Autechre ‎– EP7

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Nothing Records ‎– INTD-90999
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Tracklist

1 Rpeg 6:00
2 Ccec 4:59
3 Squeller 4:37
4 Left Blank 6:40
5 Outpt 7:12
6 Dropp 3:16
7 Liccflii 4:57
8 Maphive 6.1 8:18
9 Zeiss Contarex 6:33
10 Netlon Sentinel 4:06
11 Pir 3:31

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The hidden track (track 00) for EP7 was not included on this edition, due to production problems.

Company Data and other credits are found on the spine.
Published By credit is listed as warp music\electric and musical industries

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 666489099920
  • Matrix / Runout: INTD90999 0666214166 MFG BY MATSUSHITA UNIVERSAL MEDIA SERVICES
  • Barcode: IFPI 2AO6

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
wapep7cd Autechre EP7(CD, EP) Warp Records wapep7cd UK 1999 Sell This Version
wapep7cd Autechre EP7(CD, EP) Warp Records wapep7cd UK 1999 Sell This Version
wapep7.1 Autechre EP7.1(12", EP, W/Lbl, Promo) Warp Records wapep7.1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
wapep7.1 Autechre EP7.1(12", EP) Warp Records wapep7.1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
wapep7.2 Autechre EP7.2(12", EP) Warp Records wapep7.2 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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DLD493

DLD493

July 20, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

In my opinion, THE best Autechre release.
It has quite a few tracks that show off their rap influence, namely Ccec and Zeiss Contarex.
The centerpieces of the album are Dropp and Maphive 6.1.
10/10, 5 stars.
dinosaur_robot

dinosaur_robot

August 17, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

this, like LP5, seems to be the most accessable Autechre stuff out there. mid to late nineties Autechre was the shit.
it's nice to have both EP7 eps in one but sucks that the hidden track is missing.
every squeal, click and hiss is perfect on this with the exception of the somewhat awkward timpanis in "Maphive 6.1" just don't dig it.
everything else on this takes me away on a journey into autistic glee.
it's also easy to pretend that the album art is actually still pictures of the songs.
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
as always, a few new ideas are presented on this compilation and those ideas contribute to an increasingly complex sound. the three major ideas introduced on the first ep (track 1 through 5) come from hip-hop, reggae and dwayne goettel.

the hip-hop influence is an overall, aesthetic influence that also appeared in their physical marketing around the time in the form of snapshots involving hoodies. it's certainly not as though autechre was the only act at the time that somewhat surprisingly embraced hip-hop; major industry insiders were chanting that hip-hop was on it's way to becoming the pop music of the next generation and in 2009 it seems as though these predictions have mostly been accurate. it would have been difficult to not get caught up in the hype; in 2009, this record still sounds amazingly cutting edge and would probably be received as amazingly cutting edge if it were released tomorrow with the label "fuck buttons" on it.

there are actually two tracks with "raps" on them, but they're not what you would normally conceive of as "raps". to begin with, on the first of the two anyways, the rapping appears to not only be impossible to decipher but actually composed by using a random number generator (this is a very old technique that thom yorke gets all the credit for and likely did lift from autechre records); it's actually remarkably well put together because it somehow manages to maintain the flow of a natural "rap", even though it is clearly a random number generator hitting nonsensical vocal samples. the second of these "raps" is at the end of the 9th track and mixed into a dark industrial sort of beat that sounds more like something from the mind of trent reznor than something from the mind of ice t. both of the "raps" are mixed to the background and treated effectively as keyboard parts.

in short, the musical influence of hip-hop beats and the general feel of hip-hop is all over this record, but the vocal influence of hip-hop rapping barely registers at all. the same thing could be said of the reggae influence: it's all wailers and no marley.

the only thing i really like about reggae - and i'd say this of the blues as well - is the prominence of playful interjections of improvisation in the face of otherwise very structured music. musicians would say something about reggae and blues acts being very "tight". the music itself is often based on traditional chord arrangements and the rhythms are never very exciting; it's the improv that interjects something that the listener can recognize as being more than a familiar pattern.

