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by Takla Makan

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Helm 09:52
Sanctuary 12:43
The Dragon 14:05
Ether 20:15


Contour comprises of five long tracks, each track itself a series of mini tracks with a common theme. There's very little vocal work on this CD - this is pretty much a pure synth album.

2006 saw me settle into using the PC as the mainstay of my musical production. However, I shied away from using it for all my instrumental needs. On this album I have used a variety of synthesisers, analogue, digital, real and virtual. If there is one thing I have learnt is that no one single source of sounds is useful to me as a musician.

As with Fuji I have made great use of the P3 Sequencer from Sequentix. This wonderful little piece of hardware has probably changed the way I write music for good. You can hear the P3 in action on most tracks, but it is mostly responsible for the faster sequencey bits.

Most of the tracks make use of drones. These are complex soundscapes that sit in the background of the track. They are normally the first things to get recorded, and quite often the first thing you hear as the track starts.


released January 15, 2007

All tracks written and performed by Tony Allgood


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Takla Makan Cumbria, UK

Takla Makan is the artist name of Tony Allgood.

During the 1980s Tony played keyboards in a variety of bands including 'Cairo' and 'Not Before Time'. In 1986 he started producing his own synthesizer instrumental music under the name 'Takla Makan'.

His musical output is very much inspired by the work of Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream.
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