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    Posted: August 14 2008 at 18:45
Has anyone heard of a band called Automatic Fine Tuning.I have . It would be considered a twin guitar attack ,but I think it is  prog. all the way. Oh.! the kicker is there is no vocals.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 15 2008 at 02:29
Yes, i heard and i have the album, quite intristing and well played, a tresure of the mid '70's. I suggested many times to be added here on PA but nobody heared about this band, or they don't want to be here. Anyway worth every second of AFT selftitled album from 1976
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Yeah, a kind of instrumental proggy Wishbone Ash version Thumbs%20Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 16 2008 at 21:20
I saw them back in the summer of '76... but I cannot for the life of me remember anything about them - I guess I'm going to have to track them down and have a listen. ConfusedEmbarrassed




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 04 2008 at 12:10
Still nobody from PA  is instristing about this fabulous band , is instrumental hevy prog from the highest class. It's a shame that this band is so underrated, really a shame.CryErmm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 04 2008 at 13:15
Good band, I just started listening to the myspace music:

http://www.myspace.com/automaticfinetuning76

I'll mention it to Heavy Prog.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 04 2008 at 17:28
I'm impressed.. HeavyProg will seriously consider AFT, thanks


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2008 at 03:28
Finally some intrest among collaborators for this band, a step forward, i'm waiting in the future to see this band here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2008 at 14:02
Just to let you know that Automatic Fine Tuning was added to Heavy Prog by David.

Clink on hyperlink --> AUTOMATIC FINE TUNING

I think it took a  little longer because no music samples were made available immediately.

Here's the only other topic I could find:

Automatic Fine Tuning
By b_olariu, May 29 2008 at 03:40

But that's in prog polls, and seeing a band there I would normally assume that it was already in the archives.

Anyway; great band indeed.  It makes the kind of music I like to rock out too.
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yes many thanks to both Patrick and Bogdan for their indispensable help, and they've both been credited at the bottom of the bio   ..wonderful find!


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Hi,I'm Trev Darks and I wrote nearly all the music with Paul McDonnell on the A.F.T album.Gladioli was Written by Bob Cross.This album took nearly 3 yrs to write and none of it was improvised.Paul was never recognised as the supreme innovator he was:Paul & Bob were the first guitarists to use synthesised gtrs called Stramp-a German Co.Unfortunately Loyd Grossman of T.V.fame produced & destroyed our music which was amazing heard live.I have been very surprised and pleased by the comments of you all.We were trying to write a Rock Guitar Symphony with all the dynamic nuance and power that could be achieved with just 4 instruments.I say the music was not improsed:it was & from extensive jams we extracted the bits that worked.If you would like any information on how the album was made please reply.That anyone listens to what we made 33 yrs ago is truly moving. Thankyou.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 14 2009 at 16:27
Welcome Trev - I hope that our coverage of AFT has helped revive some interest in the band. If you see anything we've missed in the biography, or have anything else to add we will happily amend it.




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 ^ we certainly will

hey Trev, wonderful to hear from you..my jaw dropped when I heard the cuts on the AFT myspace after our member  b_olariu suggested them, and was so pleased to have added you guys here.  A project that was years ahead of its time.  Clap








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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 14 2009 at 18:26
So very happy to have you hereSmile! Your album has been recommended as one of the 'unknown gems' of Heavy Prog, which hopefully will give it a lot more exposure.
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^ indeedy-weedy


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2009 at 04:56
Hi Trev, I'm b_olariu, the one who recommended this amazing band AFT to PA members. Quite an intrsting aqusition I made with this band and has a special place in my collection so far. Anyway good to hear news from you, and keep up th good work in anything you do right now, and tanks for the music, good stuff , really.
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I'm amazed at this. For your interest,we couldnt do edits like u can do today so each track was recorded live in the studio it was quite a challenge and strenuous on the wrists & fingers.The 2nd long section was cut by the producers so they could stick a short song on it.  It was a challenge to remember the arrangements, & we developed tricks to help this as nothing at all was written down,it was all memorised.
Paul had all sorts of gadgets like the lesley spinning spkr horn and he chopped up a then cheap Gibson SG2 into a sort of bat shape so he could play with a violin bow,with slider controls also instead of knobs.Bob cross was a great player ,we all loved Gladioli.We formed in Reading and were originally called Glyder.We were after a system combining Allman Bros meets Vivaldi with a bit of Led Zep.Any other queries Ill be happy answer.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2009 at 05:58
remember this Trev? Approve
 
 
...I've got that framed on my wall in my dining room ...




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Funny uve got Gong on that poster-I played bass & received a writing credit on Mother Gong Fairy
Tales album rec circa 1978.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2009 at 12:48
According to the running list AFT appeared just before The Enid on Sunday - since The Enid were one of the main reasons I attended the festival, so would have undoubtedly caught the ATF set too. I'm a little embarrassed to say I cannot remember much, but it was 33 years ago...




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