RENICK BELL / USA / JP
Tokyo-based Renick Bell, as one of the early members of the algorave movement, improvises bass-heavy algorithmically generated music full of percussion and noise by live coding with open source software, based on software he has written. Each performance is new and unique, unheard before the event even by Bell, with his live programming activity projected for the audience to see.
With a doctoral degree from Tama Art University in Tokyo, his music practice corresponds with a research practice of writing software and writing research papers on live coding, electronic music, and art, as well as teaching in university and other contexts. Since 2017 he has been an adjunct professor teaching programming at Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan.
Bell frequently performs internationally, often for sold-out shows in places like London and Moscow, and has been selected by Aphex Twin for his curated edition of the Manchester-based party The Warehouse Project, happening Sept. 20, 2019.
In 2018 he released an album called ‘Wary’ on 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Rabit’s Halcyon Veil label and another called Turning Points on Seagrave Records. The latter was ranked among the fifty best albums of 2018 by FACT magazine and among the ten of the third quarter of 2018 by Dazed Magazine, and reviewed in Bandcamp as part of “Best New Electronic: August 2018”. His EP ‘Empty Lake’ (2016) was released on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label, called one of the 10 best record labels of the year by FACT magazine.
“Renick Bell is one of [the algorave] scene’s more flabbergasting producers,” writes Mixmag magazine. Resident Advisor calls him “Algorave kingpin” and writes that he “is one of the leading figures of the algorave movement, and watching him make his music is just as fun as dancing to it.”