The lockdown litanies came out of the first covid lockdown in 2020. All concerts, workshops, rehearsals cancelled, I asked friends and strangers for sounds from their daily lives. I recieved beats made by children with pots and pans (or a drum kit, or a computer), home-bound dancers’ dogs & garage doors, friends who sang or played instruments, a little boy destroying his little drum kit, and much more. I also recorded my own surroundings: cutlery, a siren, dripping water, my breakfast bowl. I sampled, layered, mangled, combined, processed, and arranged these sounds into seven tracks, the stories of the strange spring of 2020.
After releasing finished versions of these track, I cut them up again and loaded them into what could be described as my version of a live DJ set. Against a backdrop of ambient recordings, I improvise an ongoing set, putting the songs back together again, layered, in new combinations, with effects and other adjustments made on the spot.
I am still developing this concept and am starting to use my hybrid electro-acoustic drum set as a controller as well. I am hoping to find people to work with using this approach, both musicians and artists from other disciplines: dance, theatre, who knows who else. I’m very happy to be part of Encuentros; I see it as a great opportunity to have conversations about this work and how to go on with it, hear your opinions and advice.