Semiosis is a process by which we create meaning from comparison


Semiosis (from the Greek: σημείωσις, sēmeíōsis, a derivation of the verb σημειῶ, sēmeiô, “to mark”) is any form of activity, conduct, or process that involves signs, including the production of meaning. Briefly – semiosis is sign process. The term was introduced by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) to describe a process that interprets signs as referring to their objects, as described in his theory of sign relations, or semiotics. Semiosis is triadic and cyclic. Other theories of sign processes are sometimes carried out under the heading of semiology, following on the work of Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913).

I guess only Max Cooper would use such a term for a mix (free download) and have meant that meaning precisely – perhaps the late lamented Ukkonen would have done. You can take the man to techno but you can’t stop him being a scientist. Anyhow, the mix comes with a long explanation from Max which I’ve included at the foot of the post for you to read while you listen. The mix itself has less than the usual amount of Max Cooper tunes but does have an overall coherence and stately flow. Very much a listening mix. It includes a track – Voyage Through the Analogue Womb – from his forthcoming EP which I’ve also included as a separate stream.

Voyage Through the Analogue Womb


Hello, I’ve made a new mix as part of the new free DL Quotient Series, but firstly – RA are doing their yearly DJ/Live act poll – If you have any favourites, particularly new acts that deserve more attention, then it’s well worth getting their names on the list:

Now on to the new mix – Semiosis –

I’ve been pretty obsessed with simple ratios in the forms of chord progressions for as long as I can remember, hence all the long sustained chords in my music – for some reason I find chords even more satisfying in the lower frequencies, maybe we can pick out the ratios more clearly when they’re using slower wave fronts like with bass. I also love melodies and rhythms that combine different loop lengths so that interesting syncopation effects arise as a result of the ratios between the loop lengths. A lot of my favourite new tracks recently have used these types of techniques, so I decided to base a mix around them – Semiosis.

Semiosis is a process by which we create meaning from comparison. If I tell you a made up word that doesn’t relate to anything you know, you can get little meaning from it – meaning comes from what something isn’t, how it relates to other things you know. Music works in exactly this way, with us comparing meaningless wave frequencies to find feeling in how one value relates to another – a ratio.

Whether or not you like it, your subconscious mind is a massive maths geek, and it gets really excited when it finds a 1:3:5 ratio in the stream of air pressure information being received by your ears. Ratio has the capacity to make us feel and make us dance. But it all happens without us being aware of it.

When you listen to long drawn out chords and syncopating rhythms however, you can’t really get the full feeling from just a quick dip in, I find that it needs time for the ratios to wash over and sink in. The more time you give to it the more beauty you can find hidden in there. So the mix is very much of this long form, it doesn’t jump from one extreme to another like some of my other mixes, and needs to have some time to develop.

This is part 2 of 6 from the Quotient Series, all of which can be downloaded for free in return for signing up to my new download website, built specifically for bringing you new original tracks, remixes and mixes, which you won’t be able to get from anywhere else.

You can find the website here:

Max Cooper – Semiosis – DJ Set – Quotient 2/6

1. Petrels – Onkalo – Part 1
2. LJ Kruzer – Turk
3. Petrels – Onkalo – Part 2
4. LJ Kruzer – Poil
5. Vessels – Elliptic – Barker & Baumecker Remix
6. Akkord – Typeface (Houndstooth)
7. Stimming – Der Schmelz – David August Remix
8. Oberst Buchner feat. Mimu – Doves – Patlac Remix
9. Clarian – Inuit
10. Locked Groove – Meditations in an Emergency – Clockwork Remix
11. Vaetxh – Mass (Detroit Underground)
12. Subjex – Funkynightmare (Warp)
13. Max Cooper – Voyage Through the Analogue Womb (Fields)
14. CTRLS – Charge – Rrose Remix
15. Donato Dozzy – Vaporware 07
16. Diemantle – Over the Edge
17. Bill Youngman – Teardrop Turns to Solid (Killekill)
18. Ueno Masaaki – Supersolid State (Raster Noton)
19. Rival Consoles – Recovery (Erased Tapes)
20. To be announced (Quotient)

~ by acidted on November 29, 2014.

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