An uncompromising and individual musician, Max Cooper has carved out his own artistic space between the worlds of emotional dancefloor experimentation, fine-art sound design, and endlessly varied attempts to examine the scientific world through visuals.
Both Human and Cooper’s critically acclaimed festival and club performances draw heavily
on juxtaposition: ambient and overwhelming, beautiful and furious, excessive and restrained. His video work engages with scientific concepts including complexity, natural form, heredity, dimensionality, gravitation, emergence, number theory and morphogenesis, and his 70+ released tracks are now joined by 23 video works. Cooper has now had more than 5m plays of his work on Soundcloud alone, and his festival appearances range from experimental sets at MUTEK and sit- down gigs in Paris, to pounding out techno to 10,000 people at Awakenings and Igloofest. Cooper has also been one of Resident Advisor’s top 20 live acts for the last two years, a Beatport artist of the year, and has a Momentum award from the UK’s PRS Foundation that tips the most
upcoming UK artists each year.
In September 2014, Cooper launched his debut audiovisual show, Emergence, opening the Decibel Experimental Music Festival in Seattle and headlining BEAF Arts Festival at Bozar, Brussels. Performed entirely live and solo, it is a one-man show that ties together his scientific, experimental, musical and visual interests in a single conceptual festival artwork, looking at the mathematical and natural laws that underpin reality – how, as Cooper describes it, “everything comes from (almost) nothing”. A mini-site outlining the show at maxcooper.net/emergence will be expanded through 2015 as Emergence tours the globe.