Boomkat Product Review:
For those who like exotica to induce tropical fevers and leave you scratching imaginary mosquito bites, Mike Cooper’s ‘Globe Notes’ is an effortlessly enchanting elision of lapsteel guitar and heavily humid electronics from the master abstract storyteller and singular bluesman.
“Mike Coopers: “My (musician) friend Ab Baars told me a story of his being transported through the night in Bali as a boy. The night sounds and different music and voices he heard as he passed silently, half awake, half dreaming, through the villages.” This is the scenario of both Kiribati and Globe Notes. Half remembered, half imagined, a kind of hauntological set of dreamscapes.
These pieces were all analogue, both the recording and the instrumentation, made on a four track cassette machine and two mini discs. All the field recordings were made either on a Walkman cassette recorder or mini disc. I had no computer at the time. I feel these digital re-masters retain the warmth and special character of those originals and I still don't know how I did some it.
Can instrumental music be protest music? In my present situation (April 2020) in lockdown isolation during ‘the virus’ these compositions appear to me as protest even more so than when I first made them.”