Alex Menzies is a musician and composer, operating in various fields of sound including electronic production, sound installation and instrumental composition. His main interest is in combining traditional forms of composition and musicianship with the more experimental approaches allowed by modern technology. Initially trained in classical cello, drums and singing, then progressing to electronic production under a range of monikers including Alex Smoke and Wraetlic, he has since increasingly focussed on sound for picture, psycho-acoustics and collaborations with visual artists and orchestral musicians. He is also currently engaged in a year long music fellowship with NHS Lothian, researching music’s ties to healthcare and wellbeing. Other recent work has included scoring BBC science programs, Order & Disorder and Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams, composing a score for Scottish Ballet’s ‘Sibilo’ and providing music for various other film projects. He also regularly collaborates with visual artist Florence To on installation performances under the name of CØV and Nagoya-based Vokoi on the audio-visual performance project ‘Wraetlic’.
“Other World Music Vol.1” (ltd cassette, 2017) is his first album released on his own label OWM. Pulling from his research into psycho-acoustic and electro-acoustic dimensions and modal forms, “Other World Music Vol.1” sounds distinctly like an Alex Menzies record, but with stranger things happening to the tunings and spectral dynamics on highlights including reverberant blue twang of Greek Mode and the melting drone of Ghazali, or the plasmic electro-folk audness of Balm.
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