New Album: Other World Music Vol.II

The second volume of my Other World Music series, under my own name, has been released.

Again, it draws its influences from various musical traditions and forms and incorporates some of the research of my NHS music fellowship this year.

 

I am just pressing up tapes and releasing them myself although they will also be in shops such as Boomkat sometime around the middle of December.

It is limited to a run of 111.

You can buy it from my website here:

https://www.alexmenzies.net/product/other-world-music-vol-ii-cassette

New Album: Other World Music Vol.1

For the last few years I have been working increasingly away from the dancefloor under my own name, and soaking up more varied influences. Other World Music will be a series of albums reflecting my explorations in these new fields, part electronic, part acoustic, and exploring facets of sound and music such as psycho-acoustics, modal forms and various other approaches to modern composition.

Other World Music Vol.1 is the first release on my new label of the same name, and represents a bit of a crossing point in some ways, as is nearly always the way when setting a new course.

The release is digital and cassette, and can be bought from my Bandcamp, although the digital release on its own can be bought from all the usual places. The cassette comes with a free download version and is housed in a nice handmade lino-print sleeve with a tracklist card. If you would like it signed, just ask at checkout on Bandcamp. It is limited at 100 copies.

New Alex Menzies Website

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This year I will be writing and releasing more music as Alex Menzies. Music that is more personal and not so easily categorised.
To this end I have a new website dedicated to my composition work under my own name, which will also serve as a hub for new music released this year.
There will be several releases this year in digital formats from the usual places, with a solid format LP featuring a ‘best of’ selection at the end of the year.

You can check out the new site Here.

Scottish Ballet – Sibilo

Commissioned this year by Scottish Ballet to accompany a new 30 minute dance piece by Sophie Laplane, and written under my real name.

Sibilo will be on tour alongside Crystal Pite’s ‘Emergence’ across Scotland in September and October, premiering at Theatre Royal, Glasgow on 29th September.

The full dates are on the Scottish Ballet website.

Watch Laplane’s previous piece ‘Maze’ for an insight into her unique style.

The score will be released on digital by Kathexis on September 16th.

More details on the release to follow.

New Mix D/L : Psychoacoustic & Spiritual

New mix of psychoacoustic and spiritual music of various times and places.

I was asked to do the mix for Mexican music blog Chuckpee and given an open remit.

During the compilation phase of the mix I came across some truly staggering music, and some of the artists and labels featured have huge back catalogues which are well worth exploring.

[Download link at bottom]

NOISE

Tracklist:

Eliane Radigue – L’Ile Re-Sonante (Shiin)

Unknown – Kindle Tablet Factory [Recording] (Unreleased)

Eliane Radigue – Kyema (Intermediate States) (XI)

Ø – Nakinkengat / Shells (Boomkat Editions)

Terry Riley – Persian Surgery Dervishes (Performance Two) (Mantra)

Zen Monks – Zen (Sound & Silence) (Phillips)

Eliane Radigue – Koume (XI)

Meredith Monk – Strand (Gathering) (ECM)

CØV – Etanan TEST 1 (Unreleased)

Aarvo Pårt – Tabula Rasa 1 (ECM)

Babinga – Corsican Polyphonique (Mississippi Records)

Kaija Saariaho – 7 Papillons No.5 (Ondine)

Oliver Coates – Memorial To Hitchens (Prah)

Chris & Cosey – The Gates Of Ancient Cities (Conspiracy International)

Bak Borai – Ravoi (Quartz)

Mikael Seifu – The Solipsist (RVNG Intl.)

Throbbing Gristle – Weeping (Industrial)

Joan La Barbara – Klee Alee (Arc Light)

Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Won’t be a thing to become (Constellation)

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Magma (Mute)

Richard Devine – Tornado Sirens [Recording] (Unreleased)

Bing & Ruth – Put Your Weight Into It (RVNG Intl.)

Kaija Saariaho – 7 Papillons No.2 (ECM)

Alex Menzies – Stumps (Unreleased)

Lakker – Emergo (Alex Smoke Remix) (R&S)

Alex Menzies – Upbeat 9 AMBI A (Unreleased)

Pauline Oliveros – Nike (New Albion)

Alex Menzies – Upbeat 9 AMBI B (Unreleased)

Throbbing Gristle – Maggot Death (Southampton) (Industrial)

Alex Smoke – An Alternate (Unreleased)

Idries Shah – One Pair Of Eyes Dreaming [Excerpt] (BBC)

Meredith Monk – Ascent (ECM)

Jim Williams – Flux Of Time (Rook Films)

Stream Here:

Download Here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h0o9ke1enouqhny/Alex%20Menzies%20-%20Psychoacoustic%20%26%20Spiritual.mp3?dl=0

New Top Ten Tools & Studio

In a fit of activity, I have now added a Studio page to my website so you can ogle my place of work.

I have also posted a new page of my latest Top Ten Tools, which is a rough rundown on the software i am finding most inspiring right now. The original Top Ten Tools, which is still 100% relevant to my current working life, is available via a link from the new page.

And if you have any questions I am always happy to answer them in the comments.