Infobox musical artist
Name = Autechre

Img_capt = Autechre performing at Princeton
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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
Genre = IDM
Isolationist ambient
Years_active = 1987–present
Label = Warp
Wax Trax!
Associated_acts = Gescom
URL = [ Autechre at Warp Records]
Current_members = Sean Booth Rob Brown
Past_members =

Autechre are an English electronic music group consisting of Rob Brown and Sean Booth, both natives of Rochdale, England. 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, [ "Confield" reviews, c. 2001] — "Metacritic"] though Booth and Brown are ambivalent in relating their sound to established genres. [ Drew Daniel interview, November 2005] — "Pitchfork Media"]


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 [ Peel Session artist profile] ] while collecting a handful of cheap equipment, most notably a Casio SK-1 sampler and a Roland TR-606 drum machine. [ "TECHNO-LOGICAL", November 1997] — "Sound on Sound"] 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 (IPAEng|ɔːˈtɛkɚ — approximately "awe-teh-ker"). [ [ Marc Weidenbaum interview, c. 1997] — ""] 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." [ "Autechre", April 2004] — "Sound on Sound"] They are also commonly referred to by the abbreviation "Ae" or "æ".

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.


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Many describe Autechre's music as cold and austere, whereas others perceive a warmth and sentimentality that touches even the most cerebral pieces.Fact|date=February 2008 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.


True to their early techno roots, Autechre use a wide array of analog synths in their production, as well as analog and digital drum machines, mixers, effects units and samplers. They have also made extensive use of a variety of computer based sequencers, softsynths, and other applications as a means of controlling those synths and processing the synthesized sounds. Autechre have experimented in depth with development environments such as Max/MSP (invented by software pioneer Miller Puckette), SuperCollider [ Alex Reynolds interview, February 2003] — "Grooves" (excerpted)] and Kyma – amongst others – from 1997 onwards, though it is unclear which are still in use. In 2005, they used the Elektron [ Machinedrum] and Monomachine in their live performances. [ "New Machinedrum Percussion Synth", April 2005] — ""] In 2008, Sean Booth reported that if he were locked in a cell for a year with only one piece of software and one piece of hardware, he'd "probably take a copy of Digital Performer and an AKG C-1000 mic." [ [ Interview with Sean Booth, Jan 2008] — "Reverb Magazine"]

Autechre have emphasized that their music-making involves using new techniques on old equipment and old techniques on new equipment, and that their sound comes from combinations of tools and techniques, and "creative routing", more than any single magical machine.Fact|date=January 2007 This has been the case since their early days, when, for example, they used a Boss delay that had a pitch/trigger input, allowing it to be used as a realtime sampler.Fact|date=January 2007 When the square wave input it received for determining pitch had resonance added, the pitch would drift between notes in a special way. If the output was mixed back in as a control pitch, it could produce unusual fractal patterns, something that cannot be recreated easily with software, or on an embedded system. Other machines that Autechre have repeatedly mentioned in interviews are appreciated for their interface and aesthetics as much as their sound, including the Roland TR-606 and MC-202, and the Nord Lead.

Autechre sometimes use generative sequences, most notably on "Confield" and "EP7".



*1993: "Incunabula"
*1994: "Amber" UK #81
*1995: "Tri Repetae" UK #86
*1997: "Chiastic Slide" UK #130
*1998: "LP5" UK #135
*2001: "Confield" UK #153
*2003: "Draft 7.30" UK #149
*2005: "Untilted" UK #199
*2008: "Quaristice" UK #148

"Tri Repetae" was released in the U.S. as "Tri Repetae++", adding the "Garbage" and "Anvil Vapre" EPs on a bonus second disc. The Japanese edition issued by Sony also included an exclusive bonus track, "Medrey". Also, the title "LP5" is a conventional one, as the album bears no title. It is sometimes referred to as "Autechre".


*1991: "Lego Feet"
*1994: "Anti EP"
*1995: "Garbage" (combined with "Anvil Vapre" for "Tri Repetae++") UK #138
*1995: "Anvil Vapre" (combined with "Garbage" for "Tri Repetae++") UK #102
*1997: "Envane" UK #94
*1997: "Cichlisuite" (also known as "Cichli Suite") UK #127
*1999: "Peel Session" UK Budget Albums Chart #2
*1999: "EP7" (CD combining vinyl EPs "EP 7.1" and "EP 7.2")
*2001: "Peel Session 2"
*2002: "Gantz Graf" (also released as a DVD) UK #108
*2003: "æ³o & h³æ" (2xCD Minimax, collaboration with Hafler Trio)
*2005: "æo³ & ³hæ" (2xCD, collaboration with Hafler Trio)
*2008: "" (digital exclusive 13-track EP bundle)

ingles, promos, and remixes

*1991: "Cavity Job" (12" vinyl single limited to 1,000 copies)
*1994: "Basscadet" (five remixes – six on vinyl – of "Basscadet" from "Incunabula"; also known as "Basscad") UK #56
*1996: "We R Are Why" (12" vinyl promo.)
*1997: "Radio Mix" (hour-long DJ remix of own and other artists' tracks)
*1999: "Splitrmx12" (12" vinyl promo limited to 3,000 copies)
*2007: "Tried by 12" (Autechre remix on the East Flatbush Project CD Single)
*2008: "Quaristice (Versions)" (Limited to 1,000 copies, contains remixes of 11 Quaristice tracks)
*2008: "Digital Exclusive" (3-track EP available only in the Japanese iTunes Store)

ee also

*Warp Records
*Skam Records


External links

* [ An Autechre visual discography]
* [ Autechre at Warp Records]
* [ WATMM fan-site]
* [ Autechre interview] with Sound on Sound (April 2004)
* [ Rob Brown interview] with BBC Collective (April 2005)
* [ Sean Booth interview] with Cyclic Defrost (May 2005)
* [ Sean Both interview] with [ KultureFlash] (April 2005)
* [ Rob Brown Interview about Quaristice] with Barcode Magazine (January 2008)
* [ "Words of Autechre"] - title theories
* [ "Pop Songs for Your Synapses": Quaristice-Review]

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