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(1988 – present)

There are at least 17 artists with the name Arc

1. The most profilic would be the Toronto-based trio of Aidan Baker (Nadja) (guitars, woodwinds, voices), Richard Baker (drumset, emboura, percussion), and Christopher Kukiel (djembe, tabla, dumbec, percussion). Over 14 releases are out.

2. Nu Jazz duo Dean Smith and Darren Knott (a producer associated with Coldcut) whose track Arcane appeared on Ninja Tune’s Xen Cuts compilation.

3. ARC is the recording alias of electronica staples Mark Shreeve and DiN label boss Ian Boddy, a duo who have been working together for almost a decade. The two producers bring very different elements to the table: Boddy mans all things digital, running a variety of synthesizers in conjunction with software, while Shreeve brings an analogue presence, sequencing via a vast Moog Modular system.

4. A Japanese visual kei band (alternate tag: Arc), formed in 2003 and signed to UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. Members are: Ko~Ji (Vo.), Yuki (Gu.), Toshiya (Ba.), Shun (Dr.)

At their December 18th live, Arc announced that, after 7 years of activity, they will be disbanding in March of 2011.

5. A legendary act of the era. The band released one 7’’ single in 1980, Tribute, and another one 1981, War of the Ring.

6. The musical project of Rich “Lowtax” Kyanka of somethingawful.com fame, under which he creates “dark, industrial techno”. He has released two albums, “Drain”, and “Rusted Scenery”, distributed directly from somethingawful.com.

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