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[MURCOF]Murcof is the latest musical project by Tijuana, Mexico-based Fernando Corona. Influenced mainly, but not exclusively, by classical and electronic minimalism, Murcof works primarily with orchestral samples, processing the sound sources into new textures and fusing them with microscopic sounds and rhythms. The end result consists of lush layers of atmosphere and beat-driven landscapes -- a multi-tonal palette that brings to life deep, gray worlds in which an introspective mood always pervades. Conceived at the beginning of 2001, Murcof runs parallel with Terrestre, a musical project of the Nortec collective.

Fernando Corona was born in Tijuana in 1970 but lived most of his life in Ensenada, a small port eighty miles south of Tijuana. Recently returning to his native place in mid-2000, Fernando finds himself at the peak of his creative power, being a sought after musical producer, working with local bands, remixing other musical projects (including the Kronos Quartet), producing musical scores for short films and video games, traveling worldwide as Terrestre, and changing the musical landscape of the border.

The soundtrack to Fernando’s childhood was filled with the songs of The Beatles, Carpenters, classical music composers and Vicente Fernandez. He was first exposed to electronic music in the form of French electronic wizard Jean Michel Jarre, when a friend of his father gave him the Oxygen album on tape at the age of 11. Later on, his dad gave him an album by Jon Santos featuring interpretations of Bach, that also served as an early influence. Soon after, his interest in electronic music grew, and Fernando began to buy his own electronic music albums, from Tangerine Dream to more Jarre, and from Tomita to 80s British synth-pop music that strongly shaped and nurtured the musical influences of his contemporaries.

In the mid 80s, he bought his first mini synth sampler (a cheap Casio or something) and began to experiment with its sounds. Not until 1988, however, did he form his first electronic band along with two other friends. Together, they had a couple of keyboards, an Emu sampler and an old Korg sequencer. The project, Vortex, was an industrial, techno pop and acid house outfit that made a few live appearances in the northwest of Mexico and lasted nearly three years. After the band broke up, Fernando joined an acoustic rock band called Sonios which lasted close to seven years. As the keyboardist of Sonios, Fernando splashed the band with his influences, everything from brit-pop to progressive, from jazz-fusion to ambient. Sonios released an independent album, "200 Fonios", on the Tijuana-based independent label Nimboestatic and won various prizes from cultural institutions in the Baja California region. The album was rated one of the best rock albums of 1998 by the Mexican press and has reached a cult status in many places of Mexico and Latin America. While with Sonios, Fernando engaged with other musical projects including Elohim, an experimental and multimedia group, and Arvoles, an acoustic and ambient musical project that included a female vocalist. Fernando also composed music for modern dance ensembles in Ensenada, an experience that led him to develop a taste for modern academic music, from the dodecaphonism and minimalism of the early 20th century to the experimentalists and serialists of the mid 1900s.

In early 1999, Fernando decided to leave Sonios to dedicate himself full time to his solo project Terrestre, which at the time consisted of electronic music based on ambient sounds mixed with pre-Hispanic and other ethnic elements. Later that year, Fernando joined forces with the still in-the-making Nortec collective, a group of electronic musicians, DJ’s and graphic artists who place the norteño-tex-mex aesthetic alongside electronic music, images and technology. Nortec fuses popular music from the north of Mexico with electronica and has grown from a local phenomenon, grabbing the attention of the world’s mainstream media (Time Magazine, NY Times and more). Nortec has released 4 vinyl 12" records, a large number of remixes and a critically acclaimed compilation on Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures imprint.

Context discography:
TEXT09 [Monotonu]
TEXT10b [Unravelled] Vol. 2 : Twerk remix