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AUTECHRE
Chiastic Slide

WARP49CD
Warp Records 1997
09 Tracks. 69mins27secs

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Sean Booth and Rob Brown met in the mid eighties in their native Manchester. United by a common interest for hip-hop and graffiti, they started playing music together, expanding their scope by fiddling with computers, creating their own softwares and machines.
After a first 12'', Cavity Job, released on Hardcore Records, they were signed-up by Sheffield-based legendary electronic label Warp Records, home of LFO, Nightmares On Wax and Black Dog. Autechre's first release for the label, Incunabula, came out as part of the seminal Artificial Intelligence series, and gave electronica a complete new dimension. LFO's Frequencies was very much taking off where Kraftwerk had stopped some years before. Autechre, in the other hand, were already starting to push boundaries further than anybody else. After another couple of albums, they released what would be the work of geniuses for some, and complete rubish for others: Chiastic Slide. Booth and Brown had by then absolute control over their machines, torturing them to the extreme in the process. Chiastic Slide, apparently taking its name from an eye condition, is a masterpiece of abstract music, rooted as much in the Kraftwerk playground as it is in Pierre Henry or Pierre Schaeffer and the "musique concrète" movement. The album opens with the organic Cipater, which sees its original beat pattern slowly overpowered by a second one, to the point where the old adapts itself to the new. The rest of Chiastic Slide is equally as disturbing, challenging, and beautiful. The music, also seemingly static, evolves, changes, morphs almost imperceptibly. The strange rhythmic structures, fragile backbone for minimalist melodies, are metallic and abrasive, with no apparent defined constitution. 
Despite its relative complexity, the music of Autechre is simple and basic, attractive and exhilarating, and Chiastic Slide is their most accomplished album to date.

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TRACKLIST

Cipater
Rettic Ac
Tewei
Cichli
Hob
Calbruc
Recury
Pule
Nuane

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