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16/10/07

Super Furry Animals 18/10/07 Barrowlands The irrepressible Welsh space yetis tour the pyschadelic pop of Hey Venus. LCD Soundsystem 22/10/07 Barrowlands LCD Soundsystem no longer spend nights in with Daft Punk, but are venturing out to the great outdoors. Well. the east end of Glasgow... Boredoms 23/10/07 Arches Ironically named Japanoise-nicks who, on the 07/07/07, convinced 77 drummers to play, at the same time, in Central Park. Ace Cold War Kids 25/10/07 Barrowlands Cold War Kidz on the block bring their Radiohead loving nonsense to the Barrowlands. Dananananykroyd 01/11/07 Nice n Sleazy Enjoyable tribute act to 80s sensation Rickmororororanis. Six members. Two drummers, sissy hits and lots of noise.

A space odyssey
Mexican electronic artist Fernando Corona, AKA Murcof, talks to Robin Perkins

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t's something everybody has; we are all fascinated by the stars. We sometimes forget that we are part of an infinite universe out there, it helps to bring some perspective to our everyday problems. I wanted to share my reaction while contemplating 'out there'..." Fernando Corona is one of Mexico’s most intriguing electronic artists, a one-time member of the influential Tijuana based Nortec (Norteno

"Tijuana doesn't feel like Mexico or the US."
Techno) Collective, he now works alone under the Murcof pseudonym, has relocated to Barcelona and released two albums on the UK based Leaf Label, the latest; Cosmos, is a momentously deep, cold, textured soundscape of sparse electronics and live recordings inspired by the overwhelming childlike obsession with the infinity of space. Corona is a quietly spoken, eloquent man in his late thirties; he sits opposite me sipping an espresso only becoming animated at the mention of the Mexican situation. “There is a saying which says 'poor Tijuana so far away from God and so close to the US'. The northwest feels very disconnected from Mexico, it doesn’t feel like Mexico or like the US, it is a phenomena itself.

There is a tradition of corruption almost embedded in the culture. For example, the mayor of Tijuana is accused of several murders, he traffics endangered species and he has a chain of casinos all across the country. His name is Hank.” Corona grew up in Ensenada, a small port in North Western Mexico close to Tijuana. He was brought up listening to his father’s classical music collection and today still draws his greatest inspiration from classical composers “My father was a big Bach, Beethoven fan, as I grew up I investigated the contemporary scene and I stumbled into all these incredible music makers; Gorecki, Dusapin, Scelsi; all the big guys.” Corona, under the Terrestre name, became a member of the keystone group of Mexican electronic artists known as the Nortec Collective “I was a member of Nortec from 99 to 2002. There are a lot of things that are not known outside of Mexico. There has been a sprouting of labels and new artists who are approaching music making with a global mentality.” The Nortec Collective grew out of Tijuana and it was the proximity to the US that facilitated Fernando and his friends’ access to music. “In the pre-internet era things were more complicated, so being very close to the States gave us a window to the rest of the world, through

magazines, record shops. We got all these rejects from the US, including old analogues synths like a Moog for £10. We used to cross a lot, I used to work and live in the States so I had access to all of that." The economic situation in Mexico has led to a huge growth of illegal downloading, which in turn has led to a globalising of music. "In Mexico, if you want to buy an import it is going to cost you a

"Being close to the States gave us a window to the world."
lot of money and that is a very ureal amount of money for the economical power people have. What other choice do people have? Download. People who barely make it through the month can't afford to import records" After leaving Nortec, Corona released his first album as Murcof; 2002’s Martes. Cosmos saw a change in direction from Martes’ use of electronics and samples to original recordings done by Corona and friends in Barcelona. “I needed a departure from traditional electronic/techno music structures for what I wanted to communicate. I had to abandon the sound of Martes - it is more compo-

sitional, a much freer structure and less of a compromise with the electronics. It was a natural progression.” On this tour Murcof arranged to play a number of special shows in planetariums, including one at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This gave him the opportunity to create his cosmological landscapes in an apt venue beneath the stars. “We had to rent the space – it's expensive. We sold out but still lost money. We wanted to do it, though, and it was well worth it, especially this one in Greenwich. They have state of the art visuals and the tech guy was really into the music.” After the success of Cosmos a return to the techno inspired Terrestre pseudonym seems unlikely, “I’m still so busy with Murcof, maybe my son will take over, he is more into abstract concrete music; hitting things. I ask him 'what you doing?' and he says 'I’m doing music Fernando!' Maybe he will be an accountant. "I am working on a commission from the Contemporary Music Network in the UK; it’s a piece for acoustic music and video. I will be doing the electronics and processing the live instruments. For me it is something very new and exciting. The next release will hopefully be with a pianist I've been playing live with for some time, called Franceso Tristano. It is going to be tribute to animals, I think we will start with insects and try to imitate the sounds they make."