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nickdrewski This is a great initiative and in support of a great cause, with lots of fascinating music responding to the crazy situation we've all been in for the last few months. One to look back on when this is all over and it will be very evocative of what we've lived through. Excellent stuff Favorite track: Rupert Lally - Empty Playgrounds.
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strinjf Woke up in the small hours so put this album on to listen to as I tried to get back to sleep. I've just woken up from the most powerful dream. It was like a scene from a film, where I was in a post apocalyptic Britain - rioting and lawlessness had taken hold as society broken down and I was wandering the streets filled with wrecked cars, smashed shop fronts and small fires. "Hand Glass" was playing in the background throughout. So powerful, I actually felt emotion. I woke as the track ended. Favorite track: Fea & Twenty Three Hanging Trees - Hand Glass.
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Mark Holden Slowly working my way through this one, as with the 'CD' a brilliant compilation, for a great cause.
So many highlights I can't even pick a favourite at the moment.
Rhodri Thomas
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Rhodri Thomas Got this because I loved the concept and have been a fan of C.I.S releases for some time. Blown away. An absolute collection of accomplished brilliance!. Favorite track: AOOOE - Household Maintenance.
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digimidgi Fantastic project & collection of electronic music. Favourite track so far is BUNKR
Nick Lees
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Nick Lees This, and its companion set on Compact Disc, is a wonderful set in perfect harmony for its size. A doff of the cap for whoever selected then sequenced this little lot. Truly great value for a great cause. Favorite track: Hawksmoor - La Peste.
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CiS062//The Isolation Tapes:

Castles in Space brings you a stunning collection of new music recorded in isolation during the COVID19 lockdown//Released 29th May 2020//

A total of 62 tracks across CD//Cassette//Download selected from more than 250 submissions.

// A charity compilation in aid of the Cavell Nurses' Trust//

On April 3rd 2020, two weeks into the UK's total coronavirus lockdown and in an attempt to find something positive as a break from ping-ponging between high anxiety and frustrated bemusement, I sent out the call for submissions for a new compilation of music, which had some clear stipulations.

The message read as follows:
Submissions are requested for inclusion on CiS062 - "The Isolation Tapes".
Submissions must have been recorded between:
Monday 23rd March:
The date the UK lockdown was imposed
and
Friday 17th April:
The closing date for submissions to the project.

Submissions *must* be new works recorded by the artist in isolation.
Castles in Space will handle mastering and manufacture, we just need your pre-mixed masters.
Submissions must include an image which represents teh artist or the creation of the piece in isolation.
Release date for CiS062 is 29th May. Profits will be donated to Cavell Nurses' Trust www.cavellnursestrust.org
They assist nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the impact of coronavirus.

Please send submissions to
hello@castesinspace.com

The results were positively overwhelming and easily surpassed anything that I could have hoped for. I thought that I *might* be tapping into something, as some conversations with musicians I know and work with were indicating that the enforced period of downtime was proving to be extremely productive. Albums were being finished. Ideas exchanged over Zoom conversations were being laid down on hard drives around the world. There was, quite literally, something in the air.

By the end of the 2.5 week period the window for submissions was open, I had received somewhere in the region of 250 submissions. Pretty much all of them being of astonishing quality and accomplishment. While this was extremely heartwarming and satisfying, it also presented a real challenge in that the editing job was going to be massive and difficult. Further criteria were therefore set to assist the selection process.

1. As a general rule, anything too dark or dystopian was out. There were several sampled politicians and creeped out drone-a-thons, but I quickly came to the decision that this release had to offer something uplifting for the listener. We had to find some light and positivity in the darkness. For me, the tracks that worked best offered a droll commentary on our unprecedented situation without being overwhelmed by it.

2. The works really did have to be conceived and completed between 23rd March and 17th April. That rule was enforced pretty hard. Anything that had been "finished" or had undergone a "final mix" during that time was deemed to not meet meet the criteria for submission. It was important for me to capture the moment in the reaction of the contributors. Hopefully this global lockdown situation will never happen again, so I was viewing this as a one time only opportunity to document something unique.

3. As the submissions rolled in via email, Twitter, Instagram and facebook, it quickly became apparent that the original idea of releasing one cassette volume was not going to be sufficient. There was simply too much good stuff coming in. The scope was therefore quickly expanded out to include a CD volume and a cassette with three sides. 'Side three' being a download only selection.

And so began the selection of around 60 tracks which went forward for mastering by Jez Butler. Jez did a fantastic job of carefully mastering everything to a consistent, steady level. Brightening and de-harshing where necessary. There than began the marathon weekend long session of sequencing what tracks were going to go where. Once a final selection and sequence was decided upon, Nick Taylor was engaged to do his usual superb job on the artwork.

The finished compilation offers more than 60 tracks across CD, cassette and digital download.

The images submitted by the contributing artists add another dimension to the project and are available to see at castlesinspace.com

The Isolation Tapes project is sold in support of the magnificent Cavell Nurses' Trust. A wonderful organisation which helps nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the impact of coronavirus.

It is sincerely hoped that you will find much to enjoy in The Isolation Tapes. It was both an absolute joy and an arduous headache to put together (in a good way). The final edit was extremely difficult and there is certainly enough stuff in the can for further releases if these volumes find some appreciation.

As ever, thanks for listening.
Stay safe and well.
Colin Morrison
Castles in Space. May 21st 2020

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released May 29, 2020

This album contains music recorded by artists in lockdown during the 2020 COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic.
Submissions were invited for tracks recorded and mixed only between 23rd March and 17th April, 2020 at the start of the UK quarantine period.

Castles in Space would like to express sincere gratitude to all the artists who gave their time and submitted their works for the project and thereby made this release possible.

Mastered by Jez Butler
Artwork and design by Nick Taylor for spectral-studio.co.uk

CiS062CD is also available as a related compact disc volume featuring an additional selection of works.

All tracks are under license to Castles in Space for the purposes of this release and all copyright remains with the artists.

Profits from this album will go to support Cavell Nurses’ Trust (registered charity no. 1160148 and SC041453).
Cavell Nurses’ Trust proudly give money and support to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in hardship whether they are working or retired.
If you are a healthcare professional experiencing personal or financial hardship, please contact them today at: www.cavellnursestrust.org / 01527 595999.

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