If you’re after something to do this evening we’d highly recommend you get yourself down to Village Underground in Shoreditch for what should be an incredible night of experimental sound. Top of the bill is Mark Fell, whose last three albums of jaw-droppingly infectious yet blisteringly abrasive analogue electronics are really something to behold.
He’s described his approach to music as ‘like playing chess without a chessboard’, a concept defined by the pre-set algorithmic structures that form the basis of his music and effectively remove the subjective from the compositional process. But as difficult as the impersonality of this idea can be to bear, and as academic as such a notion sounds, his work is intriguingly mesmeric and often verges into the danceable – albeit a dance that changes its rhythm, tempo, beat and pulse every single bar. It really has to be heard to be believed.
Here’s a quick selection of his tracks we’ve sourced from Soundcloud to give you a glimpse of what to expect.
Leafcutter John will also be playing at the event, orchestrating his mercurial, rambling electronics via the London Sinfonietta – no doubt another great reason to come along. Additional support will be provided by Anne Lanzilotti, Manuel Poletti and Richard Lannoy.
Image is of a biomechanical landscape, by H R Giger.