What is Automatic Barrier?

Automatic Barrier was a one-man band formed by Richard Fincher on 12th October 1983 and dissolved on 21st November 1987.

The principle feature of the band was the use of automatic synthesizer instrumental parts, pre-programmed into a personal computer. Although common enough now, this was a revolutionary approach in 1983, before the advent of the 'MIDI' universal language for electronic music.

Over the course of 4 years, 5 albums were released on cassette, 11 concerts played, and various songs played on The Automatic Barrier Show on IC Radio at Imperial College