artist: Max Cooper
title: Words Unspoken
release date: 25 March 2022
format: vinyl, CD, Blue-Ray & digital
catalog #: MESH074
01 Unspoken Words
02 Inanimate To Animate (feat. Kotomi)
03 A Model Of Reality (feat. Kotomi)
06 Pulse At The Centre Of Being
07 Symphony In Acid
08 Exotic Contents
09 Broken Machines Broken Dreams
10 Solace In Structure
11 Small Windows On The Cosmos
13 Stream of Thought
Max Cooper announces new album Unspoken Words, released 25th March on Mesh. Today he shares lead single
„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.
“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.” – Max Cooper, January 2022
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 continued: “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.
Album artwork designed by Zach Lieberman and Colin Droz. Further information around the album and the
forthcoming augmented reality exhibition will be found at the companion website www.unspokenwords.net
About Max Cooper
Max Cooper has carved a unique space as an audio-visual artist with a science PhD and an international reputation
as a leading electronic musician.
His work carries an emotional resonance and sensory immersion, often focusing on humanity’s place in the world.
He merges electronic music and visual art with scientific enquiry through installations, live performance, immersive
audio-visual experiences, a range of digital media and award-winning music videos.
Unspoken Words is Cooper’s 6th studio album and the latest in an impressive back catalogue that dates back to
2007, when he juggled studying Computational Biology with being resident DJ at a local techno club.
He recently supplied the music for a powerful video narrated by Greta Thunberg and Pope Francis and played at
COP26, urging world leaders to consider climate and environment in Covid recovery plans. Last year, he became
the first techno artist to play at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
Other work includes commissions from The Barbican, France TV, AND& festival, Waltham Forest Borough Council,
and collaborations with Zaha Hadid Architects, The Babraham Institute, and L-Acoustics alongside musical reworks
of contemporary classical musicians including Philip Glass, Nils Frahm, Terry Reilly and Michael Nyman and pop
artists Hot Chip and Moby.
His label, Mesh, is keenly placed to explore the intersection of music, art and science through interdisciplinary
creative collaborations that blur lines between art, mathematics, film, choreography, sciences, architecture,
psychology and spirituality.
Max Cooper picture credit. EndaBowe