Martin Cooper - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Original Band Member
Martin Cooper (born 1 October 1958
(1958-10-01), Liverpool, England) is a painter and a musician.
From 1980 until 1989 Cooper was a member of the rock group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Prior to joining OMD, Cooper
played the saxophone at some of their concerts, or they used his pre-recorded work. He also played with Dalek I Love You. In 1981 he briefly left OMD to join Dave Hughes for a project called Godot.
Cooper also made some writing contributions to their songs. His biggest success was "Souvenir", co-written with Paul Humphreys, which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.
Besides playing in OMD, Cooper and Hughes wrote film scores for C.H.U.D. and Knights and Armour amongst others. After OMD split in 1989, Cooper formed The Listening Pool with ex-OMD members Paul Humphreys and Malcolm Holmes. They also founded their own record label, Telegraph Records. The Listening Pool released one album Still Life, which had one of Cooper's paintings at the album cover. The band broke up in 1996.
In 2007 Cooper joined OMD for a reunion tour.
Cooper studied art at the Laird School of Art in Birkenhead. He obtained a first class honours degree in Fine Arts at the Sheffield College of Art in 1980. Since leaving OMD, Cooper has devoted most of his time and energy to his painting. Many of his works are still life pictures.
Cooper is married to Alexandra Bibby, a classical pianist, and they have two sons.
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