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VariousArtificial Intelligence

Label:Warp Records – WARP CD6
Series:Artificial Intelligence – 01
Format:
CD, Compilation
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Techno, IDM, Ambient

Tracklist

(0,1)The Dice ManPolygon Window
Producer, Written-ByThe Dice Man
5:10
(0,2)MusicologyTelefone 529
ProducerMusicology
4:09
(0,3)AutechreCrystel
Producer, Written-ByRob Brown (3), Sean Booth
4:36
(0,4)I.A.O.The Clan
ProducerI.A.O.
Written-ByBlack Dog Productions
5:07
(0,5)Speedy JDe-Orbit
Producer, Written-ByJochem Paap
6:11
(0,6)MusicologyPreminition
ProducerMusicology
4:03
(0,7)UP !*Spiritual High
Producer, Written-ByRichie Hawtin
7:41
(0,8)AutechreThe Egg
Producer, Written-ByRob Brown (3), Sean Booth
VocalsG O'Hara*
7:32
(0,9)Speedy JFill 3
Producer, Written-ByJochem Paap
3:53
(1,0)Dr Alex Paterson*Loving You Live
Producer, Written-ByA Paterson*, J Cauty*
4:00
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Notes

Subtitle: Electronic listening music from Warp

This compilation ℗ + © 1992 Warp Records. Made in England.

Packaging: standard jewel case with 8-page fold-out booklet.

Artificial Intelligence:
electronic music for the mind created by trans-global electronic innovators who prove music is the one true international language.
Real people whose unity lies in a common sound + spirit and whose 'listening music' cannot be described as either soulless or machine driven. The atmosphere and emotion both come from the musicians, their machines are merely the means to a human end.

The future:
Artificial Intelligence is the first in a series of 'listening albums' from Warp.

(0,1) Publisher Copyright Control. Recorded at Claygrave. Licensed from Hell.
(0,2), (0,6) Publisher Mainframe Music. Recorded at Epicentre Studio London. Licensed from B12 Records.
(0,3), (0,8) Publisher M.Y.S.L.B. Recorded at Grey Room. Licensed from M.Y.S.L.B.
(0,4) Publisher Black Dog Productions. Recorded at Black Dog Tower. Licensed from Black Dog Productions.
(0,5) Publisher +8 Music Europe. Recorded at The Plant Holland. Licensed from +8 Records (with kind permission of +8 Music Europe c/o Nanada Music Holland).
(0,7) Publisher +8 Music Europe (Nanada). Recorded at UTK, February 1992. Licensed from +8/Seventh City Records.
(0,9) Publisher +8 Music Europe. Recorded at The Plant Holland.
(1,0) Publisher Orb Music/Big Life Music/EG Music. Recorded at Transcentral.

A later issue has the compact disc logo on the left of the disc; this one it is on the right.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021603060029
  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 060029
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1): WARPCD6 10191831 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2): WARPCD6 10191831 02 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3): WARPCD6 10191831 03 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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Artificial Intelligence (LP, Compilation)Warp RecordsWARP LP6UK1992
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Artificial Intelligence (Cassette, Compilation)Warp Records, Warp RecordsWARP MC6, WARP MC 6UK1992
Artificial Intelligence (CD, Compilation)Fnac Music Dance Division592082France1992
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Artificial Intelligence (CD, Compilation)Rough Trade, Warp RecordsRTD 126.1414.2Germany1992
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Artificial Intelligence (LP, Compilation, Test Pressing, White Label)Warp RecordsWARP LP 6UK1992

Reviews

  • achuter's avatar
    achuter
    By 1992, there was the feeling in the UK rave scene that the music had become too fast and too commercialised. An article in the Aug 1992 edition of Mixmag, "Did Charly Kill Rave?" took shots at The Prodigy and there was a call for a return to techno's underground roots. With a whiff of elitism and clever marketing, the term 'intelligent techno' was used to describe the sound of an emerging scene that was well represented in this compilation.

    The cover image referenced Warp's two previous compilations with a CG image of a home listener also chilling to Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd on vinyl. CDs somehow still didn't cut it in the digital future. The clean design and artist interviews bear some resemblance to the earlier Network compilations. The musical highlights are Aphex Twin's timeless and eerie "Polygon Window" and Autechre's percussive melodies on "Crystel".

    The Artificial Intelligence series continued after this with releases by the individual artists that finished with the Artificial Intelligence II compilation in 1994.

    A recent article on the impact of this compilation:
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jul/03/artificial-intelligence-compilation-album-warp-records-idm-intelligent-dance-music

    -----
    From the liner notes:

    Artificial Intelligence:
    electronic music for the mind created by trans-global electronic innovators who prove music is the one true international language. Real people whose unity lies in a common sound + spirit and whose 'listening music' cannot be described as either soulless or machine driven. The atmosphere and emotion both come from the musicians, their machines are merely the means to a human end.
    • vinyl_mentalist's avatar
      I always thought the Orb/Alex Paterson live track 'Loving You' didn't fit... It's only a four-minute-long extract from the Pink Floyd of ambient techno..
      And as someone else commented, Up! Spiritual High is pretty much Rising High style banging techno...
      Still, I think one has to bear in mind that in 92 there was no IDM per se and the rest is pretty tight. Great artwork too! Legendary comp!
      • yanmac's avatar
        yanmac
        I still can't fathom why they included 'Up'. It's not home listening and sticks out like a sore thumb. I love it but it just doesn't work on here imho.
        • Bottin1995's avatar
          Bottin1995
          Edited 6 years ago
          The Dice Man is Aphex Twin.....just in case you were wondering.
          • MrZyc
            I love this album!
            very recommended.
            • SudoMusic's avatar
              SudoMusic
              This is how it all began. I had a hell of a time categorizing this album in my iTunes. Compilations will do that. Crystel did definitely stick out, but the whole thing delivers. For the record I do not approve of the term "IDM" but we're all slaves to it. To good thinking, and to good music. Peace!
              • zeroplate's avatar
                zeroplate
                What can I say? You can easily point to this as the birth of IDM, can't you? Early tracks from Autechre, Speedy J, Aphex Twin under an alias, and a track from Alex Patterson of the Orb. Not all of this stands the test of time, but the Autechre tracks sound amazingly ahead of their time, and are still nearly unmatched today by the second and third generation of IDM imitators. This is a piece of history.

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