MAX COOPER TALKS ABOUT HIS LATEST ALBUM, BRINGING SCIENTIFIC IDEAS INTO MUSIC, HIS PASSION FOR VIDEO ART, WAYS OF VISUALIZING THE INFINITE AND OTHER INTERESTING THINGS
Max Cooper has always stood apart from most popular DJs and electronic music producers. His music couldn’t be clearly categorized and marked with some understandable for the masses cliché. His approach is based on a lot of musical influences and on his scientific background as well.
Studying genetics and system biology at university has made a large impact on Max Cooper’s art. His impressive shows, which he plays all over the world at big festivals and some of the top clubs, are full of scientific ideas. These scientific concepts, plus his passion for video art and emotional electronic music turns each of Max Cooper’s performance into a unique and unforgettable audiovisual experience.
Max Cooper’s latest album “Yearning for the Infinite” was specially created on its base visuals and, for now, is the quintessence of his practices in bringing global messages into the art by linking music, science and video art together.
We had a chance to talk with Max Cooper about the underlying themes of his latest album, the way he visualizes the infinite, his works in the field of audiovisual installations, musical influences, favorite places to perform and many other interesting things.
Interview: Dmitry Tolkunov
Hi Max! You have just made a great new album “Yearning for the Infinite”, which is a really big and serious conceptual work complemented by stunning and impressive videos for each track and also has a special visual content when played live. Can you please tell us a bit about this work and its main idea and message?
This work was a commission from the Barbican Art & Music Centre in London. They commissioned me to do a piece with the main theme being around new technologies and their impact on society, especially things such as fintech and machine learning. They sent me their brief and asked me to come up with a project idea for a show and for an album. I tried to take the main idea of showing the results of the technological advance and how humans endlessly pursue things like wanting more money or their football team to win or to achieve some things — this endless need for growth and pursuing of goals which are the characteristics of the western culture. These are the main underlying aspects of this work.