PROPOSTE SONORE
MIKE COOPER
Guitarist, musical explorer, visual artist and filmmaker.
For the past 45 years he has been pushing the boundaries of his work as an international
musical explorer and artist. Playing lap steel guitar, electronics and voice, initially as a
folk-blues guitarist, he was as responsible as anyone else - and more so than many - for
ushering in the blues boom in the U.K. in the late '60s.
He has, arguably, stretched the possibilities of the guitar even more than his better
known contemporaries Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne etc. by pursuing it
into the more avant-garde musical areas occupied by contemporary guitar innovators
such as Elliott Sharp, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith and Marc Ribot; with an eclectic mix of the
many styles he has practiced over the years. Ranging freely through his own
idiosyncratic original songs, traditional country blues, folk, free improvisation, pop
songs, exotica, electronic music,electro-acoustic music, and 'sonic gestural' playing
utilising open tunings and extended guitar techniques.
For the past 25 years he has toured worldwide particularly in South East Asia, The
Pacific, Australia and New Zealand as a solo artist or collaborating with local artists and
musicians. His discography stretches into the 100s.
As a film and video maker his work is often featured in his live performances. In 2011
he premiered his first 40 minute feature video Hotel Hibiscus City, initially conceived as
a live performance, which he wrote, photographed, edited and scored music for.
A solo installation/screening/exhibition titled 'SOME SOUND POINT OF VIEW' took place
for one month at G.R.I.M. in MARSEILLE, FRANCE in December 2008.
For more than twenty years he has composed and performed Live Music For Classic and
Contemporary Silent Films touring worldwide. Among them White Shadows In The South
Seas by W.S. Van Dyke and Robert Flaherty; TABU by Frederic Murnau; Aelita by Yakov
Protazanov.
He has been a guest lecturer and given workshops at universities and colleges worldwide
on scoring music for films, improvisation and songwriting in general.
In 2012 he was artist in residence for one month on Pulau Ubin near Singapore. This
culminated in "Walking In Ubin" - a sound map of the island, three short video films and
a free download of his field recordings.
A recent achievement in 2013 was for the live audio/visual project Outback and Beyond
with collaborating colleague Grayson Cooke which won a prize at the Tokyo New Media
Arts Festival in february 2013 This work was also performed/screened in 2013 at the
Athens Video Arts Festival, Oslo Cinematek and in Berlin at the Down Under Australian
film festival.
In 2013 he was artist in residence on Lamma Island near Hong Kong for the Soundpocket
organisation.
2013 Alis

A WHITE SHADOW IN THE SOUTH SEAS
A journey "on the border" at the turn of kitsch culture of Southeast Asia and eco-
environmental analysis, which artistically represent and interprets the relationship
between  traditional "high culture" of Southeast Asian and "low culture" of holographic
exoticism, in an ideal subversion of cultural signifiers (as well as for sounds). (Download
here documents about the project)