Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Lost Tapes #2: Autechre


The complete Autechre discography. Get them while they're hot!

That's right people, the complete discography of one of my favourite electronic artists is here. Please note that you will need close to 2 Gigs of hard disk space if you want to go on a download frenzy. Yes, it's about time you ditch those Dido and Celine Dion records that you secretly love and make room for this mammoth collection. ;)

For those of you who don't know Autechre (how could you not? tsk tsk tsk...) I included a short biography, courtesy of Wikipedia. I would recommend that you start discovering Autechre with their early records, instead of jumping straight to their last few albums. My personal recommendations are marked with an asterisk (*).

For those of you who already know Autechre, you might be surprised to find some rarities you hadn't heard before. BTW, what's your favourite Autechre album? As for me nothing can beat "Incunabula", my favourite electronic record of all time. Have fun!



Bio
"Autechre is an English electronic music group consisting of Rob Brown (born c. 1971) and Sean Booth (born c. 1973), both natives of Rochdale. The group is one of the most prominent acts signed with Warp Records, a label known for its pioneering electronic music artists. Some journalists consider Autechre to be a paragon of IDM and one of the driving forces behind its development, though Booth and Brown are ambivalent in relating their sound to established genres.

The two members formed the group in 1987 when they both lived in Rochdale. They began their career making and trading mixtapes between each other, and gradually moved on to their own compositions while collecting a handful of cheap equipment, most notably a Casio SK-1 sampler and a Roland TR606 drum machine. Since then they have employed a wide variety of electronic instruments to create an evolving style.

Booth and Brown pronounce the name Autechre with a Rochdale accent (IPA [ɔˈtɛk.ə] — approximately "awe-teh-ker"). However, they have explained that the name can be pronounced in any way one sees fit. Booth explains: "The first two letters were intentional, because there was an 'au' sound in the track, and the rest of the letters were bashed randomly on the keyboard. We had this track title for ages, and we had written it on a cassette, with some graphics. It looked good, and we began using it as our name." They are also commonly referred to by the abbreviation "Ae".

Autechre have also recorded under various pseudonyms. One of the duo's earliest recordings was a 12" under the alias "Lego Feet", released in 1991 on Skam Records. The majority of Gescom releases, most of them on Skam, have been attributed to Booth and Brown, among other artists. Autechre helped initiate the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in 2000, and were responsible for curating the 2003 festival.

Many describe Autechre's music as cold and austere, whereas others perceive a warmth and sentimentality that touches even the most cerebral pieces. Much of Autechre's music has a strong focus on complex rhythm, driving percussion, and meticulous sequencing. Often unusual rhythmic loops repeat and change incrementally, with the music constantly in transition. Sometimes patterns are set against one another, implying several time signatures at once. Later work has been notably experimental and abstract, in contrast to the more club-friendly and conventional early 1990s releases.

Reactions to their music have varied. Many of their tracks contain complex or chaotic rhythms and close harmonies which some hear as random and noisy. Fans of their recent work tend to find the value of their music to lie in its unique fusion of rhythmic and melodic elements, percussive noises being tweaked to sound like they have pitches, and clustered, often inharmonic synthesizer patches implying numerous melodic lines and chord structures simultaneously. A recurring element in Autechre's work is the use of extremely short snippets of sound to create a fragmented, grainy effect.

True to their early techno roots, Autechre use a wide array of analog synths in their production, as well as analog and digital drum machines, mixers, effects units and samplers. They have also made extensive use of a variety of computer based sequencers, softsynths, and other applications as a means of controlling those synths and processing the synthesized sounds. Autechre have also experimented in depth with development environments such as Max/MSP, SuperCollider and Kyma – amongst others – from 1997 onwards, though it is unclear which are still in use. In 2005, they used the Elektron Machinedrum and Monomachine in their live performances.

Autechre have emphasized that their music-making involves using new techniques on old equipment and old techniques on new equipment, and that their sound comes from combinations of tools and techniques, and "creative routing", more than any single magical machine. This has been the case since their early days, when, for example, they used a Boss delay that had a pitch/trigger input, allowing it to be used as a realtime sampler. When the square wave input it received for determining pitch had resonance added, the pitch would drift between notes in a special way. If the output was mixed back in as a control pitch, it could produce unusual fractal patterns, something that cannot be recreated easily with software, or on an embedded system. Other machines that Autechre have repeatedly mentioned in interviews are appreciated for their interface as much as their sound, including the Roland TR-606 and MC-202, and the Nord Lead.

