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Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: New Kiribati
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"First vinyl release of Kiribati, the first installment in the acclaimed Ambient Exotica Soundscapes series by veteran English experimentalist Mike Cooper. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500. "This was the first release on my Hipshot c.d.r label in 1999. I wanted to create an album of imaginary soundscapes from imagined exotic places based on my travels in the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. Kiribati was the first in a series of three CDs of Ambient Exotica Soundscapes -- played on lap steel, electronics, prepared guitar, sampler, live environmental recordings (from Bali, Malaysia, Australia and Italy) and acoustic and electronic percussion. (The other two are Globe Notes and my award winning Rayon Hula.) Kiribati was (and is) dedicated to the people and islands of Kiribati because they were slowly sinking into the Pacific Ocean. Although the palm trees are often 25 metres high, the islands themselves, made from gravel and sand, are only 4 or 5 metres above sea level and a rise in sea levels of just 15 centimetres, as has happened over the past 100 years due to global warming, is a disaster. Kiribati was recorded in my studio on a four track cassette, using a Casio SK1 sampling keyboard. A tool I used for many years both for recording and live sampling." -Mike Cooper.

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Reluctant Swimmer/Virtual Surfer
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"The "icon of post-everything", Mike Cooper, returns to Discrepant with a recording of a live set recorded at the Controindicazioni Festival of Improvised Music in Rome in 2003. Originally released as a CDr via his Hipshot label. The music moves very slowly through four movements: "Reluctant Swimmer", "Movies Is Magic", "Virtual Swimmer", and "Dolphins". Praise from an unknown source: "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 on the recording: "The first half is played on my old 1920s National tri-plate lap steel guitar and the second half on my Vietnamese electric lap steel. I also sing two songs along the way. Movies Is Magic by Van Dyke Parks and Dolphins by Fred Neil. It was the first time I had ever sung the last song." RIYL: Exotica, Andrew Pekler, Dolphins Into The Future." - Discrepant.

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: World Slide
Format: 12"
Label: Ethbo
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
"Preceding the Killing Melody LP by ten years, this EP was recorded by Mike in the late 90s and originally released on his own CDr label Hipshot. A 500 only pressing, these are the last remaining copies. Mike is a British blues legend. In the early 60s he supported John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Howling Wolf, Son House and many more American blues artists on their UK visits - as well as backing British R&B bands. He honed his guitar skills to later include steel blues and Hawaiian lap steel guitar. From the 80s onwards, he ventured into more avant garde territory and has continued to beat a path somewhere between all these styles. The three tracks here represent his later experiments with lo-fi loops and Hawaiian steel guitar. They were recorded in his kitchen in Rome, on a primitive computer, dumped onto minidisc and then CD. The result is a quiet and multilayered recording. This was a challenge even for Porkys George Peckham to master, but after a few takes, the record was pressed at the old EMI plant, shortly before their machinery was sold off. World Slide and New Hula Slide demonstrate Mikes fusion of the traditional Hawaiian melody with dirty avant garde loops. New Hard Times is a slide guitar and vocal blues, stripped down and angry." -Ethbo

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Blue Guitar
Format: LP
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Mike Coopers Blue Guitar is a collection that first appeared on Coopers Hipshot CDr label in 2010 in a limited edition. It is presented here on Idea Records, for the first time on vinyl. Upon its initial release Cooper wrote: "For the past couple of years I have been collating a body of text culled (mostly) from Thomas Pynchons novels Gravitys Rainbow and V and making cut-up collage pieces in the spirit of William Burroughs, Kurt Schwitters, Tom Phillips and others. Those two particular novels interest me because they are set in the period that I was born, however no reference to that period is intended in my pieces. Hopefully a more contemporary comment was found lurking within the words, lines, pages and paragraphs. Recently my interest in playing the guitar in a more or less traditional manner, but still incorporating various extended techniques (as opposed to using it purely as a sound source) has been re-kindled along with a renewed interest in blues, Greek rembetika, flamenco, Portuguese fado and other traditional and improvised music around the Mediterranean which in turn brought out the singer in me again... I have lived in the Mediterranean region for 30 years and listened to its music and I wanted to make something that would hopefully have some of its spirit without making reference to any of it musically." "Things as they are / are changed upon the blue guitar" - Wallace Stevens, Man With The Blue Guitar (1937). "Sometimes when you cut into the present the future leaks out." -William Burroughs. Mastered by Rashad Becker. Cover design by Tom Recchion. Comes on 180 gram vinyl; Includes a lyrics insert; Includes a postcard insert; Linen Wrapped/Foil Stamped; Comes in an Old Style Tip-On jacket."

