COVID-19 CREATIVE OUTLET: Participatory Online Music Piece by Mikołaj Laskowski – “Deep Relaxation vol. 6: Sound Isolation”

Mikołaj Laskowski - participatory online music piece

The World is experiencing a moment of stand-still during the events of Covid-19 pandemic. Surely it is affecting each one of us in many different ways. To some this means fear and uncertainty about the future, economic difficulties, to others – inspiration and time to create. This period brings ideas into surface, raises questions and debates about our healthcare and economic systems, ecological, political and social issues.

This is a series of posts featuring creative expressions made during Covid-19 pandemic, or previous works that are particularly relevant during these times of change.

Today we are sharing a participatory online music piece by a Berlin-based composer Mikołaj Laskowski – “Deep Relaxation vol. 6: Sound Isolation

Deep Relaxation vol. 6: Sound Isolation is a video-guided sound session. It can be performed by everyone in their own place.

It’s a part of a broader series of sound performances, where the listener’s position shifts from its traditional, distanced mode of reception towards more engaged forms of participation.

The video is a visual score inspired by the ’90s New Age and self-help aesthetic. It shows how to perform sounds audible only by the performer/listener. They need to prepare just a pair of earphones and sit down in a quiet place.

The traditional relationship between the composer and the listener is left deconstructed; the listener becomes a performer but can also be a composer to some extent – the piece leaves some room for improvisation and exploration. The session encourages focusing on the body, touch, and hearing to create a short moment of intimacy.”

Mikołaj Laskowski

Interview with the artist, where he shares his experience during the time of Covid-19, can be found here.

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