Music Industry Turns to Social Media To Bring Solace in Times of Pandemic
The music and film industry may
have come to a halt due to Covid-19 outbreak but certain groups are performing
or listening to music in social media to find some joy, according to Brian
Fauteux, pop music expert at University of Albterta.
"There's comfort in music—it’s often a way of connecting to others, whether you're in the same space or not."
The list of musicians taking to social media to connect with fans is endless. A small sample includes Neil Young, Keith Urban, Graham Nash, Neil Diamond, Miley Cyrus, Jann Arden, Martha Wainwright, Barenaked Ladies, Burton Cummings and Alessia Cara.
There’s even a hashtag for the trend now on Twitter,#SongsOfComfort, and a new genre, “quarantunes,” best exemplified by Bobi Wine’s "Corona Virus Alert," which is fast becoming a global hit.
Perhaps the most inventive example of a home recording was the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” with musicians each playing their parts separately at home to a "click track," a series of audio cues similar to a metronome, used to synchronize sound recordings. The conductor then assembled the individual tracks in his home studio.
That idea was then picked up by the Calgary Philharmonic and Edmonton Symphony orchestras, who joined forces to perform Elgar’s “Nimrod Variation IX” from the Enigma Variations.
Fauteux is a drummer and utilises the lockdown time to record tracks for his band Charcoal Skies. It falls within the genres of shoegazing or dream pop, sub-genres of alternative and indie rock.