Autechre ‎– Untilted

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Tracklist

1 LCC 7:46
2 Ipacial Section 9:57
3 Pro Radii 8:42
4 Augmatic Disport 9:27
5 Iera 4:55
6 Fermium 5:45
7 The Trees 7:26
8 Sublimit 15:52

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Published by Warp Music \ Electric and Musical Industries.

℗ 2005 Warp Records Limited © 2005 Warp Records Limited.
Made In England

Released in a jewel case with clear tray and four-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 01061 01802 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 801061018023
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1 & 2): || CD || WARPCD180 || 13113 ||
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 & 2): IFPI LV31
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI RZ20
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI RZ21
  • Label Code: LC02070

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WARP LP 180 Autechre Untilted(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARP LP 180 UK 2005 Sell This Version
WARPCDD 180 Autechre Untilted(8xFile, ALAC, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD 180 UK 2005
none Autechre Untilted(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Autechre) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
BRC-122 Autechre Untilted(CD, Album) Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-122 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
WARPCD180P Autechre Untilted(CDr, Album, Promo) Warp Records WARPCD180P UK 2005 Sell This Version

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Numanoid

Numanoid

December 17, 2016
edited 11 months ago

The return to some kind of form, their most accomplished effort since LP5. Building their career in the 90's Booth & Brown took hardcore beats to the next level in the process, and this album is some kind of return to those roots, a joyful rhythmic fiesta!
noby

noby

October 22, 2015

Quite certainly the worst Autechre LP and in my opinion the only black sheep in their fairly spotless catalog. In not sure at all what was the artistic goal with this album. Untilted seems to focus on two closely related things, rhythm and repetition glitches and leave out all else. This is evident right from the beginning as the opening track LCC lays the foundation of what's to come, surprisingly dull percussions repeated in banal sequenced with some atonal drones layered beneath. Melody is only secondary, if that.

The tracks Ipacial Section, Pro radii and Iera thankfull rectify some of these issues, in particular providing interesting percussion instruments for a change and otherwise slightly more engaging timbral palette as well. Still even these cuts that are probably the best on the album almost exclusively seem to focus on rhythmic acrobatics that frankly are some of the least interesting in Autechre's entire repertoire.

Augmatic Disport, Fernium and The Trees mostly fit into the same category, but manage to be even less absorbing for the most part. Fermium is a noteworthy exception though in the sense that it does include a melody, which is actually quite interesting, but once again the mindless repetition reinforces the humdrum quality of the album. These tracks also make painfully clear how barren the whole album is spectrally.

Sublimit closes the album in an apt manner. It's ugly, long and drawn out, quite similar to the opener actually. it concentrates all bad aspects of the album well. I fail to understand why this album is lauded so much by the fans and casual listeners alike. The mix, instrumentation, melody and writing are all significantly worse than say both the album that preceded and succeeded this one. Not recommended at all but someone else probably will anyway.
iamxaml

iamxaml

April 21, 2015
Those who dismiss the latest bunch of Autechre records might very well just showcase the limits of their imagination.
SKX

SKX

January 26, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
So I'm not a huge Autechre fan, I did like Amber and Move of Ten however I find around around 90% of their content to be unlistenable. However this isn't the case with Untilted, it may sound like a mess of beats at first but the ambiance and other content that plays quietly in the background makes it all sound orchestrated as they work in conjunction with each other. Overall its definitely worth checking out either for Autechre haters.
harbri

harbri

September 7, 2014
MAsteRpiECe oF maTUrE ThOuGHt
Cardia1

Cardia1

September 8, 2013
edited over 3 years ago

Another satisfying album, it follows a similiar style to "Darft 7.30", it starts with a music "LCC" that has an outstading melody, what follows next are musics that will take you to strange places with surreal happenings, i also love "Iera" its a real dark music and "Sublimit" wich ends with a morbid tune. Great release with full madness ;)
ragazzodoro

ragazzodoro

September 5, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

I'm smiling inside my mind thinking HOW MANY people around the world have GET THE FULL TRICKERY wich is sealed and stuck inside every track of this album !
A headphone will help but only at max volume level some hidden treasure comes out!
TOTAL KILLER PERCUSSIVE ALBUM, here our duo took it with fun to re-invent the electronic percussion-felling, away from disco and IDM whateveryoumaycallit, totally groundbreaking and astoundingly NEW.
On the very Top Level with some ultra "away from that usual 4 parallel layers" to be listened to, sometimes even 5 or 6 interfilling secretative sounds.
Just try the vinyl version at maximum volume but equally the cd has its point.

aa ahh...(listening to this music)..what?...a voice ...do you hear that? ...?!
AlfredPMcLovely

AlfredPMcLovely

June 3, 2011

I hated this album when it came out. Absolutely hated it. 6 years later it's one of my favorite ae albums. I don't know what happened.
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
this is perhaps the only autechre record that actually sounds the way that so many people have criticized them for sounding; i'm convinced that the difference in aesthetic is due solely to the mix.

