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Sónar by Day - SonarHall
As the lines between genres dissolve completely, so to do the barriers between disciplines, with science and the arts working in ever closer harmony. Much of this cross-pollination seems to take place on the dancefloor with a number of scientifically trained producers inspired by and creating contemporary club music that pushes the boundaries of thought and feeling. As well as fellow scientist Floating Points, who will play a special 6hr set at SonarCar, the Northern Irish producer (and geneticist) Max Cooper will play a solo live show at SonarHall, where he’ll be synthesising his own unique take on dance music.
First garnering attention as a DJ and remixer at the turn of the decade, with each successive release Cooper has succeeded in expanding the palette of dance music. Concerned as much with the minutae of sound design as he is with the communal euphoria of big room breaks, his 2018 album One Hundred Billion Sparks - inspired by the neurons that make up consciousness - is his clearest treatise yet in a career focused on bringing people, and disciplines, together.