The Quarantine Trilogy

This page houses a trio of 3-part sound collage projects, aiming to capture some semblance of the lockdown experience. 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, but what he did next was unique. He made a series of “radio documentaries” (for want of a better term), consisting of overlapping interviews, music concrete and field recordings, all focused on the remote areas of his native Canada. Together, these three pieces are known as The Solitude Trilogy. I urge anyone to seek them out – bring your patience.

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”. I aim to be similarly candid here in the hope that this jumble of nonsense can be a source of fun in this bizarre period in history.

Tape #1: The Idea of No

Tape #2: The Lockdowners

Tape #3: The Loud Quiet

Sample list