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Mike Cooper - Rayon Hula
Mike Cooper
Rayon Hula
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Room 40)
27,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
After several trips, beginning in 1994, to the Pacific and its Island Nations, Australia and subsequently to South East Asia, I conceived the idea of making an updated more ‘now’ version of some of the Exotica music that originated in 1950’s America. Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny were the two I mostly had in mind at the time, but I didn't want it to sound like them and the two words ‘Ambient’ and ‘Electronic’ had to figure large. I was deeply influenced by the ambience of the places I was visiting (Australian birds are scarily creative) and lo-fi electronics were something I had been working with in my free improvisation gigs since the 80’s. I wasn’t playing live very much in Europe, but in Australia and New Zealand regularly and I was living parallel musical lives, playing folk festivals as well as free improv and experimental music gigs. No-one was issuing recorded work by me, so I started my own DIY cd.r. label, Hipshot, and sold them via the internet. I was free to record whatever I wanted and I did, starting in 1999 with Kiribati.
Mike Cooper - Oh Really!?
Mike Cooper
Oh Really!?
LP | 1969 | EU | Reissue (Trading Places)
18,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike Cooper was a key figure in the British blues boom of the late 1960s. Born in Reading in 1942, Cooper began playing guitar as a teen in local skiffle groups. After seeing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee perform in 1961, Cooper caught the blues bug and began to play the harmonica and formed The Blues Committee, supporting John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry, while Cooper was also performing solo. Acquiring a lap steel guitar in 1963, he studied Blind Boy Fuller’s work and in 1965, teamed with Dave Hall to support Bert Jansch, Al Stewart and others; after releasing work on the Kennet, Sydisc and Matchbox labels, Cooper soon began incorporating country blues aspects into his work, drawing from Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell, as well as non-blues artists such as David Bowie, John Martyn, Roy Harper and Dave Van Ronk. Then, in late 1968, Cooper was approached by producer Peter Eden, resulting in debut album Oh Readlly!? for Pye; aside from agreeable covers of Son House’s “Death Letter” and Blind Boy Fuller’s “Bad Luck Blues,” the rest of the disc is pure Cooper, with his deft picking accompanied by Derek Hall’s guitar work only on “Leadhearted Blues” and “Electric Chair.”
Mike Cooper - Distant Songs Of Madmen
Mike Cooper
Distant Songs Of Madmen
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Backwards)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder 27.09.2019
A new MIKE COOPER release is always a great event, and we are proud to do it! Distant Songs of Madmen was recorded live in Palermo and was my solo set in a concert organised by Lelio Gianetti and Curva Minore which included my trio Truth In The Abstract Blues and Eugene Chadbourne. My set was free improvisation; some cover versions of folk and pop songs and some of my own songs. The title of the record and some of the improvised pieces were taken from Sam Shepard's writing. Sam, one of my favourite writers, has sadly died since I recorded this record and I dedicate it to his memory. Mike Cooper Available in a beautiful designed cover with an exclusive amazing artwork made by Italian artist Carla Indipendente. Comes with one insert. Mastered for vinyl by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique).
Mike Cooper - White Shadows In The South Seas
Mike Cooper
White Shadows In The South Seas
2LP | 2015 | EU | Reissue (Sacred Summits)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
White Shadows In The South Seas is the title of a book written in 1919 by Frederick O’Brien as part of a trilogy he wrote based on his experiences living in the Pacific islands in the early part of the 20th century. His book was taken as the starting point for a film to be directed, initially, by Robert Flaherty (famous at the time for his groundbreaking documentary / fiction film Nanook Of The North) with W.S.Van Dyke as his support. The film, ultimately, apart from the title, had little to do with O’Brien’s book and Flaherty left the film after a few months leaving Van Dyke to finish it.
I purchased O'Brien's book, along with many others, from Basement Books, a secondhand bookstore in Melbourne/Australia. Part of my 'Islomania' and on going fascination with all things Pacific. When I discovered there was a 1929 silent film based on the book I sought it out and started to present it as part of my 'Live Music/Silent films' repertoire. Tabu by Frederick Murnau, which coincidently also had Flaherty as co-director originally, was the first film I ever wrote / improvised a score for and presented as a live film/music performance. My repertoire extends to over 23 films now.
My eclectic and diverse musical and artistic interests extend into 'Hawaiian', ‘Exotica’, ‘Ambient’ and 'Electronic' Music. I have produced several volumes of so called ‘Electronic, Ambient, Exotica’ on CD and Vinyl, including Kiribati, Globe Notes, Rayon Hula ( on Vinyl, CD and digital format ) and most recently, New Globe Note on Vinyl and White Shadows In The South Seas on CD.
White Shadows In The South Seas features some of the music presented in my live screenings of the 1929 silent film.
The film is the story of Dr. Matthew Lloyd, an alcoholic doctor who is disgusted by the exploitation by white people of the natives on a Polynesian island. The natives dive for pearls, however, numerous accidents occur and one diver dies. In anger, Dr. Lloyd punches Sebastian, the employer. As revenge and to prevent further interruption of his activities, he tricks Dr. Lloyd onto a ship with a diseased crew (thinking they are ill) and his men rough him up and send the ship off into a storm. Dr. Lloyd survives and is washed ashore on an island where none of the natives have ever seen a white man before. Lloyd is rescued and ultimately falls in love with the chief's daughter, who is Taboo, hence Lloyd is prevented from pursuing his love for her. An incident occurs and a young boy is thought to have drowned but Lloyd is able to revive him, earning him points and permission with the chief's daughter. Lloyd begins to realise that the local islanders have no sense of the value of the black pearls which grow in abundance around their island and he starts to dive for them and collect them. One morning the white man Sebastian unexpectedly turns up on a scooner and starts to offer the islanders trade for their pearls. Llloyd tries to interrupt the encounter and is shot and dies. His wife and the islanders morn for his dead body and, symbolically, the passing of a way of life.
Mike Cooper - Tropical Gothic
Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Discrepant)
16,49 €* 21,99 € -25%
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
On 'Tropical Gothic' Mike Cooper studies different approaches to his method of uniting guitar and field recordings into a constant stream of sound. While doing so he delivers chaos and melody, but not necessarily in that order.
Mike Cooper - Reluctant Swimmer/virtual Surfer
Mike Cooper
Reluctant Swimmer/virtual Surfer
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Discrepant)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A live set recorded at the Controindicazioni Festival of Improvised Music in Rome in 2003. The music moves very slowly through four movements: 'Reluctant Swimmer', 'Movies Is Magic', 'Virtual Swimmer' and 'Dolphins'. Floating in out of the exotic ether and disappearing like smoke, engulfed in the alien hugeness of nature... a very elegant set by a visionary artist.
Mike Cooper - New Kiribati
Mike Cooper
New Kiribati
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Discrepant)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Discrepant presents the first ever vinyl release of Kiribati, the very first instalment in the acclaimed Ambient Exotica Soundscapes by veteran English experimentalist Mike Cooper.
Mike Cooper - Places I Know / The Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper
Places I Know / The Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper
2LP | 2014 | US | Original (Paradise Of Bachelors)
34,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The 1971 & 1972 masterpieces, which span Cooper's song-based & improvisation-based styles of the early 1970s, are presented for the very1st time as the definitive double album, as Cooper originally intended them to be released. These historic sessions veer from the impeccable conceptual folk-rock artistry of "Places I Know" to the utterly singular, long-form "songmaking" deconstructions of the more radical "The Machine Gun Co."
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