Murcof is the performing and recording name of Mexican electronica artist Fernando Corona. Born in 1970 in Tijuana, Mexico. From 1999 to 2002 he was for a member of the Tijuana-based Nortec Collective of electronic musicians and artists under the Terrestre project name. 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, derived mostly from minimal techno, dub, glitch, industrial music and IDM, and are often aligned around a 4/4 beat.. Harmonic and melodic influences come from classical music (modern classical music, musique concrète, holy minimalism, micropolyphony, baroque music, etc.), ambient music, drone music, berlin school synthesizer music, ethnic music and free improvisation.
His latest work, The Alias Sessions, is the most ambitious and wide-ranging Murcof album to date. Though Corona created the music himself, the recent work is again the product of collaboration. This time with Brazilian-Swiss choreographer Guilherem Botelho and his dance company Alias. The double album contains music done for two of Alias’ works, Contre-Mondes (2017) and Normal (2018).
This material is a bit more abstract than his previous works, with plenty of non-tonal sounds that sometimes take centre stage. And where conventional musical elements are used, they are often processed beyond recognition.
“A masterful composer of electronic suites designed to captivate and provoke.”musicOMH
“Fernando Corona’s newest solo album is a swirling miasma of ominous drone and murky rhythm that hums like an electrical substation.”Pitchfork
“Music of exquisite tension and ecstatic release.”Headphone Commute