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    So... for the past 6 months or so, I've been obsessed with this guy. He makes EDM that cannot easily be labeled, pulling from multiple electronic music genres as well as modern classical for his influences. What I can say about his music is that it is something you FEEL, not just hear... it is emotional, visceral,... and at the same time it sounds more, well, intellectual, than most music being produced today. (The dude's apparently incredibly smart -- he has a PhD in computational biology and worked as a genetics researcher until his music career started to take off). Many of his tracks are also so damned melodic that I feel they appeal to a wider audience - for example a lot of friends who feel techno is (in general) bland and repetitive are pretty taken with Max's work.

    He acknowledges he is not a musician in the classical sense, but takes a very scientific approach to creating music.
    I’m no pianist or trained musician; I make all my music pretty much with just a computer and speakers….literally nothing else for most of it. It’s some sort of fiddly trial and error system I’m working with, no graceful expression of new ideas here. That’s the thing I love about modern production technology, it allows you to form your own way of getting internal ideas out into musical form without having to take any formal training. The only thing you need is a sense of whether any given change is better or worse, you could literally make good music on that basis alone with no other knowledge, if you were willing to randomly change settings in your production software long enough to reach a good solution. It’s exactly the same as the evolutionary simulations I used to run for my research, and how nature is able to create such amazing complex, efficient and beautiful machines without any knowledge of its action. It takes a long time though, so it’s helpful to know what you’re doing a bit if you want to make more than one killer tune every million years or so.
    In some ways I think it could be useful not to be trained in music theory, as it means there are no preconceptions about how to construct a chord progression. It's easier to focus on matching the emotions in the head with the emotions that you want to come out of the monitors.
    I've been lucky enough to see his live show twice - nights within the same weekend which held significantly different set lists / moods (he claims to go into no show with a completely pre-defined plan, and just pulls from and reworks the 100+ tracks in his catalogue as he feels out what the crowd in each particular city and venue responds to). Both shows were superb... the first show I went to was, without a doubt, one of the best EDM sets I've ever experienced. While he's been DJ'ing for over a decade (having gotten his start as a turntablist), he only began creating original material about 5 years ago. While his star is rising in Europe, he's still very unknown in the US and has only played a few shows state-side (decibel festival in September and is currently on a mini-tour with a few shows in the US and Canada). It's a crime this guy isn't getting booked for more widespread tours in America.

    To top it off, he seems to be just... such a nice and normal guy who is thrilled that people are interested in the music he's making.



    Here are a couple of my favorite original tracks of his:










    He also is quite talented as a remixer:







    And if you enjoyed the above, here are some longer selections... I feel the latter captures some of the essence of his live show.

    His Resident Advisor Mix from last year:
    The mix is a balance of contrast against continuity. I think that contrast can make any musical message more powerful. Like if everything is really beautiful and soft and quiet and then some nasty drill and bass drops its brutality will have more impact than it would in the context of a full set of noisy mania. Then there are contrasts of melody versus atonality, glitch versus simplicity, old versus new etc. But a whole set like this is going to have zero flow and wouldn't really work well in most clubs, and I wanted to make something representative of what I play out too. So the result is this amalgamation of genres which I'm in to, which I hope holds together in some sort of reasonable way. There's a fair few exclusives in there too, which won't have been heard anywhere else yet.
    http://soundcloud.com/max-cooper/ra-...ooper-320-free

    Live set (Loom):
    http://soundcloud.com/max-cooper/max-cooper-live-loom

    Great mix of Max's with a sampling of some of his own tracks and remixes:
    http://soundcloud.com/max-cooper/max...-free-download


    Please add your favorite mixes, remixes, tracks ... of Max's.
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    Default Re: Max Cooper Obsession Thread

    I endorse this creepy thread. Max Cooper is very very good. You all should listen if you're not familiar.

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    YES!

    FOUR TET. HOT CHIP. SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO. BOOKA SHADE. LEE SCRATCH PERRY. BEACH HOUSE.

    Richie Hawtin. James Blake. Loco Dice.

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    I support Max Cooper and all of his endeavors, an amazing musician.

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    Love this guy's production! Can't wait to catch a live set of his. I'm really sad he didn't make it to LA on this mini tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleezie View Post
    Love this guy's production! Can't wait to catch a live set of his. I'm really sad he didn't make it to LA on this mini tour.
    Apparently he wanted to play in LA, and no one would book him.

