There is now a new page on the website detailing all the current performances and installations. Hopefully it makes it clearer what I’m up to. It is available from the menu on the left. The individual projects are listed underneath. All are available for bookings. Details are on the individual pages. I am still in… Continue reading CURRENT PROJECTS
New work this year, made in collaboration with artist Heather Lander for Cryptic. It’s a physical installation with intricate surround sound and a live performance element. ‘Primordial Waters’ will premiere as part of Sonic-A in Glasgow this week, appropriately on 31st October (Samhain of the Celtic calendar), concerned as it is with Celtic mythology and… Continue reading New Work: Primordial Waters
Finally available as a digital download, after being on cassette only. Now released under my Alex Smoke moniker, as Alex Menzies will now just be used for commercial work. It’s a combination of ideas from various cultures, from my work on music and health, and from experimenting with acoustic sources and physical modelling. I think… Continue reading Release – Other World Music Vol.II
I am lucky enough to be performing two different shows in Mexico over the next fortnight, as part of the 15th Visiones Sonoras Festival in Morelia, and by extension in Mexico City. The first show will be a live version of music released as part of my Other World Music (OWM) series, and be part… Continue reading So Below & OWM Live – Mexico
Nice review of the ‘So Below’ live show, from earlier this year. https://www.list.co.uk/article/107783-so-below-alex-smoke-and-maarten-vos/ There will be news on further performances shortly, and am working towards a London show in the not-too-distant (but probably more distant than I think) future.
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… Continue reading Scottish Awards For New Music
Here’s a piece I wrote for XLR8R on making music for picture. Maybe it will have some useful things in it. Artist Tips: How do you score for television and film?
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… Continue reading Other World Music : So Below
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… Continue reading Cryptic Artist
The first official result of my last year’s music fellowship with the NHS, exploring the links between health and sound. Of the many fascinating avenues that I explored, this album encapsulates ideas from just a few of them, and is particularly focussed on the use of music as a way of reducing stress. I will… Continue reading New Music: Eirini I