Under Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ conditions, sonic improvisors are isolated from their ‘play’ mates and communities. The drawing featured above, made 16 March 2020, was a first response to the imminent ‘lockdown’ situation and initiated an ongoing project with other improvisors and sonic artists. In this series, I invite people to send me a recording (5 mins max) of freely improvised sound, using whatever they want – voice, objects, musical instruments. I listen to the unheard recording and make a spontaneous drawing, responding to the sounds with line, marks, scratches and scrapes, multiplying layers of sonic and graphic improvisation, in a kind of performative palimpsest.
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Isolation Improv Drawing 1 – Sonic improvisation recorded by Geoff Bright and Gillian Whiteley on 16 March 2020 at 156 Arundel St. Drawing by bricolagekitchen 16 March 2020.
Isolation Improv Drawing 2 – Sonic improvisation recorded by John Jasnoch on 23 April 2020 in his ‘box room’. Drawing by bricolagekitchen 14 May 2020.
Isolated Improv Drawing 3 – Sonic improvisation recorded by Nathan Bettany on 1 May 2020 on his allotment. Drawing by bricolagekitchen 14 May 2020.
Isolated Improv Drawing 4 – Sonic improvisation recorded by Mick Beck on 27 April 2020 at his home. Drawing by bricolagekitchen 15 May 2020.