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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.

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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)

Max Cooper – Voyage Through the Analogue Womb

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Ahead of the release of Max Cooper‘s latest solo effort, Kindred EP, you can stream EP cut “Voyage Through the Analogue Womb” via XLR8R below. The EP is complete with remixes from Throwing Snow and Innervisions affiliate David August and will drop on December 1st 2014 on London’s Fields label.

“Can you give me 10 minutes of your life with headphones on and eyes closed if I promise it will be worth it? Full time back guarantee – if you decide it wasn’t worth it, I will personally issue you with a 10 minute time voucher to be recouped at a moment of your choosing, at which point 10 extra minutes will be added to your day.

It’s a bit of a retro scifi synth track this one, with lots of classic pads and drums combined in with some more modern touches in the clicks and details, but it needs time to develop to get it’s proper effect, so that’s why I’ve given my totally realistic and achievable time back guarantee.”

Video: Max Cooper – Seething

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London’s Max Cooper has shared the official video for “Seething”, taken from his debut LP, Human, released earlier this year via the FIELDS imprint. The video is created by Andy Lomas, who edits visual aprts that originated from his Cellular Forms project, which strives for “digital simulation of a simplified biological model of morphogenesis, with three-dimensional structures generated out of interconnected particles to represent cells.”