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Released 26 June 2020
Cloud watching in times of social distancing.
The lockdown due to the coronavirus began in the middle of March, the world outside suddenly stopped. With little activity the city noises were so subdued, by late afternoon it all sounded like night. This confusing, unusual, but soothingly peaceful situation made me search for some new ways to write music, without expecting some external reasons and deadlines to do so. Since it was prohibited to go anywhere much I looked up instead. For a week every day I was recording a video of the sky above my head and writing an ambient music track.
I tend to overthink and overwrite my music a lot, thanks to the academical music education perhaps. Self-imposing a challenge of finishing a small music piece every day was refreshing and creating an interesting shift in my workflow: there is no time for reflection, the only choice is to trust the intuition. I decided on some interesting technique to use and stick to for each track as a tool for constructing an emotional journey. Maybe this method allows to capture something unique that might get lost in music that went through months and months of work?
Reviewing and improving these tracks further took much longer than originally writing them. I didn’t want to clean them up of all imperfections, but rather to make them technically appropriate for any mode of listening while preserving their in-the-moment essence.
Here are five skywatching moments of the quarantine. Did time go faster or slower in isolation? And where did Monday and Thursday go anyway?..
Credits: Written and produced by Ruslan Perezhilo