For a long time I’ve been thinking of what a feminist re-working of Lucier’s “I Am Sitting In A Room” might sound like. It’s a great work but I couldn’t help but wonder about Lucier’s position as the only sound in the room, the male artist apparently voluntarily isolated and cut off from the rest of society with his voice becoming more and more re-enforced and literally bouncing back at him from his environment reflecting only him. I wanted to see what happened when my voice was looped over and over again into the outside world so that it combined with the sounds of the other people and the other species that I share space with.
In March and April 2020 the UK went into lockdown to try and slow the spread of the virus C19. The inner cities everywhere became quieter as traffic and planes decreased. The weather was unusually warm and sunny. Birds sang and insects buzzed. In my part of East London where the small gardens of terraced houses are divided from the neighbours gardens on three sides by fences, you could hear but not see the various activities of your often unknown neighbours at various points of the day and night. Many people no longer were allowed to go to work but worked in the garden, played with their children and enjoyed being outside.
All recordings Here We all Are (Lucier Mix) were made during the start of this time while sitting in the same position in my garden in Hackney, London in late March and April, 2020.
I am very grateful to Vanessa Rossetto for inviting me to contribute to AMPLIFY 2020 quarantine and giving me the chance to try out my ideas.
The full 16 minute track is available on AMPLIFY2020 Bandcamp amplify2020.bandcamp.com/album/here-w…mgNvpClHy8vM
I am lucky enough to live in a house with a garden. 1 in 5 people in the UK live below the poverty line and many have suffered during the lockdown
Any financial contributions from Here We all Are (Lucier Mix) will be donated to the Hackney Food Bank hackney.foodbank.org.uk/