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by A Single Voice

Atmospheric musics and motifs from the experiences of a sonic and visual artist, archaeologist and author.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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Impossibilities is my second album, and the first in 18 years, since The Audient (2000), which was a promotional project for radio stations. Eighteen years is a lifetime. Impossibilities comprises pieces I have composed and recorded mostly in Southampton, UK during my post graduate research in Archaeology. Making new musics in tandem with my academic studies in Archaeoacoustics (of the 6th Century Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy) gave me balance and a wholesome rounded connection beyond the cocoon of university life. The very fact that Impossibilities has come to fruition demonstrates how sometimes dreams are made possible. There have been a few key people to the success of this new A Single Voice album, in particular I want to thank singer-songwriter Martin Page (formerly Q-Feel), Diane Poncher (IroningBoard Records), singer-songwriter Greg Robertson (The Things), my family and close friends.
Impossibilties is the inaugural A Single Voice album in a series I call Pretend Music - music that hopes to suspend disbelief, invite the benefit of the doubt, and encourage a variety of creative ways of listening. David J. Knight May 30, 2018 Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Thinking Out Loud (in point form)
A Single Voice is David J. Knight, a solo musical endeavor that began in 1985 as a band in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. With the release of the song "Ripping Susan" on the 1986 CFRU vinyl album "Just West of Something Big" the band disbanded and Knight continued the name of his solo sonic projects. In 2010, Knight invited the former personnel to perform the original band material for a 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert at The Shadow (former Woodshed) in Guelph. The entire band for the reunion included Sam Cino: drums (King Cobb Steelie, etc.), Christopher Peterson: guitar (0Xit, Lamiae), Geoffrey Walton: guitar (King Cobb Steelie), Warren Nagao: guitar (Maggot Fodder, The Nasties), Gord Shimens: bass, and Greg Robertson: keyboards (The Things).

At the beginning of 2000, while Knight was living in London, UK, he released the first A Single Voice CD "The Audient"

Knight began experimenting with recordings in the mid-1970s, on a simple cassette deck he applied Scotch tape over the record head in order to create multi-track recordings. The additive discrete noise hiss did not deter him.

Knight's Guitar History:
Guitar 1 ("The Machine"): discovered in the local Guelph dump - very similar to a Hofner HI-459 Beatles 6-string electric guitar with violin body-shape. Probably an imitation Hofner, solid body with magnetic pickups. Originally dark green finish with black and ivory lines. The neck and body were taken to the UK, where they were accidentally thrown out in New Eltham, London.
Guitar 2: Kay red solid body electric guitar (similar to the KE17MR). Occasionally the long neck was transferred onto the Hofner.
Guitar 3: Fender solid body electric guitar - a good friend loaned it to Knight in Southampton. Returned to said friend in 2010.

Knight's Concert Memories:
The first important concert was Robert Fripp, a demonstration and lecture on Frippertronics - University of Waterloo, 1981
Karlheinz Stockhausen "Music and Machines" - Barbican Centre, London, 1985
The Smiths, Billy Bragg, James - Brixton Academy, 1985
Dead Can Dance - Toronto, 1986
Fred Frith (Skeleton Crew) - Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph, 1986
David Bowie "Glass Spider Tour" - Toronto, 1987
Peter Murphy and Nine Inch Nails - Toronto, 1987
Tones On Tails - Toronto, 1987
Psychedelic Furs - Toronto, 1987
Cocteau Twins - Toronto 1987, 1989
Clan of the Xymox - Toronto, 1987
Brian Eno "Three-part lantern lecture" "Perfume, Defence and David Bowie's Wedding" immediately following the release of "Nerve Net" - Sadler's Wells, London, 1992
David Byrne "The Forest" with Sinead O'Connor, Alison Moyer, and The Balanescu Quartet (Amnesty International Concert) - South Bank Centre, London, 1992
Robert Fripp & David Sylvian - Royal Albert Hall, London, 1993
Dead Can Dance - The Roundhouse, London, 1994
Live8 Concert July 2nd 2005, Hyde Park, London - including Pink Floyd, The Who, U2, Paul McCartney, R.E.M.
Several Robyn Hitchcock concerts, with John Paul Jones on Mandolin, in Clerkenwell, London 2005-2007
Opening week of Spamalot (with Tim Curry and Eric Idle) - Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, September 30, 2006
Pink Floyd at Robyn Hitchcock's "The Madcap's Last Laugh" tribute concert to Syd Barret - The Barbican Centre, London, May 10, 2007
Dead Can Dance - London, 2007
Lisa Gerrard (solo work) - London, 2007
Robert Fripp opening a Porcupine Tree concert with Soundscapes - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 2005
Dead Can Dance - Toronto, 2012
Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) - Toronto, 2014

