EPs 1991 - 2002 Box set
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Being lucky to live in Sheffield in the early 90's I got the chance to watch the birth of and rapid growth spurts of Warp, Autechre were from the start, the most oblique and out there artists, and I was hooked from the very 1st Album Inacunabula, but the thing about Autechre, was that their E.P's were like mini albums and just as essential, if not more essential than the albums they came between, even the singles with multiple remix's like the Basscadet ep, offered a multitude of differing mix's, the Garbage ep, still has one of my favourite pieces of electronic music (the last track) Then there's Envane and Anvil Vapre... etc....
But for the fact that I have virtually all the tracks on here it would be an essential purchase, if you are new to Autechre, or electronic music in general, then I envy you! this is a history lesson in cutting edge electronica that still sounds timeless and other worldly to this day, I frequently revisit these ep's, and as someone dabbling in creating electronic music I can appreciate their sonic palette even more now.
Autechre didn't follow trends, more so they sucked in the present thru a wormhole then mutated it, brundlefly-esque into something completely new, others tried to copy, but there's more to their art than just 4/4 knob tweaking, it is an art, in fact it's sonic alchemy and magic.
Like the great Oz in Wizard of Oz, but this time you don't get to see behind the curtain, and the magic still remains a mystery.
For me there 5 CD's covering 10 EP's (including the two Peel Sessions) cover some of, if not the, best Autechre and IDM music.
The packaging is very nicely done, in a subtle way, very much in keeping with Warp records. With the dark colours, and embossed rather than printed titles is not always easy to read, but thats the only slight snag.
So this one gets 5 stars for the music and the overall package.
Firstly I doubt this will come out on vinyl (as a complete set) and I am no fan of CD format but I made an exception for this set.
These two chaps have one of the most interesting and boundary pushing of sonic palettes. This selection of music (if you make music) will no doubt inspire creative processes in analogue and digital sound synthesis. It leaves you as a witness to examples of some of the very best compositions in the genre.
Few can stand shoulder to shoulder with Ae.
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The set contains at least 2 (sometimes 3) EPs on each CD. This pairing of releases doesn't take away from the listeners experience, as each release reflects a growing transformation in lieu repetition. Their older material is just as intriguing as their latest release IMO, and I would even recommend this to a new comer of Autechre to consider investigating this release as a leaping point into their career. With this set you will hear the post-rave beginnings "Accelera", the skittering nature of Flutter (in an angry response to Britain's 1994"Criminal Justice & Public Order Act"), otherworldly vibes of "VLetrmx21" and the puzzling mess of "Gantz_Graf" (a favorite). Not to mention it's 5 full CDs worth music for about $26 (well, plus S&H). The collection has been remastered as it states on the faces of each disc.
The only draw back to this wonderful set is the it excludes the "We R Are Why" release as well as skipping the Seefeel remix of "Basscadet", which I can assume was due to the CD space. The hidden track on the beginning on "EP7" can now be found in front of the first track on disc 4 (why not make a separate track for it?). CD version press info claims that it comes 3 videos done for the following tracks:"Second Bad Vilbel" ( directed by Chris Cunningham), "Gantz_Graf" ( directed by Alexander Rutterford), and "Basscadet" (directed by Jess Scott Hunter), however I've looked through and through on my set and have found none. Other minor quibbles would be that the set doesn't include the original art work or liner notes, but the Designer's Republic did a classy job with the muted colors of the cases. The sleeves might scratch the CDs if not put away with care, so there is that too.
Otherwise, it is a great opportunity to experience some of the most unique music ever.
to perfection.it's a lot to swallow,but the rewards are great.
I used to like their early stuff like Basscadet the best.
now it's all good.this is what leads to their masterpiece "Exai".
I learned to appreciate their new stuff with repeated listening.
the bass on this is amazing.
play it loud!
The EP's of Garbage and Anvil Vapre are actually added to the American release of Tri Repatae which is why that album is a double CD.
There may be a few others, but they have become very rare. Very hard to find. I've discovered more tracks by Autechre and various other "remixed by Autechre" releases all over the IDM sound genre. Plus, some artists like Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Boards of Canada and the such have released similar recording as that of Autechre, but Autechre will always be the leader of this sound.
But, what I would really like to get, and I'm sure many Autechre fans would like to get, is a box set of all the Gescom recordings. Gescom is like this pseudonym of Autechre. Gescom is a secondary name for what Autechre has done under this hidden name, and not much of it is available on CD, especially here in the US.
Sean Booth and Rob Brown has released recordings under the pseudonym, Gescom. There is nothing on CD available from Gescom, (except "MiniDisc" which is nothing very interesting at all), but that doesn't mean you can't find their better recordings through various person to person music swap sites.
Look for these Gescom albums (I think they are only available on vinyl, and maybe only in the UK and Europe):
EP1 (1994), EP2 (1995), Motor (1994), The Sounds of Machines our Parents Used (1995), Keynell (1996), MiniDisc (1998), This (1998), That (1998), and Iss:sa (1999)
There are various takes and re-developed versions of Keynell. Just knowing that Gescom is so scarce, especially in America, it only makes it all the more totally cool to have these recordings share the CD carousel player with my other Autechre CD's.
I find a sense of comfort in the lunacy that is Autechre's music. I have to listen to Autechre every day. It's gotten harder to listen to regular music any more and it is certainly difficult to revert back to regular music immediately after switching off Autechre. Autechre is like a drug, a stimulant, a natural high. It's a sound that inspires motivation in what ever you are doing. And yes, I can get mildly depressed if I don't have some Autechre at my immediate avail. If I've got a lot of work to do, then I know I'll get it done (and fast), if I've got Autechre playing in my background.
So, you other Autechre addicts out there, please share your story. Let us all know what Autechre has done for you, too. Has Autechre changed your life, in a positive or negative way? We need to let other people know how Autechre has an indirectly strange way of promoting better psychological health and a more positive vision about life.