︎︎︎ 2022.01.24.

With the archival series 'Skyfiles’, I want to shift the focus away from the 'release' and redirect it toward the contents presented: a safe deposit box pulled out and opened, the various objects contained therein laid out in a display case with no obligation to form a unifying narrative. For the second volume in the series, “Life of the Party (Skyfiles 002),” I’ve assembled a set of pieces composed between 2011 and 2021, exploring a larger territory than its predecessor.

Adrian Knight – voice, piano, synth, treatments, engineering, mixing, mastering. Recorded 2011-2021 in Stockholm, New Haven, New York City and Guilford Sound, VT. All selections composed by Adrian Knight except ‘Golden Boy’ by David Lackner and Adrian Knight.

Soprano saxophone on 'Golden Boy' by David Lackner

'Dead in the Water' was originally commissioned by Margaret Lancaster. The version presented here is an arrangement for five monosynths.

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Announcing ‘Damn the Flood’, a new full length cassette on Regional Attraction. Professionally-dubbed c52 with full color j-card in gold norelco box. 

As with so many of my works, 'Damn the Flood' began as a series of prototypes: scaffolds of harmonies, rhythms and formal contours, a dimly neon-lit fog bank full of promise, the faintest outlines of some great discovery pulling me forward and inward. A circular maze of great ambiguity emerging, I felt strangely captivated and yet distant from my own creation: how did I end up here? And how do I proceed? How to get out? The resulting work was in answer to such questions, but it also carried the mutant gene of ambiguity out of the laboratory into the exalted chambers of 'the work'. The fleeting nature of running water and the timeless, malleable concept of an impending 'flood' were images that helped curate the selections made for the final version. Meanwhile, the prototypes receded back into oblivion, only to be rediscovered several years later.

In a way, the unearthed prototypes are like items lost in some mythical flood, preserved for future times by archivists. They are lenses through which 'the work' can be reappraised, redefined and contrasted. The sustained harmonies cruise undisturbed over endless bottomlands, gathering a multitude of instruments in its wake, gravitating toward a settlement. If in 'Damn the Flood' the findings have been consolidated, distilled and groomed, folded up to conserve time and space, the prototypes present those same findings unfurled, uncompressed. The sum total of these constituent parts yet again aligns with the flood metaphor: the materials thoroughly inspected, their possibilities probed, the maze flooded as the only means of escape.

The start and end points are by definition elastic. Captured here is the entire flood expedition, the prototypes naked in their infancy, the outcome incomplete in its ambition. A fragmentary assemblage of impressions, the work is as partial a vision of some great discovery as a clockface is to the expanse of time – caught in the drift, this too is destined to be dwarfed, absorbed and washed away.


‘Damn the Flood’ was commissioned by Post:Ballet and was premiered on March 3, 2017 at SOMArts, San Francisco as part of a dance performance choreographed by Robert Dekkers, with Brett Conway and Kar Will, and costumes by Christian Squires.

The work is in one continuous movement with five distinct harmonic areas. Throughout, melodic fragments from ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’ gently obstruct the chords, foreshadowing the unexpected cameo of an invisible (prerecorded) saxophone towards the end.

The work is part of a series of works written for The Living Earth Show with or without additional instruments: ‘Humble Servant’ (percussion solo), ‘Family Man’ (electric guitar and percussion with electronics), and ‘Damn the Flood’, culminating in the massive 12-movement ‘Idea to Life (Success Stories)’ (alto sax, electric guitar, percussion, Rhodes/synth), in which the formerly invisible David Lackner is now given the lead.

Andy Meyerson: vibraphone, percussion
Travis Andrews: electric guitar
Adrian Knight: Juno 6, Rhodes, electric guitar
David Lackner: saxophone
Matt Evans: gongs, bowls
Michael Advensky: percussion

Composed, produced, recorded & mixed by Adrian Knight.
Mastered by Travis Andrews.

Art by Tom Henry.

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Part of an ongoing diaristic approach to recording, these ‘Nudes’ are intimate, private selections from my repository of unreleased materials. These are unedited, complete takes, performed on my 88-key Rhodes and then, with soft hands, subjected to gentle treatments. The recordings span several years and trace the evolution of my improvisations. Occasionally, an idea or shape may be excised and incorporated into a formal composition, but for the most part, I consider these recordings complete and self-sufficient. The release is the first installment in a new series, Skyfiles, and is available digitally and as CDrs (made to order).

Adrian Knight – Fender Rhodes, treatments, engineering, mixing, mastering. Written by Adrian Knight. Recorded October 7, 2017 (No. 10), April 18, 2018 (No. 11) and June 17, 2021 (No. 55) at Skymall Studio, Brooklyn.

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Copyright © by Adrian Knight 2022.
Front page illustration by Tom Henry.