A reflection on Max Cooper / Wigflex @ Brickworks

One week on, after the dust has finally settled from that mind expanding evening, it’s time to reflect upon what actually happened in that warehouse when it was put under the creative control of Mr Max.C

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When I, and the rest of the Nottingham clubbing community, heard that Wigflex booked Max Cooper to show us his new Emergence album /AV show/ concept, we got very excited. I can speak on behalf of everyone there when I say that we were not disappointed.

One week on, after the dust has finally settled from that mind expanding evening, it’s time to reflect upon what actually happened in that warehouse when it was put under the creative control of Mr Max.C

He played non-stop for 8 hours

Pretty incredible. I arrived at about 12:30, missing the warm up DJ set and propelling myself right into the biological evolution themed rabbit hole that was Emergence. Judging by the perfection of the set that followed on from the Emergence live show, I’m sure that the warm up mix would have been equally as fitting, setting the mood in true, professional style.

Max Cooper Emergence

I’m still getting my head around the Emergence live show

In the best possible way. The huge LED screen wall behind the DJ booth in Brickworks was perfect for projecting  the carefully planned visuals onto, taking us all on a never-ending journey through science and sound. These sounds, performed live, were as diverse as  the visuals, yet the underlying theme that tied them together was obvious. With images of cell-like forms, space-scapes, the mechanics of a working human body, alien like fetuses and pulsating concrete-jungle cities, when he described it as a story of natural laws and processes, their inherent beauty, and their action to yield the universe – he wasn’t lying! The sonic mood switched from calm and serene to a glitch fuelled ruckus, with the background video reflecting the energy of the tracks played at every moment. Working together in perfect harmony, the ‘break downs’ that occurred were simply euphoric and, listening back to videos recorded of the show, the audience was amazed, watching in silence. After overhearing conversations in the smoking area, I’m sure many epiphanies were had on that night…

The set that followed the show was fantastic

And made it feel like I’d had two different nights in one.

When the Emergence show reached its climax it was clear the the stunned crowd needed a moment or two to gather their thoughts before they dusted off their disco shoes. As those famous piano chords of Orbital – Belfast kicked in, Max gave us the perfect setting to do so. I honestly can’t think of a tune that suited that mood so perfectly, making it a memory that will sit in my mind forever. Smiles and hugs all round.

Raw, rolling stompers and space age beats continued throughout the night, and after every break I took outside, the dance floor seemed to step up a gear every time I re-entered it. Tracks that stood out to me were the classic Dopplewhipper – Gabriel Anada, before it turned into a jungle/breakbeat explosion, kicked off with the equally as iconic Warp records banger,  LFO – LFO

The fabulous Identification of Music Facebook group has also provoked some memories by shedding light on some more tracks from the night, to give an idea of the variation played by Max. After that set, it makes me wish I was in Notts during the Firefly days when he was a resident even more.

With previous bookings such as Paranoid London, Marcel Dettmann, Helena Hauff and even Max Cooper playing for Wigflex previously, this show was a special treat like no other, even standing out against the consistently premium selection of events from Wigflex. Hats off to Lukas and Max.

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