January 24, 2003
Anvil Vapre

My affinity to this lab is starting to creep me out. Doug will appreciate this story the most, so I hope he's reading.

A few minutes ago (it's about 7:20pm now), I was putting a few CDs into the lab stereo so that I wouldn't kill myself from boredom while waiting for a gel to destain. As I was doing so, the PI, James Berger, walked by, looked over my shoulder, and said, "Hey, Autechre. Cool."

I almost fainted.

Posted on January 24, 2003 07:28 PM

What is Autechere, music?

Posted by: jason on January 25, 2003 12:13 PM

it's a german dictator. playing the cymbals.

i bet gene is reading this post and thinking "well what's so astonishing about this story?"

Posted by: didofoot on January 25, 2003 10:00 PM

Jason: You remember that video I showed you on Sputnik7 with the crazy shape twisting all over the place? That was an Autechre video.

Now that I think of it, the picture/page I linked to might not convey the proper amount of surprise that was asscoiated with this revelation. That young, dashing picture was taken years ago. James is now just as lanky, but is starting to look quite distinguished, and even has graying hair at his temples. It was almost like an uncle had suddenly revealed himself to be a hipster.

Posted by: Jacob on January 26, 2003 01:52 PM

I am indeed impressed. The musical tastes of the PI's I have worked for are enigmatic to me. I am afraid to try to figure out what they are because I could discover something horrible and end up dropping out of grad school. I don't think I could live with myself if I was doing research for someone who listened to Michael Bolton, or perhaps that dynamic duo that we all remember from the early 90's, Nelson. Some questions are best left uninvestigated.

Posted by: Doug on January 26, 2003 02:15 PM

That's exactly why I was confused. that guy looked like a one man party.

That video was cool. But so were the Michael Bolton videos, especially the one with him singing in front of a white background. It was like a call to arms.

Posted by: jason on January 26, 2003 04:43 PM