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Magnetic North

by Fergus Kelly / David Lacey

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Fergus Kelly is a Dublin based visual artist, composer and improvisor. His musical work incorporates field recordings, invented instruments, and electronics. Solo work and collaborations with the likes of Max Eastley, Mark Wastell and Bruno Duplant have appeared on labels such as Confront, Stolen Mirror, and Farpoint, as well as his own Room Temperature imprint.
Kelly has a long-running association with improvisor / percussionist David Lacey, whose recent releases have included FEF-released collaborations with Susan Geaney and David Donohoe, and a solo cassette on Falt.
Magnetic North is a single 41-minute piece propelled by a continuous snare roll accompanied variously by droning swells of bowed cymbal, springs and bass, electronics, and percussion. The piece blurs the lines between improvisation and electroacoustic composition, shifting with subtle dynamics through a variety of textures, the mood by turns meditative and ominous.


released March 3, 2023

Fergus Kelly: bowed bass, bowed cymbals, no-input mixer, bowed
steel rods, found metals, Gamelan Kjai Jati Roso, electro-magnetic
recordings, bowed car suspension springs, aeolian harp, spinning
top, bowed singing bowl, mic/speaker feedback, whirly,
Bow Gamelan Ensemble pyrophones (from Kelly’s recording of ‘In
C And Air’, ICA, London, 6.8.86 – used with kind permission),
composition and mix.

David Lacey: snare, gongs.

Composed in Dublin 2022 - 2023.

Photo by Fergus Kelly.



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