Theo Alexander

Theo Alexander: if My Bloody Valentine tried writing a piano ballad

Theo Alexander


“Haunting” is a lazy and inaccurate way to describe one’s sound, except when you’re talking about London composer Theo Alexander. Layers of piano echo on top of each other to create an ancient, claustrophobic sound that sounds eerie and beautiful – imagine if My Bloody Valentine tried writing a piano ballad. Alexander is currently based in Prague and has taken inspiration from the Charles Bridge and Kafka to heart and to excellent results. Haunting, indeed.

From Bandcamp:

“‘Points of Decay’, is an album of deconstructed piano pieces that have been manipulated and re-spliced through a series of tape loops. Each piece makes use of a recording technique that runs a single recording through a seccession of different mediums, to achieve a heavily degraded sound that is unfamiliar to most piano recordings.

As each layer reveals or obscures another, textures are heard that would not otherwise be possible without the experimental studio techniques that drove production and writing respectively.

A major inspiration for album was the portrayal of memory in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’.”

Theo Alexander: Facebook Website SoundCoud

This Is What Classical Music “Looks” Like


It’s one thing to listen to a song, but it’s a whole different experience to actually see it with your own eyes.

Below are visual demonstrations of Bach’s “‘Little’ Fugue in G minor” and Debussy’s “Clair de lune”. You can see how each instrument relates to the rest of the ensemble and all the different dynamic shifts that occur in classical music. It’s incredible to see how complex this kind of music can get, and I know it makes me appreciate these classical composers much more. There are tons of these videos on YouTube, and it’s worth looking up to see if one of your favorite songs has a visual demonstration.

Hopefully this gives you a newfound appreciation for Classical music – it’s not boring I swear!