No Bounds 2021 Commissions

Mark Fell: Interchange

• 19:00 → 22:00
• Sheffield Interchange (i.e. Pond Street Bus Station)

Interchange is a new site specific spatial sound work by Mark Fell composed for Maltby Miners’ Welfare Band. The piece, which lasts for three hours, distributes the players around the station, responding to its acoustic character, as well as the particular emptiness that such spaces have at night. In keeping with Fell’s recent works, this piece evolves over a palindromic time structure, with overlapping and intersecting patterns drawn from the region’s many bus routes - developed with the help of Fell’s long-term collaborator, Italian composer Sandro Mussida.

“Throughout the development of the work, many people asked me about the political and ideological concerns that the work might address, or my own family history, half of which was embedded in the region’s mining community. I decided to remain silent on these issues, but then realised the work is not silent”.
— Mark Fell

Visitors are invited to arrive at any time during the performance, and stay for as long as they please – perhaps finding a spot to dwell, or moving slowly around the space.

Production management: Chloe Pensavalle and Mat Steel.

Mark Fell

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Rotherham (UK). His practice draws upon electronic music subcultures, experimental film, contemporary philosophy and radical politics. Over the past 30 years Fell’s output has grown into a significant body of work – from early electronic sound works and recorded pieces, to installation, critical texts, curatorial projects, educational systems and choreographic performances.

Maltby Miners’ Welfare Band

Formed in 1911 the Maltby Miners Welfare Band is still going strong after more than 100 years. The band is based in Maltby, a town six miles from Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

We are a very active concert and contest band and over the years have built up a good reputation within the local community. We are active as both a contesting band and a concert band, performing mainly in South Yorkshire and the surrounding counties at Galas and fetes, park bandstands, castles and stately homes, village halls and churches and regularly at the Rotherham Civic Theatre.

At present we are 4th section Yorkshire Champions and will be representing Yorkshire at the national finals in September 2019. This also means that we will be promoted back into
the 3rd section in 2020! We were last Yorkshire champions (4th) section 1999 and 2009.

Our long serving, now in his 35th year with the band, Musical Director, Terry Clifford, is a skilled and experienced conductor. His patience and good humour ensure enjoyable rehearsals, whilst his encyclopaedic musical knowledge and skills as a compere mean audiences can always expect a well presented and pleasurable concert.

Sandro Mussida

London/Tuscany based composer, cellist, curator. Situated between rigorous experimentation, innovation, and tradition, Mussida’s work investigates active listening, the identity of musical languages and rites. Central to Mussida’s work is the role of the performer, the experience of sound in a given space, and the relation of those sounds to memory and observation. His music involves historical, non-equal-tempered tuning systems questioning its perception by the western, standardized ear. On the intersection between acoustical/classical, electric and electronic fields,he writes for orchestra, chamber and solo instruments, electronics.

Gabber Modus Operandi × Nkisi: Totemon Rising

• Kelham Island Museum
• Various Locations

Look out for a series of artworks around the festival sites. Like QR Codes you simply scan on you phone to reveal a specially designed AR mythical creature (Totem) and piece of music created by Gabber Modus Operandi and Nkisi in the 2020-2021 Totemon Rising project between No Bounds + Yes No Wave Music.

Rian Treanor + Mark Fell: Intersymmetric Works Sequencer 01

This No Bounds commissioned project explores new and unusual approaches to multi-

user participatory music making in a way that is accessible, intuitive, and engaging. The project’s unique feature is that it enables people to share controls of musical and sound

synthesis processes over the internet, in real time, with no noticeable latency. In this way the project explores distributed group participation, considering how shared behaviours can evolve within such structures. There will be a random live performance occurring at some undisclosed point at the festival this year. You might not even realise it’s happening, but it will.
The performance will involve remote participants manipulating the drum machine in real time and outputting over one of our Soundsystems. SURPRISE!