Thursday, February 19, 2015

Electronic Duo Debuts New Project in Troy

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman
  • Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman

We Hudson Valley/Capital Region locals are incredibly lucky to have EMPAC in the neighborhood. Since 2008, the sleek, high-tech, multi-venue arts center on the RPI campus in Troy has been presenting knife-edged contemporary programs and events in myriad disciplines, and experimental music has been a constant field the whole way. One such happening on the EMPAC docket is the American premiere on February 21 of a new project by the duo of Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman.

Fell and Whitman have been called two of contemporary electronic music’s most restless innovators. Fell focuses on computer-generated work and hails from the English city of Sheffield, a hub of electronic and industrial music in the 1970s and ’80s. Currently in residence at EMPAC, he’s developing a project that merges sound and dance. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Whitman specializes in “truly live” analog mediums and has released dozens of full-length albums, singles, remixes, and compilation tracks.

Here’s footage of the duo at Cafe Oto in London last fall (a solo set by Thomas Ankersmit is first):

Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman will perform at EMPAC in Troy, New York, on February 21 at 8pm. Tickets to the performance are $18 ($13 students and seniors; $6 RPI students). For more information, call (518) 276-3921 or visit empac.rpi.edu.

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