AUTECHRE - "Untitled", Warp Records
www.warprecords.com

AUTECHRE / THE HAFLER TRIO - "aeo3/3hae", Die Stadt
www.diestadtmusik.de

Dissection of these two records will not be an easy task. I knew this from the get-go, yet a challenge is always a challenge. Not that I never understood what Autechre was attempting to accomplish with their brand of innovative techno collages. Rather, I was too far removed from the vicinity and could never feel the heart beating at the core.

'Untitled' doesn't completely convince me to play for their team, but I think it's a step in the right direction. The heavily 'percussive' [term is used loosely ' these are all processed percussion sounds ' I somehow doubt the duo would employ a real drummer] album is full of energy and wonderful little twists. Their pieces are drawn out and go in directions that are as surprising as the duo themselves. Each track can develop into little minute sub-tracks and sub-sections that veer off onto bizarre paths. The beauty of the record is its variety of rhythm. Duo program their synths with complex patterns that repeat, though never bore their listeners into submission. Whether they use algorithmic patterns to generate their sounds is not all crucial. What matters is the music is left to speak for itself. It's hung out to dry for everyone to examine and ultimately dissect. Ambient? Techno? IDM? Composed music? Whatever people end up calling it, with 'Untitled', I'm finally beginning to feel the heart of Autechre. They say The Hafler Trio have a rich sense of humour. Perhaps. The beautifully produced 2 CD set 'aeo3/3hae', which happens to be the second collaborative effort between Autechre and The Hafler Trio is as stunning in its appearance as it is in sound. I would guess this collaboration consisted of trading of tapes [or whatever media these two teams were using] back and forth between Iceland and UK. The first disc 'aeo3' is made up of one long half an hour calming sound. Like an approaching thunderstorm, the fury of the underlying sound is rather understated and wildly soft spoken.

It's only at the midway point that Autechre's signature electronics come into view. Chaotically induced glitches cover the aural landscape. At the end, the piece fades away painfully and slowly into the thin air. Equally involving, '3hae' features a score of sounds that draw you in from the get go. Metallic sounds, synthetic wind-like howling and gentle glittering of the sounds provide for a soothing listen. Don't mistake this collaboration for ambient music, which it's not. These are dangerous territories that are being mined ' full of mystique and the unknown. These are the sounds of the lesser heard, the ones that are left by the wayside and ignored. In addition to the music, the 2 CD set [limited edition of 1000 ' usual for Die Stadt releases] is gorgeously packaged in a cloth box, which also contains some black and white artwork. Bold sounds for a soulless world.

Tom Sekowski


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