Mark Fell & Will Guthrie - Infoldings

Mark Fell & Will Guthrie - Infoldings

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Astonishing rhythmic inventions from Mark Fell and percussionist Will Guthrie, messing with
meter and space in a pair of ingenious, boundary-probing pieces arriving as Japan’s Nakid label’s
debut release.

‘Infoldings’ combines synthesis and sinew in unpredictable, pointillist arrangements where
Guthrie plays against patterns derived from Max MSP patches by Fell. The album’s two tracks
are in this sense different to the man-machine concept of Fell’s acclaimed ‘Intra’ album, where
he triggered performances by Portugal’s Drumming Grupo De Percussão to play a metallophone
designed by Iannis Xenakis. Here, the pair find common/contrasting purpose in a probing of the
rhythmic signatures of Gamelan and South Indian Carnatic musics, with groundbreaking, unusual
results.

Recorded at HFG, Karlsruhe (where Fell is guest professor), and finished later in respective
isolation, the two pieces were edited from iterations of call-and-response between Fell’s rhythmic
patterns and Guthrie’s overdubs. They effectively propose beguiling and convincing solutions to
electronic music’s problems with grid-lock, using illusive generative processing that appears to
make physical actions seem unfeasibly effortless, while melting the computer’s clock to a real-
time, free-hand syncopation.

On the taut, snapping structures of these two pieces they enact a form of quantum origami that
sounds like an MIT-designed robot playing cubist jazz with a sense of mischief and complexity
that recalls Fell’s studies of brownian motion on ‘Scale-Structure-Synthesis’ (2011), and strikingly
builds on his creative relationship with Guthrie that started with their ‘Oglon Day’ (2019) album