Murcof is the performing and recording name of Mexican electronica artist Fernando Corona. Corona was born in 1970 in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in Ensenada. Since 2006 Corona lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Murcof's music is sparse, minimalist, electronica. Many of his compositions are founded on abstract, glitchy, sometimes complex electronic percussion. The more recent works in the Murcof catalogue no longer include electronic beats. Developing a distinctive intricacy and depth in his production, his signature is a palpable crossover between the electronic and the classical. Murcof experiments with acoustical warmth and digital precision, incorporating subtle electronic minimalism with a musical language reminiscent of modern classical music and ‘musique concrete.’
His earlier works, like the 2001 EP ‘Monotonu’, feature orchestral instruments sampled from recordings of works by modern composers such as Arvo Pärt and Morton Feldman. Some of his later works, like the 2005 album ‘Remembranza’, incorporate samples of Corona and his friends playing classical instruments. Besides his personally initiated albums, Corona worked as Murcof on the 2008 commission project The 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 Truffaz, tabla player Talvin Singh, crossover electronica-classical pianist Francesco Tristano and contemporary composer Philippe Petit.
For Murcof, his ongoing work with 4DSOUND has been an invitation to re-investigate his personal ways of structuring composition and narrative in music, by means of space.
'I wasted almost two days trying to adapt one of my existing pieces to the system only to discard it completely and restart from scratch. The system really demands to be heard before writing down any ideas for it, and it also pushes you to change your approach to the whole composition process.'
Murcof’s compositions in 4DSOUND are evocative of dark and melancholy spaces, beyond past or future, inner emotions and outer dimensions of cosmic proportions. His works created as Artist-in-Residence have been performed at Berlin Atonal festival filling the impressive halls of Kraftwerk Berlin, and have been catalogued in 4DSOUND’s retrospective Sound Exhibition for Contemporary Art Festival Budapest.
'At one stage, with looming drones, bass pulsations and doom synths ominously circulating 4D’s square stage, the Mexican artist’s performance, paired with drifting smoke, flashing lights and the fixed darkness of a surrounding Kraftwerk, made me feel like I was one in a huddled group of civilians seeking shelter from a war waged by man and machine outside.'