Autechre – Flutter
I’ve posted this track before but no matter. It’s a great track, now 20 years old. It’s the only Autechre track to have a reason for release.
As Wiki explains: Anti EP was a protest against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which would prohibit raves (described as gatherings where music is played), with “music” being defined as a “succession of repetitive beats.” Sean Booth explained the band’s strategy for the song “Flutter” by saying, “We made as many different bars as we could on the drum machine, then strung them all together.”
The track could be played at 45rpm or 33rpm. Back in the day I always favoured the 45rpm version but a combination of age and infirmity have made me drift towards the 33rpm version.
The tracks had its share of remixes. None of these can quite capture the soft intense rage of the original. But this ambient version does a good job of taking the track down a properly somnolent path.