Return of the Max
Max Cooper is back with a new track, a new LP and a new show.
The track is Waves. This is classic Max Cooper. Cool, crisp IDM with just the right amount of awkwardness to unsettle you. The track is taken from the forthcoming album Emergence. He says “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’.” An extension of what he was starting to do with his videos and the visuals for his 2015 tour.
Pre-order the album here and the video is here
As for the show, this is also called Emergence and as part of the tour he’s playing 2 December at the Islington Assembly Hall. 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.
Blurb: Max Cooper’s second proper full-length, EMERGENCE represents a new high water mark in the London producer’s already impressive career. An emotive document merging club-ready techno and shimmering electronic ambiance, EMERGENCE takes cues from the natural world around us to forge its own universe—a kinetic environment in which every little thread is easily felt.
Born in 1980 and raised in Belfast, Cooper has spent the better part of the last decade crystallizing his complex yet melodic techno sound, since his impressive run of singles dating back to 2007. 2014’s debut Human, which featured stunning vocal contributions from Kathrin DeBoer and Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston, was a sweeping and cinematic work that employed aggression and nuance in equal doses; last year’s contribution to BBC’s long-running Essential Mix series both showcased his excellent curatorial taste and contextualized his striking sound amidst his peers. Max has also collaborated with contemporary classical composers Michael Nyman and Nils Frahm.
If Cooper’s debut explored the depths of human nature, then EMERGENCE zooms out even further to look at the building blocks that make up the world around us. “This album is scored to a visual story about the beauty of nature and natural form—it’s a scientific story, but it’s full of emotion as well,” he states. “Simple laws can give rise to unexpected outcomes. Each little termite is not very clever but between them they build amazing architectural structures. I’ve applied that idea to the emergence of everything around us. The complexity of us and our surroundings can be broken down into these simple building blocks.”
EMERGENCE was conceived over the last few years, specifically to accompany a series of visual pieces that will see release as a supplement to the album, featuring a coterie of collaborators including animator Nick Cobby, mathematician Dugan Hammock, and visual artist Andy Lomas. “I’m interested in ideas much wider than music, but music can encompass a lot of those ideas,” Cooper explains regarding EMERGENCE’s audiovisual aim. “Music has a great potential for storytelling, especially in combination with visuals.”