(*78) – clarinetist, composer, producer and multimedia artist from Prague (Czech Republic).
While Tomáš solo works are released under his Floex moniker, the soundtracks are released under his own name Tomáš Dvořák. From childhood he has been learning clarinet which later becomes the key instrument for his music – not only as “instrumental signature” but also as way of his compositional approach.
Floex started to compose electronic music in 1996. His debut album Pocustone (2001) bridges relatively isolated genres such as nu-jazz, electronic and modern contemporary music. The album was highly critically acclaimed not only in the Czech Republic and gained several awards (Anděl Award 2001 and Nomination to Europian Qwartz Awards). Ten years after the debut in 2011 Floex releases new album Zorya. Probably most profound album up to date is going further in exploration of acoustic music (especially classical minimalism) and contemporary electronic. Album received two Anděl Awards (for alternative music and electronic music) and was nominated to Apollo Award and Vinylla Award (three main musical awards in Czech Republic).
He is well known for his cooperation with Amanita Design on the soundtracks for the games Samorost 2 (2006) and Machinarium (2009). Machinarium OST gained massive reaction by both fans and critics and was selected as the best 2009 soundtrack according worldʼs number one PC game magazine – PC Gamer.
Tomáš is also author of several unique interactive multimedia installations and performances (RGB, Crossroad, Live Score) which he created mainly in 2002-2007 while studying at Prague Academy of Visual arts. The main theme of all his work is interactive music and the new ways how it can be made.
In the “Crossroad” installation colors and rhythm of cars on the crossroad is used as the source for the generative music. In the performance “RGB” Tomas gives audience special flashlights which can emit basic colors of the spectrum (red, green, blue). Audience points the flashlights on the screen, with the sensors, mixes the lights to create new colors and while their action is analyzed they create music together with the performers. Performance “Live Score” (awarded by Hlavka’s foundation) created together with an artist Tomáš Vaněk is based on the idea of the physical score made of sprays,
stencils, different physical actions which are the source of the realtime live electronic music manipulation and deconstruction.
In 2011 Tomáš creates new installation “Archifon I.” together with visual artist Dan Gregor aka Initi. In this work the interior of the baroque chapel is changed in to the one huge musical instrument. Visitors can interact with the space trough the laser pointers, parts of the architecture becomes triggers
for different sounds and visual responses. The work has been highly acclaimed in media and featured in Wire Magazine, Forbes and BBC World.
Tomáš is also active live! The selected performances includes Big Chill (Easton Castle Deer Park, UK), Plock festival (Poland), Colors Of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Palác Akropolis (Prague, Czech Republic), Stubnitz (Rotterdam NL), Global Beats (Krotoszyn, Poland), and Zoobizarre (Bordeaux,
2001 Pocustone (Quazidelict records)
2006 Samorost II Soundtrack (Amanita Design, Quazidelict records)
2009 Machinarium Soundtrack (Amanita Design, Minority Records)
2011 Zorya (Amanita Design, Minority Records)