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.
It’s been a quiet start to the year as far as observable activity is concerned, but behind the scenes it has been full on.
The first work to break ground will be ‘So Below’, a one-off performance with my sometime collaborator Maarten Vos at the Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, supported by the PRS Foundation and Cryptic.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on what to expect but it will be immersive, will incorporate cello, electronics and multi-channel surround, and will take place at night.
Hopefully some of you can make it.
Wed 3rd April, 8pm. Tickets are Â£10/Â£7 and available here.
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.
For the last few years I have beenÂ 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 formsÂ and variousÂ 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 cassetteÂ 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.
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.