Soft Machine

Soft Machine was an English jazz-rock band that was active between the late 1960s and early 1980s. They were among the first rock acts to make use of asymmetric and compound meters. Due to numerous lineup changes, the first and final Soft Machine albums feature none of the same members. Nonetheless, the nameplate was passed […]


Gong was a French–Anglo musical collective that existed through numerous iterations over a four-decade period, starting in 1969. During the first half of the 1970s, the band operated as a space-rock performance act under the leadership of Australian-born guitarist–vocalist Daevid Allen. Later in the decade, Gong steered toward jazz-rock with drummer–percussionist Pierre Moerlen affixed to […]

Daevid Allen

Daevid Allen (1938–2015) was an Australian musician, best known as the frontman of the Anglo–French space-rock band Gong, which he co-founded in Paris with partner Gilli Smyth. He also played in the original lineup of Soft Machine. As a solo artist, he debuted with the 1971 album Banana Moon. With Gong, he made the 1970–71 […]