Brooding electronics and classical sound sources combine in the integrated sound world of Murcof.


He is a very modern composer, who utilizes technology to make epic, moving suites of music with a spiritual undertow. He draws on minimalism, post modernism and baroque music to create music that moves the mind and heart. His ear for detail and undulating tempos as well as his sense of space are heightened by the themes of life, death and eternity that his work touches on. Composers such as Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki and Giya Kancheli are all suitable comparisons.

His work draws on his childhood exposure to pre-20th century classical music and his passion for electronic pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream as a teenager, as well as his experiments in noise with his pre-Murcof doom/avant garde outfit, Elohim.

He has released 3 critically acclaimed albums and an EP on The Leaf Label. The groundbreaking album Martes album (2002) is an established classic of minimal electronic composition. Since then he has composed the soundtrack for La Sangre Illuminada (2009), and explored various collaborations including one with jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz (2008, 2014) and his current project with Vanessa Wagner.

Murcof’s international reputation as a live presence has been enhanced with a number of special collaborations, including events at Greenwich Planetarium (in collaboration with the Royal Astronomer), Montreaux Jazz Festival (collaboration with Talvin Singh & Erik Truffaz) and L’Auditori at Sonar Festival in Barcelona (with the pianist Francesco Tristano). In 2008 he toured a new work called Oceano in collaboration with classical musicians BCN216 and light sculptor Flicker, and has collaborated extensively with visual artist Simon Geilfus (AntiVJ).

'Mindblowing, like Sunn 0))) playing Ligeti in a galaxy far, far away. SUBLIME' — Uncut


Mark Slater