Quaristice

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Quaristice
WARPCD333 Packshot 350web.jpg
Studio album by Autechre
Released 29 January 2008 FLAC/MP3
3 March 2008 CD/LP
Genre IDM, Experimental
Length 73:15
Label Warp
WARP333
Producer Autechre
Autechre chronology
Untilted
(2005)
Quaristice
(2008)
Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae (2008)

Quaristice is the ninth studio album by British electronic music duo Autechre, initially released on 29 January 2008 by Warp Records. It was made available for download via bleep.com in FLAC and MP3 format on 29 January 2008 and then received a physical release on 3 March 2008.[1]

Production[edit]

Autechre members Rob Brown and Sean Booth changed their approach for Quaristice, moving from a more deliberate studio process to a more spontaneous and "jam session" style of songwriting, approximately doubling the usual number of tracks per album to twenty.[2] Booth said in a March 2008 interview, "a lot of the album tracks are edited-down jams; some of them hour-long pieces we made in a day and then worked them down ... We’d have a fifteen-minute jam, a ten- or a seven-minute and end up with a three- or four-minute track, and we just kept them all."[2] The album is accompanied with track-by-track artwork from The Designers Republic. The last thirty seconds of "The Plc" contains a brief repeated sample of Run–D.M.C.'s 1985 track "Here We Go".[3]

Release[edit]

In an interview, Booth said "the actual product is the FLAC file – but I don't object to those who want to own something that they can hold."[4] The album was also released as a 2-CD set with alternate versions of 11 tracks on a second 68-minute CD. The casing is a photo-etched, steel case and the release was limited to 1000 copies.[5] The limited edition sold out within 12 hours of being announced.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.0/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
The Independent 2/5 stars[10]
The Milk Factory (4.8/5)[11]
No Ripcord (6/10)[12]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[13]
Resident Advisor (4.8/5)[14]
The Stranger 3/5 stars[15]
The Sunday Times 4/5 stars[16]
Sputnikmusic (4/5)[17]
Tiny Mix Tapes (4.5/5)[18]

Quaristice received somewhat positive reviews overall.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sean Booth and Rob Brown. 

No. Title Length
1. "Altibzz"   2:52
2. "The Plc"   4:16
3. "IO"   3:08
4. "plyPhon"   2:33
5. "Perlence"   3:25
6. "SonDEremawe"   1:21
7. "Simmm"   5:00
8. "paralel Suns"   3:03
9. "Steels"   2:56
10. "Tankakern"   3:39
11. "rale"   3:42
12. "Fol3"   3:47
13. "fwzE"   2:38
14. "90101-5l-l"   3:11
15. "bnc Castl"   2:52
16. "Theswere"   2:12
17. "WNSN"   4:56
18. "chenc9"   4:57
19. "Notwo"   5:34
20. "Outh9X"   7:14
21. "nu-Nr6d" (Japanese bonus track) 3:51
Total length:
77:06

Quaristice (Versions)[edit]

A second disc, entitled Quaristice (Versions), was included in the limited edition.

No. Title Length
1. "Altichyre"   1:43
2. "The PlclCpC"   9:18
3. "IO (mons)"   7:52
4. "Phylopn"   2:40
5. "Perlence range3"   7:37
6. "SonDEre-ix"   3:27
7. "Tankraken"   5:28
8. "fol4"   11:41
9. "90101-61-01"   5:10
10. "chenc9-x"   8:28
11. "nofour"   4:24
Total length:
67:48

Release history[edit]

Country/Region Date Label Format Catalogue number
Worldwide (from Bleep) 29 January 2008 Warp Records MP3 WARPCDD333
FLAC WARPCDD333F
Japan 27 February 2008 Beat Records CD BRC-333
Europe 3 March 2008 Warp Records CD WARPCD333
LP WARPLP333
Worldwide (from Warpmart) 2×CD WARPCD333X
North America 4 March 2008 CD WARPCD333
2×LP WARPLP333

References[edit]

  1. ^ Autechre goes for March release of new album 'Quaristice' Archived 15 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Flanagan, Mark (19 March 2008). "Interview: Autechre Life Cycle". The Milk Factory. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Autechre's The Plc sample of Run-DMC's Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)". 
  4. ^ "Autechre - Quaristice : Exclusive Feature". Clash. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Autechre - Quaristice". Autechre.ws. 30 January 2008. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2008. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Quaristice - Autechre". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Allmusic review
  9. ^ The Guardian review
  10. ^ The Independent review
  11. ^ "Autechre Quaristice". The Milk Factory. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  12. ^ No Ripcord review
  13. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  14. ^ Peter Chambers (2008-03-05). "Autechre - Quaristice". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  15. ^ The Stranger review
  16. ^ The Sunday Times review
  17. ^ "Autechre Quaristice". Sputnikmusic. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  18. ^ Urban Guerilla. "Autechre Quaristice". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 

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