I've got an awful lot of Instant Automatons Stuff hanging about in my hard drive that isn't complete or is homeless; and as they appear to be popular with certain members of the Die or DIY? readership/listeners out there, I have cobbled together a Retrospective of sorts to further demonstrate the hissy majesty of Mark Automaton and Protag.(As seen above with Technology).
You can also check out two of their early cassettes , "Blues Masters of the Humber Delta" and "Tape Transport" by clicking on the highlighted titles,just so.
'Twas late 70's in Grimsby, North Lincolnshire, United kingdom, and the dawn of Free music. The Instant automatons, gave you all their work for FREE, if you sent them a blank c-60 and a stamped addressed envelope. This is now commonplace amongst us bloggers,and file sharers, but in 1979 this was a principled attack on the corporate fascists of the record industry.
I'll leave it to Mark Lancaster (aka Automaton) to explain the politics of Free Music in his own words:
"One concept that is most closely associated with The Instant Automatons is that of "Free Music". It is also, I have discovered, a concept that is widely misunderstood.
Free Concerts have been around for ages, of course. That's something that, even in our materialistic society, people can get their head around. You go to the gig, you see the band, you leave; it's ephemeral - there's nothing concrete for you to hold in your hand, so you don't feel uncomfortable with the idea.
Our view was exactly the same - and I would have felt as uncomfortable asking people to pay for my words and music as I would have done asking them to pay for the carbon dioxide I exhaled or the nitrogenous waste that came out the other end.
I have to state this (to me) rather obvious fact, because I have been misunderstood in the past.
In my last year of school I tried my hand at sculpture. The piece I produced was an emaciated human figure, rendered in wire and plaster. Although it was essentially just a poor imitation of the works of Alberto Giacometti, the art teacher took a liking to it and said he would pay me £5 for it. I said if he liked it that much, he could have it for nothing.
He was horrified, and proceeded to give me a lecture about how, if one artist should give his work away, then all the other struggling artists would not be able to make a living, and no one would then want to become an artist and there would be no art. Then, presumably, Western Civilization would crumble. (You think I'm making this up, don't you? It's all true, I swear!)Given my well-publicised contempt for the faculty of my alma mater, I'm sure you realise that this tirade just served to strengthen my resolve. I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that since that day I have never made a single penny from any creative work I have produced, whether it be words, music, photography or graphic design.
Hints For The Housewife (Deleted Records DEC003):
The Machine Takes Over
Nigel Wouldn't approve
Underneath the Wardrobe
Eating people no 2
Not So Deep As A Well (Cd-r 2002):
|Ignorance Is Bliss||2:10|
|Drunk In Woolwich (On New Year's Eve)||3:04|
|Short Haired Man (In A Long Haired Town)||2:35|
|No Identifiable Sign Of Life||2:52|
|When The Pubs Close (Denmark St. Version)||2:25|
|Ballad Of The New Things||5:43|
|So It's Come To This||2:53|
|Gillian Is Normal (Boyce-Codd 2002 Remix)||2:56|
|Nothing Ever Happens To Me (Sam 'N' Ella Remix)||5:04|
Peter Paints His Fence EP (Deleted Records DEP001) 1980:
|A1||Nice Job For The Lad||2:45|
|B4||People Laugh At Me (Coz I Like Weird Music)||2:52|
|B5||John's Vacuum Cleaner||3:19|
|B6||Peter Paints His Fence||2:00|
Radio Silence(The Art Of Human Error) - (Deleted Records DEC001) 1979:
Weird Noise EP (Fuck Off Records) 1980
DOWNLOAD this Retrospective Anthological Overview of the Instant Automatons HERE!