Sophie Cooper

Reading:

Herman Hesse – The Glass Bead Game 

Tim Lawrence – Hold On to Your Dreams, Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992

Listening to:

Big question! I’ve been able to spend so much more time than usual (for obvious reasons) listening to my existing record collection so the top two things on my huge record pile are… 

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – We Be All Africans

Nathan Bowles – Whole & Cloven

Watching:

Riley Stearns – Faults 

Leigh Wannell – The Invisible Man 

I’m very excited about the Candyman reboot coming out this summer too.

Working on: 

I’m writing a lot of music at the moment with the intention of it all ending up as 2 solo records, one of these projects is more on the noisy side than the other which is more weird song based. I’m also working on new The Slowest Lift material with Julian Bradley, who I have a constant file and text exchange going on with.

I’ve also got some interesting work projects happening as well, I’ve currently mentoring young event planners and passing on the ways of DIY gig organisation, just hope they can put the skills into practice sometime soonish. I’m also working with Yorkshire Sound Women Network developing a new training programme promoting womxn working in audio, it’s fascinating stuff. 


Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician who enjoys experimenting with the conventions of song writing. Her main instruments are trombone, guitar and vocals and the music made could be described as psychedelic, drone or noise music. The songs have a dreamlike quality, with sounds and vocals drifting in and out of clarity.

In addition to solo performance and compositions, recent projects include a collaboration with French composer Delphine Dora and a distance duo with Julian Bradley of Vibracathedral Orchestra called ‘The Slowest Lift’ commissioned by Supernormal Festival. 

Cooper performs regularly throughout the UK and Ireland. She is also the founder of Todmorden’s psyche and drone event ‘Tor Festival’. 

Sophie Cooper