Released on Thanatosis Produktion December 12, 2019
Electric guitar, voice, Rhodes, percussion, tape and digital treatments by Adrian Knight.
Recorded 2009-2018 in Brooklyn, New Haven and Stockholm.
Originally released on Pink Pamphlet as PPR22.
Sax on track 9 by David Lackner.
Design by Michell Ellipsis.
Typesetting by Adrian Knight.
Made with support from the Swedish Arts Council.
released December 16, 2019
Originally disseminated as a digital-only release on my now dormant label Pink Pamphlet in 2014, ‘Fly By Night’ now gets a proper release via the Stockholm label Thanatosis Produktion. Since my early 20s the electric guitar has been a constant companion and assistant in my compositional work. Although I'm a much better pianist than guitarist, I've often found my relatively poor “fretboard awareness” to be a valuable asset in terms of focussing my intuitive hearing away from my more analytical hearing.
A home recordist, I am constantly documenting and capturing ideas as they arrive, as part of the process of writing pieces, or as self contained experiments. Some of the resulting odds and ends, sketches, ideas and studies are collected in this 2-CD set, amended by a new addition to the ‘Pink Pamphlet’ series of recordings with a cameo by David Lackner on saxophone. While the album is predominantly a travelogue of my guitar explorations, with two “prototypes” for pieces that later became orchestral works (‘Comblé’ and ‘Till Minne Av’), I've included a few recordings with other instruments that live in adjacent territories. Insomuch that the recorded music presented here does not represent a documentation of preexisting musical texts, but indeed the pieces themselves – chance moments of layered sequences coalescing into harmonic contexts I could otherwise not have envisioned – this release is a departure from my usual approach and hopefully of interest to both intuitive and analytical listeners alike. - Adrian Knight
Adrian Knight (b. 1987, Uppsala, Sweden) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and an active member of several groups, including Blue Jazz TV, Private Elevators, and Synthetic Love Dream. His works are published by Project Schott New York. Commissions and performances include pieces for Bearthoven, Karl Larson and Maya Bennardo, David Lackner, Post:Ballet, The Living Earth Show, R. Andrew Lee, Minnesota Orchestra, Mobius Trio, Red Light Ensemble, TIGUE, Margaret Lancaster and the Yale School of Drama among many others. His recordings have been released on Galtta Media, Cantaloupe, Irritable Hedgehog, Perfect Wave, Slashsound, Innova and Pink Pamphlet. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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