For his third LP, Max Cooper spent a full month in complete isolation - no calls, emails, texts, social media, messages... no human contact or conversation whatsoever - in a cottage in a remote park of Wales in an attempt to explore what was left of him.
The aim was to interrogate notions of identity whilst profiling the complex mechanisms that make us all wonderfully unique, while the title One Hundred Billion Sparks refers to the number of neurons which fire human feelings and ideas.
"During my process of isolation to look inward for the basis of the album, I became increasingly aware of the constructs we live inside, the fables we tell ourselves about who we are and the systems which create us.
"It’s hard to accept, but I like the idea that I am only a bunch of malleable constructs. I wanted to tell the story of our personal battle against these pressures of conformity - nationality, religion, social norms, class, peer and parental expectations, we are loaded with constraints which muffle our true personality which is always there simmering underneath, and, in this track at least, eventually bursts through with extreme effect.
"It’s an attempt at pure expression of a form, which to me, demanded noise."
One Hundred Billion Sparks features the single “Phi” - currently on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist - and Max Cooper is set to play the Barbican, London on 28th September 2019.