EMERGENCE is an epic, immersive audio-visual experience, the debut film directed and soundtracked by Max Cooper.
To watch the trailer, please click here: ffm.to/emergenceatmos
The story explores the development of the universe, the creation of unexpected and often beautiful outcomes from simple natural systems, and how complexity, like human beings, can spawn from the immaterial by the action of simple laws embedded in the foundations of reality.
The project was initially released in 2016 as a soundtrack to Max’s live show narrative exploring the concept of ‘emergence’. Over time, chapters of the story have been shared online and featured in Cooper’s live shows.
Now with audio remastered in surround sound by Cooper and the engineers at Dolby Atmos, the project is finally available as a monumental 90 min animated film.
The work is a marriage of cosmic awe and wonderment, a meditation on the mystery of our emotional connection to fundamental natural form. Referencing ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ and ‘Samsara’ in approach, but grounded in imagery from science rather than classic cinematography.
Few artists are as qualified as Max to approach as profound an idea as ‘emergence’ through electronic music and video. Max received a Ph.D in computational biology in 2008 with research on the evolution of gene regulatory networks and was a geneticist at UCL before he switched to music. To this end he collaborated with artists Andy Lomas, Nick Cobby and Henning M Lederer plus mathematician Dugan Hammock.
In each chapter of the ‘Emergence’ narrative, the focus is on the beauty of the natural laws and processes in operation, with a mixture of real data visualisation and animated film. It interprets the deep structures and principles that give rise to the familiar physical universe, such as symmetries, the distribution of the primes, waves, spatial dimensionality, and the action of the physical forces on matter. Later chapters tackle the emergence of biological forms, thought and eventually a darker turn into the structures and systems of human civilisation.
Max has synthesised his skill as a producer and his deep interests in science to create a unique experience to explore the sonic limits of home audio.
1 The Primes
Video: Dugan Hammock
Audio: Max Cooper and Tom Hodge - "Myth"
Video: Kevin McGloughlin
Audio: Max Cooper and Tom Hodge - "Symmetry"
Video: Kevin McGloughlin
Audio: Max Cooper - "Waves"
Video: David Wexler
Audio: Max Cooper and Kathrin DeBoer - "Impermanence"
5 Inside the Black Hole
Video: Susi Sie
Video: Murat Sayginer
Audio: Max Cooper - "Distant Light"
Video: Morgan Beringer and Cornus Ammonis
Audio: Max Cooper - "Molten Landscapes"
Video: RabbitHole and BlackBox
Audio: Max Cooper - "Origins"
Video: Nick Cobby
Audio: Max Cooper and Tom Hodge - "Fragments of Self"
9 Cellular Forms
Video: Andy Lomas
Audio: Max Cooper - "Cyclic"
Video: Maxime Causeret
Audio: Max Cooper - "Order from Chaos"
Video: Vincent Houze
Audio: Max Cooper feat. Kathrin DeBoer - "Seed"
12 Complex Morphologies
Video: Sabine Volkert
Audio: Max Cooper - "Organa"
13 The Human Machine
Video: Henning M. Lederer
Audio: Max Cooper - "Anatomic"
Video: Murat Sayginer and Morgan Beringer
Audio: Skew (Max Cooper) and Satirist - "Morphogenesis"
15 The Capitalist Machine
Video: Henning M. Lederer
Audio: Max Cooper feat. Kathrin DeBoer - "Numb"
Video: R.C. Aksun
Audio: Max Cooper feat. Kathrin DeBoer - "Trust"
17 Future Entities
Video: Paul Bloomfield
Audio: The Rustle of the Stars - "Sleeping Land Part 1" - Max Cooper Remix
Video: Morgan Beringer
Audio: Max Cooper - Unbounded
Written & Directed by Max Cooper
Post Production by Morgan Beringer, Jennifer Tividad
Dolby Atmos Mix by Max Cooper
Dolby Atmos Mix Engineers - Luke Argilla, Jake Fields, James McNamee
Dolby Atmos Mastering Engineers - Jurgen Scharpf, Luke Argilla
More information about the project can be found at https://emergence.maxcooper.net/
Includes unlimited streaming of Waves via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Swarm - Giclée Art Print (Limited Edition)
Bruce Brubaker and Max Cooper
Reflect - Giclée Art Print (Limited Edition)
Penrose Tile | Max Cooper
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Glassforms Versions Vinyl Edition
Bruce Brubaker & Max Cooper
3D Reworks 001 - Giclée Art Print
Yearning for the Infinite – 2 x Vinyl LP with Printed Insert
One Hundred Billion Sparks – 2 x Vinyl LP with Printed Insert
Human – Limited Edition Signed Remix 12" [Part 1] (2015)
Earth EP – Max Cooper - Earth EP (12" Heavyweight Eco Vinyl with Leaf Design Printed Insert)
Max Cooper x Colin Droz 'Yearning for the Infinite' Giclée Print
Surge - Giclée Art Print (Limited Edition)
Spike - Giclée Art Print (Limited Edition)
Yearning for the Infinite – CD
One Hundred Billion Sparks Remixed – (12" Vinyl EP)
Human – 2 x Vinyl LP (with two full-colour internal sleeves)
Emergence (Stickers - 3 pack)
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Few have been so successful in interrogating and furthering the intersection
between electronic music, visual art, technology and science in the past ten years as Max Cooper.
Working with close collaborators and large-scale institutions in tandem, Cooper has developed a mixed-media approach to creation.
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