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Auto 17
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12"

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OR AUTO17 OR AUTO17
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12/7/2010

Or and The Automatics Group present Auto 17, recordings of raw output from 49 configurations of an EMS VCS 3 synthesizer. Sides A and B are released on 12" vinyl with side C available digitally. Renowned for its ability to produce wide-ranging electronic sound effects, it was sometimes considered problematic when producing melodic sounds due to the instability of its components. The recordings on Auto 17 are the result of incremental/violent changes to the modular configuration of the machine. Recorded directly from the two independent outputs of the VCS 3, unusual modulation routing produces a variety of complex relationships between the left and right channels. Timbral, rhythmic and harmonic themes emerge, revealing unexpected properties of the machine. The Automatics Group undertake projects investigating issues of control, representation, autonomy and formalism.