I decided to create artwork for a back catalogue of work by Autechre stretching from the years 2003-2013. This box set comprises of the albums: Draft 7.30, Untilted, Quaristice, Oversteps and Exai.
My interpretation of the Autechre sound would be that of one that is constantly in motion and has a decidedly post-human nature to it. Always being chopped into pieces and re-assembled into something completely new and unheard of. Fragmenting and morphing in an entirely new directions, dragging the listener to a completely alien state by the end of each track. They create a cold, metallic and introspectively entrancing type of music that strikes the perfect balance between open melodicism and multi-form beat programming.
The five albums are housed in a tiered box with a separate level for each one. Each cover has up to 100,000 shapes which have been individually created and coloured to convey the density of the music. From the top down, each level is diecut with progressively fragmenting layers that the albums all interact with as they are being pulled out of the box. This is to convey the chopping and motion of sounds that can be heard throughout each album. As we progress from the early work in 2003 to the later 2013 album the cover designs are also splintering and fragmenting. This is to chart the change in style that Autechre have gone through over the decade, showing a more complex direction and a breakaway from convention. The colour scheme is also going from light to dark to demonstrate this.
I also chose the “less than” sign as a symbol for the underside of the box lid. This is to show the more minimal approach that their music took as the years went by. There is also a purposeful ambiguity to the “less than” sign as it can be read as the “greater than” sign depending on what way you look at it. Autechre are one of the few musical acts that constantly surprise and they can be interpreted in so many ways.