Autechre sometimes use generative techniques, most notably on Confield and EP7. In response to comments about their unique sound, Autechre argue that given the incredible range of tools available to modern composers, especially in the electronic genres, it is incomprehensible that any band should "sound like" any other band." [Wikipedia]

[Note1: For accurate tracklistings and jpegs of all the covers have a look on Discogs.]

[Note2: Whilst some of the albums here are no longer available to buy, for those that are for sale you can find them at Warp.]


01. Autechre "Cavity Job" [EP] (1991)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


02. Autechre "Incunabula" (1993) (*)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


03. Autechre "Amber" (1994) (*)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


04. Autechre "Anti EP" [EP] (1994)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


05. Autechre "Basscad EP" [EP] (1994)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


06. Autechre "Anvil Vapre" [EP] (1995)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


07. Autechre "Garbage" [EP] (1995)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


08. Autechre "Tri Repetae" (1995) (*)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


09. Autechre "Chiastic Slide" (1997)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


10. Autechre "Cichlisuite" [EP] (1997) (*)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


11. Autechre "Envane" [EP] (1997)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


12. Autechre "Radio Mix" (1997) (*)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


13. Autechre "LP5" (1998)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


14. Autechre "EP7" [EP] (1999)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


15. Autechre "Peel Session" [EP] [FLAC] (1999)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


16. Autechre "Peel Session 2" [EP] [FLAC] (2001)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


17. Autechre "Confield" (2001)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


18. Autechre "Gantz Graf" [EP] (2002)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


19. Autechre & The Hafler Trio "æo³ & ³hæ" (2003)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


20. Autechre "Draft 7.30" (2003) (*)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]


21. Autechre "Untilted" (2005)
[Link removed at the request of the label.]

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

unbelievable post. thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

trying to find track 0 from the Warp version of EP7. it is the hidden track before track 1 and it is only on the warp version (not included on the Nothing version). To hear the untitled track, you need to rewind from track 1. The untitled track runs from -9:47 to -3:00, after which there is three minutes of silence. if your CD player will allow you to do so(mine will not).
thanks!!

Sonic Process said...

I have included the hidden track of EP7. To be honest I didn't even know it had one, so thanks for that.

It's in FLAC format, so if you want to convert it to anything else like MP3 you might need some freewares: Magical Jelly Bean SHN Shortener (Windows), Max (Mac), or look here (Linux).

Anonymous said...

oh yes!!! thank you. been trying to get that hidden track for ages. i'm sure that this is the first time EVER that it has been posted - anywhere!?
thanks for responding to the request so quickly!
cheers,
gindim

Sonic Process said...

You're welcome, I found it on Demonoid. :)

Anonymous said...

great blog.

has anyone stumbled across this 7" with PIOB (mix two)?

The Fall / Drome / Autechre - Untitled
Label: What's That Noise
Catalog#: WTN 010
Format: Vinyl, 7"
Country: Germany
Released: 1996
Notes: This 7" came free with issue 16 of German fanzine "What's That
Noise?", The Autechre track is exclusive to this release.
A1 Fall, The US 80's - 90's (Live)
A2 Drome Moon On My Screen (Dubversion) B Autechre P.I.O.B (Mix Two)

Anonymous said...

thanks for your blog and sharing. I have a problem downloading the first autechre release (that i didnt't know until then), a password is asked when i decompress the file.
thanks again

Sonic Process said...

The password is: nodatta.blogspot.com

tim+ said...

I was just looking for one album to see if I would like it, but this is incredible!

herr m. said...

unbelievable collection! very nice that you did this collectors job! thanx!

Anonymous said...

I think it's pretty rude to post an entire discography. With fans like this who needs enemies.

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Anonymous said...

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Mateus said...

I already deleted my Celine Dion discography to get Autechre's. But 'Incunabula' file not avaiable
at megaupload anymore. Is there any other link?
Thanks for the fantastic post!

Anonymous said...

Great collection!!! Please somebody reload Peel session and Peel Session 2, megaupload dont work:-(

Her Henna said...

Do you have the track "Flutter" from the Anti EP? It seems to be missing.

Anonymous said...

Nice...but your missing all the remixes.

Ruido de fondo said...

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Very Greate Post, thank you.
But the file's from Massmirror are not exist :(

Can you upload it again, please^^

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nice comments in you sourcecode :)

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Pliz!
The link for download...
Where´s?????????

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I'm looking for the "The Fall / Drome / Autechre - Untitled" album, too... :/

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