Autechre ‎– Chiastic Slide

Warp Records ‎– WARP CD49
CD, Album


1 Cipater 8:57
2 Rettic Ac 2:08
3 Tewe 6:57
4 Cichli 8:52
5 Hub 7:35
6 Calbruc 3:51
7 Recury 9:44
8 Pule 8:33
9 Nuane 13:15

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(P)1997 Warp Records Ltd (C)1997 Warp Records Ltd.
Made In England
Issued in a standard jewel case with eight page booklet.

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  • Barcode: 5021603049123
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 97500 WARPCD49 [logo] DOCdata UK
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 83192 WARPCD49 1:1:1:
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L041
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 7302
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 97500 WARPCD49 [DOCdata logo] DOCdata ablex UK
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI LP76
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 7303

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December 30, 2018
Shouldn't the track duration of Nuane 11:55 and not 13:15?


July 18, 2016
Every one take a moment to salute Autechre for this album ✌️


January 28, 2015
I feel the style should also include industrial


January 3, 2015
This is arguably the record that changed the way I listened to music forever. I won’t stop playing this one until I die.


September 10, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

Overall a satisfying Album with a touching and a dark side, and they are all played side by side like dark/light dark/light...and so forth. My favourite musics are "Cichli", "Hub" and "Pule".


December 13, 2010
on this record, the noise becomes more melodic and the melodies become more noisy. there is no longer any reason why polyrhythms need to be composed of anything at all that sound anything at all like a drum, although sometimes it is decided that they should, and there is further no reason that synths need to sound like synths or deep melodic parts need to sound like analog bass synths. everything has been thrown out the window.

however, autechre's journey is an evolution of increasing complexity, and we see that present here as well. the complexity began to become interesting on the last record; on this record, it's actually become mesmerizing. they have taken richard d. james' challenge; these are not songs, they are compositions, fully written upwards and nitpicked as closely as any other composer would nitpick their own scores. yet, they are often compositions of noise, where the computer has become the orchestra; and the computer is of course able to turn any conceivable sound into a melody. perhaps the part that would have been played by a flute last century should be played by a noise generator during this century, perhaps the ambience of a stringed instrument is now represented by the ambience of a pad; yet, the process is the same as it has always been, and this is no less serious a piece of music as a whole than anything by any composer in the past.

the primary improvement over tri repetae on this disc is the incomparably higher level of horizontal composition. on tri repetae, there are generally only a few lines moving at any one time and the writing is, in general, based largely around repetitive loops. this record is much more written in an academic sense and much less loop-oriented, regardless of what the reviews incorrectly suggested at the time. you can hear a huge influence from the minimalist school - particularly steve reich - in the evolving, subtly changing repetitions. almost all of the tracks are built around counterpoint. if you're not listening closely, that may come off as repetitive, but the solution is to listen more closely. indeed, like most abstract and revolutionary pieces of music, this was initially panned by the critics, who labelled it as redundant; they appear to have misunderstood it. they will eventually understand it. i would request a more careful listening, which will inevitably be followed by a serious re-evaluation.

tewe and cichli are great examples of this. on first listen, they sound like simple loops repeated over and over again. however, if you listen a little bit more closely, you can hear a very subtle evolution within each repetition. reich called this process and made it to the central motif of his career.

the fifth track is, again, an anti-climax; it splits the record in half. nuane is probably my personal favourite autechre track of all time and an excellent closer to the disc, the band's first true moving, sweeping, changing epic.


January 23, 2010
Like every release of Autechre, starting from Tri Repetae, this is not only music for the years, but also music for the mind. Ae can transport us to completely different states of mind and Chiastic slide is no exception.
I returned to this record today and I just realized again how good it is. With Cipater I really started to move to the music, really dancing, but soon it turned to a claustrophobic underwater beauty with Rettic Ac. I travelled through different states of mind during the listening of the album and if sometimes I felt like in the middle of a sonic dream, it soon could change to a nightmare. This is music for the humans that we are... full of senses.
I already pre-ordered Oversteps and I think that a new big change will happen, until then I am re-exploring every bit that Ae produced. Until then...


June 23, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
This is where Booth and Brown said goodbye to easy listening. Imagine Tri Repetae with even less organic sounds and even more machine clanks... I'll give them credit for wanting to re-invent themselves with this album, but it just kept getting more and more crazy with each release. They used to release several CDs a year (album and EPs) and now look at them, as of this date (june 2006) they release 1 album every 2 years. Its clear they are running out of ideas and the boundaries of complex IDM they produce have been breached. I'd say its high time for them to begin making more accessible music again.

This album is worth listening to if you liked their first 3 albums, as hints of those works are still here.. withing the machinery.


March 29, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Chiastic Slide was the first IDM album I ever purchased. The track 'Tewe' was what attracted me, after hearing it in a skateboard film called 'One Step Beyond'. I quickly researched the artist and bought this album the first chance I saw it on a shelf. As an IDM virgin at the time I wasn't sure what to expect. It took a few listens but in no time I found myself engaged in the wide variety of sounds that I never would have imagined hearing in my life. It's been three years since I first purchased this album, and to this day it still stands the test of time, and exceeds boundaries I once set for myself.

December 27, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
The beginning of the change for Autechre...and it shows. All the tracks are great in their own right, but the only problem is that the longer tracks, like Recury, Hub, and Cichli just seem to go on and on and on with little variation. Track Rettic Ac is probably their nosiest track they've done to date. I rated this album as one of my least favorite but I still love it a lot as a turning point album for AE and I think Booth/Brown did an excellent job in that respect.