Alex Smoke – Retirement

So I’ve mentioned this on my social channels already but thought I’d give a fuller outline here where I have a few more words to play with.

It’s no big deal, just a change of focus: I want to put a line under the Alex Smoke name and let him fall silent. I have loved making music for dance floors, I have loved touring and sharing it, and I have loved meeting people all over the world whilst doing it, but the time has come to call it a day. My heart is no longer in that life.

Instead I shall be focussing my energies on making music under my own name, and composing for individual events and projects as they arise. Music is still my full time employment, and I shall be continuing to release on my own Other World Music label, as well as side projects with other labels. Only the kind of music will change.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, booking me for gigs, buying my records, asking me to sign their shoes with tipex. It has always meant a lot and I have made many fine friends in the process.

I shall continue to use this website as my news outlet for now but may gradually switch full time to the Alex Menzies one. See ye later.

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.

New Live Set [Download]

It’s been a while since I posted a new live set.

This was recorded last weekend at Outlier Festival in London.

I’ve chopped off the last 30 mins as it has too many spoilers for music not yet released, although there are already plenty of new tracks in there already.