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Peel Session 2
Peel Session 2
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop
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The second session recorded for John Peels' radio one show in the UK. The track titles on this release were invented by listeners while the tracks were playing. Four tracks in all, the titles are, 'Gelk', 'Blifil, 'Gaekwad...  more »


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All Artists: Autechre
Title: Peel Session 2
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warp Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 1/23/2001
Album Type: Single
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Ambient, IDM, Techno, Experimental Music, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 801061915025


Album Description
The second session recorded for John Peels' radio one show in the UK. The track titles on this release were invented by listeners while the tracks were playing. Four tracks in all, the titles are, 'Gelk', 'Blifil, 'Gaekwad' and '19 Headaches'. Standard jewel case. 2000 release.

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5 Stars For One Track
Kenneth M. Goodman | Cleveland, Ohio United States | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first track is stunning, flawless and worth the price alone.
It has great sub-woofer bass with a far-eastern ambient feel...
Truly excellent. Now, all the other Autechre CDs can be played
from beginning to end without programming...which sort of makes
this one a hybrid, if you only play the first track. Here's a
possible solution: Because of its far-eastern musical flavor, it plays very well as a "warmup" or "opening act" to a CD called "Wildflower" by Keiko Matsui. So you program for track one
on this Autecher EP, then follow with the whole Wildflower CD...
and you have sheer heavenly perfection!"
A small dose of autechre
J. Holmes | yokohama, japan | 08/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"you either love autechre or hate them. their skittery, off balance, attention deficit disorder electronica is not for everyone; but for those with an open ear...a wonderous and weird world of sound awaits. if you consider aphex twin to be the jester of electronic music...then think of autechre as his overly intelligent free-jazz obsessed little brother.
this ep finds the duo cooking up a fine mess of tangled electronic beats, jumbled piles of sloppy distortion, and eery samples that come and go with no apparent purpose. i'm not sure how these pieces ever got written because it all sounds so spur of the moment. it's great music, nonetheless and worthy of repeated listens."
Machinery Gone Wrong!
Rykre | Carson City, Nevada | 08/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I think "Blifil" is the second noisiest, almost radially undisciplined, and nearly the most irratating tracks ever released by Autechre. But, that's not to say that it's any less wonderful. I like what it does to my already stressed-out, remotely unstable goldfish.

They called this music IDM, meaning "Intelligent Dance Music", but I'd rather call it ADM, meaning that it's "Addictive Music". Once you get conditioned to listening to this kind of music, it's hard to go back to regular music. This music is an audio drug.

This is just one of the few shorter EP's or similar to CD singles that Autechre has put out over the years. I don't know why they do this but it does feed our quest for more Autechre until they put together a complete album. Are you addicted to Autechre yet? Many of us are. I think there should be a club. Here's a list of the releases so to make sure that you have all that is available:

Incunabula (1993), Amber (1994), Tri Repatae (1995), Chaistic Slide (1997), LP5 (1998), EP7 (1999), Confield (2001), Draft 7.30 (2003), and Untilted (2005).

Now that you have all those, you will probably want to start collecting their various EP's, which are:

Cavity Job (1991), Basscadet (1994), Anti- (1994), We R Are Why/ Are Y Are We? (1995), Garbage (1995), Anvil Vapre (1995), Envane (1997), Cichlisuite (1997), Peel Session 1 (1999), Splitrmx12 (1999), Peel Session 2 (2001), and Gantz Graf (2002).

There may be a few others, but they have become very rare. Very hard to find. I've discovered more tracks by Autechre and various other "remixed by Autechre" releases all over the IDM sound genre. Plus, some artists like Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Boards of Canada and the such have released similar recording as that of Autechre, but Autechre will always be the leader of this sound.

And here's another little secret for you. Autechre has released recordings under another pseudonym, Gescom. There is nothing on CD available from Gescom, but that doesn't mean you can't find these recordings through various person to person music swap sites.

Look for these Gescom albums (I think they are only available on vinyl, and maybe only in the UK and Europe):

EP1 (1994), EP2 (1995), Motor (1994), The Sounds of Machines our Parents Used (1995), Keynell (1996), MiniDisc (1998), This (1998), That (1998), and Iss:sa (1999)

There are various takes and re-developed versions of Key Nell. Just knowing that Gescom is so scarce, especially in America, it only makes it all the more totally cool to be Proudly Unhipp, and to actually have these recordings.

I find a sense of comfort in the lunacy that is Autechre's music. I have to listen to Autechre every day. It's gotten harder to listen to regular music any more and it is certainly difficult to revert back to regular music immediately after switching off Autechre. Autechre is like a drug, a stimulant, a natural high. It's a sound that inspires motivation in what ever you are doing. And yes, I can get mildly depressed if I don't have some Autechre at my immediate avail. If I've got a lot of work to do, then I know I'll get it done (and fast), if I've got Autechre playing in my background.

So, you other Autechre addicts out there, please share your story. Let us all know what Autechre has done for you, too. Has Autechre changed your life, in a positive or negative way? We need to let other people know how Autechre has an indirectly strange way of promoting better psychological health and a more positive vision about life."