Finite Automata

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Finite Automata
Fa live 2009.jpg
Origin Pensacola, Florida, United States
Genres Post-industrial
Electro Industrial
Industrial rock
Dark ambient
Years Active 2006–present
Labels Beyond Therapy Records
Associated Acts Vimana Cult, Transfer Case
Website Official Website
Members Mod Eschar
c. Grendel
Mat Syn
Former Members Vic Martinez

Finite Automata is an American industrial musical group formed in Pensacola, Florida in 2006. They are known for their deep layered sound, frequent experimental live use of sound making devices such as radios and tapedecks, and their highly politically charged, confrontational, and theatrical stage performances.[1] The group's name stems from the computer science concept of Finite State Machines, used as a metaphor for the predictability of human behavior.[2] The band cites 1980's and 1990s electro-industrial groups Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and Project Pitchfork as their primary influences.


Finite Automata is the product of a project started in 2006 by musician, programmer, and visual artist Mod Eschar (Dominique Price), as an attempt to create a sound similar to 80's electro industrial. In 2007 Eschar was joined by keyboardist c. Grendel (Christopher Stanley) and later by musician Mat Syn (Mathew Porter). [3] After several years of playing regionally they were picked up by Beyond Therapy Records in 2011 and released their first EP Here Won No One on that label.

The group is currently working on two studio albums including an official back release of their first album Recurse, which contains material written and recorded between 2007 and 2010 by Eschar and c. Grendel, and their upcoming new release containing their most recent material.


  • Full albums
    • Recurse (written in 2008)
  • EPs
    • Here Won No One (2011)


  1. Michael Smith, "Industrial acts converge on the Big Easy Tavern",, Feb 2, 2012. [1]
  2. Jessica Franz (Chirality), "Interview with Finite Automata", Carpe Nocturne Magazine, June 1, 2011. [2] Access date: March 12, 2012.
  3. Michael Smith, "Finite Automata, Preacher, Transfer Case @ The Handlebar. 05/07/11", Take Cover and Shoot, May 19, 2011. [3] Access date: March 12, 2012.

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