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  • Creator Backlash: While not dissatisfied with the music itself, Lunn has expressed regret for the production of the original versions of Social Disservices and, to a lesser extent, ...On the Subject of Mortality, which he attributes to not having known much about music production when he recorded them. They were remixed and remastered by Colin Marston and Spenser Morris; Lunn is much more satisfied with the Revisions of the Past versions. (The first two albums, as detailed directly below, were engineered by one of Lunn's friends and thus didn't have the same production problems.)
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  • Name's the Same: The engineer of the first two albums, a different person from the sole member of the band, is also named Austin Lunn. The two went by pseudonyms at this point (the engineer going by Skallhammeren and the musician going by the Nordic form of his last name, Lundr) to avoid confusion. Both also perform in Agnosis; as a result, Panopticon's Lunn uses the Nordic form of his name for Agnosis as well. (They can also be distinguished by their middle initials and places of birth; the engineer/Agnosis vocalist is Austin P. Lunn from New Jersey, while Panopticon's sole member is Austin L. Lunn from Memphis, Tennessee).
  • Newbie Boom: Kentucky widened the band's audience substantially, most likely because it was previously unheard of for a band to mix bluegrass and Black Metal as thoroughly as Panopticon did on that album. It was also a very good album.
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  • Referenced by...: The level "Killing the Giants as They Sleep" in the Marathon Game Mod Eternal is named for one of Panopticon's songs. Note that this title only appears in the recently released version 1.2 of the game (and, more specifically, the new level title was actually introduced in beta 6; you can get old versions from the development page); it's a composite of two levels from previous versions of the gamenote , thus engendering a name change. It should perhaps be noted that Eternal has a subtly anarchist message underneath the many layers of symbolism in its plot; the usage of a song title from an anarchist band was very much deliberate.
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  • Similarly Named Works: Panopticon is also an album by Isis. They're both named after the same concept, so it figures.
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