CØV – Transcending

We have had to wait a long time to announce this, as we have been getting together the funding and a coordinating with various people to make it happen, but finally it is in the action stages.

Transcending is a new large-scale project that will explore the transformative power of light and sound in a spiritual context, incorporating ideas from the earliest religious practice to the latest scientific research in neuropsychology. It will initially be performed in Glasgow’s St Mungo’s Cathedral, one of the great Medieval buildings of Scotland.

St Mungos Quire To Nave

I will be working alongside Florence To, who has a pretty incredible back catalogue of visuals and installations (www.florence-to.com), and who I have worked with on several occasions before. We have decided to create our combined efforts under the name of CøV.

Further details will be announced in due course.

We are very grateful to the PRS Foundation for their support.

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DJ Mix – The Selector

New DJ mix up for listening and download.

Recorded for The Selector radio show, and featuring just new British music. Tracklist below.

Mica Levi – Love (Warners)
JFK – Speech June 10th 1963
Pye Corner Audio – Theme Number Eight (Type)
Alex Smoke – Order 7 Piano 4 (Self-Released)
Burial – UK (Hyperdub)
Alma Construct – On The Edge, Surrounded With The Shores Of Assudrey (R&S)
Pye Corner Audio – Dystopian Vector Part Two (Type)
Samoyed – Guts (Vase)
Asusu – Velez (A Made Up Sound Remix 1) (Livity Sound)
Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi (Text)
Jamie XX – All Under One Roof Raving (Young Turks)
Taraval – Streetways (Text)
Lurka – KMT (Acre)
Alex Smoke – Dust (R&S)
Golden Teacher – Love (Optimo)
The XX – Fiction (Pearson Sound Remix) (Young Turks)
Powell – No U Turn (Diagonal)
Alex Smoke – Master Of Tomorrow (Wraetlic Remix) (Hum&Haw)
Alex Smoke – Order 5 Turing (Self-Released)

Why I’m voting YES to an independent Scotland

The Independence Question

Green yes

I am an unbiassed observer, let me first say that. I realise that I am a simply a musician of no great import, and that my views on politics are probably neither here nor there for most people, but I feel I must at least declare my views in the hope of persuading a few others.

Scots are at a major political crossroads and are being bombarded daily with facts and stats, information and dis-information, regarding a possible future without the known and nurturing Britain. Most of us have grown up with an image of the UK that was largely benevolent, a fair-minded even-handed executor on the world stage, always on hand to lend a bit of advice to a lesser country  or  send out a team of experts to help out with their unrivalled expertise in some shit-midden at the end of the world. For me it stood for a fairness in dealings, and a transparency of intent. Britain wanted what was best for its people, but it also wanted what was best for everyone else. But I was a child, so can be forgiven for being so wrong.

It has all been a cunning sham, a PR ruse, that has been repeated in most of the major nation states of our era. It is shockingly easy to mislead a population if the state and the media are in partnership, not in an over-arching master of puppets-type way, but more in a subtle ‘you do me a favour and i’ll do you one’ sort of complicity, where the information you send out to people has been screened to show the country in the best possible light. Now, in the new digital age, all the old avenues of information delivery are still there (BBC, The Times, The Guardian etc) but there is a whole raft of other unabridged, un-manicured  information out there, detailing precisely what it is your nation has been up to. And it isn’t pretty. Britain stands for nothing.

Or, more precisely, Britain stands for rendition, torture, an utterly corrupt financial sector,  nuclear weapons, cosy deals with oppressive regimes, arms sales, a rapidly privatising health service, a menial life of low income in a service industry for most of its citizens , and chips. What its people stand for is something quite different, but the nation and its flag stand for those things. There is a fundamental disconnect between the UK’s actions and its people, and what it purports to represent against what it actually does. The only thing we agree on is the chips.

The idea of loyalty to a flag in this day and age is becoming increasingly anachronistic anyway. Voting Yes is not a call for nationalism, but for localised politics, and I don’t care what the country is called or what its flag is. Nationality doesn’t mean as much  to people growing up in a world where the majority of the world’s top economies are companies not countries. What matters is the values of the people, their rights and the rule of law. These three things have been eroded to previously unthinkable levels in the UK, under the banner of ‘anti-terror’ and neo-liberalism, with every citizen spied on and every Muslim a suspect. At the same time, that information is happily shared with a number of other nations and the information used for economic advantage, personal profiling and any number of other purposes we are not privy to. If the system one operates in is brutish and untrustworthy, there will be a downward filtering of those same values in society. Why behave when the law doesn’t?

Scotland voting Yes is a get-out clause from this utter bullshittery. No politics is perfect. Power attracts the power-hungry. But there is a middle ground in which the politics of a place is answerable to the people who live there, and that is what a Yes vote means. And look at those people! They are the hollow men (and possibly a few under-numbered women), sales execs and PR honchos, liars. Do they represent you? Really?

So that’s my wee bit. I’ll be voting Yes, and thenceforth voting Green for the foreseeable future, and hopefully witnessing some principles and ethics in action. (You can buy my latest music at all branded retailers and at your local store)

Downtempo DJ Mix for R&S

A new mix of relaxing, largely beatless music of the kind I like to listen to myself.

It seems there is a lack of good quality downtempo mixes so this will be my first of several.

Tracklist:

Hope Not Dope – Aardvarck
Words (Processed) – Aphex Twin
Let my Fish Loose [Aphex Twin Remix] – Nobukazu Takemura
Uritual – Boards of Canada
tcp d4 7 count in russian different voice irdial – The Conet Project
Inside The Shadow (W. Metals) – Burning Star Core
Duet – Gonjasufi
Brutal – Dean Blunt
Let’s Go Swimming – Konx-om-Pax
P2101V – Arpanet
Bugged in Gaza – Madteo
Self-Playing Schmaltz – Holden
Oil – Jonny Greenwood
Cosm – Alex Smoke
Disorder Whiteroom 3 – Alex Smoke
From no part of me could I summon a voice – Colin Stetson
Ascension Phase – Kuedo
OD Drone 4 – Alex Smoke
Caves Of Paradise – Actress
Silent Night – William Basinski
Laibach – Koran [Alex Smoke Remix]
Disintegration [Alex Smoke Remix] – Laføden
Inside The Shadow – Burning Star Core
Faust (Dream Of Home) – Alex Smoke