Radio Web MACBA | 8 Oct 16:12 2015

New transcript available online: PROBES #15, curated by Chris Cutler

New transcript available online: PROBES #15, curated by Chris Cutler

In PROBES #15 we look at experimental uses of the more intractable folk instruments: banjo, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and harmonica. Is nothing sacred?


In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of 'music'. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do.

>>And here you can find the complete series of PROBES
esa ruoho | 7 Oct 15:59 2015

AFX soundcloud down to 241 trax?

What's going on.. Looks like AFX is at 241 trax now. Anyone know which =
trax have vanished?
Jørgen Sissyfus Skjulstad | 7 Oct 09:36 2015

Captain Credible - Dead Cats (Digital EP & Printed Circuit Board)

Hello dear list!

For once my label Metronomicon Audio it releasing something that could pass as IDM. It's a digital EP, but the physical copy comes as a PCB that generates an infinitely long piece of music that is unique for every copy. 
SInce this might sell out soon I wanted to let out the word before it does! All songs will be streamable from the same link after the releasedate (23 oct)

All the best,
Dan Esposito | 6 Oct 08:17 2015

Re: autechre US tour

Thanks for the update. 
Damn. Wish I got tickets.

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On Oct 4, 2015, at 11:28 PM, Chris Taylor <christaylor415 <at>> wrote:

Went last night to Brooklyn Masonic Hall. Had a great time. I only caught the last 10 minutes of Cygnus but it was so quiet and badly mixed that I can't even comment regarding the quality of his music and frankly made me pretty concerned for how Autechre was gonna sound. Fortunately the volume increased considerably, and the house seemingly turned on the middles and highs (thank guys!) about 5 minutes into their set. Kent summed up their sound pretty well, but it was a little less techno-y then I remember them six/seven years ago, with few moments 4/4 kicks and more either broken half-time plodding feel (slightly dubstep-ian if you will) or tear-out fast paced stuff. I don't think I had ever appreciated how dry and harmonic their hi hats (or equivalents really) are. There were a few moments of melancholic pads and at one point a Oversteps FM melody lead line, but in general it was pretty aggressive, crazy sounding shit with a lot of bass weight and big kick drums. People were into it, I was close enough to the front for chatter to be a non issue, and it ended after an hour on the dot without an obvious peak in their set. But fair enough. It was sick.
Was very happy to just hear their music presented with other excited fans and drink a couple beers and even verbally confirm that parts were especially sick with the friends I went with. It's a concert but it's also a party you know? It's one thing to talk through a set uninterested but it's also great to share something with friends and not have it just be a dry observational experience completely devoid of any element of socializing. But hey I like going to clubs to hear house and techno too.
Finally, good on Autechre for having the focus of their live show be music and only music, not some rocked up performance or dazzling visuals. There's a lot of difficult music out in the world but not much of it is as rewarding as theirs.

On Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 7:49 PM, Dan Esposito <desposito321 <at>> wrote:
Does anyone have or know someone who does have an extra ticket for Autechre tonight at Brooklyn Masonic Hall? 
I can trade for free admission to Output for King Britt and Francois K. I heard they will be going heavy on the ambient dub. Plus the venue is dope!! 

Dan Esposito Esposito Management Group, LLC 9321 Hamilton Walk  Brooklyn, NY 11209 Mobile:  646-519-1510 Office:  718-748-1273 desposito.emg <at>

On Friday, October 2, 2015 10:28 AM, Eric Fairbanks <eric.p.fairbanks <at>> wrote:

Seeing them in Boston Sunday. Will report back with strong opinions post-show.

(Autechre, not One Direction)

Also seeing Kraftwerk at the wang Saturday. That'll be...interesting.

There's not nearly enough bodyslamming at live sets. 

On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 9:53 AM Chang Terhune <crt <at>> wrote:
My wife and daughter were watching the SHowtime special when I came in for dinner last night. I hid in the bathroom until it was all over.

