Frontiersman electronics.

Ahead of what promises to be an epic show at Shapes in Hackney on May 14, Max Cooper has offered some behind-the-scenes insight into his ambitious surround sound project.

The Belfast-born producer explains how his current exploration of spatial sound is an extension of his earlier experiments in psychoacoustic effects, tapping into natural biological processes to create specific effects in our brains (he also has a PhD in computational biology, so we reckon he knows what he’s on about).

Written specifically for surround sound, the show was debuted in Berlin through the phenomenal soundsystem at Berghain, and has been adapted especially for the forthcoming gig in London.

Support on the night comes from London musician Guy Andrews and Warm Up resident Aidan Doherty. Tickets for the show are available from Soundcrash.

Last year Cooper got involved in the launch of The Institute of Spatial Sound in Budapest, where sound researchers have built an omnidirectional, four-storey soundsystem.

Find out how spatial sound design is opening new frontiers in music production and performance with our in-depth feature.

Check out Cooper’s FACT mix.

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