20:00 | FRIDAY 7. 12. 2012 | Metropol Cinema
In the sphere of cognitive psychology, the term "multistability" refers to the effect when the percipient is not able to distinguish an individual stable object from complex and unambiguous patterns. In system theory this term describes such a state which is neither stable nor unstable when moving between two different states. Fell adopted them as his starting point for his music project.
Mark Fell is from Sheffield in Yorkshire, a fact that is proudly displayed on his webpage. : One enthusiastic reviewer, was quoted as saying, "While listening, I was not able to walk straight and I guarantee thee that thou will have such troubles too". Fell is the master of a "higher mathematics" of electronic beats, a field in which his friends Autechre are the most famous.
It's a little bit strange. Why? Fell, who says that music is primarily a tool for expressing the more pronounced perception of time, did not prepare an easy listening session: and we are not talking about taste now, but rather about the very setting of the human body. His album Multistability is an orgy of asymmetry and irregularity elaborated into detail. Any music you can possibly remember is based on repetition, a regular beat. Mark Fell has a background of academic research, yet at the same time he belongs to the "trippy" narcotic club scene, and in his series of electronic etudes he makes sure that the same constellation never occurs twice.. The arrhythmia flies swishingly in compelling, aggressive sounds as if someone were pushing, pushing. It is little surprise that the reviewer was unable to walk a straight line.
What got into him? In balancing on the edge that only hardened fans of even harder electronics are ready to accept, we can see the dribbling of a hare, albeit sonically elegant dribbling. With his precise machines, Fell stretches and shrinks time like bubble gum, removing the regular, predictable ticking of the watch from his own and from the listener's mind. He knowingly creates a system that could surely never be adopted by the world of jingles and light techno as played in duty free shops and their ilk.
Fell regularly collaborates with Yasunao Ton, a member of the Fluxus movement, who will go down in modern history as a man who can "hack" the code of a compact disc, play it randomly and surf its contents. There is an effort behind his work to free the medium from its one dimensional use and make it a tool in our hands. Fell swears that art school forever put him off conceptualism and critical engagement, and that his exploration of sonic and light material is purely aesthetic. "Not even the way I arrange colours with sounds has any deeper order in it. It is more like I was putting football next to cheddar cheese, tennis next to a little bit of ricotta – simply representatives of two different
- Pavel Klusák, Adapted from www.klusak.blogspot.cz (January 2011) with the permission from the author of the text
7 Dec | 8:00 pm | MC
Mark Fell (UK): Multistability
performance | Live Animation