Inspiring Studio Tours:
Grant Avenue Studios (with Greg Robertson) - chatted with Bob Lanois about Eno and U2 - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1987
Real World Studios (with Greg Robertson) - Peter was away, but enjoyed the old mill nonetheless - Box, Wiltshire, UK, 1994

Important meetings:
A short post-concert chat with Robert Fripp - University of Waterloo, Canada, 1981

In March 2004, Knight personally presented Brian Eno with a CD of his A Single Voice compositions, at the Winchester Festival of Art and Mind talk "Science and the Arts: The Emergence of a New Consciousness from the 60's to Now" - with Brian Eno, Gustav Metzger (artist), Prof. Roy Ascott (Plymouth), Prof. Margaret Boden (Sussex), chaired by Philip Dodd (Director of the ICA, London) - The Theatre Royal, Winchester, 2004

Friendship with Martin Page (Q-Feel) began when Knight presented "Sensory Reflections of San Vitale; From Sixth-Century Ostrogothic Ravenna, to Dante" for the "Sound and the Sacred" conference organized by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Prof. Sharon Gerstel), and Beyond" - Royce Hall, Room 314, UCLA, Los Angeles, U.S.A., November 18, 2017

Interesting Concerts Knight has performed in:
Palaeophonics inaugural concert (the joining together of Archaeology and Sonic expression) - George Square Theater, Edinburgh, UK, 2011

Bands Knight has formed:
Stephen Hero 1985 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
The Choral Infants 1986 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
The Child Muse 1987 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Television-Handed Ghostess 2004 Southampton, Hampshire, UK
The Dead Souls 2009 Guelph, Ontario, Canada - Kevin Hogg (Rebel Machine), Jim Hare (later of The Nasties), Dave Kuhr, Adrian Stickland (Maggot Fodder, The Dead Souls, The Things)

Bands Knight has invited to re-form:
The Dogs 2013 Guelph, Ontario, Canada - Harri Palm (Johnny and the G-Rays), Molly Kurvink, Adrian Stickland (Maggot Fodder, The Dead Souls, The Things)

Other Bands Knight has been part of:
The Secret 1987 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Strings & Shades 1987 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
The Telling Eye 2005 Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Lamiae 2011 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
pre-The Things 2014 Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Selected A Single Voice online/airplay:
CFRU - University of Guelph campus radio, Canada, variously between 1985 and 2000
Surge Radio - University of Southampton campus radio, UK, 2008-2009
Uncle Warren's Attic blog, UK, 2007
Astroquarian podcast, UK, 2007-2008

Selected A Single Voice Rejections:
Demo tape of post-80s band compositions delivered to 4AD, Wandsworth, London, UK, 1994 - returned with very nice letter.

Music for Exhibitions:
Cloud8 with Sona Mincoff, at ED Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2013

Music for Conferences:
Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), University of Birmingham, 2011



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George Sidney

Exstraordinary Sensitivity
This album reminds me of the best moments and sentiments of the experimental music I grew up appreciatiing in the 70’s and 80’s.
From King Crimson and Robert Fripp to Brian Eno etc. David Knight’s music digs deep into the ether - bridging darkness and light with a sensitivity rarely heard in experimental music. From tonal dissonance to exquisite beauty ... it’s all here. I advise the listener of this album to take the time and meditate on the many emotional moods presented here. If you’re of the mind to treat your ears and surrender yourself to a myriad of emotions - this album is a gem for you. George Sidney - Los Angeles.