something happened to electronic music in the early 2000s. i'm not sure what brought it on as i'm not completely immersed in the genre, i just follow a few acts i really like. the move towards a more stripped down, minimalist approach may have begun as a reaction to the "indulgent" nature of late 90s electronic music and manifested itself as some kind of electronic punk rock reaction. it may have been a response to the commercialization of the genre as it is much cheaper and faster to produce and market minimal techno than it is to market elaborate idm records. whatever it was, autechre must have been listening because there is a distinct move away from conventional melody on this disc.

that's not to say that the record is full of simple beats because it's not. there is more repetition than usual, but the repeated patterns are actually fairly complex; this is unquestionably "intelligent dance music". yet, the bass drums have that deep bass-merged-with-drum sound to them that dub music has, the melodies are rather robotic and the harmonies are just bluntly nearly gone. for the first few listens, that will probably be massively disappointing but after you've heard it a few times everything starts to fall into place. there's a lot of detail in the mix in regards to stereo positioning that only comes out when listened to through headphones. i should explain a little...

pretty much all of the major sound recording software packages nowadays have surround sound plugins that allow the artist to actually program depth into the aural field. what that means is that it's not only possible but rather elementary to mix a record so that when the record is being played back through headphones the vocals sound as though they are being recited very close to you and the rest of the band sounds as though it is playing far away in the distance. this record sounds as though autechre have gone to town with this new toy, moving instruments around through a projected three dimensional aural soundscape at will and at times even randomly.

the result of these sound design decisions is initially very disorienting because the sound is so saturated with movement in this regard that it is not even initially obvious that what is "wrong" with the cd is that it exists three-dimensionally; initially, it just sounds like a confusing mess. when i first realized what was happening, it hit me like an epiphany. yes, aha! i gots it! you may not realize it at first because you're not wired to but what they do on several tracks is mix the repeating drum sequences to periodically bounce not between the left and right channels but forwards and backwards through the mix, i.e. in front of you and behind you and close to you and away from you. as your brain is unable to really understand such movement coming out of a set of headphones, it just goes "wha...?" and is unable to piece the sound together properly, hence the total aesthetic of an aimless mess. you have to somehow tell your brain to listen in 3d.

is that enjoyable to listen to? i would claim that it is, but it's very difficult to focus on. you have to constantly fight with your brain to pay attention because your brain is constantly responding with "ERROR 31337 - TOO MUCH INFORMATION. PLEASE TRY A DIFFERENT PIECE OF MUSIC.". this reaction must be biological; i pride myself on my attention span, which is unending and unwavering. if i can't focus and am constantly daydreaming when this is playing, i can only conclude that you will find yourself loosing focus and beginning to daydream as well. the biological reaction of a brain shutdown in response to sound that is too complicated to properly compute is a very interesting but rather bizarre point to "hit on". the contradictions in rhythm that autechre tend to explore rather routinely compound the issue.

as is usually the case with autechre, the mini-epic at the end of the record is the high point. with untilted, they have actually just presented the mini-epic as one 16:00 track; they usually split it up into several. the sampling in this track is very creative and really quite brilliant. there are actually some points in this last track where it sounds like they are programming percussive orchestrations of hip hop rhythms into microtonal melodies. if you don't understand what that means, don't worry about it; just recognize that it's a weird but wonderful synthesis of existing ideas and enjoy the end result: it comes out sounding like a group of robots playing basketball in an imaginary court in outer space.

in total, i would give this a higher grade if i was more interested in minimalist techno; the thing is that i'm really not. anybody who is huge into the plastikman sound must listen to this as, at the very least, it's certainly an example of pushing minimalism into very abstract territory. yet, the decision to move in this direction stylistically leaves something to be desired from my viewpoint because it renders large amounts of the record as too repetitive to really get me excited. yes, the repetition is abstract but it's not always interesting enough to grab me. in their decision to sculpt a three-dimensional soundscape that is almost totally void of anything resembling melody and harmony, autechre have created a unique and brilliant record that i enjoy immensely on an intellectual level but yet find almost impossible to actually listen to.
theK_plusCat

theK_plusCat

December 1, 2009

When i first got this i thought of it as fairly demanding but unrewarding...

.. but yesterday I finally got it! 4 years on, finally, i can listen to it and love it.

I put the CD on, as i do every now and then with any Autechre i'm still not sure of... I played it quiet and the music all faded into the background, same as many other failed attempts at listening to this... but then some where in the middle of Pro Radii I noticed the music again... but it was different, something just clicked and drew me in. The music had my full attention. And it was beautiful. All of it.

I haven't felt quite like this about Autechre since the first time i watched the Gantz Graf video.

Give this album time, give it some attention, then give yourself a break, repeat.

Now love this album and spread the word.