Alex Menzies (aka Alex Smoke) 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.

Recent work has included scoring BBC science programmes, 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 audiovisual performance project Wraetlic.

Cryptic Commissions include:

Portal

An audiovisual adventure transforming the walkway of the Clyde Tunnel into a sensory subterranean spectacle. Immersive and intriguing, it was a rare opportunity to re-discover this remarkable Glasgow landmark during its 55th anniversary year. 

Etanan

An exploration of the psychological associations of modal music, microtonal scales and light; modulating frequency and patterns to mentally link various sensory inputs.