Fernando Corona (Murcof)

Fernando Corona (Murcof)

Fernando Corona, born in Tijuana in 1970, was primarily known as a member of Mexico’s celebrated and grammy nominated Nortec (“Norteño-Techno”) Collective before his first LP as Murcof, Martes, a masterpiece of contemporary electronic music was released in 2002 by The Leaf label.

His revolutionary work as Murcof has seen him recontextualising the work of his beloved European contemporary classical composers (including the likes of Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki and Giya Kancheli) within minimal electronic structures. It’s a trick that others have tried to pull off, but none with Corona’s lightness of touch, or widespread appeal.

Murcof is influenced mainly, though not exclusively, by classical and electronic minimalism, working with orchestral string samples, microscopically detailed textures, sounds and rhythms. And although founded on abstract, glitchy, sometimes complex electronic percussion, Murcof's recordings are more melodic and traditionally structured than many contemporary electronic musicians. Lush atmospheric layers of strings and piano restrained by poised micro-rhythms, his music hovers with effortless grace, intimating untold, unapologetically spiritual depths.