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Live At The Hint House
Format: LP
Label: QBICO
Country: Italy
Price: $24.00
"Recorded in NYC, 2000. Live At The Hint House might be considered a field recording in as much as it is a recording of an ambience or soundscape. Made on my first ever trip to mainland America to play music this is the 2nd set of that evening, the 1st set had been an acoustic one of songs and slide guitar. At the start of the 2nd set I quickly realized that my guitar was not working and rather than stop and attempt to find out what was wrong I decided to just continue and improvise with what was at hand on the table in front of me. A Casio SK1 sampler keyboard, a Yamaha SU10 sampling unit with some pre-recorded samples loaded, a mini disc with some tropical ambience rec. from Malaysia and a pitch shifter delay pedal. I was not very happy with what happened that night and when Matt Zwed gave me two CD-Rs the next day I dont remember giving much attention to the 2nd set. Five years on, coincidently to the day as I write this, I realized he had captured more than me trying to get through the piece. It was me, the people in the room, the dog that ran around barking, the traffic sounds coming through the door that was open right behind me and a whole host of magically transported tropical birds and insects that suddenly found themselves reciting whatever it was in the loft space on the edge of Harlem, competing or colluding with all of the above to produce a piece of urban exotica." -Mike Cooper

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Tu Fuego
Format: LP
Label: QBICO
Country: Italy
Price: $24.00
"Jeff Henderson - alto sax; Mike Cooper- lap steel, electronics; Tom Callwood- bass; Anthony Donaldson- drums. Rec. February 2005 live @ Happy, Wellington, New Zealand. Fascinating and one-of-a-kind country western free mUZic." - QBICO.

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Fratello Mare
Format: LP
Label: Room40
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
"Fratello Mare, which takes its title from Folco Quilicis classic 1975 film, continues UK-born, Italy-based musician Mike Coopers ode to the Pacific, its people, and the traditions that have flowed from that part of the world into seemingly endless iterations within contemporary culture. Recorded across 2014, the tropical opus dovetails neatly with Coopers other Room40 editions, White Shadows in the South Seas (RM 454CD, 2013) and the post-everything classic Rayon Hula (2004). It expands his combination of highly personal lap steel playing with exotic music and percussion alongside field recordings made on islands across Southeast Asia and the Caribbean while on residencies and other travels. At the records heart is a yearning for these distant islands that dot the vast oceans. A love letter of sorts, a poetic and dreamlike wandering, that sonically traverses the ever-changing edge of land and sea and Coopers musical imagination. Some lesser-known Mike Cooper facts: a young Mike Cooper can be spotted playing a beatnik guitarist on an anti-nuclear march in THE 1963 beat cult film That Kind of Girl; his first band, The Blues Committee, played with and supported such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, and Jimmy Reed; Cooper was central in launching several of the first folk and blues venues outside London, especially in and around Reading; he was a regular on John Peels program from 1969 through 1975, recording numerous sessions; he formed his free improvised music group The Recedents with Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner in 1982, threading directly into Londons vibrant improvisation community; he moved to Italy in 1988 after a slew of musical projects during the 80s in the UK and EU; since 1994 he has spent increasing amounts of time touring and exploring Oceania and other regions; one outcome of his explorations is Beach Crossings - Pacific Footprints, a radiophone work commissioned by Italian and Australian radio that traces the history of European colonization in the Pacific from Tahiti up to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; his recordings have been reissued numerous times by various labels across the globe, while original pressings can be found for obscene prices via various outlets; in 2015 Cooper celebrated 50 years as a professional musician -- his first recorded release, the Out of the Shades 7", was released in 1965." - Room40.


Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Raft
Format: LP
Label: Room40
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
"Mike Coopers output of the past half century has been described as "post-everything". Its a fitting phrase really when you consider he has been at the beating heart of so many critical musical moments; from the development of the blues touring circuit in the UK, through the growth of the folk scene and into the explosion of free improvisation that came to define a generation of UK musicians. Amidst it all, working at stitching these disparate forms into some kind of de-territorialized zone, was Mike Cooper. Its fitting that he explores the notion of journey on his latest full-length edition. Even more fitting that he examines the vessels that carry us on journeys. With Raft, Cooper charts his interests in ambient exotica and collides it with his research into various South Pacific musical traditions. The record extends his palette considerably, stretching away from the hypnagogic flows of his master piece Rayon Hula (2004), into a more oceanic setting. "Raft 21 - Guayaquil To Tully", for example, sets out a lilting rise and fall of harmony which erupts with spluttering electronics. Specifically inspired by Vital Alsar and William Wills, sailors who undertook some of the 20th centurys most impressive solo voyages, Raft reflects upon the determination of the solo traveler. In a musical sense, Mike Coopers work of recent years has very much reflected a determined solo traveler work ethic. In his commitment to travel alone, he has developed a range of strategies that he works against as a means of surprising himself and uncovering unfamiliar sonic relations. This approach has proved an incredibly fertile pursuit for Cooper, arguably producing some of his most affecting and engaging works, his Room40 albums Fratello Mare (RM 462LP, 2015) and White Shadows Of The South Seas (RM 454CD, 2013) amongst them. Raft is a vital record that sets its sights beyond the horizons of convention and in doing so reveals a perspective that is only available to lifelong voyagers such as Mike Cooper. From Mike: "Raft is my tribute to William Willis, Vita Alsar, Jack London, Robert Louise Stevenson, Louis Becke, Adolph Plate, Jacque Brel, FW Murnau and to all sailors, scribblers and drifters everywhere." - Room40.

Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: White Shadows In the South Seas
Format: LP
Label: Sacred Summits
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"A blend of ambient, exotica and field recordings, inspired by Frederick OBriens travel book. “Twilit dreams spanning Pacific shores in pulsing waves of richly-coloured rythyms, tropical sound fields and Polynesian-inspired slide guitar. Moving deconstructively beyond a passion for Islander kitsch, this is a unique, self-questioning kind of Blues, infused with other musics, bearing witness to the complexities of relationships between Islander people and visitors.” First time out on vinyl; in silk-screened sleeves, with metallic ink." - Sacred Summits.

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