Soft Machine was a pioneering psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz band from Canterbury, United Kingdom, named after the
book 'The Soft Machine' by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury Scene.
The band originally consisted of Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen and Mike Ratledge, most of whom were former
members of The Wilde Flowers in 1968. Later members have included Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, John Etheridge, Karl Jenkins,
John Marshall, and Allan Holdsworth.