Mark Fell | Graham Foundation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. 2013
In an interview for the Red Bull Music Academy website last year, British electronic musician Mark Fell discussed his roots in techno, explaining that his interest in the club scene was purely aesthetic—he didn’t dance and he didn’t do drugs. “So I was stood at the side of the dance floor, just listening to the music,” he says. “Although I was quite involved in that scene as an audience member, I always felt quite removed from it.” He comes to electronic music from the technological side and tends to explain his methods in dry and academic terms, but nonetheless much of his output (on his own or as half of SND with Mat Steel) has a hedonistic, sensual side, with low-end tones and warm synthetic washes that tickle the pleasure centers. Last year’s Sentielle Objectif Actualité (Editions Mego) reworks techno tracks he produced as Sensate Focus, and though they sound superficially like dance-floor bangers, their crazy polyrhythmic schemes would make most club kids’ heads explode. Fell also has a decidedly more abstract and theoretical practice: the 64-channel sound installation 64 Beautiful Phase Violations explores spatialization with an octagonal speaker array in Salford University’s anechoic chamber, and he recently completed a residency at Stockholm’s prestigious EMS Elektronmusikstudion. He’ll premiere work from that residency in his Chicago debut, hosted by experimental-music presenter Lampo. —Peter Margasak RSVP at markfell.eventbrite.com

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