Known Johnson

February 19, 2007

The Listening Room submission: “Augmatic Disport” – Autechre

Filed under: Music,Reviews,The Listening Room submissions — Tom @ 9:59 pm

This week’s Listening Room submission is one of my more unusual musical interests, the oblique, electronic blitz of Autechre.

“Augmatic Disport,” from Untilted by Autechre

It’s the abstract rhythms in the electronic chaos that Autechre creates that draws me in. The beat lurches back and forth, fighting with itself, as if two drum machines are dueling over time. This is impossible dance music – no sane person could find a beat to center themselves around here, or, if they did, it would make for something humorous.

There are stabs of synth here and there, but the focus is on time and how it competes with itself for the little sensible space our minds can allow. The listener’s payoff comes when bits of rhythmic predictability set in, little by little – chaos resolving slowly to order, layers of fragmenting drums giving way to a steady pulse. Left with a simple beat for what seems like an eternity, it’s something oddly soothing and predictable from a group who so rarely offers anything of the sort.

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