The Quarantine Trilogy

I don’t have schizophrenia, but the voices in my head were very loud during lockdown. And here they are.

This project is dedicated to the memory of Glenn Gould.

Glenn Gould was one of the greatest and most celebrated concert pianists who ever lived. The difficulties he faced due to his obsessive compulsive disorder led him to retire from performing at age 31. He subsequently made a series of sound documentaries consisting of overlapping interviews, music concréte and field recordings, all depicting aspects of rural Canada. Together, these three pieces are known as The Solitude Trilogy and are a must-hear for anyone even remotely interested in sound art. They are literature.

Although his own voice rarely appears within the pieces, Gould declared his Solitude Trilogy “as close to an autobiographical statement as I intend to get in radio”. In that respect, The Quarantine Trilogy is my autobiography. Enjoy.

Tape #1: The Idea of No

Tape #2: The Lockdowners

Tape #3: The Loud Quiet

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