I have to respectfully disagree (although I'm listening to Quaristice
and it's pretty disappointing at the moment, to be honest...)
I mean, I know it's subjective thing, but I do find their music emotional - but not in the same way more traditional music might make me emotional. Confield
especially sets my imagination on fire in places in a very unusual way; even if I can't state whether it makes me "happy" or "sad" or "nostalgic", or whatever, it does make me feeling something - something quite new and strange and very pleasurable in all its dark, organic, weirdness.
And I don't think they're simply lead by technology - they're pushing it in very interesting ways and it allows them do things that normal instruments could never do. I wish more artists explored software and synthesis in as much depth and with as much daring as they often do! Granted, what they do is very composed and often based on programmed processes and is not at all "live" sounding, but that's just them; if you want live music, stay away! As someone who has looked into max/msp quite a bit and also used some of the same live equipment they use, I can see that they're doing some very interesting things (apart from on the new album, which has some pretty lazy max programming in one track and also pretty obvious use of the monomachine, but never mind...) That's not the main reason I like them, though; I like them because all that experimenting leads to tasty, bizarre sounds that do provoke an emotional response in me.Chiastic Slide
is still my favorite of theirs, though, in spite of my appreciation of their new material. Cipater
is just such an awesome track, especially the way it shifts into the second section half way through and changes time signature. That whole album has such a beautiful, dark, emotionally-charged atmosphere and it was also demonstrating some really innovative programming techniques.
Ok, enough Autecre defending for one day.
I don't even like their new stuff THAT much anyway, and I wouldn't want to make music like theirs. I just think they deserve more credit than they're getting; they could have easily gone on making Tri Repeataes for the rest of their careers, but I guess they didn't want to do that. I respect that.