Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4 as reviewed by 6rx

October 8, 2018
edited 9 months ago

Love Autechre...but most would agree they can *sometimes* keep a track going on for a bit longer than you'd like, it's just something you deal with..So, I decided to go with the digital (.WAV) version on this release. After hearing it played live on NTS I knew it was going to be one of those releases where I'd have to load some of the tracks into Audacity and edit the length of some of the tracks. Some tracks I just deleted, some are just not that good to me and feel like they were more like an idea or a live jam session than anything. I think around 20 tracks made it for the entire NTS release. :p Still, there's enough on these releases for a nice, solid double full-length once the lengths are edited. And if for some reason I want to go back and hear the true/original/unedited version I always keep a copy on a USB stick, no big deal...is it Autechre if I shorten the lengths a bit and get rid of tracks I don't care for? Of course!...anyways, the "keeper tracks" for me were...
NTS 1: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8
NTS 2: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10
NTS 3: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10
NTS 4: 1, 3, 4
...with Violvoic being my current favorite, all 15 minutes of it...E0 (edited) right behind it. :p

After all that being said... with some edits, this is probably my favorite Autechre release! The amount of cool and interesting sounds they get on here are *next level*. Very few music artists are doing super interesting stuff at the moment without sounding dry and academic or worse, not genuine. But Autechre strikes a balance. Their sound design skills alone make it worth to check out everything they do, especially the last 10 years or so

For me personally, the entire unedited release is way too "jam session" sounding for me to take it all in and my mind tends to wander off and stop listening during too many of the tracks.

But I am glad I stuck it out and found the tracks I enjoy, it's well worth doing it yourself if you find it tough to take it all in.

Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4 Mooshrum

December 28, 2018
I fully believe this album was meant for listeners to arrange and play the tracks whichever way they want. I'm glad you found something that works for you!

Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4 daftcombo

December 19, 2018
It would be great if you could share your edits. I have the 12xLP box and the Flac but would definitely need a digest and some "Radio Versions".