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Video: Nick Cobby
Additional footage: Andrey Prokhorov
Additional footage: Pedro Salas
MAX COOPER announces new album Unspoken Words, released 25th March on Mesh – with the lead single from the project “Everything” and its accompanying video.
“Everything” is an excitable expression of freedom and joy, an explosion of colour referencing classic synth sounds from Max Cooper’s formative years and the golden era of idealism in music and popular culture of the ’80 and ’90s.
“I love feeling that anything is possible. It feels like I’m bursting and need to find some expression,” says Cooper. “The synths seemed to carry the hope of everything I could imagine, condensed into the simple chord progression, improvised pads and layers of distortion. It was a lot of fun to work with, and spending time in that creative mindset generated lots of ideas which could be shot down later under less manic conditions.”
As an audio-visual artist, Cooper often goes to the medium of video to enhance his music and the ideas and stories which inspire and inform his work. “Everything” is one of 13 short films combined into Unspoken Words and the metanarrative which will be released as a film on Blu-ray to accompany the album on 25th March.
Cooper developed the visual story for ‘Everything’ with long term collaborator Nick Cobby and photographer Andrey Prokhorov, who has a huge library of imagery from around the world.
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Max Cooper, talking about the direction of ‘Everything’:
“This chapter of the Unspoken Words story is about our capacity for positive change via idealism. The video project shows footage of everything, contained inside us. We are aware of an outside world, but ultimately; everything is experienced internally, and much of what may seem hopelessly out of our control need not be so. That’s the idealistic idea which I applied personally, musically and visually.
I started the music when I was in need of something to give me a push forward. Sometimes a high energy classic synth explosion is the recipe for the job. It created the feeling that anything seemed possible, a fresh belief with a touch of ignorance that’s essential for new ideas to emerge free from the constraining baggage of old failures. The synths seemed to carry the hope of everything I could imagine, condensed into the simple chord progression, improvised pads and layers of distortion. It was a lot of fun to work with, and spending time in that creative mindset generated lots of ideas.
For the visual story I worked with my long term collaborator Nick Cobby, along with the photographer Andrey Prokhorov. Andrey has a huge library of imagery from around the world and I wanted to try and put everything inside the minds and bodies of the people of Mexico City, where Nick is based, in order to mirror the explosion of feelings and ideas of the music in visual form. It tells the story of our escape from constraints as we move towards the final mental expansion of the narrative.
Culum Simpson designed the spatial structure of the Dolby Atmos mix in a similar manner to that of the original stereo mix, with full power immersion from all sides, and an ever growing barrage of sound from the ceiling and walls.”