Alex Menzies - Order & Disorder [LP]

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Alex Menzies, more commonly known as Alex Smoke, began his techno
career in the early 2000s, with years of international performances and DJ sets
culminating in a string of heady 12''s for the inimitable R&S label in 2013 and
'14. Menzies's techno prowess has always carried with it a keen sense of
compositional rigor, with harmonic outlining pads and strings adding emotional
depth and weight. A classically trained cellist, Menzies has shifted his attention
back to composition, cello, and the piano, collaborating on abstract installation
work with visual master Florence To. The second release on Ricardo Donoso's
label Kathexis and the first in a two-part series of BBC documentary soundtrack
work, Order & Disorder sees Menzies using a sound palette of mostly orchestral
instrumentation, including, voice, cello, and prepared piano, as well as electronic
sources like the ondes Martenot. Each different cue of electronic and acoustic
hybrid miniatures develops throughout the album, each piece carrying with it a
profound depth and gravity that is unique and unrivaled in its beauty. For a highlevel
physics documentary focusing on entropy and information, presented in a
strikingly engaging manner, Menzies's score provides a serene take on the
slippery concept of energy. Angelic harmony runs in parallel with more
unpredictable elements like prepared piano, tape hiss, percussive clicks, and
smothered field recordings, truly encapsulating the documentary's themes and our
relationship to the world around us -- chaotic, beautiful, but most of all full of
wonder and awe. Limited to 300 copies; initial copies on mint-colored vinyl.
01. Disorder 7 Piano 1 (1:39)
02. Disorder 14A (2:25)
03. OD V2 (1:51)
04. Disorder LiteDrones 2 (1:43)
05. Disorder 2A (2:06)
06. Order Disorder Drones 3 (1:03)
07. OD V4 (2:41)
08. Order 7 Piano 7C (1:43)
09. Disorder 1A (2:41)
10. Disorder Main Theme 2 (2:08)
11. Disorder LiteDrones 5 (1:47)
12. Order Uplift 1 (2:29)
13. Disorder 14E (2:41)
14. Disorder 7 Piano 2 (2:10)
15. Order Disorder Drones 1 (1:51)
16. Order Ligeti (2:10)
17. Order Uplift 3 (2:34)
18. OD V3 (1:55)
19. Order Theme 2 (2:48)
20. Disorder 2C (2:04)
21. OD V6 (1:40)
22. Order 5 Turing (2:18)

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