ALEX MENZIES

Mechanical Marvels/Clockwork Dreams

Kathexis

Cat: KTX 006
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Genre: Ambient/Drone
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1. 
01:51
159
02:00
131
02:03
151
02:24
75
01:58
65
02:03
87
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01:45
112
01:45
141
01:38
113
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02:12
112
01:47
150
01:37
138
01:48
150
01:42
154
01:45
112
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01:45
155
02:01
57
01:47
112
01:58
65
01:47
160
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Review

After releasing the superb new album from Bristol's Sophia Loizou, Ricardo Donoso's Kathexis label return to the soundtrack work of Alex Menzies. Known for his work as Alex Smoke among other aliases, Glaswegian Menzies has a strong discography at the forefront of techno but has more recently turned his hand to composing soundtracks. Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams is the second soundtrack Menzies composed for the BBC, providing music for a documentary narrated by Professor Simon Schaffer that the story of the automata clockwork devices built hundreds of years ago with the intent 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.

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