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.
Brown and Booth 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: /???t?k?/ — 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.
On two occasions Autechre have streamed webcasts from their website. The first was on 10 April 2005, and lasted a little over 7 and a half hours. The most recent took place on 23 February 2008, and was exactly 12 hours long. Both began at 8pm GMT, and featured an eclectic range of music.
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 enharmonic 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.
Chiastic Slide, released in 1997 by Warp Records, is an album by the electronic music group Autechre. Like many releases under the Warp label, the album is in a style frequently described as Intelligent Dance Music; other descriptions classify it as experimental music or, less accurately, as experimental techno.
Many critics panned Chiastic Slide as being an underwhelming follow-up to 1995\'s groundbreaking Tri Repetae; however, it\'s now clear that the album inspired subsequent Autechre releases such as 2001\'s Confield, and it\'s often cited as one of the most underappreciated IDM albums of the 1990s.
It is also considered to be a \"forgotten\" release in the eyes of many American listeners thanks to the fact that it did not receive a release in the United States until Warp Records began distributing its own releases there in 2001. Trent Reznor supposedly found the record too experimental to be worth distributing on his now defunct Nothing Records label, although this theory ignores the fact that he picked up the equally controversial LP5 and EP7.
Autechre produced several remixes of track four, \"Cichli,\" on their subsequent EP Cichlisuite (1997).
The sleeve is designed by Sheffield based design agency The Designers Republic.
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