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The Future began recording demos in a semi-professional studio in the house of a local recording engineer, as there were no other affordable studios in the area. Martyn and Ian played their synthesizers, while Adi made use of the tape collection he was steadily amassing. Ian: "Adi had been to art school and he introduced me to a lot of modern art stuff - Man Ray, Duchamp, Dada".

The group developed a computer system for the production of lyrics - CARLOS (Cyclic And Random Lyric Organisation System). Words and phrases would be fed into the system and assembled at random into sentences by the computer, in the manner of a fruit machine. Similar 'cut-up' experiments had been executed by artists such as Brian Eno and David Bowie (who in turn had been influenced by the experiments of William Burroughs), using words written on small cards, but The Future took it a step further by using the computer to generate lyrics.

Although the experiment was short-lived (the group eventually lost faith in the system as it "had a tendency to make things over-staccato"), they did have some success when using CARLOS to write both Blank Clocks and a song about former Stooges guitarist James Williamson. Ian: "The first twelve phrases that came up were quite good." Martyn: "You come up with some amazing lyrics. It's a very interesting process, a very logical extension of mathematics."

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Around this time, the group developed a computer system for the production of lyrics - CARLOS (Cyclic And Random Lyric Organisation System). Words and phrases would be fed into the system and assembled at random into sentences by the computer, in the manner of a fruit machine. Similar 'cut-up' experiments had been executed by artists such as Brian Eno and David Bowie (who in turn had been influenced by the experiments of William Burroughs), using words written on small cards, but the League took it a step further by using the computer to generate lyrics.

Although the experiment was short-lived (the group eventually lost faith in the system as it "had a tendency to make things over-staccato"), they did have some success when using CARLOS to write a song about former Stooges guitarist James Williamson.

Ian: "The first twelve phrases that came up were quite good." Martyn: "You come up with some amazing lyrics. It's a very interesting process, a very logical extension of mathematics."

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