Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams is Alex Menzies', aka techno head Alex
Smoke, follow up to 2015's Order & Disorder LP (KTX 003LP) release for Kathexis,
both original soundtracks to BBC4 documentaries. The film Mechanical Marvels:
Clockwork Dreams explores the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary
clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. Much
of the instrumentation used for Menzies' carefully constructed score was also of the type
actually incorporated into automatons, including bells, chimes and wind organs.
Percussive patterns scattered throughout the cues are samples of machines moving,
gears grinding, halting, some of them automatons themselves. As with Order &
Disorder strings and choir are also spread throughout these evocative cues bridging a
link from 18th century instrumentation and machines and providing an emotional
connection to these long-forgotten marriages of art and engineering that are actually
the ancestors of many of our most-loved modern technologies, from recorded music to
the cinema and much of the digital world. With Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork
Dreams, Menzies' talents as a composer really shine through; each piece revealing a
level of technical sophistication and an inventive use of instruments both new and old to
hauntingly beautiful results. Edition of 300.
01. 2B (1:51)
02. 3C Rev2 (2:00)
03. Not Upbeat 8 (2:03)
04. Aristo R27 M7 (2:24)
05. Sketch 22 (1:58)
06. Upbeat 7 (2:03)
07. 6C (1:45)
08. 7C REV2 (1:45)
09. 12C II (1:38)
10. 14B (2:12)
11. 10F II (1:47)
12. 18B REV2 (1:37)
13. 21B II (1:48)
14. Sketch 1 (1:42)
15. Sketch 5 II (1:45)
16. 7D (1:45)
17. Upbeat 9 II (2:01)
18. Sketch 17 III (1:47)
19. Sketch 23 (1:58)
20. Sketch 15 II (1:47)
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