Alex Mackay is a composer and musician based in Glasgow. He is known as Mogwai live team member and for his works with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Red Note, Touch and the Glasgow New Music Expedition. He has announced the release of the debut album called Targazer which will be out on October 1st via Forwind.
According to the press release, it was originated in sessions between tours with Mogwai in late 2018/early 2019, in which Alex’s onstage setup of electric guitars, synthesizers, effects pedals and amplifiers was augmented with experimental computer processing, sampling techniques and manipulated string textures.
Rigorous harmonic and structural processes were then applied to these raw sessions of live instrumentation, sculpting them into these four pieces that make up this debut solo release. The resulting work brings the high volume intensity of Alex’s performance work into the realm of highly detailed contemporary composition, creating a record that marks the convergence of the multiple creative paths he has been treading in recent years.
Today we have the pleasure to premiere the official video for the track “God Monitor” which shows the rough and noisy flow of his music. It was directed by Edinburgh based artist Matt Zurowski. The clip is a study of textures and surfaces. It interprets the fabric of organic and computational domains as entangled and fragile realities. Differences in movement, image quality, texture and shape all contribute to the conjuring of an interconnected bio-digital consciousness which navigates through the similarities and disparities of these subjects.