Mark Fell

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Exploring multichannel loudspeaker arrangements and real-time sound synthesis, composer Mark Fell’s complex interaction of sound waveforms invade! Fell transforms the public areas of the building into a massive sound and light installation, inviting the audience to explore the places less traveled. The evening culminates with a performance surrounded by a custom-arranged speaker array in the Concert Hall.

Argeo Ascani

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). He is widely known for combining popular music styles such as electronica and techno with more computer-based compositions, with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. His recent musical practice has become increasingly informed by non-Western music; this is evident in two linked works, Multistability and UL8, which explore a number of unfamiliar timing and tuning systems.

In addition to his recorded works, Fell produces installation pieces, often using multiple speaker systems. His work in this area is characterized by “non-illusion based” approaches, where multiple waveshapes are spatially distributed to form complex synthetic sonic environments. The diversity and importance of Fell’s practice is reflected in the range and scale of international institutions that present his work—from large super clubs such as Berghain (Berlin) to the Hong Kong National Film and Sound Archive, among others.

He received an honorary mention in the digital music category at Prix ARS Electronica, and was shortlisted for the Quartz award for his contributions to research in digital music. In addition to his creative practice, Fell has been involved in a number of academic research projects ranging from computer science to musicology, and as a curator he is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of experimental electronic music in Europe. 

Mark Fell
Concert Hall
November 9, 2013, 7:30PM

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA