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Born in Tennessee and raised in Louisville, KY, Matthew Cooper relocated to Portland, OR several years back and has since spent many a night holed up in his house transforming the vibrations in his brain into sweeping walls of elegant noise. With a depth ranging from fragile to glacial, he takes dense layers of guitars and pianos and builds them into an awe-inspiring fortress around himself. ... Read more in Amazon's Eluvium Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence Ltd.
  • ASIN: B0001ZMX7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 1 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
In contrast to other Eluvium albums, 'accidental memory in the case of death' is just one man and his piano.

It runs quite short, at just over 25 minutes, and is significantly different from his other more ambient-post-rock-ish leanings. Sitting nicely in the minimalist modern classical niche alongside artists like 'Arvo Part' or 'Hauschka' perhaps (these may not be the best reference points, my knowledge of classical music runs a little thin!) the atmosphere is much more uplifting than sombre and melancholic...I am constantly put in mind of running or dripping water whilst listening to this CD (as trite as that may sound!) and feels as relaxing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Skinner on 13 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
This second record sees Matthew Cooper put down the guitar and put away all his pedals, and brings a 7 tracks suite of solo piano to the table, once again under the monicker Eluvium.

This is a wonderfully moving and emotional record, with only the sound of piano for comfort but the music being played is blissful, it almost feels like a story or a soundtrack.

I have read it was recorded in one take with the minimum of production and in my mind this makes it even better.

Glorious on it's own, but as a part of the incredible back catalogue of Eluvium it's another small milestone in an already brilliant career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Knightsinwhites on 12 Jun. 2009
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I stumbled across this CD having never heard of Eluvium before. I'm glad I did. It's a fine piece of work. Haunting & accessible. Beautiful treated piano and vocal free. Music perhaps for imaginary classical dance classes. Welcome to the Philip Glass meets Roger Eno meets Eric Sate zone. An arthouse film soundtrack yet to be made? Highly recommended for when all is not quite right in the world and you want something to help lift your spirits.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
soundtrack to your transcendence 11 May 2004
By analog.explosions! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is nothing short of awe inpiring bliss. Upon opening the plastic and peeling the seal off, the magic starts. The artwork is stark and beautiful. Very Tim Burton-esque. The listening experience is breathtaking. It is a half hour of the most beautiful piano peices ever composed. This album will be the soundtrack for many experiences in my life. Experience this masterpiece.
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Memorable 1 Aug. 2008
By Connelly Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As another reviewer suggested, I recommend listening to this if you're a fan of piano or ambient music. It is ambient music played on the piano: leitmotifs are used with varying amounts of focus and repetition, so that the mind is free to wander during the less focused parts, then a repetition happens, drawing the listener into a semifocused trance. It's rather beautiful for this ambient effect, because the beginning of the leitmotif recalls the comfort and peacefulness of the whole song. The music also recalls somehow memories -- perhaps due to the keying, it feels nostalgic.

The faults are that the recording sounds more muffled than it should, and the notes are too discordant and overlapping throughout, leaving one always with the feeling that the conflicting notes will clear up, leaving peace, but instead the awkward tension continues. It's however still a an interesting artwork, because the melodies stay with one, if one can get past these difficulties.

I give it four stars because I like the novelty of using classical methods to play ambient music, the compositions are interesting though of course spare, and the issues are cosmetic while the musical ideas are strong.

Is the title a reordering of the phrase "A memory in the case of accidental death?" Is it an allusion to the desire of artists to be immortalized by their music, to encode memories in their works and live on?
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Great music, but $15 is too much for 26 minutes 30 Jan. 2006
By The Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoyed the piano solos on this CD. There is a thoughtful tone and peaceful ambience to the pieces that is perfect for listening, contemplation, or background music, but the music completely avoids any stench of "new age." Beautiful piano pieces.

My only criticism of Cooper's performance is his (mis)use of pedals. He must keep his foot planted on the pedals too long or something because there is often an echoey hum in the music that sometimes muddles the beauty of sound.

Although I really like this CD and can see myself listening to it for a long time to come, I have to knock the rating down because to sell a 26 minute CD at $15 is highway robbery.
Consistenly Gorgeous 16 April 2008
By Shirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Returning exactly one year after dropping one of the most consistently gorgeous ambient rock records of the last decade with 2003's Lambent Material, Eluvium's Matthew Cooper follows it up with, well, one of the most consistently gorgeous neoclassical records of the last quarter century. An entire album of haunting, intimate suites for solo piano, this album is perhaps even more emotionally gripping than his previous acclaimed work. Recorded in less than two hours using only one microphone and no overdubs, it is completely live, with no editing, mixing, mastering or post-production of any kind on the recording. It is this sparse, naked beauty that makes this record so breathtaking and so addictive. Well, that... and the totally mind-blowing artwork.
Tranquil beauty...4.5 stars 23 May 2007
By V.D.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death is a bit different for Matthew Cooper AKA Eluvium: it is very piano-driven and different that the droning soundscapes of Lambent Material or Talk Amongst the Trees. However, it is still an excellent release that is worth checking out if you are fan of ambient or piano music. The album starts off beautifully and flows smoothly until the final two tracks, where it leaves such a strong impression that will make you want to listen to it all over again. Sometimes it is a wee bit repetitive, but when it is good, it is more than good - it takes you to another world.

It is not a perfect album, but it is worth the 5-star rating I am barely giving it.
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