CØV – Etanan

Mine and Florence To’s new installation performance under the name of CØV.

It’s based on our ongoing work to do with psycho-acoustics, modal music and entrainment, and is basically designed to be as immersive as possible. It has been created especially for Sonic-a 2015, and more particularly for the small pool at Govanhill Baths in Glasgow, home of the most incredible reverb.

We don’t like to be too prescriptive in telling what it’s all about, but there is an Egyptian thread running through it and it can be seen as the darker sibling of next year’s Transcending project.

Performances run 3 times a day, from 5th – 7th November, every half hour from 6pm.

Tickets are £5 and space is extremely limited.

Available here.

XLR8R Podcast 393

Have just done this podcast for XLR8R.

Music of a reflective kind.

Podcast 393: Alex Smoke by Xlr8r on Mixcloud


Autechre – Melve (Warp)
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – Strange Dreams (RVNG Intl.)
Burning Star Core – The Point Of Departure (NoFi)
Aphex Twin – Vordhosbn (Leila Cover Version) (Warp)
Oliver Coates – Raimondas Rumsas (PRAH)
Junior Loves – Ignacio’s Daydream (1080)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd)
Alva Noto – Xerrox Isola (Raster Noton)
OOBE – Radiation (1080)
Arca – Wound (Mute)
Alice Coltrane – Yamuna Tira Vihari (Avatar Book Institute)
Damaindeh-Bau – Mo-Mo (Rounder)
Der Zyklus – Eigenface (Facial Asymetry) (Clone)
Burning Star Core – I Wanna Make A Supersonic Woman Out Of You (NoFi)
Errorsmith & Mark Fell – Cuica Digitales (PAN)
Yahshu – Somebody Else’s Dream (Rysunku)
Alex Menzies – Robots Upbeat 7 (Kathexis)
Aphex Twin – rhubarb orc. 19.53 rev (Self Released)
Fugue – Out Of Darkness (Unreleased)

Fool – Mad Man’s Drum [DOWNLOAD]

This is my hip hop album collaboration with Non from the Shadowhuntaz from 2008.

Originally penned for release on my Hum+Haw label.

It never saw the light of day as we ran out of cash and I lost faith in it a bit. But now enough time has passed that I don’t care, and I’d rather have it out than not.

So here it is:

Fool Logo


April 2015 Chart

New chart up at RA, which includes all the links etc.

The order is arbitrary.

Below in alternate Top 12 simpleton format:

Aphex Twin – MARCHROMT30A Edit 2b (Warp)
NGLY – LIES019.5 (L.I.E.S)
Oliver Coates – Towards The Blessed Islands (PRAH)
Workshop 21 (Workshop)
Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy – Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)
Drumtalk – Drumtalk EP (Huntleys + Palmers)
Eomac – Hither, Pappy (Trilogy Tapes)
Clark – Flame Rave (Warp)
DMX Krew – Reith Trax (Rush Hour)
Matrixmann – Stuxnet  EP (Ghostly)
Masks – Food Plus Drug (II) (Opal Tapes)
Rezzett – Goodness (Trilogy Tapes)
BNJMN – BracktapeX1 (Brack)

Order & Disorder Release

Also coming out this month is the score I wrote for the BBC’s Order & Disorder programme in 2012, now getting a release through Ricardo Donoso’s new Kathexis imprint. It’s under my real name and is released on 24th April.

You can pre-order the translucent blue-green vinyl on the Kathexis webpage, and you’ll get the digital album for free.

Cafe OTO Gig


As a precursor to the Transcending installation in Glasgow Cathedral later in the year, myself and Florence To will be doing a one-off show at Cafe OTO in East London.

We shall be incorporating elements of the research we have done so far to create an immersive A/V performance, utilising aspects of brain entrainment, psychoacoustics, modal music and ritual.

That’s all well and good I hear you say, but most importantly it should be something different to wrap your ears and eyes around. It will NOT be me standing at my modular making squeaking noises, like a mouse stuck in a tube, while Flo puts the strobe on.

Booking details and further info here: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/cov-alex-menzies-florence/