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A Performance
Tuesday, October 16, 9pm (promptly)

The British electronic musician Mark Fell will perform a set that takes up the concerns of his 2010 release Multistability (Raster-Noton catalog#: R-N 125-2). In the field of Gestalt psychology the term “multistability” refers to the effect where one is unable to perceive a single stable object within complex or ambiguous patterns. The term is also found in systems theory where it describes a condition that is neither stable nor unstable, where a system switches between different states. Appropriately named, this Fell piece mucks up time with unfamiliar measures and tuning systems. He makes non-repetitive structures with simple computational algorithms. For Fell “music is a technology for constructing an experience of time.”

That makes him sound serious, and while the music has academic interests, Fell is not without humor. Personally, we dig how his website promotes the negative reviews of his own recordings: “it (Multistability) is boring and it is rubbish”

Photo by Mat Steel.

Mark Fell was born in 1966 in Rotherham, England, and is now a Research Associate in the Department of Music at the University of York. This will be his first solo performance on the West Coast. Recent solo recordings include: Sentielle Objectif Actualité, 2012; Manitutshu, 2011; Periodic Orbits Of A Dynamic System Related To A Knot, 2011; UL8, 2010; Multistability, 2010; Ten Types Of Elsewhere, 2004.