Max Cooper recently released EMERGENCE: an epic, operatic, ambitious amalgamation between audio-visual show, scientific research project, art installation and IDM record. It’s Cooper's second full-length release, and the first on his Mesh label.
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’. The work is a marriage between the cosmic awe of a Carl Sagan film and the musical wonderment of Sigur Rós; made for meditating on the mystery of our emotional connection to fundamental natural form.
Max received a Ph.D in computational biology in 2008 with research on the evolution of gene regulatory networks and was a geneticist at UCL before he switched to music. To this end he collaborated with artists Andy Lomas, Nick Cobby and Henning M Lederer plus mathematician Dugan Hammock from the University of Massachusetts. In each chapter of the AV, the focus is on the beauty of the natural laws and processes in operation, with a mixture of real data visualisation and films. It interprets the deep structures and principles that give rise to the familiar physical universe, such as symmetries, the distribution of the primes, waves, spatial dimensionality, and the action of the physical forces on matter. Later films tackle the emergence of biological forms, thought and eventually a darker turn into the structures and systems of human civilisation.