Stay Inside Yourself/Isolation Lockdown Boogie: Two Singles Produced Under Lockdown.

I am very grateful indeed to be able to still produce work within the realms of sound while under these extreme and harsh conditions and times. I sincerely hope that we will all ride out what will be likely the approaching rough and possibly violent storms ahead.

Sound for me has many healing qualities. It is from here that I work and focus my energy to either dispel and cast out demons or to summon and raise spirit. The following two recent singles are from both the light and dark realms (and some transitory and strange places in-between), plainly revealing themselves. The colour and the black and white, the ethereal and the mundane, the transformative and the destructive.

The mask shown in the photograph on the cover of Isolation Lockdown Boogie is a Medisure Healthcare nuisance mask and not the free Offcut Studio surgical mask I now wear when and if outside carrying out my duties as a 24/7 carer (see Bandcamp profile photo). Offcut Studio is a part of ScrubHub, a network of voluntary community groups who love to sew, and are making scrubs to order for NHS staff who are struggling to get them during this crisis. Surgical masks are not designed to filter out viruses, which are smaller than germs. They are barriers to splashes or aerosols (such as the moisture from a sneeze), and they fit loosely to the face.

The track Stay Inside Yourself was recorded during isolation lockdown exclusively for the Dark Inside, a Dark Outside event on 2nd May 2020 which was streamed live on Further In. The Dark Outside is a site specific 24 hour radio broadcast that broadcasts sounds and music never heard before in a place where nobody might hear it which was originally the darkest place in Scotland and now has expanded to sites across the UK. It has grown from just 6 listeners in 2012 to well over 3000 in 2020. Since the coronavirus pandemic this event has twice gone online via the streaming art platform Further In.

Both of these tracks are in loving memory of the more than 248,347 deaths worldwide to date of the coronavirus pandemic. May they rest in peace and their families and friends heal in the wake of their loss.

Credits:

1. Stay Inside Yourself – 5 mins 43 secs.

2. Isolation Lockdown Boogie – 14 mins 38 secs.

Released May 1st and 2nd 2020 on Bandcamp.

Genre: Electronic, Techno, Ambient, Dark Ambient, Meditation, Experimental, Ritual, Drone.

Photography by Sheer Zed: Isolation Lockdown Boogie – A self portrait in Tesco, Bristol near empty shelves on 25th March 2020. Stay Inside Yourself – A Buddhist temple in Northern Thailand, January 2020.

Audio production by Sheer Zed.

Both tracks have been mastered by Loz Gill.

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Writer • Carer • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

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