Alexander Flood’s debut release HEARTBEAT began as a sonic experiment, out of a deep passion to explore the multidimensional sensory experiences of music and rhythm from around the world.
Over the span of two years, Alex’s pursuit evolved into a vivid 10-track album which he composed, recorded, engineered and produced in his home studio. Many compositions developed from simple rhythmic outlines, providing a framework for him to layer in parts, textures, harmonic and melodic ideas, while refining and expressing his creative voice through the process.
The music of HEARTBEAT emerges from a central concept - that rhythm is fundamental to life: from the planets orbiting the sun to the cadence of day and night; tides and climatic cycles to our spoken languages; the rhythm of our breath… to our heartbeat. Alex’s open-timeline creative process and robust improvisational prowess invites the listener into an immersive journey through rich sonic ecosystems and landscapes.
HEARTBEAT infuses traditional rhythms from West Africa, North India, Egypt, and Afro-Native American cultures with jazz, trap, and electronic music, all through the lens of contemporary production. The result is a rich tapestry seamlessly integrating historical traditions and modern concepts across a diverse global map. Alex’s music both acknowledges and dissolves musical boundaries. Open-minded, adventurous, and authentic, HEARTBEAT shares a universal force of creative expression, tapping into the global pulse of the people.
Alexander Flood is one of Australia’s most creative and versatile young drummers and percussionists, presenting a strong and progressive voice on his instrument. Developing and refining his own unique sound and style on the kit has been an important focus throughout his 15 years performing and studying music.
Alex has honed his unique sound, and passion for world music and creative improvisation to blend influences and sonic palettes from diverse cultures around the globe. Combined with his strong compositional style and interest in production, this experience has allowed him to deliver a unique, creative, and rich tapestry of sound and improvisation.
Holding a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and graduating top of his year in 2017, he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including Australia's Best Up And Coming Drummer in both 2012 and 2016, The John ‘Slick’ Osborne Scholarship in 2017 and the Helpmann Academy Jazz Award for Top Overall Graduate in 2018, among many others.
Flood has performed with renowned artists including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Kate Ceberano, Nicholas Buc, Marquis Hill, and Hugh Sheridan. In 2019, Alexander joined the Australian performance company Gravity & Others Myths on a 10-month global tour.
Alex is involved with many creative projects including his own synth trio ER@SER DESCRIPTION as well as his newly formed solo project HEARTBEAT. Alex has had the pleasure of working closely with his mentor Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah throughout this project, with his debut solo album set to release on Stretch Music (via Ropeadope) in June 2020.
released June 19, 2020
All music recorded at my little home studio in Adelaide, Australia between March 2018 and March 2019.
Produced by Alexander Flood.
Tracks 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 mixed by Gareth Thompson. Tracks 6 and 10 mixed by Ben Wanders. Tracks 1, 2, and 5 mixed by Alexander Flood.
Mastered by Gareth Thompson.
Artwork by Hicham Hamzi (H-Hich Design).
Alexander Flood: West African drums, percussion.
02: 808 Defibrillation
Alexander Flood: 808 programming, djembe
Alexander Flood: drums, tabla, darbuka, frame drum, synths
04: Buffalo Soldier
Alexander Flood: Pan-African drums, djembe, auxiliary percussion, piano, drum programing.
Josh Chenoweth: trumpet
Dylan Paul: electric bass
Jack Stempel: organ and synth bass
Tyler Venter: electric guitar
05: Live Drum Solo (feat. ER@SER DESCRIPTION)
Alexander Flood: drums
Jack Stempel: synth bass
David Goodwin: keyboards
06: Circadian Taal (feat. KS Roopraj and Deep Sroa)
Alexander Flood: drums, tabla, auxiliary percussion
KS Roopraj and Deep Sroa: vocals
Alexander Flood: drums, djembe, auxiliary percussion
Jack Stempel: synths
Dylan Paul: electric bass
Lewis But-Husaim: electric guitar
08: A Blessing and A Curse
Alexander Flood: drums, tuned percussion, synths
David Goodwin: piano and lead synth
Dylan Paul: electric bass
Alexander Flood: all instruments and voice
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how did I miss this release? I'm just finding out about it over a year later. listened to the samples. then immediately purchased CD/digital. I'll sleep by my mailbox. hard to pick a favorite track. they all sound good. but I'll start with Interregnum. great album!!! steevocrag