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Autechre @ Opera House

Discussion in 'Event Reviews' started by tommysmalls, May 10, 2001.

  1. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    daz wuz zum noiz



    well, you could say it was an "artistic" performance...


    ...but i really was disappointed with the work of autechre (and the opening act as well, yikes!)- they were using some interesting sounds that worked well together, and then they just kept pounding more and more and more for longer and longer and longer and more and longer and more and then chopped it up by breaking the beats to simulate the "shoes in the dryer" effect...usually thats a bad thing, but some people were even bumping and grooving to the non-rhythms.

    the sound was fresh and new all right - it was the sound of putting your head through the everyday grind of the ratrace...
    with a twist... we all paid $25 to gather to share the punisment with 800 like minded individuals.


    back to work.

  2. gsnuff

    gsnuff TRIBE Promoter

    Carefull.. I've heard people say the same thing about minimal techno! LOL.. I thought autechre's PA failed on a whole.. I went expecting synchopated improv madness and all I got was madness. There were some golden moments, but on a whole the PA didn't feel coherent. Too bad.. I enjoyed the cuban cigar my friend gave me more than autechre.

  3. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    i remember when i recently gave my mom i mix of mine and she described how uncomfortable, edgey and uneasy it made her feel

    ...same story with me and autechre - i can't believe the music crazy kids are listening to these days.


  4. gsnuff

    gsnuff TRIBE Promoter

    I know.. you give these kids a cement mixer to sample and a laptop and they fancy themselves musicians!

  5. Par- T

    Par- T TRIBE Member

    How to describe this particular event??

    Interesting, different, bizarre, weird, painful, fun, thought provoking, not worth $25, worth $25, WTF?, woo hoo, are they done yet?, cool ....

    I had all of those thoughts as I tried to get a handle on what we were presented with last night. Can't really comment on the opening act - didn't get there until they were almost done.
    Autechre started with a bunch of bizarre sounds, at points danceable but mostly not. They seemed to loose most people early on with their (minimal ? ambient ? experimental ? machine ?) sounds. I was hoping it would change soon, which it did after about an hour. Thankfully we got what I was expecting in the 2nd half of their set (?) - the type of track I associate Autechre with. Had me grooving with my eyes closed (the only real way to appreciated it) or just standing doing the head nod like everyone else.
    The last act (don't know who it was) finally had be going full on, but I couldn't stay - had to work this morning.

    Not a bad evening, could have been better, glad I went to check Autechre out, not sure if I will the next time though.

    Thanks Dora for putting up with me, Susan you bailed too soon and what was that comment I was supposed to quote?, Tommy & James where were you?
  6. SE7EN

    SE7EN TRIBE Member

    to be immersed in an environment that my limited mind can only describe as the an infinite womb of chaos where the only sound to hear was that of entire universes being born, destroyed, and reborn was challenging, interesting, and emotionally rewarding to say the least.

    I've never listened to Authecre for more than 30 minutes prior to this event. maybe that clean slate approached helped.

  7. gsnuff

    gsnuff TRIBE Promoter

    It was interesting. What may have been overwhelming was simply the fact that there was no end to the pa.. no interuptions. It was just a mutating blob of breakbeats, sub bass, hiss, and clicky percussion. With their albums the tracks are really packaged, and contained to 4-8 min of controlled chaos.. they just let loose with the PA. It was overwhelming...

  8. terrawrist III

    terrawrist III TRIBE Member

    actually enjoyed the live sounds!

    but he people were eccentric to say the least.I felt that i was out of place most of the night...but thats cool, i guess artists like autechre can attract a more brod audience.
  9. d.code

    d.code TRIBE Member

    I really wanted to go to this- but lack of funds wouldnt let me.

    BUT- if any of you want a recording of the live performance- talk to me- give me an email or ICQ shout and Ill hook you up.


  10. vox

    vox TRIBE Member

    sorry to bring up old shit, but AUTECHRE KICKED ASS ALL OVER THE PLACE.

    it's weird how we can't break out of our enculturated value system for music and accept people who are trying to progress and expand the boundaries...breakdown the delineation between noise and music. people like autechre, squarepusher and negativland are heroes.

    the crowd was WIKKED...dudes, the event was run by the people who bring you that little gem called "rotate this"...now how could you go wrong? it's nice to see some diversity.


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