AUTECHRE at Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner), Wednesday (May 9). $23. 416-362-2337
it's good to know that after
almost a decade of beats, Manchester techno duo Autechre are still impenetrable.
Whether they're operating under the Autechre banner or their alternative alias, Gescom, machine manipulators Rob Brown and Sean Booth delight in leaving their listeners confused and off-balance. Analog beats crackle and pop, riddled with random sounds and only the slightest hints of melody.
Autechre's new Confield disc again sounds like no other electronic record out there, filled with bizarre sonic structures, intricate programming patterns and occasionally menacing beats. Catchy song titles like Cfern and Eidetic Casein offer as much insight into the ultra-complex tracks as Brown and Booth's e-mail message from the road prior to Autechre's gig Wednesday.
Did you write any new software to create Confield?
Yes, we built a walsh generator.
Did any of that software include an Autechre song-title generator?
Any terrible and tragic crashes or memory losses during Confield's creation?
Yes, we occurred a parhelic dent during the early weeks, losing part of the walsh. It's OK now, though.
Autechre's music seems to operate in an entirely different language compared to other electronic-based groups. What language is it?
Enmt intseniferve grenztim thrunterhane......viyrel sutnermens biss eing yu.
Heard anything good lately?
Live Salvage 97-2000 and Just Ice: Back To The Old School.