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.
I love the simultaneous enervation & sedating affect of the chimes & singing bowls, drawing you deeper for introspection. I am truly grateful for genuine art with the ability to move you so powerfully ⸸CoughCool⸸