Turing Machine (band)

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Turing Machine
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresPost-rock, instrumental rock, math rock
Years active1998 – present
LabelsFrenchkiss Records, Jade Tree Records
Associated actsPitchblende, Panthers, The DFA
MembersJustin Chearno
Scott de Simon
Past membersJerry Fuchs

Turing Machine is an instrumental rock band formed in New York City in 1998 by Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon, late of DC's noise-rockers Pitchblende and Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, who had moved to New York to play with Bitch Magnet guitarist Jon Fine's new band, Vineland. Their music has been described as "Angular instrumental indie rock,"[1] that has "influences as vast as vintage prog, Krautrock and post-punk."[2]

On November 7, 2009, drummer Fuchs died in an elevator shaft accident.[3] The last of Fuchs' studio work with Turing Machine was included posthumously in the 2012 album, What Is The Meaning of What. Some of the friends of the band such as Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem and Brian Chase helped to complete the unfinished album after Fuchs' death.[4]

The name comes from the mathematical model of computation defined by Alan Turing with the same name (Turing machine).



  1. ^ [1] Schreiber, Ryan, "Turing Machine: A New Machine for Living" from Pitchforkmedia.com
  2. ^ [2] Ankeny, Jason, "Turing Machine" from allmusic.com
  3. ^ [3] Moynihan, Colin, "Drummer Dies After Fall in Elevator Shaft" from New York Times
  4. ^ [4] Battan, Carrie, "Turing Machine Return With New Album Featuring Late Drummer Jerry Fuchs' Last Work" from Pitchfork

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