Other World Music Vol.I has been nominated for the EVM Award for Electroacoustic/sound art work as part of the Scottish Awards For New Music.

Awards are always a strange proposition as they suggest competition, which is a mindset far removed from the thinking that went into the work. But recognition of one’s music is always welcome, especially if the work is of a personal nature, and it helps draw attention to many artists who otherwise might remain unknown to the larger public.

In this instance my category also features Louise Harris and Pippa Murphy.

Niteworks, whose album I helped produce, are also up for an award in The Good Spirits Co award for innovation in New Traditional Music.

You may have seen this on my Twitter or Facebook but it also belongs here, being as it is a further step towards making music for contexts outside of the norm.

Cryptic are an arts organisation who specialise in audio-visual installation and performance, and they’ve taken me on as one of their associate artists, which means they’ll be supporting me in my artistic endeavours and helping me with one-off performances and touring installations.

We have worked together before, on 2015’s ‘Etanan‘ with Florence To , and last year’s ‘Portal‘ with Robbie Thomson. There are now further projects in the pipeline, the first of which will be announced very shortly.

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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.

Thought I’d better post about the new live shows, as I’ve changed things round a bit for the new album.

I’ll now be doing two different shows as Alex Smoke, one for dancefloors and one for watching and listening.

The first is like my old live show but totally reworked and incorporating new hardware and nearly all new music. It will be billed as the usual ‘Alex Smoke Live’.

The second is a much more esoteric mix of sound and visuals, and aimed more as a gig, with Florence To in charge of the visual elements. It will be billed as ‘Alex Smoke – L.O.W A/V’.

I’ll be posting a dancefloor live set soon, but for now these videos are teasers for the A/V show.

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)