'Weakness of the Flesh', the first single from 'Maps' EP, was born from a multi-disciplinary arts collaboration. Choreography, dance, film and music, each artform mapped to the other.
The project started with the Jacob Jonas dance company, who choreographed a story for dancer Emma Rosenzweig-Bock, which was given to film maker Kevin McGloughlin to reinterpret. Max Cooper then scored to this video sequence in collaboration with classical Indian vocalist Samad Khan, and reworked the musical results into two further pieces.
Max Cooper, talking about the creative process
“A map is the representation of one structure in terms of another.
There was an interesting organic approach about this project, involving many layers of creative mapping processes, with each person forming their own interpretation in a new medium.
Each creative provided their own mapping, not of some literal structure or brief, but of the feelings, movements, textures, the felt form of what was presented, which carried so much intent from the outset and filtered through the whole process.
Maps EP was created from the choreographer’s vision guiding the performance of the dancer, the visual interpretation of the dance, the composition of the score in response, the vocalisation in response to the score, and the musical reinterpretation of the sum of that content. Every step was another challenge where one of us tried to capture the feeling and essence of project with a new medium.
It was also an interesting creative challenge for me to write music to an abstracted dance for the first time, defining my musical form by it with some unusual musical results and diversions which I wouldn’t have made otherwise.
And it was an absolute pleasure getting to work with Kevin's vision and Samad's beautiful voice, and the amazing work of Emma and Jacob, there was more than plenty of rich content there for me to draw on, that's why the project ended up as an EP rather than just a single piece as I experimented with different interpretations.”