Alex Smalley creates music that is simultaneously abstract and serene. His compositions lend themselves to deeper listening states and convey a gradual, expansive progression. Using a shifting array of analog, digital, and acoustic sources, the music manipulates the perceived sense of time and space. Careful consideration of the placement of sounds and instruments gives the sense of a natural environment interacting with benevolent technology. The cross-referenced sound takes influence from electronic music, new age, world music, and experimental sound design. After relocating from the UK to Weimar (DE) in 2017, Smalley began creating music under his own name. Previously, he has released collaborative works in the projects Olan Mill and Pausal.
In 2021, Smalley marked his solo debut with the album 'Vanaprastha (The Man Who Went Into The Woods To Find Himself),' released by Past Inside the Present. Before that, in 2020, his collaborative drone collective Pausal, in partnership with Simon Bainton, unveiled their full-length masterpiece, 'Melatonia,' through PITP, showcasing Smalley's diverse musical contributions.