Title: Anvil Vapre
Format: 12" single
Catalogue Number: WAP64
Year of Release: 1995
A Second Bad Vilbel (9:47)
B Second Peng (10:53)
I'm afraid now isn't the time for the Definitive Autechre Post, I think I need to spend a bit more time gathering my thoughts on that one, but anyone seeking an introduction to the music of this wonderful duo, or abstract electronic music as a whole, could do worse than start here.
Chris Cunningham, of Come To Daddy fame, directed a video for Second Bad Vilbel, which apparently Autechre hated. I quite liked it, and it's available to purchase on a Chris Cunningham compilation DVD, a WarpFilms DVD, or to watch for nowt on YouTube (which, when I first heard of it, I thought was a Scottish video sharing site with a You've Been Framed kind-of-thing going on. I wasn't too far off the mark.)
He's managed to capture the mechanistic quality of the music, and the way the picture quality changes in time with the sounds of interference is very well done - perhaps it's just a bit too literal? It's also a shame it's shorter than the original, and misses out a good chunk of the slower ending to the track.
The B-side has a similar 'rise of the machines' type of feel, with lots of deep atmospheric notes floating around the mangled hip-hop beat. Something else I liked was the way that none of the sounds are recognisable. By that I don't mean that it's a soupy mess of noise, but that e.g. the hi-hat sound isn't a normal hi-hat sample, but a noise that's been sampled, processed, and used in place of a hi-hat.
I got the feeling, part-way through this track, that Autechre's input finished about half-way in, and they were just letting the constituent musical parts play out to a logical conclusion, and allowing them to have a bit of fun by themselves. It's a long track, maybe I got carried away, but it was easy to get lost in the atmosphere.
This is first of what I'm sure will be several recommended releases for these guys.