Producing music is a technical affair in itself, but Max Cooper has taken it one step further with his new EP, Chromos. The record is filled with intricate details that overlap into a beautifully twisted web of sounds, but even more fascinating is the inspiration behind it: genetic research carried out at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.
Fusing music with science, Cooper handles his music with as light a touch as a genetic biologist would handle samples. ‘Chromos’ opens with delicate notes that rattle and chime, cushioned by the organ-like synth in the background. The title track was also comes with its own VR interpretation of what DNA might look like inside a cell, created by Andy Lomas. The gentle chaos leaks into the record’s second song, ‘Coils of Living Synthesis’, which blurs the barrier between the subtlety of the leading track and the electronic kick Cooper is known for: four and a half minutes into Chromos, we’re finally given a beat. It’s worth the wait, and paves the way for the dark, snappy number, ‘Molten Landscapes’. ‘Four Tone Reflections’ is more uplifting than any other song on the EP; a slither of light in a dark world with its layers of glimmering melodies. However, don’t get too comfortable. Cooper leaves us with a memorable final outing: a mix of ‘Chromos’ track by Cosmin TRG, offering a heavier, techno-oriented take on the title track.
Exploring Chromos feels special in itself, but understanding Max Cooper’s thought processes elevates the EP to an entirely superior level.
Download Chromos EP here, out now on Mesh. Feature image via maxcooper.ent