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  • vdorje
    http://www.arkkon.com/ Arkkon : Arkkon Self-titled debut CD. Six tracks, duration 62 minutes. David Knight - samplers, ems synthi aks, viola, tapes, roland
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 4, 2006
      http://www.arkkon.com/

      Arkkon : Arkkon
      Self-titled debut CD.
      Six tracks, duration 62 minutes.

      David Knight - samplers, ems synthi aks,
      viola, tapes, roland system 100

      Guest performers:
      Karl Blake - spoken voice on track 2
      Danielle Dax - vcs3 noises on track 2
      Lydia Lunch - spoken voice on track 6

      1. Spiritus Dei
      2. Base Camp Desertion
      3. Enveloping Blue
      4. Institiute of Six
      5. Cyanosis
      6. Terminal Distraction

      'Wonderfully dark atmospherics... ominous
      and overwhelming, this is great stuff'.
      Immerse magazine. Available from: SALES PAGE

      Arkkon : Rotunda
      Second CD release.
      Five tracks, duration 59 minutes.

      David Knight - synthesisers and
      electronics, tape manipulations
      and processing.

      Guest Performers:
      Sarah Bradshaw - cellos
      Lydia Lunch - voice and words on 'Crimes Against Nature'

      1. In Echelon
      2. Pitchblende
      3. Schlemmer
      4. Last Transmission
      5. Crimes Against Nature



      Available from: SALES PAGE






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    • vdorje
      Rotunda is HIGHLY recommended!! (Have yet to hear the first one) ~Craig Arkkon: Rotunda Arkkon: Rotunda (Soleilmoon - 2000) In the guise of Arkkon,
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 18, 2006
        "Rotunda" is HIGHLY recommended!! (Have yet to hear the first one)
        ~Craig


        Arkkon: Rotunda
        Arkkon: Rotunda
        (Soleilmoon - 2000)
        In the guise of Arkkon, London's David Knight builds the dark, experimental soundstructures of Rotunda with synth, electronics, tape manipulations and processing. Oblique angles, dim lighting and shifting floors make a journey through this dome unpredictable to say the least...

        Soft (though discomforting) tones ring out from In Echelon, reverberating into unseen corners as eerie veils seem to rise in the too-near distance. The 17.5 minutes of darkly radiant Pitchblende open on layers of warbly oscillations which flatten into a groaning, windswept plane. That even keel is eventually disrupted into a fluttering machine-like rhythm which phases out as gently (though ominously) rising/falling violin sounds conclude the piece. Resonating bass tones wander an off-kilter trek through Schlemmer (4:26) and are pierced with echoey shards and strung through with steely strands.
        Last Transmission (23:25) encompasses a blackened soundscape of Lustmordian proportions... unknowable sonic streams both high and low, blast furnace rumbles, smeary washouts, deeply distorted voices and creepy chimes are only part of Arkkon's ever-changing house of madness. (I also think I heard the world's largest, loudest bullfrog in there somewhere...) Helicopter-blade-like pulsations seems to slice the thick haze of Crimes Against Nature; in sinister tones of melodrama, Lydia Lunch provides vengefully whispered voice and words against the twisting backdrop, which buzzes out on penetratingly dispassionate electric chirps.

        Upon entering Arkkon's shadowy Rotunda, disorientingly indecipherable soundforms surround to direct and/or impede your progress. All is cloistered in darkness, though generally more of a psychotic, rather than demonic, nature; still, the faint of spirit may consider twice before stepping inside. A shaken 8.3 for this almost-hour of mind-altering sonic constructions.
        Available from Soleilmoon; Arkkon has his own site as well.



        Arkkon : Arkkon
        Self-titled debut CD.
        Six tracks, duration 62 minutes.

        David Knight - samplers, ems synthi aks,
        viola, tapes, roland system 100

        Guest performers:
        Karl Blake - spoken voice on track 2
        Danielle Dax - vcs3 noises on track 2
        Lydia Lunch - spoken voice on track 6

        1. Spiritus Dei
        2. Base Camp Desertion
        3. Enveloping Blue
        4. Institiute of Six
        5. Cyanosis
        6. Terminal Distraction

        'Wonderfully dark atmospherics... ominous
        and overwhelming, this is great stuff'.
        Immerse magazine. Available from: SALES PAGE

        Arkkon : Rotunda
        Second CD release.
        Five tracks, duration 59 minutes.

        David Knight - synthesisers and
        electronics, tape manipulations
        and processing.

        Guest Performers:
        Sarah Bradshaw - cellos
        Lydia Lunch - voice and words on 'Crimes Against Nature'

        1. In Echelon
        2. Pitchblende
        3. Schlemmer
        4. Last Transmission
        5. Crimes Against Nature






        Arkkon includes: David Knight (guitar, sampler).
        Additional personnel: Lydia Lunch (vocals); Sarah Bradshaw (cello).
        David Knight was a founding member of Shock Headed Peters, one of the odder post-punk troupes belched up by the UK underground in the '80s. He's also known as the tape-manipulating and axe-wielding accomplice of eccentric pop priestess Danielle Dax. Beyond these associations, Knight adopted the Arkkon alias for pursuits of his solo muse across the more shadowy side of progressive, cinema-for-the-ear soundscaping. Through visions wrought from synth vapors, decocted samples, and instrumental apparitions, ROTUNDA conjures places imagined and moments lost in history.
        Ziggurats shrouded in the smoke of sacrificial bonfires rise from the fallow fields of "In Echelon." Timewinds shape the dark dunes of "Pitchblende," beneath which coiled forms writhe in restless slumber. In "Schlemmer," fairies slip through the moonlit lacework knit by bare branches and frolic among forest-floor fungi. A well-traveled visitor's sudden fall from above lights the night sky in "Last Transmission." Knight descends into the briny deep to bear silent witness as tide and time devour craft and crew and settle back in sated contentment. Radical raconteur Lydia Lunch is more vocal when Knight adapts her "Crimes Against Nature," demanding equity for voiceless victims in the album's chilling closer.



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