The Algebra of Listening: 2 and 3 December 2017

An exploration of Carnatic music and emergent sound arts, featuring a series of performances, sound installations and workshops in Kolkata, Chennai and Fort Kochi. Curated by Mark Fell, with Nakul Krishnamurthy and Rian Treanor.

This is one of the programmes of Scotland in India, as part of UK/India 2017. The UK India Year of Culture is a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which has seen cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017.

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Produced by AC Projects, with the support of British Council and Creative Scotland.
VENUE: The Harrington Street Arts Centre
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Performance: 2nd December, 6pm – 8pm
Installation: 3rd December, 10am – 8pm


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About Mark Fell:

Mark Fell is a Rotherham-based music producer and artist.[1] He has released several albums under his own name, with the duo SND he shares with Mat Steel, under the moniker Sensate Focus, and in various collaborations. He also maintains a sound art installation practice. Fell’s work primarily explores the politics and ideologies of electronic dance music and experimental music culture, and is noted for its restrained and minimal style, which writer Dan Barrow described in The Wire as “fragments of dance genres… torn from their contexts and stripped down to their barest logic, each component probed and rearranged until it makes provisional sense”.

Mark Fell LPs:

Multistability (2010), Raster-Noton
UL8 (2010), Editions Mego
Periodic Orbits of a Dynamic System Related to a Knot (2011), Editions Mego
Manitutshu (2011), Editions Mego
Sentielle Objectif Actualité (2012), Editions Mego
The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making (2015), The Death of Rave. Collaboration with Gábor Lázár.
About Counterflows:

“When people talk in reverential tones about Glasgow’s ‘vibrant live scene’ they don’t mean events like Counterflows, though they probably should. All human life is here” – James Hampson, The Skinny

“Counterflows disputes assumptions that challenging, thrilling experimental art has to be elitist and or unapproachable … Counterflows offers myriad amenable routes to local and global nirvana” – Nicola Meighan, The Herald

Counterflows was founded in 2012 with an aim of providing a platform to a wide array of radical, off-stream and experimental music. Through live events, club nights, discussions, residencies, film screenings and more, we dream up ways that myriad local and international artists, communities and audiences can come together, share ideas, attempt to break down borders, challenge hierarchies, push boundaries and quite simply have a lot of fun in the process.

We aim to support artists who fall between the cracks; who seek new ways to develop music, encounter song, rhythm and sound – who attempt to find space free from the dogmas and clichés of genre and style. We like to present different artists from a wide pool of backgrounds – from fizzing DIY underground scenes, geographically remote locations to online-based communities – and whose artistic approaches vary radically. Through our on-going programmes we hope the present these artists in ways that highlight the diversity in their approaches, as well as explores the potential common ground between each of them.

The core of Counterflows is our annual festival; an amorphous live music happening that weaves itself through Glasgow’s most interesting venues/spaces. We aim to present live music as a social, shared and community-based experience, so we use environments that are living and breathing, that present music as more than just a museum-piece or artefact. We use community halls, cafes, art galleries, churches; whatever feels best suitable for presenting the artists – and whatever contributes towards a shared experience that is as warm, inclusive and positive as possible.

One of the key aims of Counterflows is to increase the potential for artists – not just helping them reach audiences, but also encourage nourishing experimentation and collaboration. In 2014 we started our ‘featured artist’ programme as part of the festival. To use such a term does appear on the surface anachronistic, given our lifelong obsession in breaking down boundaries, hierarchies, and so on… But for us it is really about looking a bit closer at an artist’s work and also about recognising artists that have been pursuing their thing relentlessly over the years and creating something that is theirs alone. Past featured artists – Joe McPhee, Richard Youngs, Zeena Parkins and Ashley Paul – all share the desire to restlessly create new ways to encounter their music, and through the featured artist programme have created new works, presented debut collaborations, played intimate shows, and so much more.

Counterflows is curated by Alasdair Campbell & Fielding Hope.

Our extended team includes Oliver Pitt, Tim Matthew, Clare Hoare, Silja Strøm, Tara Pattenden and Gavin Robertson.

We want to thank the community of artists, audiences and various supporters who make Counterflows possible.