    8/16: Anthony Naples, Maxmillion Dunbar @ f8
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    Thanks for posting those, i really enjoyed Silicon Sleaze. All of them were good though.
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    This guy puts on quite a fucking show. I am so thankful I currently live in a city where producers like him are recognized and book. His set Friday night is one of the best live EDM sets I have ever heard - and I think the last time I danced that hard for that long was at Apparat's LiB set. I really hope Max begins to receive more recognition and bookings stateside. I'm super fucking stoked to catch him in Barcelona (hopefully at some insane party on the beach or a boat).
    Quote Originally Posted by boarderwoozel3 View Post
    I just want to ingest mind-altering chemicals and get my mind blown by tribal lasers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingrock View Post
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    thanks for this thread. seen you all raving about him all over the board. really enjoying his mixes

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknown View Post
    I think the last time I danced that hard for that long was at Apparat's LiB set.
    funny, I noticed similarities too.

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    Along with his great productions, he's easy to support for being a nice guy as well.

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    His songs have come up on last.fm stations from time to time, but coincidentally enough I was listening to him just now when I saw this thread. This is really good.
    8/28 - Ty Segall - Echo
    8/31 - Sleep - Troubadour (?)
    9/05 - The Rentals - Fonda (?)
    9/11 - Swans - Roxy
    9/13 - Owen Pallett - El Rey (?)


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    Holy shit. Qualia is fucking amazing.

    Last edited by TallGuyCM; 01-17-2012 at 12:54 AM.
    8/28 - Ty Segall - Echo
    8/31 - Sleep - Troubadour (?)
    9/05 - The Rentals - Fonda (?)
    9/11 - Swans - Roxy
    9/13 - Owen Pallett - El Rey (?)


    Quote Originally Posted by getbetter View Post
    I finally made it through a listen of Sun Kil Moon - Benji and had put it on maybe 4 times til I could finally feel mentally like, "just fuck it just let this guy blabber on" while I'm doing paperwork .
    last.fm, if you care

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    au hai.
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    Qualia is great.. there are at least 15 tracks I want to post but I'm trying to restrain myself.

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    Oh really?

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    I'm surprised this thread wasn't made by one of you Max Cooper maniacs already.
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    This guy definitely deserves his own thread, considering how much (good) material he's put out in just the last 2 years, dear god...

    I haven't met a Max Cooper track I haven't liked.





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    Quote Originally Posted by All Your Base View Post
    au hai.
    I never received that pasta recipe!

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    He posted this article on fb:
    http://www.hedkandi.com/news/post/62...ingmax-cooper/

    Some interesting tidbits but the best part:
    I've got a US/Canada tour starting this week, then back home to work on an album, lots of great looking dates and some awesome festivals booked in for the summer which I get in trouble for talking about before they release their official lineups.
    Quote Originally Posted by boarderwoozel3 View Post
    I just want to ingest mind-altering chemicals and get my mind blown by tribal lasers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingrock View Post
    I would rather have an auctioneer mc DnB sets

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknown View Post
    then back home to work on an album, lots of great looking dates and some awesome festivals booked in for the summer which I get in trouble for talking about before they release their official lineups.
    YESsssssssssssssss. I hope that means what we think it means.

    jump straight to the fun part where you want to dance around in the studio with a slight paranoia in the back of your mind that someone might be able to see you.
    I find this FAR too charming.
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    What do you think it means, Heidi? I already knowing I'll be catching him at least once at an Off-Sonar event.
    Quote Originally Posted by boarderwoozel3 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingrock View Post
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    Well. What you said. And there was a hope of him playing a festival that is technically not quite summer any longer.

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    The same festival where we caught him last time he played a festival that was technically not quite summer any longer?
    Quote Originally Posted by boarderwoozel3 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingrock View Post
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    Well, that festival is technically not quite summer any longer, isn't it?

    Could just be a rumor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boarderwoozel3 View Post
    I just want to ingest mind-altering chemicals and get my mind blown by tribal lasers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingrock View Post
    I would rather have an auctioneer mc DnB sets

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    ^^^ That "mix" is actually a recorded live set from the recent tour. I'm not sure what show it's from but it sounds very similar (while not identical) to the SF show. It's fucking great.

    Thanks to Aurgasm for pointing this out, new video interview released by his record label:



    I love how animated he gets when he's asked to talk about music he listens to (clearly he's more excited to talk about that than himself!). So charming.
    Last edited by chiapet; 02-03-2012 at 07:52 AM.

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    I'm about 3 hours into listening to nothing but him. I downloaded 4 albums this morning before work.
    Expressions
    Inhaleexhale
    Megaphysical
    Miocene

    It's all very good.

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    Max Cooper - NYC - April 28



    (Hopefully something the day before here that will coincide with cmnky)
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