AeA: Quick Question Responses 1998

New questions appear at top - responses in loosely chronological order. This page open till 1999. Last updated while listening to: "Envane" EP


These questions were up from January to mid-May, 1998.
1. According to Warp-Net, Autechre is scheduled to have a full-length album release sometime in 1998. What would you like to hear: more of
the click-pop-hiss of Cichlisuite, or a return to Tri Repetae's coldness, or what?
2. How much do you think the cover art influences your listening and mental picture of a recording, especially music as abstract as Autechre's?
3. Do you think Autechre is industrial, and if so, how much? Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 17:09:19 -0800
From: Heather Pittet <>
Subject: Autechre Questions
1. I think that it would be best if Autechre did an album without
loops, maybe some frantic electro-noise like Download. For Autechre
to make an album that sounds like another album is probably impossible.
I think that more music like Chichli, from Chiastic Slide should be
2. The old cliche you can't judge a book by it's cover definately
applies to Autechre's cover art. There is no way to to describe their
music. Their cover art's pretty trippy though (except Tri Repetae,
until you open the disc cover).
3. In a way, Autechre could be considered industrial because of the use
of samples and noise (gotta love the noise :>). On a scale of one to
ten, they're a six.

-Mzeo B

From: (Clinton Pollard)
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 21:20:20 -0800
Subject: Autechre (3 questions)

#1) I would like Booth + Brown to go back to their sounds of
"Tri-Repetae" and "Anvil Vapre". I like Autechre a lot, but when I heard
the samples of "Cichli Suite" I was like, "What the hell is this!?" I
like Autechre no matter what they compose, but I must admit "Cichli
Suite" caught me WAY of guard. In the ambient category I enjoy
percussion a tad bit more than hi-pitched - glitching computer sounds
forming into music. I hope Booth + Brown have decided to go back to
those Industrial/Ambient sounds of "Tri-Repetae" and "Anvil Vapre".

#2) N/A

#3) I only consider "Tri-Repetae" and "Anvil Vapre" industrial, but to a
certain degree. Autechre is ambient no matter what, those two albums
have metal sounding - hard hitting - mechanized beats and rhythms, but
only on a few tracks which makes them considered industrial. Thats why
in question number one for those two albums I put, "Industrial/Ambient"

From: "Lucas Wilk" <>
To: <>
Subject: Autechre Quick Questions
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 1998 18:53:46 -0500
Question #1

I would like to see Autechre go where they haven't been to before, and
without any doubts this is what we are going to see; a one more logical
step along a fairly defined, yet elusive voyage into sound exploration and
musical manipulation of the highest order.

Question #2

In my opinion the artwork used to package Autechre's albums beautifully
compliments what is contained within those records, but I don't think it is
essential in any shape or form to enhance the listing process that is

Question #3
Their music is definitely not industrial, but some of their (harsh) sounds
could fall under that category.

Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 16:53:19 -0500 (EST)
From: Jon Stevenson <>
To: David O'Toole <>
Subject: Re: injokes in Ae's music
Hiya again.

This message is in response to the quick questions currently posted.

1) I would like more of the click-pop-hiss style in the new release,
although I must admit that a large part of my appreciation for Ae comes
from the fact that the music is constantly evolving. Gotta keep stretching
those bouandaries, y'know?

2) The cover art does have some influence, although not as much as I
thought it would. I think Amber would sound as wide-open and spacious even
if the landscape wasn't on the cover.

3) I don't really classify Autechre as industrial. TR probably reached the
peak of machine-like sounds, and since then it seems as if the music is
becoming more organic (in terms of rhythms and layering, if not sounds).
The sounds seem to be getting more alien.

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 08:48:04 +0100
Subject: tchiii cri vouam bum bum
i really like cichlisuite, more than tri repetea ,and i really think
,it's the best thing i ever heard , it's so great and so perturbative.
go one with your page it's cool

Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 13:48:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: "SLUGGIN' FER JESUS" <> Save Address Block Sender
Subject: quick question
>1. According to Warp-Net, Autechre is scheduled to have a full-length album
>release sometime in 1998. What
>would you like to hear: more of the click-pop-hiss of Cichlisuite, or a return
>to Tri Repetae's coldness, or what?

I'd like to hear whatever they produce. That's why i like autechre, because
they are different from song to song, and from album to album. Very varied,
each album has its own soul, so to speak. Whatever they come up with, i will

> 2. How much do you think the cover art influences your listening and mental
>picture of a recording, especially
>music as abstract as Autechre's?

I like the cover art because it fits their music in many ways. It's a
comforting sense of coldness, minimalism. It doesn't influence my listening,

> 3. Do you think Autechre is industrial, and if so, how much?

Autechre is industrial in the sense that there is that spirit of
experimentation, a flirtation with anti-music, and a willingness to explore new

They are much more industrial than, say, Frontline Assembly.

Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 04:55:09 -0600
From: terry robertson <> Save Address Block Sender
Subject: quick questions

1 i loved tri-repetae. id like to see something go more in that direction,
with more clicky elements from chiastic slide.

2. to be honest and truthful, the cover affects a lot. when most people see
a recording from a band they've never heard of, they will look at the
cover, then track titles (if any). if there is a cool cover, it can
influence a lot... on the other hand, when its a band like autechre,
well buy it no matter what.

3. that depends. if you are talking about a
nineinchnails/ministry/skinnypuppy type industrial, absolutely none
whatsoever. industrial music, i believe, is dubbed "industrial" because
you literally have to BUILD it. the different sounds are your cement and
steel, and your equipment are your hammer and jackhammer. if you are
talking about that kind of industrial, yes, to a degree.