Reagoivat Seed

by Cooperblack

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Handheld Pressure cuts Edge envelope Applied skin tone Implied skin drone Those fingers like blades Touch the surface, stirring bumps awake Applied skin tone Implied skin drone
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04:17
Held together with force Light streams, filtered and altered This vision, always tainted The love is coloured, altered Visions of past - future Visions of lost - posture Visions of lost - future
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This corner This cage No lights No sense We wait, we find, we feel, our kind Expect you Asking me No lights No sense We wait, we find, we feel, our kind
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05:02
This corner This cage No lights No sense We wait, we find, we feel, our kind Expect you Asking me No lights No sense We wait, we find, we feel, our kind
5.
This corner This cage No lights No sense We wait, we find, we feel, our kind Expect you Asking me No lights No sense We wait, we find, we feel, our kind

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A Seed of an Idea
Prolific producer Jeremy Conlon’s back with another Cooperblack EP, as Andrea Johnston reports

You’d be right to wonder what on earth “reagoivat”means. It is the Finnish word meaning to respond or react. Conlon met Finnish artist Heli Valkam when she travelled to Warlukurlangu Arts in Yuendumu.
“There are a lot of artists who travel to Warlukurlangu Arts Centre, and really like her art, and aspects on nature and art together,” Conlon said.
“I travelled to Helsinki in early 2017, and she performed on a composition on the Capsule EP called Suomenlinna.” After finishing Capsule, which was released earlier this year, Conlon set about a new exercise in composition.
“Heli sent me five images and I responded with music. I used the images primarily as lyrical inspiration,” Conlon said.
“I went into an automatic writing mode, and just let words out no matter what they felt or sounded like, and used them strictly in the music, not adding or subtracting anything. I tend to find sense in words later when the song is finished, for the most part.”
After three years in Yuendumu, Conlon has recently relocated to Alice Springs, and is currently enjoying some time in his home town of Adelaide, to make the most of opportunities for publicity. “It was totally inspiring living in Yuendumu, surrounded by awesome musicians and such a rich, loving community, on stunning country,” he said.
Conlon is now looking forward to concentrating on being a musician and performing at more live gigs, both with Cooperblack and his band Stellar Sea, in which he plays bass. Despite the obvious Nordic he described the new EP as “totally Central Desert”, although conceding there was a “dash of Europe” in the sound. He listed recent influences as Spoek Mathambo, Buraka Som Sistema, DJ Mujava, Aero Manyelo, Okmalumkoolat, Peaches, The Knife, and Cabo Snoop; all sounds you might hear if you’re lucky enough to catch a Cooperblack DJ set. Those with a keen ear might hear how those sounds have influenced Cooperblack’s sound.
“Capsule was definitely very dark and euro, using recorded sounds from around the world to form a texture and background,” Conlon said.
“Reagoivat Seed was faster in process due to self-imposed limitations such as time, lyrics and even the music.”

October 2017 The Advocate Alice Springs



Electronic music from Central Australian Producer Cooperblack. (Jeremy Conlon)

The Reagoivat Seed Ep is a collaboration with Finnish Artist Heli Valkama. Heli created 5 images and these images are the seed (response - inspiration) for the lyrical content. The lyrics were created in an automatic writing style, streamed and unedited as they appeared on paper. These words and these words only were used in each song relating to each image.

Musically - Cooperblack has been taking up DJ spots offered recently, this has rubbed off on Reagoivat Seed. The up tempo DJ sets usually include Spoek Mathambo, Buraka Som Sistema, DJ Mujava, Aero Manyelo, Okmalumkoolat, Peaches, The Knife, Cabo Snoop and more...

Heli Valkama is a Finnish visual artist and musician, who explores the organic magic and darkness in nature. She currently resides in Lapland (Northern Finland).

Produced by Cooperblack
Mastered by Left Of Elephant Sound
Cover image by Chloe James
Original seed images by Heli Valkama

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released September 2, 2017

Produced by Cooperblack
Mastered by Left Of Elephant Sound
Cover image by Chloe James
Original seed images by Heli Valkama

Cooperblack acknowledges the Warlpiri people as the traditional and prevailing custodians of the lands on which this music was created.

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Cooperblack acknowledges the Arrernte people as the traditional and prevailing custodians of the lands on which this music was created.
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