Max Cooper (electronica musician)
Life and career
He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to parents of Australian descent. Prior to dedicating full-time focus within music, Cooper received his Ph.D. in computational biology from Nottingham University in 2008. He was inspired to become a geneticist after reading a Stephen Hawking book as a child. During his doctoral training, his research interests focused on modelling the evolution of gene regulatory networks, specifically examining the evolution of feed-forward loops, and studying the evolutionary influences of binding site organisation during transcriptional processes. After completing his doctoral work, Cooper held a brief post-doctoral position as a geneticist at University College London.
Following the non-renewal of the associated supportive fund cycle in 2010, Cooper decided to redirect focus entirely on music production. He has been releasing music since 2007 and has since received positive criticism from magazines including Clash. Although he does not have any formal music training, he started playing violin at age 12 but eventually quit because he hated it. His best-known releases are the Serie trilogy, three dancefloor tracks whose related videos by animator Whiskas Fx were each inspired by a different scientific or mathematical concept. Now a full-time musician and performer, Cooper has released more than fifty original tracks and remixes, with originals primarily appearing on German label Traum Schallplatten. His remixes range from avant-garde composer Michael Nyman to bands like Hot Chip and Au Revoir Simone to techno acts such as Agoria and Dominik Eulberg. He encourages fans to produce their own videos for his music, with the results displayed on his website.
His music is influenced by his science background and he also cited Jon Hopkins, Sigur Rós and Ólafur Arnalds as influences, adding "mainly electronica more than techno". He has also commented that some of his album cover artwork is inspired by a graphic designer who is also Cooper's flatmate. As of 2011, he is working with software company Liine on music-production software influenced by science. He has performed several festivals including Glade Festival, Bestival, Alpha-ville, Picnik Electronik Festival  and the Decibel Festival. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Echaskech and Baltimoroder and released a two-part EP, Conditions One, on 10 December 2012 featuring Braids, Ghosting Season and D/R/U/G/S (aka Callum Wright). In December 2012, he wrote a blog for British music magazine NME. That same month, he achieved the #5 spot on BeatPort's "Top Artists of 2012" and was voted a top 20 live act by the readers of canonical electronic website Resident Advisor. He also released a music video for the song "Pleasures" which was animated by artist Cédric de Smedt.
In December 2013, Max announced his debut album Human coming out 10th of March 2014, and so far has released a single "Adrift" (16 December 2013) from the album. He mentioned that the album will move away from the "club music scene", saying "It's more of a personal music for me than a club tracks, and that's basically the approach I’ve taken for the whole album".
- Max Cooper feat Tom Hodge - Fragments of Self Part Two [FIELDS] 2013
- Max Cooper feat Tom Hodge - Fragments of Self Part One [FIELDS] 2013
- Max Cooper feat Kathrin De Boer - Conditions Two [FIELDS] 2013
- Max Cooper feat BRAIDS - Conditions One [FIELDS] 2012
- Max Cooper - Mechanical Concussion EP [Herzblut Recordings] 2012
- Michael Nyman and David McAlmont - Secrets, Accusations and Charges - Max Cooper Reconstruction and Deconstruction [Last Night On Earth] 2012
- Max Cooper - Egomodal EP [Traum Schallplatten] 2012
- Max Cooper - Empirisch EP [Traum Schallplatten] 2011
- Max Cooper - Metaphysical EP [Traum Schallplatten] 2011
- Max Cooper - Amalgamations EP [Last Night On Earth]
- Max Cooper - Miocene EP [Herzblut Recordings] 2011
- Sasha - Xpander - Max Cooper remix [Deconstruction] 2011
- Max Cooper - Metaphysical EP [Traum] 2011
- Hot Chip - I Feel Better - Max Cooper remix [Flash] 2010
- Max Cooper - Expressions EP 2010
- Max Cooper - Series EP [Traum] 2010
- Andrew K - The Doppler Effect - Max Cooper remix [Vise Versa Music] 2010
- Max Cooper - Ediolic Spectra [Bedrock] 2010
- Au Revoir Simone - Take Me As I Am / Remix [Moshi Moshi] 2010
- Max Cooper - Chaotisch Serie EP [Traum] 2010
- Max Cooper - InhaleExhale EP [Veryverywrongindeed] 2009
- Max Cooper - Stochastisch Serie EP [Traum] 2009
- Abe Duque & Blake Baxter - What Happened - Max Cooper remix [Process] 2009
- Max Cooper - Symphonica [Traum] 2009
- Max Cooper - Harmonisch Serie EP [Traum] 2009
- Max Cooper - Crushbox EP [Autist] 2008
- Max Cooper - FRANK [Firefly Recordings] 2008
- Max Cooper - One Is None EP [Evolved Records] 2007
See Beatport for the full list of Cooper's 50 originals and remixes.
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