of those rhythmic and sonic foundations that makes this trope.
  • 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".
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: "IO" has a heavily distorted voice saying...something.
  • 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.
  • Leave the Camera Running: Some of their more ambient leaning works can be this. as they repeat a short loop (or multiple ones) for all of its running time. Taken to extremes with tracks like "Perlence Subrange 6-36": It loops 3 notes for nearly an hour, accompanied by a very barebone 3-bar rhythm track against which a sparse ambient background unfolds almost unnoticeably.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: Possibly the poster child of this trope. This is the cover of their most popular album, Tri Repetae, even the back cover is plain too.
  • 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:
    • Tri Repetae took great influence from classic hip hop of the 1980s.
    • Chiastic Slide is when the algorithmic tendencies began to show.
    • Confield, an entirely algorithmic album, polarized everyone who heard it.
    • Oversteps, which was influenced by grime and dubstep.
  • No Name Given: Their fifth album does not have an actual name. It's usually called LP5, to match EP7, which was released around the same time.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Autechre are kings of this trope, down to their name ("aw-TEK-er" being the commonly accepted pronunciation.)
    • Japanese pressings list them as "オウテカ" (Ōteka, or "OH-tay-kah".)
  • 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, which itself is a chain of sampling: it samples Miles Davis' "The Doo-Bop Song", which sampled Gang Starr's "DJ Premier Is In Deep Concentration", which in turn samples the original song, Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness".
    • "Goz Quarter" from the Envane EP features a vocal sample from "No Awareness" by Dr. Octagon (AKA Kool Keith.)
  • Self-Titled Album: Subverted. Due to the fact that a title is not printed anywhere on the case, LP5 is sometimes referred to as Autechre as it is the only thing etched into the jewelcase.
  • Sensory Abuse: Most of their songs play it straight, but the worst offender right now is "Gantz Graf".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Second Bad Vilbel" refers to a town in Germany.
    • "Acroyear" shares the name with an alien gladiator from Micronauts.
    • "Theme of Sudden Roundabout" 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.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Track:Their ambient leaning tracks can be seen as this. The hour-long "all end" which concludes the 8-hour long NTS Sessions was described by Resident Advisor as "a cathedral filled with billions of vibrating light particles" and was considered an album highlight by fans and critics alike.
  • Surreal Music Video: "Second Bad Vilbel" (which was directed by Chris Cunningham) and the iconic "Gantz Graf" video.
  • Take That!: In response to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 against raves with music defined as a "succession of repetitive beats", Anti EP features not only a disclaimer warning about the repetitive nature of "Lost" and "Djarum", but "Flutter" was specifically programmed to have no two bars sound the same.
  • Title by Number: "444" and "777".
  • Uncommon Time: Even their early works show signs of this.
  • Word Purée Title: Most song titles range anywhere from "Perlence" and "Cipater" to "Cep puiqMX" and "Cfern".
  • Word Salad Title: Some of their more coherently named works.

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