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While their music has been called chaotic by detractors, any electronic musician who has attempted to emulate Autechre's unique sound will tell you that their programming is fiendishly complex and very, very precise. Randomly programming beats into a drum machine will no more get you Autechre's sound than dribbling paint on canvas will get you a Jackson Pollock painting.
This stuff obviously isn't easy listening, but it isn't really esoteric, either. Autechre are simply exploring the physical properties of sound, especially those liminal points--so dispraised in popular music--where a sound moves across the traditionally policed categorical distinctions between melody, rhythm, and texture. We hear texture becoming rhythm and rhythm becoming melody. Hearing such music can be discomfiting because there are no functional parts to recognize ("Hey, where's the bass line?") but only particles of sound arranged into new constellations (just as in a Pollock painting representational space has been left well behind). Such discomfort, however, is only a precursor to the excitement of experiencing the world anew--free from the dull constraints of habit and expectation. Autechre makes new music, but, more importantly, they give us new ears for all music. They make music itself new.
Anyway, this all leads us to Untilted, the eighth album in the Autechre canon and one that should please all those looking for their customary blend of bizarrely arranged bleeps, sweeps, and creeps. Despite occasionally bringing in sounds somewhat similar to the dronings on an MRI machine, Untilted is a surpisingly musical release, occasionally managing to sound catchy even amidst a flurry of determinedly abstract time signatures and song structures. At the same time, Untitled is still an Autechre release, and as such the focus remains on feeding your brain first and foremost.Read more ›
And that is the key to grasping what Autechre is doing- it's not "cheating" as many traditional musicians say about electronica, by programming everything and not actually playing an instrument. Booth and Brown seem to be using their tools appropriately, exploring what can be done when traditional structure can be discarded, when the drummer doesn't have to keep a particular time, and the guitarist doesn't have to know what key the song is in. These aren't songs. They're constructs made of sound, and I was able to "get" Autechre much better once I began to think of it in those terms. The mental image I get most frequently is of music that exists in a space independent of any other reality, in a direction that you can't point to.
It's definitely not for everyone, and that's not a criticism- I know many people with great, eclectic musical tastes who don't care for this at all. But if you spend the time and find that you do get it, the payoff is so worth it. This one in particular is one of their bests, and a culmination of the stylistic changes they've been trying out over the last few releases.Read more ›
UNTILTED gets right down to business with the pummeling beats of "LCC". The pacing is fast, the percussion hits hard and, for at least a couple minutes, a predictable rhythmic pattern presents itself. Of course this being Autechre nothing stays on steady course for long. Soon the rhythm track trips over itself before succumbing to a grinding halt giving way to a more spacious, open sound where darkly angelic keyboard touches sing as if filling a cathedral.
"Ipacial Section" follows next where a strange mix of plucking string sounds and metallic crashes compete for space. The melodic highlight comes from looping a brief passage of what sounds like a human voice singing, or it could be machinery, either way it sounds utterly mechanical and yet heavenly at the same time.
The next two tracks, "Pro Radii" and "Augmatic Disport", contains UNTILTED's most disorienting and darkest moments.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think Untilted is the best of Autechre's new work. Move Of Ten, Confeld, and Draft 7.30 are all great, but none as good as Untilted in terms of the overall quality of modern,... Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by Kevin Emery
It's a shame we couldn't ask for breathtakingly cerebral beats And melodic-driven emotional involvement anymore, but I'm still easily sold on what may be there... Read more
Well, first of all, this has probably been said before but it bear repeating: Autechre is not for everyone. Especially the likes of Confield, Draft 7.30, and this album. Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by T. Goyins
Untilted is Ae's 8th full length, and stylistically, the album is different from past efforts mainly in that the melody in the music is hidden even further in the background than... Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by The Pitiful Anonymous
If anyone had heard this in 2003, they would have said, no way that is autechre. Ae have gone in a completely different direction in the way they compose. Read morePublished on June 30, 2007 by Orange66
After gantz graf and the the Magnificent Draft 7:30 this just came across as the Electro Wizards taking advantage of a well earned worldwide fan base.Published on May 20, 2007 by M. Hedges
I admit that I bought this album, listened to it once and chucked it.
I gave it another go recently and found an entire hidden world. Read more
What you will find here is absolutely nothing like you've ever heard before. Autechre is probably as far away from mainstream as any form of 'music' (if thats even a proper way to... Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by Avernus
Autechere will always occupy a special place in my heart, and if you are looking for good IDM/ambient I strongly suggest you buy up autechre albums, particularly the first few,... Read morePublished on January 29, 2007 by Dr. Felbsworthy