The British Council, H2D and Dovzhenko Centre are delighted to present London-based musician, producer and genetic scientist Max Cooper as part of the Selector Live project.
Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist interested in curating multi-sensory experiences, across emotional dance floor experimentation, fine art sound design and visual artefacts created to understand and process the insights of science.
Cooper's performance is based on his second full-length album Emergence, an emotive document merging club-ready techno and shimmering electronic ambiance. The story is told using a universe timeline, from pre-big bang to future, with each chapter a collaboration with a different visual artist, including some collaborations with mathematicians or scientists for those chapters using real data visualisation.
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.