Wow, what an interesting thread. I don't know who these Autechre guys are, or what their music is like, but seldom have I read such consistently vitriolic criticism of a band's style of music (or non-music?) You guys really do sound like scorned lovers!
However, someone out there must enjoy their music, right?
I disagree wholeheartedly with all the posts here and I do like their new music. A lot.
I just find a lot of their new stuff very intense, complex, alien, and yes, emotional. When it hits the mark it makes for a very exciting listen. If you want melodies, pretty harmonies, or beautiful atmospherics, there's plenty of other musicians covering that ground quite nicely. I actually really like "Confield", strange as it might sound; listening to that loud with all the lights off is a potent experience. I can see why people would find their music difficult, but I just can't help but love it. I didn't need to "make" myself enjoy it, either - it was was like finding something I had always been looking for.
I do like traditional beauty in melodic and harmonic elements etc too, and my favorite composers explore these elements in ways I love, but who says they have
to be there? Why should Autechre compromise when there's plenty of music with less dissonance (including their own early stuff) out there? It's all available. I'm quite enjoyimg them pursuing these different directions, and I look forward to them becoming even more unpredictable, intricate and experimental yet. For me, what they're doing isn't random; it's involving, logical, music - it's just that they're a bit more playful with the rules than others might be. Like I said, I appreciate less "deranged" music, too, but when you're in the mood, Autechre provide something quite special. I understand why people are upset with their new direction, but my bizarre brain seems to enjoy it.
I think they are still pretty popular - the special 2cd edition of Quaristice (priced at a ridiculous £25) sold out within a day. There were a thousand copies of it...