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Unspoken
Words

25.03.22
Work

Max Cooper's latest album project 'Unspoken Words' is available on Mesh, alongside an epic immersive film project.

Cooper has been exploring the difficulties of communicating with words as part of the Unspoken Words project.

“I’ve always struggled with words.

"Trying to communicate anything meaningful about my internal state, in any way which seems to do it justice, has always been beyond me.

"But music bypasses language. It is my means of expression, which is why I make a lot of it - I’m compelled to create.”

Unspoken Words is Max Cooper’s most revealing work to date, leading the listener through experiences of escapism and connection with personal stories of reflection, acceptance, grappling, idealism and rejection.

The raw expression of Cooper’s own mental state illuminates the universal experience of being human. Unspoken Words offers common ground, a unifying space for anyone who faces internal discordance and feels the need for greater connection and greater expression.

Speaking about the process of writing Unspoken Words, Max continues: “I find existing inside my mind to be a sometimes beautiful, sometimes intense, sometimes abrasive, messy, baffling, relentless experience, and I’ve tried to put as much of that feeling and form as I could into the album.”

The deftly mixed audio is accompanied by a visual story which unfolds through 13 short films by a range of visual artists commissioned and directed by Max Cooper, and mixed in Dolby Atmos surround sound.

"For the Atmos mix I worked with Will Cohen and Niels Orens on a structure containing multiple perspectives via stereo elements on different alignments," explains Cooper. "If you’re listening with Atmos headphones with head tracking and you turn your head, elements that sounded central and mono will expand into stereo with new information, while other elements will collapse, so that the listening experience is dependent on the direction in which you face and the music becomes interactive."

Read more about the theme and individual short films at the companion site, www.unspokenwords.net.

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