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Max Cooper – World Passing By EP

‘…as with many of my projects, the natural world and its structures supply all the art and inspiration needed’

Max Cooper returns with another release exploring the intersection of science, music and art. The ‘World Passing By’ EP features 4 new tracks accompanied by a visual representation of his conceptually driven work.

For this project, Max was influenced by varying interpretations of time. On the inspiration behind the EP he says:

‘I wondered if our experience of time could be explained…where time is just a physical dimension into which things grow, with us experiencing now as the cusp of the inflation’

The visual and musical ideas both stemmed from train journeys, and were then run through studio hardware to form each track, and a collaboration with Kevin McGloughlin to create a video representation of his work that will feature in Max’s live show.

The opening track ‘Veil Of Time’ uses ambient chord progressions as a commentary on the dampening inescapability of time, whilst ‘Resynthesis’ opts for a more rhythmic exploration using classic retro synthesis sound design. ‘Stacked Moments’ addresses the notion of the present as the surface of a growing structure, with a textural chord sound providing the basis for new elements to wander. Finally, ‘Corporeal’ is a collaboration with Rob Clouth heard previously on Max’s Essential Mix in which a synth is run through a radio transmitter, creating distortion and flecks to alter the main chord sequence.

Find out more about Max’s current tour here.

24 November 2017 / Mesh
01. Veil Of Time
02. Resynthesis
03. Stacked Moments
04. Corporeal

Max Cooper – Chromos EP Videos

Max Cooper presents 3 new visual collaborations for tracks taken from his new ‘Chromos EP’.

Chromos

This project began with a chat to a scientist at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, Mikhail Spivakov. His work is related to my old area of research, and he had the idea that maybe I could use some of their data to create a piece of music. So I travelled up to Cambridge to meet him and the rest of his lab group, and their collaborators, to talk about what they are doing there, and think about how it could translate to a music/visual project. We decided to focus on their research on chromosomal conformation capture, which experimentally detects points of contact between chromosomes (long strings of DNA), and then employs computational models of folding, to predict how the chromosomes are packaged up in a complex tangled bundle of strings. This process of simulated folding to create our best guess of real chromosome structure is a beautiful process, so this beauty became the focus of the project.

Coils Of Living Synthesis

This is the second of two pieces built around a collaborative project between myself, Andy Lomas, and researchers from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge – Mikhail Spivakov, Peter Fraser and Csilla Varnai. Andy built a system in Unreal to map their data on DNA structure, to a visual simulation, which output footage Jennifer Tividad has used to create this video.

Molten Landscapes

This music and video project came from a collaboration with a mathematical artist who works under the name Cornus Ammonis. He creates simulations of pattern formation, using ideas originally created by Alan Turing in his attempts to explain and model the mathematics of living systems. These systems create beautiful warping interacting layers of simulated substances, and we thought this visual effect could lend itself well to an imagined alien planetary surface with some unknown form of geological process – molten landscapes.

Max Cooper – Emergence Remixed

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In November last year, Max Cooper released EMERGENCE; an epic, operatic, amalgamation between an audio-visual show, scientific research project, art installation and IDM record. EMERGENCE is the story of the development of the universe, the way in which, very complex things like human beings were created from the immaterial by the action of simple laws.

The soundtrack included 11 videos on the subject of EMERGENCE. Together the work brought together the cosmic awe of a Carl Sagan film and the musical wonderment of Sigur Ros, made for meditating on the mystery of the universe.

Now in 2017, Max is releasing an album of remixes by friends and other artists he admires. He’ll be releasing a DJ friendly 12” vinyl with 6 remixes on, and a new digital album with the full suite of 10 remixes. It takes the LP from an incredible home listening experience and onto the dance floor. At the same time, REMIXED is a coherent album in its own right. On the 12” will be the remixes from Vessels, Rival Consoles, Tom Hodge, Kimyan Law, Christian Löffler and Ash Koosha. Meanwhile, the full digital LP also has remixes from Patrice Bäumel, Joe Farr, John Tejada and Hidden Orchestra.

Max received a PhD in computational biology in 2008 with research on the evolution of gene regulatory networks and was a geneticist at UCL before he switched to music. The complimentary remix album takes his original vision and reimagines it in various ambient, drum and bass and techno forms. Some like Christian Löffler, Erased Tapes artist Rival Consoles and contemporary classical musician Tom Hodge are right for headphones while former Trouw resident Patrice Bäumel and Kompakt’s John Tejada turn in fine techno dance floor versions.

Max Cooper’s EMERGENCE was a deep dreaming techno record in the lineage of The Future Sounds of London’s ‘Lifeforms’ and one of the most beautiful records you’ll hear all year. The remix record reimagines it once again.

Find Max Cooper’s Emergence tour dates here.

