Autechre: Outh9X






Quaristice (Warp CD333)

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Rob Brown (programming), Sean Booth (programming).

Composed by Rob Brown & Sean Booth


Recorded: date unknown; released March 2008


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

I heard a story on the radio a few years back about how, with no distortions of pitch, Scandinavian sound artist Leif Inge d i g i t a l l y  s t r e t c h e d  B e e t h o v e n ' s  N i n t h  S y m p h o n y to last 24 hours. In "Outh9x," Autechre explores a similarly otherworldly musical landscape, weaving together extremely simple lines that become, if not exactly jazz, quite jazz-like. What gives the piece an organic feel is the interplay conjured by the basslines running in soft parallel motion. This then slides back into a very meditative section where the overtones are allowed to gather, pool and disperse. Remember 2001: A Space Odyssey? This music could have been emanating from the monolith.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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