Out Now: >>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<< by Linear Obsessional

>>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<<

by Linear Obsessional

‘Musicians, sound makers and artists isolated and creating.
Solo sound works all recorded at home.

Volume 2 will bring the artists together.

I started coming up with the idea for the >>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<< just before the full lockdowns started – we were all being told it would be a good idea to stay at home, but the Governmental edicts hadn't started. By the time the last tracks came in we are all forced to stay in, and find new ways of working.

For musicians this enforced isolation seems especially cruel, as music is, possibly above all, a social activity that explores not just the interaction between musicians, but also between musicians and an audience. Even if I avoid the cliche of the falling tree in an empty forest, the idea of making music in a void seems strange.

These 85 (Eighty Five!) tracks are an attempted answer to the conundrum, all recorded in isolation at home, and almost all solo (the exceptions being three improvising musicians who share a house, and a father and son duo) throughout the world. There are tracks from UK, USA, France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Ireland and the Canary Islands. The result is a kaleidoscope of variety – electronics, acoustic improvisations, the odd song and a poem.

This may feel like 85 individuals shouting into the maelstrom, or whistling in the dark, but it’s really the sounds of people coming to terms with the isolation and being creative, and it is remarkably cohesive

But there is a secondary purpose. For Volume Two I will be asking musicians and others to mix three or four selected tracks together in remixes and mash-ups, so the musicians play together again in new combinations.

The tracks are all issued under a creative commons licence, so you are also welcome to combine and weave the tracks together in any way you wish – but please let us know about them.

This compilation is free to download, but you can choose to pay if you wish, and any money generated will be used to help move Linear Obsessional back into being a functional record label again.

Enjoy listening.’

Richard Sanderson – 2nd April 2020


released April 2, 2020

>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<< was put together by Richard Sanderson for Linear Obsessional. March/April 2020

The cover art is by Joanna McCormick


Me and my Theremini are #60; part of my Higora project. This is such a great project: support indie music and buy more Linear Obsessional titles. May I recommend the amazing Kassia Flux who died just this week. So sad, but we have her music.