Alex Menzies

Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams

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Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams is Alex Menzies follow up to 2015’s ‘Order & Disorder’ LP 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 & choir are also spread throughout these evocative cues bridging a link from 18th century instrumentation & 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.

Alex Menzies: Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams

2B Alex Menzies 1'51''
3C Rev2 Alex Menzies 2'00''
Not Upbeat 8 Alex Menzies 2'03''
Aristo R27 M7 Alex Menzies 2'24''
Sketch 22 Alex Menzies 1'58''
Upbeat 7 Alex Menzies 2'03''
6C Alex Menzies 1'45''
7C REV2 Alex Menzies 1'45''
12C II Alex Menzies 1'38''
14B Alex Menzies 2'12''
10F II Alex Menzies 1'47''
18B REV2 Alex Menzies 1'37''
21B II Alex Menzies 1'48''
Sketch 1 Alex Menzies 1'42''
Sketch 5 II Alex Menzies 1'45''
7D Alex Menzies 1'45''
Upbeat 9 II Alex Menzies 2'01''
Sketch 17 III Alex Menzies 1'47''
Sketch 23 Alex Menzies 1'58''
Sketch 15 II Alex Menzies 1'47''
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