Here at Sound and Music and particularly on the British Music Collection, we feel it is important to capture this moment and create a space to reflect on COVID-19 in a creative way. After a nation-wide call for applications, which saw over 150 responses, we're excited to share the works of the second round of succesful applicants to our 'Interpreting Isolation' grants.
The grant-winners are: Jonathan Higgins, Janet Oates, Eleanor Turner and Wayne Bennett, Jaka Škapin and Pavel Radu, Shunaji, and Catherine Ireton.
Eleanor Turner and Wayne Bennett - 'And That Is Why We Are Here Today'
Wayne Bennett and Eleanor Turner started their collaboration shortly before lockdown. The piece of music they have created is a response to the frustration and uncertainty they are experiencing as performing musicians at this time, while still celebrating the undeniable gift of peace. Their sound design encapsulates both riot and unrest as well as nature and tranquility, acting as a musical memory to look back on for years to come once touring has eventually resumed.
Jonathan Higgins - 'Wallpaper'
"During isolation we have looked to the internet to replace in person communication. Zoom and similar services have provided much needed interaction for many. However, those who lack access to the internet are excluded from these virtual social spaces. Wallpaper utilises words from those isolating without access to the internet. In an online recording session their words were read back, performed and manipulated via the imperfections of the internet until digital noise overtook all meaning. These recordings were then arranged to create Wallpaper.
Wallpaper exists in two versions: the digital download available here and a hotline available on 0330 818 0351 (calls cost your standard landline rate, if you're outside the UK please call +44 330 818 0351). The phone you use, where you are and the time of day you call will all affect the quality of the playback through the hotline. This EP consists of the digital download of Wallpaper, the 8 bit, 8 kHz, Mono file that is utilised by the hotline and three recordings of the hotline from different phones and locations." - Jonathan Higgins