Released on March 31st 2017

Tracklist:
01 Trust feat.Tom Hodge & Kathrin deBoer (Christian Löffler Remix)
02 Cyclic (Tom Hodge Remix)
03 Distant Light (Rival Consoles Remix)
04 Symmetry feat.Tom Hodge (Vessels Remix)
05 Trust feat.Tom Hodge & Kathrin deBoer (Kimyan Law Remix)
06 Organa (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
07 Seed feat. Kathrin deBoer (Ash Koosha Remix)
08 Panned (Joe Farr Remix)
09 Cyclic (John Tejada Remix)
10 Symmetry feat.Tom Hodge (Hidden Orchestra Remix)

Video: Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Trust feat. Kathrin deBoer

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Max Cooper shares the official video for ‘Trust’, featuring Kathrin deBoer. Taken from LP ‘EMERGENCE’. Directed by RC Aksun.

Max Cooper:

Now time for something totally different! With the Emergence project, I set out to work with different video artists for each chapter of the story, so that it could be varied and stay fresh throughout a 90 minute live show, while still following a single narrative.

For this music video, I found an amazing artist called RC Aksun who specialised in comic-style animations full of hidden meaning and political messages – this seemed fitting for the part of the story where humans had arrived and had started to establish complex societal structures.

The video brief was to focus on the emergence of altruism, and Cenk came up with the interesting idea of transposing this from a pre-human evolutionary process, to a future emergence of altruism in robots. This opened the door for some additional scorched world and warring political system narratives, which fit in well with the generally darker themes in the other videos upon the arrival of complex human society. I’m not a pessimist though, things do eventually get better in the overall Emergence story, it just happens when humans and society as we know it have transitioned to a new state.

Cenk really went to town on the animation work and detailing on this, I have to say a massive thank you to him for the time he put in, which is pretty obvious watching the video, which has been hand-crafted from the bottom up. It’s very different to all the other videos in Emergence, in that it’s a more traditional self-contained story than the others, so I hope it will appeal to those of you who aren’t so into the more abstracted parts of the project, and give the whole thing some better context in explaining how all the different videos link together – starting from abstract natural laws and structures, the physical world, stars, planets, black holes, then earth, protolife and evolution, cellular forms, complex life and eventually early humans, then going into societal structures and complex human systems, then the information age, technology, and eventually the future and dissolution of humans as we know them going into the unbounded ending.

Video: Max Cooper – Cyclic

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Max Cooper shares new video for ‘Cyclic’, taken from forthcoming LP EMERGENCE, out Friday 25th November.

About the video for ‘Cyclic’:
Cyclic was created in collaboration with Numbercult. They set up a live generative visual system for an abstract exploration of the concept of nature’s cycles in this video. All of… live and the natural environment has cycles operating at many levels from cellular protein turnover, to growth phases, sleep and wake cycles in complex organisms following the cycles of the day, monthly and yearly cycles of tides and seasons. The video captures this idea of nested cycles one within the other, forming a complex developing system.
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EMERGENCE is an epic, operatic, ambitious amalgamation between audio-visual show, scientific research project, art installation and IDM record, the debut release on Max Cooper’s Mesh label and his second full-length release.

The record was conceived as a soundtrack to a new series of 11 pieces of video art, each exploring a different facet of the concept of ‘emergence’. The full A/V live show will premiere on the road with the Autumn dates below, including Mutek in Japan. Together the work is a marriage between the cosmic awe of a Carl Sagan film and the musical wonderment of Sigur Ros, made for meditating on the mystery of our emotional connection to fundamental natural form.

Cooper collaborated with film composer Tom Hodge and vocalist Kathrin deBoer to put together a rich piece of music that incorporates post-rock, Warp-y brain-dance, hi-def digital techno and shimmering neo-classical. Few musicians are as qualified as Max to tackle as profound an idea as ‘emergence’ through electronic music. EMERGENCE is the story of the development of the universe, the way in which, very complex things like human beings where created from the immaterial by the action of simple laws.

Video: Max Cooper – Waves

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WAVES is the first single from Max Cooper’s forthcoming album, EMERGENCE — an epic, operatic and ambitious amalgamation between audio-visual show, scientific research project, art installation and IDM record.

Waves are an important idea in much of our understanding of the world around us – and within us.

They involve the transfer of energy and are the basis of music and sound, which is why included the concept as part of the Emergence story, exploring scientific ideas of how everything comes together from almost nothing.

Music shares a lot in common with our visual aesthetic preferences, and both are deeply rooted in principles of nature illuminated by science.

Waves form the basis of light and wireless communications, and our source of energy from the sun which creates almost all plant and animal life.

Our best understanding of the fundamental nature of reality at the smallest scales is purely waves, apparently. And even the process of neuronal action that produces our awareness relies on waves of charge-flow created by forces which are supposedly mediated by waves – the virtual photon, a massless wave (i.e. light), being the force carrier of the electromagnetic charge which shunts particles around inside your neurones to make you think. And then there’s the more familiar waves that can dump you under and make you swallow some rank sea water!

