One Hundred Billion Sparks
TBR: 20th September
Max Cooper introspects and discovers the self within a universe made of one hundred billion simultaneous neuron sparks. As we are alive and our mind allows us to observe the world around us, feel the body enveloping us, and provides a laboratory of imagination to journey through, this is represented in the physical realm by chemical-electric flashes of potential. Our brains contain a network of unfathomable connections, each one a pathway for various molecules that allow our conscious awareness to connect with the outside world. This in turn is built upon an undergrowth of predetermined ideas and virtues which, like tectonic plates, shift gradually throughout life as we mature and grow in perspective wisdom.
This new album, out in September, is a sound recording of this notion. It's a projection of the inner presence onto wavelength and amplitude via the imaginary framework of this composer of clicks and crescendos. Max Cooper takes the philosophical fulcra associated with the biological reality of human mind and investigates how it affects our feelings about ourselves and our place in the universe that built us. After switching off his technology and removing himself from society at large, Max Cooper was able to dig into the mineral vein of opalescence that is the undivided Atman.
The album begins with Incompleteness, a polyphonic drone of chording harmonies. It builds like a filling pool of glowing liquid, breathy and alight with its own energy. Hope continues the slow moving progression with a blurred line waveform which resonates wildly from left to right over a craggy outcrop of amplitude. A high end helices over and under the lower steady notes to create a dynamic display of undulating vibration. Percussion adds another sleek dimension to the sound in the form of a thrusting inner pulse which quickly gallops over the slower moving melodics. Meditative soundtracks to deep inner focus roll out one after the other to form the holistic work of the recording.
Distorted wobbles give Phi a new edge, wholesome tones craft comfortable harmonies among the reverberating notions of sound. Solid tempo kneels over the fluffy blanket of the well adjusted composition bringing out a glimmering density which grows like rising dough. As Rule 110 enters the playlist, and is followed by eight more. it becomes clear that this album wants to glide over our inner islands of self realisation, touching down on hidden runways that nestle quietly in various aspects of the inner being. Progressive and smooth, subtle additions to the texture and delivery of tone brings layer upon layer of interesting and highly explorable sound.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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