- Chang Terhune
"I don't think a great book has yet been written on computer." - JG Ballard

Writer, Yogi, Musician.
Not necessarily in that order

On Oct 2, 2015, at 6:24 AM, Mark DelLima wrote:

LOL. By all accounts they put on a good live show...
On Oct 1, 2015 19:09, "Chang Terhune" <crt <at>> wrote:
So you're a One Direction fan now?

- Chang Terhune
"I don't think a great book has yet been written on computer." - JG Ballard

Writer, Yogi, Musician.
Not necessarily in that order

On Oct 1, 2015, at 2:21 PM, Mark DelLima wrote:

The dimmed screens are part of the reason why most music created in the last 30 years will disappear to the ages. Technique is something "up the sleeve", computer-aided, secretive, proprietary. I don't listen to Autechre anymore because I don't have patience for long-form conceptual noise anymore.

On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 11:01 AM, kent williams <chaircrusher <at>> wrote:
Caught the Chicago show at the Metro.  Sound was great. The stage was dark and they were hidden behind monitor speakers, so not like a Lady Gaga Spectacle. Not much in the way of quiet passages.  Lots of savage beats that almost turn into grooves.  Lots of impossibly complicated filtering on atonal lead synth sounds.

I thought Cygnus was ... overly busy.  Autechre have actually perfected live electronic music, in that they generally have at most 3 components to what they're doing, but one component might be kick hits, weird FM noises, and vowel filtered sustained tones; they build up rhythm patterns with radically different sounds so that each sound plays alone.  At most they'll add a couple of other sounds -- time stretched screams, granular backwards guitar, whatever.   But the arrangement is actually sparse; the sounds themselves bring the chaos.

What I posted to Facebook during the set:

"Either this is Autechre in Chicago or a black T Shirt convention at the Metro. Music is overwhelming. Like crashing a helicopter in a hurricane"
"People dancing to Autechre do this thing that looks like Orthodox Jewish men davening in schul."
"Autechre: Estonian Speak And Spells arguing with pissed-off Orcs."
"Autechre: Robot opposums fighting over chicken bones in a dumpster at the bottom of a mineshaft."

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 10:35 PM Rjyan Kidwell <cexwell <at>> wrote:
did you smoke weed before they played
On Sep 30, 2015 11:11 PM, "Alex Kolesnichenko" <support <at>> wrote:
Laurel Halo was fucking amazing. First half of her show just blew my mind. Second half was more of a standard 4x4 fare – good, but not great as the first half.
FWIW, I feel a bit of let down for the whole “show in the dark” thing that Ae did, but yeah, the music is what matters… I was with my eyes closed on pretty much any show I went during the fest, so not a big deal. :)
From: Chris Bellevie [mailto:c.bellevie <at>]
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:21 PM
Cc: idm list <idm <at>>
Subject: Re: autechre US tour
This pretty much sums up their show at Decibel. Most I talked to after were put off by them playing in the dark, but I loved it, just the sound.
In addition to Cygnus and Rob Hall, we had Laurel Halo play before Ae came on. That was awesome.
On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM, Eric Sorenson <eric <at>> wrote:

On Wed, 30 Sep 2015, Chris Taylor wrote:
Has anyone caught Autechre on their current US tour? Any reports?

Yeah, saw 'em here in Portland last week.

The opener (the impossible-to-google Cygnus) was awesome. Live hardware set that was electro-rooted with some great development and movement.

Autechre played in the dark. Each with their laptop, screens dimmed down to almost nothing.

Nothing I recognized, but I haven't really been able to ID individual tracks since Quaristice. The sound at Holocene was pretty good but many in the crowd would not shut up their dumb mouths long enough to hear the quiet passages. Things would go sort of noodly noisey space and then drop into incredibly fast and 'hard' beats, full spectrum clattering glitchy things at 190bpm. Midrange "melodies" like they figured out how to suck sound backwards through the speakers. Pause. Repeat with a variation on timbre/tonality or maybe a hint of an acid squiggle done so fast it was gone before you're sure that's what happened.

60 minutes of this and then they unplugged their laptops and slunk off. Rob Hall did some nice Warp-ish DJ stuff but it was a worknight and I had to go pretty quickly.