There are different ways in which waves can operate, and what constitutes a wave at all, with or without a medium for example. But they all seem to involve energy transfer without needing the transfer of physical mass – like you can see in the video, the mass (each particle, or a charge) moves up and down on a single axis, and the wave, and energy, is propagated through the medium by these point oscillations.

– Max Cooper

Max Cooper – Emergence LP

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EMERGENCE is an epic, operatic, ambitious amalgamation between audio-visual show, scientific research project, art installation and IDM record, the debut release on Max Cooper’s Mesh label and his second full-length release.

The record was conceived as a soundtrack to a new series of 11 pieces of video art, each exploring a different facet of the concept of ‘emergence’. The full A/V live show will premiere on the road with the Autumn dates below, including Mutek in Japan. Together the work is a marriage between the cosmic awe of a Carl Sagan film and the musical wonderment of Sigur Ros, made for meditating on the mystery of our emotional connection to fundamental natural form.

‘Waves’ is the first single to be lifted from Max Cooper’s second album ‘Emergence’.

Cooper collaborated with film composer Tom Hodge and vocalist Kathrin deBoer to put together a rich piece of music that incorporates post-rock, Warp-y brain-dance, hi-def digital techno and shimmering neo-classical. Few musicians are as qualified as Max to tackle as profound an idea as ‘emergence’ through electronic music. EMERGENCE is the story of the development of the universe, the way in which, very complex things like human beings where created from the immaterial by the action of simple laws.

Max received a Ph.D in computational biology in 2008 with research on the evolution of gene regulatory networks and was a geneticist at UCL before he switched to music. To this end he collaborated with artists Andy Lomas, Nick Cobby and Henning M Lederer plus mathematician Dugan Hammock from the University of Massachusetts. In each chapter of the AV, the focus is on the beauty of the natural laws and processes in operation, with a mixture of real data visualisation and films. It interprets the deep structures and principles that give rise to the familiar physical universe, such as symmetries, the distribution of the primes, waves, spatial dimensionality, and the action of the physical forces on matter. Later films tackle the emergence of biological forms, thought and eventually a darker turn into the structures and systems of human civilisation.

Max has synthesised his skill as a producer and his deep interests in science to create a Hadron Collider-grade ambient techno world, in the lineage of The Future Sounds of London’s ‘Lifeforms’ for 2016. It’s also one of the most beautiful records you’ll hear all year.

Tracklist:
1. Symmetry (with Tom Hodge)
2. Seed (feat. Kathrin deBoer)
3. Waves
4. Distant Light
5. Myth (with Tom Hodge)
6. Order From Chaos
7. Cyclic
8. Impermanence (feat. Kathrin deBoer)
9. Trust (with Tom Hodge feat. Kathrin DeBoer)
10. Organa
11.Unbounded

Max Cooper & Alex Banks – Eve

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Max Cooper has just uploaded the 6th and final part of his ‘Quotient’ series to Soundcloud. A collaboration with Alex Banks the track is now available to download for free.

‘Eve’ is released just a couple of weeks before Max brings his immersive and handcrafted Emergence audio-visual show to Village Underground in London on October 9th. He will be supported on the night by Aiden Doherty and Throwing Snow creating a full night of gorgeous electronica. Tickets here.

Landside – Landside Pt I

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XLR8R premiered a full stream of Landside Part 1, the debut EP from Hunter/Game’s new band project Landside with Kúra coming out August 28, 2015.

Landside is the first collaboration between Italian producers Hunter/Game and Icelandic duo Kúra. Kúra’s electronic dub work and Hunter/Game’s techno and house roots form deep, melancholic ambient music with an intense central groove, as Fanney Osk’s vocals interweave with melodic synths. Landside Part 1 is a visionary journey into ranges of uncharted soundscapes, merging abstract atmosphere with boundless emotion. Max Cooper’s remix of “Still There” is an eclectic vision of a deep flow, with vocals floating over a strong, dark baseline. Benjamin Damage’s remix of “Silence Before the Storm” is a straight techno tool, digging groove lines into ambient melodies and mellow vocals.

Landside recently announced 2 forthcoming EPs (released August 28 and September 11) debuting on Hunter/Game’s label, Just This, with incredible remixes by Max Cooper and Benjamin Damage on the first EP, Avatism and Extrawelt remixes on the following EP, with more incredible music and a music video to follow.

No. 18: Max Cooper ‎- Human #blogovision2014

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There was an overarching concept for the album. It is essentially about the human condition, or humans in general, and I wanted each track to tell a story or talk about a concept which is common to all people,” Max Cooper notes for “Human.” (spotify link)