Artificial Intelligence (compilation album)

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Artificial Intelligence
Compilation album by various artists
Released 9 July 1992 (1992-07-09)
Genre Electronic, ambient techno, IDM
Length 52:22
Label Warp
Artificial Intelligence series chronology
Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial Intelligence is a compilation album released via Warp on 9 July 1992. It is the first release in Warp's Artificial Intelligence series. It was released subsequently for the United States in 1993 via Wax Trax! Records.


According to Warp co-founder Steve Beckett, the album was primarily intended for sedentary listening rather than dancing, and this was reflected in the album art, which depicts an android asleep in an armchair with Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd albums at its side:

You could sit down and listen to it like you would a Kraftwerk or Pink Floyd album. That's why we put those sleeves on the cover of Artificial Intelligence – to get it into people's minds that you weren't supposed to dance to it!

— Steve Beckett[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 8.8/10[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[4]

John Bush of AllMusic gave the album 5 stars out of 5, calling it "a superb collection of electronic listening music."[2]

In 2014, Rolling Stone named it one of the "40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time".[5] In 2017, Pitchfork placed it at number 10 on the "50 Best IDM Albums of All Time" list.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Polygon Window" The Dice Man 5:12
2. "Telefone 529" Musicology 4:11
3. "Crystel" Autechre 4:38
4. "The Clan" I.A.O 5:08
5. "De-Orbit" Speedy J 6:13
6. "Premonition" Musicology 4:04
7. "Spiritual High" UP! 7:43
8. "The Egg" Autechre 7:32
9. "Fill 3" Speedy J 3:42
10. "Loving You Live" Dr Alex Paterson 4:01


  1. ^ Reynolds, Simon (1999). Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture. Routledge. p. 183. ISBN 0-415-92373-5. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Artificial Intelligence – Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Mark (25 August 2005). "Various Artists: Artificial Intelligence / Artificial Intelligence II". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  5. ^ "The 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time: Various Artists – Artificial Intelligence". Rolling Stone. 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time (5/5)". Pitchfork. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 

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