Sentient Machine
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Sentient Machine

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"You Mean You Never..."

Posted in Indie, Sentient Machine with tags CMJ, experimental, Indie, Rock, Sentient Machine on October 20, 2008 by Jillers

In a rare moment Saturday afternoon, I fell asleep around 2pm and slept all the way until 7pm, when someone called and woke me up, which means that I missed a show I promised I’d go to, and I feel really awful about it. So, let me tell you a bit about Sentient Machine.

I throw Sentient Machine into that group of music that I call “not my type, but you can tell are really good,” though I’ve realized that it’s unfair of me to classify any type of music like that. True, I may not go out of my way to listen to rock, heavy metal, or experimental music, but that doesn’t mean that when I hear it, I instantly hate it. Quite the contrary, I find when I listen to it, I don’t neccessarily hate it. In the case of Sentient Machine, whom I’ve only ever seen live, and never really listened to their tracks (until recenty), I often find myself at least tapping my foot in rhythm. I feel very sure that if I were too drink, I’d be full on dancing.

Their music lends itself well to a crowd that wants to have a good time moshing, and, again, fall into the category of “Better Live.” They know how to put on a show, and when they take solos (or give them to each other) it actually enhances the song, as opposed to some bands I’ve seen that take them in the wrong places and drag the song on longer than you really want any song to be.

Because I’m a jerk who missed their last show, I really want you all to go listen to their music. There isn’t a song of theirs up that I hate (though I love “Screamer”) — give them all a listen, go to their next show (whenever that is), and rock out.

Now, it falls on me to tell you about an exciting week coming up. Bands that I’ve reviewed, bands that I have plans to review, and bands I’ve never heard of, are all playing tons of shows for the CMJ Music Marathon (and Film Festival, but that would be for another blog, if I liked writing about moves, which I don’t).

I can’t even begin to name all of the artists playing this week, and where they’re all playing, because, quite frankly, it’s overwhelming. If I were more on top of things (and not notoriously poor, which is the real driving factor here), I’d register myself for a badge and go from venue to venue and see so many bands, I might collapse. If you have the money, today’s your last day to pre-register, or you can register on-site starting tomorrow (the 21st).

I’m excited about it, you should be too, unless you don’t live in NYC and can’t access this amazing event.

Editor’s Note: Sentient Machine lists several rock icons for their influences such as Faith No More, Type-o-Negative, David Bowie, and Alice In Chains. -


We are currently working on releasing a 10 song CD complete with reworkings of our older tracks as well as new material.

Objects Are Women (EP) - 2007
Sensibly Violent (EP) - 2007



Screeching guitars, pounding drums, bombastic synthesizers, strange but captivating vocals. All these elements unite and culminate in the music of Sentient Machine.

The brainchild of Adam Schneider, Sentient Machine began as a young fascination with the idea of a one-man studio band, explored by artists such as Trent Reznor and Prince. This fascination soon led Adam to begin writing his own compositions, which took influence from musical genres such as grunge, industrial, and experimental rock.

As the music grew, so did the band. Adam collaborated with Stephanie Ivanov, Chris D’Ambrosio, Steve Plesnarski, and Tina Kenny; fine tuning the music to take full advantage of the talents of his new lineup.

Sentient Machine’s songs are built with driving rhythms and strong hooks wrapped in a wash of noise and exotic samples. A screamingly loud chorus can shrink down to little more than a whisper in a matter of seconds. It’s music that’s meant to be just as gut wrenching and visceral as it is eccentric and chaotic. Like a seven-year old schizophrenic it wavers between invitingly playful and a surrealistic nightmare.