Entitled Waveform, the beautiful screen-printed pieces visualize the sound waves generated by dance, rave, synth and electronic music albums by British musicians, including from 808 State to Squarepusher. This is an exciting project that Alex has been working on since 2012, which resulted in two previous successful Kickstarter campaigns to bring his works to life and sell them.
This latest round is the result of the pandemic when most of Alex’s business work was postponed or canceled. Launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, the campaign has now reached its fundraising goal and Alex plans to sell the works through his store with 50% of the profits donated to the Help musicians, a charity providing health and wellness services, creative development funding and a mental health helpline for the entire music industry.
Soon you will be able to choose from 40 classic UK electronic music album prints. Each limited edition piece of art is screen printed onto a range of metallic and highly unusual holographic papers. Speaking about how he creates each piece of art, Alex says, âStarting with the sound wave generated by a song or piece of music, these are meticulously redrawn in the form of a series of bars. , then put into orbit to create beautiful elegant abstract shapes. “
Alex’s interest in this topic stems from the fact that he was a promoter of techno and electronic music in Yorkshire from 2005 to 2010. “Any promoter will tell you how difficult it is,” he says. he. âThose were the days before it was all promoted online. Four of us would spend three or four nights a week handing out flyers to people leaving clubs at 3 a.m., mostly being ignored, but you yourself. befriend other promoters doing the same and slowly Sometimes we would make a lot of money on one gig and think we’d cracked it, only to lose it all at the next event.
âWe had artists making requests like it was Mariah Carey, but for the most part everyone was great – people like Andrea Parker, Altern-8, Jerome Hill and Surgeon were a pleasure to meet. . It was a time in my life when partying and barely sleeping for three days was completely normal. It sounds hedonistic, but at the heart of it was this music that we loved. I remember watching DJ Rephlex Records play our first event – and I’m absolutely beaming. I had bought a bunch of stuff on his label and here he is, in person, killing him. “
Of the albums Alex has seen on the airwaves, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works is his favorite: A friend gave me this album with an Aphex compilation called “Classics” and it was an overnight transformation. It opened the door to a whole new world of music. “
As for electronic music itself, Alex admits he’s drawn to things that have a lot of layers: âMostly music made with synths, whether it’s classic Roland gear or custom modular stuff. I’m always discovering new music, there is so much variety. “
Waveform prints will launch soon on Alex’s online shop. Keep an eye out for them. We don’t expect them to be there for long.