A New Machine
|"A New Machine"|
|Song by Pink Floyd from the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason|
|Published||Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd|
|Released||7 September 1987 (UK)
8 September 1987 (US)
|Recorded||October 1986–May 1987|
1:46 Part 1
0:38 Part 2
|A Momentary Lapse of Reason track listing|
Lyrics and music
They serve as bookends to the instrumental track "Terminal Frost", and feature David Gilmour's voice, electrically distorted, through a vocoder and a rising synth note. The narrator seems to express weariness with a lifetime spent in the one body, waiting for the moment of death, but seeks consolation in the fact that this "waiting" will eventually end. These three tracks were the only ones from the album that were never officially released live.
"A New Machine has a sound I've never heard anyone do. The noise gates, the Vocoders, opened up something new which to me seemed like a wonderful sound effect that no one had done before; it's innovation of a sort."
- David Gilmour — vocals, vocoder, programming and synthesiser
- Patrick Leonard — synthesiser
- Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
- Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
- Matt Resnicoff (August 1992). "Careful With That Axe David Gilmour Interview". Musician. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
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