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mark fell - Scale Structure Synthesis
**Blue vinyl with three card inlays featuring extensive liner notes, interviews, diagrams and artwork** 'Scale Structure Synthesis' is Mark Fell's auditive representation of studies on Brownian motion - the random movement of particles suspended in liquid - conducted with Jonathan Howse, a leading nanoscientist based in Sheffield University's dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, for an installation at Sheffield's 2012 Festival Of The Mind. Described as "a purely formal aesthetic exercise" by Fell, data correlating with analysis of particles recorded in real time using a motion sensitive high power microscope camera is used to control parameters in digital synthesis algorithms. The two resulting side-long pieces are defined by fluctuating microtones and fizzing, spitting patterns whose timbre and rhythm correlate with the seeming randomness of 1.9µm polystyrene particles (Duke Scientific) suspended in water, and imaged using a Nikon Eclipse TS1000 Inverted Microscope fitted with a 20x objective and recorded as uncomprssed AVI files. For the slightly less scientific listener (me, maybe you), we can hear this is a very interesting extension of Fell's recent interests in unfamiliar timing and tuning systems heard on 'Multistability' and 'UL8', in so much as its whining, shrill timbres and sputtering flux reflect and simulate - to some extent - more oriental scales and unusual rhythms, albeit from an extreme perspective. Ultimately, it sounds like very little else and makes our brains zing.