Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist, merging electronic music, visual art and science through installations, live audio-visual and immersive sound experiences. His label, Mesh, the embodiment of these passions, releasing music which is part of wider collaborations in the arts and sciences.
Born in 1980 and raised in Belfast, Cooper pursued music as well as science, earning a PhD in computational biology in 2008, while crystallizing his complex yet melodic sound, and his impressive run of singles dating back to 2007. Since then he has developed his live performances with a focus on sensory immersion, with surround sound live shows 4D Sound, Hyperform, a 360 audio and visual surround dome experience with Canadian artist Maotik, his surround club show featured at Berghain, Aether, and collaborations with Future Wife and Zaha Hadid architects.
His contributions to the BBC’s long-running Essential Mix series in 2015 and Balance’s mix compilation in 2018 showcase his long history as a DJ dating back to the late 90’s, and contextualized his striking sound amidst his peers. Max has also collaborated with contemporary classical composers Michael Nyman, Tom Hodge and Nils Frahm, and a forthcoming partnership with Bruce Brubaker has been announced, reworking Philip Glass scores. His productions and performances have earned him many merits including several RA top100 listings in both the live and DJ categories. Multiple sold-out shows across major cities including London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris have led to an invitation by The Barbican in London to respond to their annual theme for 2019, 'Life Rewired', which will debut 'Yearning For The Infinite' and Max's largest UK show to date.
His three studio albums have be given critical acclaim. 2014’s debut Human, which featured stunning vocal contributions from Kathrin DeBoer and Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston, was a sweeping and cinematic work that employed aggression and nuance in equal doses.
Then Emergence in 2017, zoomed out to look at the building blocks that make up the world around us. Involving collaborations with mathematicians, scientists and visual artists, the project is summarised at emergence.maxcooper.net. Lush and subtle with a glowing melodic streak that runs throughout, Emergence is a document of pure sonic alchemy that only Cooper could present in such an intriguing form.
2018 sees the release of Cooper’s third studio album 'One Hundred Billion Sparks' in which he interrogates notions of identity whilst profiling the complex mechanisms that make us all wonderfully unique. For more information visit onehundredbillionsparks.net.
Consistently exploring the extremities of audience-engagement with innovative and creative work, the latest tour comprises 270 immersive audio-visual shows, which employ the roof and walls to envelop the audience in Max’s world. Cooper’s long running collaboration with Architecture Social Club, Aether, also coming to fruition as a bold new form of live audio-visual experience – a light field installation of countless shimmering points, hovering overhead the audience, creating 3-dimensional moving forms in sync with music.
"Album of the Day" - BBC 6Music
“A thing of groundbreaking beauty” – Clash
“Brooding, grinding, slow-burning emotional techno” – Resident Advisor
"Absolutely incredible, utterly enthralling...goosebumps" - Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6Music
“Magical” – Mixmag
“Profound, delicate… a gentle show of solidarity, Cooper’s intellectual excursions are communicating clearly, coherently and beautifully with his musical ideas... His Renaissance Man ambitions are staggering” 9.5/10 – DJ Mag
"Le tout, One Hundred Billion Sparks , est une invitation à l’immersion." / "One Hundred Billion Sparks as an album is an invitation to immersion." – Le Soir, BE
"Max Cooper's science-inspired music videos will blow your mind'' - WIRED
“Impossibly gorgeous … searching for the perfect balance between cripplingly beautiful electronica and club-tooled dance music”- FACT
"Excellent" - Tsugi
“Insanely good … nuanced, intricate production, which lends itself so ideally to home listening ... one of the finest instalments in BBC 1's Essential Mix series” - The FADER
“Beautiful, quiet majesty … incredibly visual in its filmic, grand atmospherics” - The Line of Best Fit
“Stunning … showcasing his ability to create breath-taking electronic music that transcends the dancefloor” - Mixmag
“Really excellent… Wants you to dance and cry simultaneously, and will probably succeed in doing so” - DUMMY
"[Emergence is] an album that graces minimal techno, frostbitten ambient and emotionally-driven IDM" NPR
“Provides the bread crumbs that others might follow” – A Closer Listen
"Masterfully clean and crisp throughout... exquisite sound design" XLR8R
"Grand in scope and ambitious in narrative, a meditative, hallucinatory journey" DJ Mag