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Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee

120 minsFirst aired 28 Mar 2019
Maxwell Schiano

The electronic visionary and improvisational cellist discuss their collaborative, multichannel show based on Indian rhythmic structures.

The English electronic musician, producer and sound artist Mark Fell has spent his career eschewing the traditional standards of club music in favor for something a little more discordant. Whether it’s glitchy techno as SND (his project with Mat Steel), his mangled version of house under the Sensate Focus moniker or experiments in FM synthesis under his own name, he makes dance music on his own terms. Similarly minded, composer and cellist Okkyung Lee draws influence from noise, western classical, jazz, improvisational and Korean traditional music in her solo and collaborative releases. The two recently joined forces again to premiere a generative, multichannel piece based on Indian rhythmic structures at New York’s Issue Project Room. Today’s episode is helmed again by the Creative Independent’s T.Cole Rachel, but we’ll listen back to a conversation Vivian had with Fell and Lee ahead of the premiere. They serve up knowledge on everything including FM synthesis, left versus right brain, Rick Astley and tennis ball machines.


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Produced by Sara Casella

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