Mark Fell (SND/Sensate Focus) and Gábor Lázár's scintillating and innovative debut collaboration marked The Death of Rave's 10th release, and is now back on clear vinyl.
»The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making« explores a radical re-calibration of conventional meter and tone in modern electronic music, probing specific aspects of Max/MSP software with the potential to acutely challenge our perception of time and space.
It’s a maximalist, future-shocking play of tension-and-resolution created from minimalist elements, featuring Lázár's calligraphic, torso-morphing chromo-notes punctuated by Fell's signature Linn drum cracks at ostensibly obtuse, yet deeply funked-up junctures across ten tracks in 50 minutes.
They range from precision-tooled 2-minute scrambles to swaggering showpieces, culminating in what has become a meme for Mark Fell albums with the uncannily emotive closing statement - a 12 minute masterstroke consolidating all the album’s ideas in one breathless, beguiling arrangement.
If music can be considered a catalyst for social change, what are the implications of this mutant record? Considered in terms of the dancefloor, it mirrors the muscle-memory re-programming impact of OG hardcore & jungle or Chicago footwork - think of scattered bodies attempting to synch with new, accelerated and “irregular” rhythms - offering a freedom of expression and interpretation that's typically scarce in most grid-locked musics. Likewise, the inversion of melodic convention in favour of warped, dynamic contours and visceral, psycho-acoustic timbre offers a sharpened grammar of emotional expression and sensation that doesn’t wilt to ordinary sentiment.
Yorkshire-based Mark Fell is among the world’s leading sound artists and sonic thinkers. Owner of an illustrious and influential catalog of releases spanning early works in the SND duo thru to more recent solo work under his own name and Sensate Focus, and collaboration with DJ Sprinkles, Errorsmith and Sandro Mussida.
Gábor Lázár hails from Budapest, Hungary. In 2014 he presented his debut album, ‘I.L.S.’ via Lorenzo Senni’s Presto!? followed by ‘EP16’ for The Death Of Rave. He has previously shared a split tape release with Russell Haswell presented work at Karlsruhe’s ZKM and undertook a residency at Stockholm’s EMS.