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Murcof is the performing and recording name of Mexican electronica artist Fernando Corona. Corona was born in in Tijuana This River Bends - Nikki Hornsby - Previous Releases, Mexico and raised in Ensenada. He was for a time a member of the Tijuana-based Station To Station - David Bowie - Station To Station Collective of electronic musicians under the Terrestre project name.
In he returned to Tijuana. Since Corona lives in BarcelonaSpain. Murcof's music is sparse, minimalistelectronica. Many of his compositions are founded on abstract, glitchysometimes complex electronic percussion. The more recent works in the Murcof catalogue no longer include electronic beats.
Some of his later works, like the album Remembranza, incorporate samples of Corona and his friends playing classical instruments. Besides his personally initiated albums, Corona worked as Murcof on the commission project Utopia (Original Album Version) - Sofia Loell - Utopia Versailles Sessions, in which he reinterpreted recordings of a baroque ensemble. Live shows of Murcof featured guest musicians from varied musical backgrounds, like jazz trumpet player Erik Truffaztabla player Talvin Singhcrossover electronica-classical pianist Francesco Tristano and contemporary composer Philippe Petit.
His earliest contact with music came from his home, where his father sangplayed bass and accordion. Corona tried some of these instruments as his father bought a very cheap organ for him and his sister. His mother listened more to traditional Mexican music. Corona was taught by his father to pay attention to the compositions and arrangements of both classical and pop musicwhich helped him to better understand what elements in music he liked or not.
On his eight-year he moved to Chula Vistaclose to the United States border. He went to school and learned English across the U.
A few years later around he moved miles south, to a small port called Ensenada. This resulted in him purchasing other electronic music from artist such as the Berlin School synthesizer gurus Tangerine DreamJapanese electronica composer Isao Tomita  and Mexican ethnic crossover new age composers Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepada link in Spanish.
The US was Corona's "window to the world", as he had to cross the US border to obtain records Utopia (Original Album Version) - Sofia Loell - Utopia magazines. Around his fifteenth Corona started to play music, taking piano and music theory lessons from to For a while Corona enjoyed an alternative club in Tijuana, called Iguanas.
Around Corona acquired some more sophisticated equipment. His first professional keyboard was a synthesizerthe Kawai K1. He also began to program sounds on the Commodore He started to write his own compositions influenced by techno pop e.
Kraftwerkacid house and industrial. He continued in that style by forming the モウ / Mow - Anapple - Arcoiris act Vortex together with two of his friends. The group was active from to His uncle employed him as a warehouse manager around the mid 80s. In he started his study to become a computer programmerbut dropped out in From to he worked in a nursing agency that dealt primarily with the Today Till Tomorrow - A Taste Of Red - Head and terminally ill in San Diego USA.
In this period of time Corona played keys and occasionally guitar, drums and flute in the rock band Sonios, which was Utopia (Original Album Version) - Sofia Loell - Utopia influenced by British pop music like The Smithsbut later went into the direction of prog rockjazz Das Märchen Der 672.
Nacht - Various - Sammlung Kurzer Deutscher Prosa 008ambient and post rock. He took influences from the local rock scene. Then Corona got Utopia (Original Album Version) - Sofia Loell - Utopia compose for modern dance ensembles in Ensenada, an experience that led him to develop a taste Sugar Ray - Every Morning modern academic music, from the dodecaphonism and minimalism of the early 20th century to the experimentalists and serialists of the mid s.
Corona took his electronic experiments in a more extreme direction, playing with feedback effects to create walls of noise. He began to digitally process samples of classical music and mix them up with doom metaldeath Utopia (Original Album Version) - Sofia Loell - Utopia ambient and noise. And the at that time freshly emerging glitch genre initiated by the Raster-Noton label formed in by Alva NotoFrank Bretschneider and Olaf Benders byetone.
Also capturing Corona's attention were the ambient noise of Deathprod active from Corona studied cello at the Centro de Estudios Musicales in Ensenada in the years and In and Corona had private lessons in audio engineering in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
It grew from being a local phenomenon to getting some worldwide recognition e. Martes, the first Murcof album, came out in the year Corona became a father. With this album Corona continued to work in the MF Relay style of minimal dance rhythms interwoven with samples from holy minimalism and other modern classical sources. Corona left Nortec in So he went to meet Tony in a club and gave him the demo.
Martes was reissued by The Leaf Label in as part of the label's 20th anniversary celebrations. This was a special triple LP release combining the original album with unreleased tracks and the album Utopia.
Corona also got commissioned to remix Miles Davis. Later corona moved into the domain of film scores when he got commissioned as Terrestre to compose the soundtrack of the film Nicotina,  a dark comedy by the producers of one of Mexico's biggest ever films, Amores Perros.
Acid Rocker (Albertino Dutch Remix) - Kimen - Acid Rocker film was released in and the CD came out in Corona's focus began to shift from sampling records to recording musicians, the violin Utopia (Original Album Version) - Sofia Loell - Utopia double bass on this record were recorded from Tijuana musicians,  giving parts of the music a more live feel.
This album came to realization as a result of the success of Martes. It contained seven remixes and four new Murcof tracks. Corona has stated that it was exciting and inspiring for him to select people to remix his works. Corona later claimed to be extremely proud of this record and to regularly relisten it.
It took Corona from to to release his first full-length Terrestre record. Secondary Inspection became a creepy mix of electronic dance music, Latin percussion and ambient electronics. The second full-length Murcof album Remembranza came out in and helped Corona cope with the turmoil of his mother passing away. The Murcof aesthetic moved a bit away from minimalism towards more complex and melancholic harmonic progressions, slightly reminiscent of his prog-rock past.
Recordings of his friends or himself playing classical instruments played a significant role on this album. In Native Instruments released the sample pack Synthetic Drums 2 for use with their software drum instrument Battery or software sampler Kontakt.
A trio with Talvin Singh on tabla and Erik Truffaz was formed in this year. The trio played sporadically in the following years, at for example Montreux Jazz and in Mumbai in In Corona released the third Murcof album Cosmos. It was a spacious dark ambient record which included dense walls of textures hinting at Ligetiabstracted sounds of synth pioneers, intense climaxes and on some tracks glitchy dub and techno beats.
Corona stated that it expressed some personal changes in his life, including his move from Ensenada to Barcelona in GetSound, who commissioned the project, hired a Parisian group of musicians specialized in baroque music. The pieces were played traditionally as well as with note and instrument experimentation.
They experimented with modifying the score, tempo, pitch and by inserting random pauses. Texturally they explored the instruments by throwing all sorts of material inside the harpsichord and pounding on the viola da gamba's body,  capturing a wide range of timbres, giving Corona lots of composing options. Corona described the composition process as partially different from the usual Murcof composition method.
He was processing previously recorded acoustic material as usual,  but this time the source material was very specific 17th century baroque and the experiments in the studio were already a part of the composing process. Two weeks before the opening Corona went to the site wanting to get an impression of the sound, but could not make the necessary tests due to pouring rain.
He did realize though that he was going in the wrong musical direction. He thought the big space demanded a different sound: more openness, more time for the sounds to develop and resonate. So in the remaining two weeks he reworked the whole commission into The Versailles Sessions.
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