autechre somehow managed to port that "looseness" and "freeness" to electronic improvisation on this record and in very bizarre ways. the noise generator and the sequencer go out back and smoke a fat one; when they come back in, the sampler is pissed that he wasn't invited and attempts to take advantage of their inebriation by trying to force them out of time. in response, they just ignore him (his response is why they didn't invite him out back) and continue to jam together.....both the noise generator and sequencer seem capable of missing the 1 by a 32nd and they like playing between the count and sometimes wandering a little bit off key. this is the profound reggae influence on this record; it is the first time i've heard electronic musicians use electronic instruments to legitimately "jam" with each other.

neither booth nor brown have been shy about admitting the sheer volume of goettel/key compositions that they've digested over their lifetime; puppy has always been a big influence. in conjunction with the more open, organic reggae influence comes an infusion of the mid 90s "sonic tapestry" wall-of-everything sound that download successfully pioneered, minus the harsh vocals. this seems to come as a bit of a tying of loose ends in the sense that it as an attempt at ordering chaos.

it is important to keep in mind that the record was initially released as two eps, ep 7.1 and ep 7.2 and hence the odd name considering that this is an lp and not an ep, with the second ep starting at track 6. track 5 is constructed in an epic, album closing kind of way but it really bleeds more into the second ep...

....the second ep is constructed like a suite, with the tracks running directly into each other. the same general ideas are explored, but the hip hop and reggae influences are toned down a bit to bring out the kind of sound that is more expected from autechre; that cold, mechanical, glass-house sound. yet, the attempt at toning the computerized aesthetic down a bit in favour of a more humanized feel is also apparent. if chiastic slide was music tailored for a sims type reality, ep 7.2 is more like a virtual version of the sims where the player is not merely watching the characters that they've created wandering around but is actually experiencing what they experience as they're doing so.

overall, this is not the most compelling record in the autechre back catalog but when these rackets hit their stride they hit some of the highest points that electronic music has ever hit. when netlon sentinel hits it's climax, all of a sudden the first 20 minutes of the second ep make perfect sense and are entirely justified; when the resolution of pir finally lands, the result is just plainly satisfying. yet, despite the fact that the record only shines at certain points, those moments do not make sense out of context. so, this record belongs in a small group of compositions that are all about rewarding the listener for their patience. in that respect, perhaps the first three tracks are simply superfluous.

this should absolutely not be the first record of this style that you listen to but if you're familiar with the general style then you should be able to appreciate the second ep as the challenging and rewarding piece of music that it is......just be sure to listen to it through a good pair of headphones while walking through a forest during a blizzard.
srcosmo

srcosmo

September 19, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
While this release has many good bits, I found it extremely difficult to get into, and I don't consider it their best work. One of the most interesting things about Autechre is their exploration of sonic contrast, so it's no surprise that the best tracks here ("Pir", "Netlon Sentinel", "Maphive 6.1") make liberal use of it. Where this contrast is not present, the music is choked by dry static and uninspired textures.
"Rpeg" and "Ccec" are great, and reveal the extent to which Ae's music is inspired by rap and hiphop. "Maphive 6.1" is the centrepiece of the record, and features skittering insect drums layered over massive timpanis and interspersed with DSP-mangled piano, reminiscent of the Peel Session 2 EP. "Pir" is a pretty melody undercut by strange percussion that sounds like it's been run through a bad MPEG-1 compressor.
I'd recommend the "classic" Autechre releases before EP7, but it's still a worthwhile purchase.
BanklinPhones

BanklinPhones

July 8, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
I have pretty mixed feelings about Autechre, and not smooth I-F mixing quality feelings, lately it feels like they are just DSP wankers, faking the funk, however this a great showcase of fat-ass robot beats that will give you mindgasmic pleasures from centuries so far ahead they are already behind.

Track number 5 sounds like every Apparat track ever.
Not bad at all.

LifeSpan-Void

LifeSpan-Void

May 23, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
EP7 is for me, one of the biggest progressive leaps in the Autechre discography. Much more complexity and more subtle use of frequencies to create twisted but beautiful sounds. Squeller is the standout track, a feverish percussive clashing groove which eventually fades away into a tunnel of sounds, leaving you wishing for more. If Tri Repetae is the "Obvious" classic Autechre release, then EP7 is the "difficult" classic. The one that takes time to get.
autptvt

autptvt

January 20, 2004
geometric in shape and Debussy in color. beautiful melodies accompany ae's usual complicated beat structures. some might be discouraged by it's sometimes repetitive sequences but this is where the listener is challenged to be patient and to discover the inner beauty of the album. Pir is beyond comprehension. *teardrop