Was it good? Yeah, it's a treat for the ears. Feels like there is a bit of disdain, or at least indifference, for the audience and what they're hoping to get out of a live show, which I don't think is new. I was hoping for some kind of the 4/4 stuff that surfaced a couple of years back, and I had to resist the urge to shout out "Basscadet!!" like an idm-dork "Free bird!!" .. but as always, we get the thing Autechre want to do, not what we want them to.

 - Eric Sorenson - N45.569, W122.763 - -

kent williams | 4 Oct 19:07 2015

Ae Chicago 9-29-2015 Show Remastered.

I adjusted the tonal balance to match what I heard in the room, and encoded it as a MP3 file. Less unwieldy, and given the quality of the original recording, you're not going to miss out on the 'discarded bits.'
Chang Terhune | 4 Oct 07:36 2015

Re: Tell me what albums to get

Oh Jesus so many!

Ukuphambana is doing some insane shit. 

My label Component Recordings is putting out tons of crazy good shit 


On Oct 4, 2015, at 12:34 AM, Chris Bellevie <c.bellevie <at>> wrote:

Any other must check out releases on bandcamp?

On Oct 3, 2015 2:50 PM, "Chang Terhune" <crt <at>> wrote:
You mean Bandcamp, right?  Because all my stuff is there and it fucking rules:

- Chang Terhune
"I don't think a great book has yet been written on computer." - JG Ballard

Writer, Yogi, Musician.
Not necessarily in that order
crt <at>

On Oct 3, 2015, at 4:57 AM, Jon Sands wrote:

> It's a special time on a special website and I usually have a list of things Ive been meaning to check out but this time I'm blank. I've already given a listen to everything mentioned here the past few weeks, so I'm looking for whatever you guys are enjoying at the moment or recently. I'll listen to anything as long as it's good
> --
> Jon Sands
> Fohdeesha Media

Pietro | 4 Oct 06:30 2015

Digital::Nimbus Radio giving away tickets to Autechre in Los Angeles Oct-15!


Pietro Da Sacco
Igloo Magazine :: Release Your Ears

Digital::Nimbus :: Electronic Audio Freakquencies
Dan Esposito | 4 Oct 02:08 2015

Alter Echo & E3 mix on Carhartt Work in Progress WIP - Radio October 2015

Dub dub rub a dub dub...
The ending has a really cool wind flute solo. 

SoundCloud: Carhartt Work in Progress Carhartt WIP Radio October 2015: Alter Echo & E3 - ZamZam Sounds
Radio Show!

I'm sharing it from the SoundCloud iOS app -- get it here, free:

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Clint Anderson | 3 Oct 16:57 2015

ae live <at> metro/chicago 09-29-2015

mr robin rimbaud aka scanner just posted this to twitter

Clint Anderson
Systems Engineer
"Freedom -- paint me a picture!" -- Burton Cummings

Jonathan Canupp | 1 Oct 03:48 2015

Re: rob clouth - hidden structures

Agreed. Similar experience here, too. Seeing the level of boomkat/bleep hype often makes me wary, but this is certainly an exception. Didn't realize that Rob Clouth = Vaetxh until I visited his website a couple weeks ago, at which point I was sold.

I feel inclined to recommend a similar release by Randomform on Detroit Undergound. - super-talented fellow, real slick glitches.

In fact, there have been quite a number of great releases from Det-Und throughout the last few years, beyond Pheonecia, Richard Devine and the aforementioned Vaetxh fellow...

This one by Yaporigami is very cool - 

And this one by Evoc is genuinely among the most inspiring releases I've heard in years.

All my opinion of course. Ok back to lurking.

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM Clint Anderson <clinta <at>> wrote:

more crazy super-rad dark idm weirdness... following in the same vein as fear ratio/ae/grischa etc

had several people tell me about this one before i finally checked it out and was rewarded

Chris Taylor | 1 Oct 00:51 2015

autechre US tour

Has anyone caught Autechre on their current US tour? Any reports?