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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop
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Although Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown are firmly rooted in the British hip-hop and electro scenes of the early 1980s, their music is experimental, mathematical, and precise; electro is used merely as a starting poin...  more »


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All Artists: Autechre
Title: Incunabula
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tvt
Original Release Date: 1/25/1994
Re-Release Date: 2/1/1994
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Ambient, IDM, Techno, Experimental Music, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016581721029

Although Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown are firmly rooted in the British hip-hop and electro scenes of the early 1980s, their music is experimental, mathematical, and precise; electro is used merely as a starting point for further exploration of synthetic sounds. On Incunabula, their contribution to Warp's Artificial Intelligence series, the roots of their sound are laid bare. Electro beats are tranquilized and obscured, shifted into alternate time signatures, and used as anchors for repetitive synth hooks and dense layers of effects, resulting in a sound that is exquisitely cold and mechanical. The title, which means "beginning," couldn't be more appropriate: as the years passed, Autechre's music became more dense and oblique; hence, a quick listen to "Incunabula" is essential to decoding the plot. --Matthew Corwine

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It's only right that you start with this album
Rykre | Carson City, Nevada | 07/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Autechre has become something more to me than just an alternative to listening to music. Listening to Autechre, especially alone, has become an addictive way of life for me. It has changed me over the years.

When I'm working the mail at my post office in the evenings, I like to work it while I'm listening to Autechre. The sounds of Autechre (in all its varying effects) truly compells me to just keep throwing that mail. It motivates me to work very fast as well as keeping my memory sharp (correctly throwing the right letters to the right carriers cubby-holes), and I can go on for hours without even acknowledging the time.

Since Autechre has become a part of my life, I have become healthier, more physically toned, keener with my wits, and even more long-term physically sexual. Yes, I have increased and enhanced my sexual longevity performance as a result of improved health by my addiction to listening to Autechre over the years.

What I have done to make this IDM sound drug more potent is that I have put all my Autechre CD's on a CDR burned by a program called Sonic Stage. It comes with Sony CD players that play the ATRAC3plus CDR's that you make through the computer. You can put more than 30 hours of music on a single CDR. So, having about 15 hours of Autechre playing in a continuous shuffle for hours on end while I'm at work has caused me to work a projected 3 and a half hours work in just under 2 hours. I actually hate it when I run out of work to do because I am still on an Autechre high.

So, in a nutshell, the music of Autechre turned me into a healthier, better physical shape, faster mental processor, higher self-esteemed, workaholic. And yet, this music drives my boss crazy. My fellow workers don't seem to mind it, because they all benefit from my work performance as a result of this audio drug.

If anyone else has experienced this same kind of Autechre euphoria, please write me at I'd like to hear other stories of how Autechre has affected their lives.
Darn near perfect
M. Randall | Allen Park, MI | 10/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't have much complaints about this album. It Autechre's humble beginnings... but even being their beginnings, the still made a masterful album. 11 tracks of gloomy ambience await you here. Sure some tracks stand above others, but as a whole this is a really impressive album that will grow on you the more you listen. Autechre only went on to make bigger and better production from here."
Loraine Mohar | CANADA | 03/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A lot of people are saying its their best disc, and im going to assume thats becasue its the easiest to listen to. Though at first listen I thought, whos the guy on the synth, get him some alcohol.. I did after some time begin to really appreciate the album. Its an interesting look at the beginning of Autechre, very inspiring for someone pursuing music to see that yes indeed.. you will improve... :)"