Did Coltrane blow random notes sometimes? Did Hendrix play random notes (noise)? "Chaos" can be a part of a composition, random notes can be embedded in a structure. And as AE explained, what seems to be random sometimes is actually programmed boundaries in which the machine can "improvise". If you hear a seemingly random beat or sound repeated every 3 seconds in a specific time signature, it is a pattern, so you can't call the idea, the concept, random. That said, I'm sure they just press an elbow on a keyboard sometimes, for randomness. And I'm sure you already knew what you just read.
Valid points. Of course, elements in music that aren't completely deliberate or intended are not worth less than minutiously composed pieces.
To compare virtuous players of instruments (idea to sound in real time) to musicians who's impulses and spontaneous ideas have to travel from brain to controler and then meet the limits of software etc, wasn't fair in the first place. But that is where an "improvising" machine makes sense. If you programm the parameters of what it is allowed to do to your liking or aesthetics (build a musical sandbox), it is pretty similar to doing it yourself when you turn off your brain and just play. You are right, 100% control is impossible, and that can make you try harder or allow you to be gloriously lazy and let the music come to you. We are getting too deep into the subject for a shoutbox. We need groups back!
Well, I wouldn't say Chiastic Slide is underrated at all, quite the opposite from my point of view actually. It is highly regarded album among Ae fans, which confuses me, but hey, it would be no fun if everybody would like the same things. Funny, Oversteps is probably my second least favourite. There are some great tracks on Oversteps but like a good half of the album I find tad weak compared to their other recent releases.
I found Untilted and Quaristice to be my least favourite and I always thought Amber and Tri Repetae are their most overrated even though I enjoy both albums. I just picked up Elseq-1which I am really enjoying.
Hey friends, I share a new Autechre video I've personally created for the track "777". A lot of effort and time took me to make this, please let me know what do you think, and enjoy it! https://vimeo.com/180475732
Incunabula, Tri Repetae, LP5 and Confield are distinct yet equivalent masterpieces. Amber, Chiastic Slide, EP7 and Draft 7.30 are close enough. I'm not a big fan of their post-2005 work but to each their own. Their EPs are wonderful as well. Two of my favorite electronic musicians!
@HeadShoter, Goomba4001: Thank you guys. I wanna try to make something for other elseq tracks too. I love the fact that Autechre play in total darkness to let the listeners immerse their senses into their imagination, but at the same time I think they should also use some visual design like that. Their music is hugely synesthetic and each sound can bring to mind different images and concepts.
@Mork_Laerer That is a great video, I hope that enters the canon of Autechre fanvids (up there with the plyPhon one). It's kind of weird realizing Autechre hasn't had an official video since 2002(?). @Los_Bybys No. But it's interesting discussing the impact and resulting listening experience of the decision to release a 4+ hour album, not your run-of-the-mill album format, even for Autechre.