Ben Goldberg
Production Records


JULY 8, 2020
Like many musicians, when the coronavirus hit in March I lost all my work in a matter of days. I had a complicated schedule for March and April, filled with tours, festivals, and local concerts, and it all evaporated very fast. Along with losing all my paying work, I was left with the question, what about the work of art? Something tells me art will be fine, even though humans are in trouble at the moment. But right now art is precluded from its important work of gathering us together. So musicians are in a weird situation. In the initial shock my thought was, I don't know what to do but I can record music at home. So on March 19 I began recording a new song every day. The songs are uploaded day by day to a Bandcamp album called PLAGUE DIARY. The philosophy is "use what you've got" (is there ever another option?) -- for me that means clarinets, a synthesizer I can't figure out, and rudimentary recording ability. Because it's a diary I am trying to use the recording process as a sketchbook, and an opportunity to mess around. ("Don't forget to mess around." -- Steve Lacy) As of this writing there are currently more than 100 tracks on the album.

The music of PLAGUE DIARY is offered free of charge in hopes of helping people at this time. However, donations are accepted.


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