On Create Digital Music today, I note the availability of Warp’s 1991-2002 collection of Autechre EPs. With prices at US$30-50, every single version – even the MP3-only download of the set – also comes with music videos. That elevated the release to must-buy for Motion readers, too, because it includes three landmarks of music video history, including Alexander Rutterford’s often-copied, never-equaled magic for Gantz_Graf:

Second Bad Vilbel (Chris Cunningham)
Gantz_Graf (Alexander Rutterford)
Basscadet (Jess Scott Hunter)

These videos are meant to be enjoyed in their original version. But, hey, if you’re going to screw up the fidelity, you’d better really screw up the fidelity. And so it is that the versions I happened to find on YouTube are beautiful in their own way, retaining the compositional and visual elements of the original but wildly distorted as people point cameras at their TV screen. Proceed to rip off that effect in your own music video (it’s very flattering if your CGI isn’t as good as these videos, too).

Then, for the original, non-degraded version:
Autechre Box Set Release at Bleep

  • Dave Dri

    The video to Second Bad Vilbel, and of course the track, where a huge influence on us when it dropped. I had a copy of a copy of a VHS tape that found its way to Australia with the clip on it. Maybe one of the CDMo readers can help solve the nagging question of whether the "original version" that was broadcast actually showed the robot/object/thing at the end in clear view. 

    I remember it sitting in focus in shallow water, surrounded by mud (and thinking tha it looked a little silly after everything else). But it was blurry on the Directors DVD set, and appears to be the same on this video. Did i recall this incorrectly?

  • http://sternlab.org Becky Stern

    Swoon!