Lockdown Sound Works – Leon Clowes

In this long image, the artist’s shadow fills the bottom left quarter, concrete and light reflections are the top left and bottom right quarter, and the top left is the shadow of branches and leaves against an early morning blue sky with a quarter moon.
A room with a view: The November 2020 early morning quarter moon from the artist’s flat when lockdown walks were the daily routine. Image Credit: Leon Clowes
In this long image, the artist’s shadow fills the bottom left quarter, concrete and light reflections are the top left and bottom right quarter, and the top left is the shadow of branches and leaves against an early morning blue sky with a quarter moon.
A room with a view: The November 2020 early morning quarter moon from the artist’s flat when lockdown walks were the daily routine. Image Credit: Leon Clowes

Photon Love Bomb will be an immersive audio-visual sound work, and this is a short audio-visual clip. Built from countless lockdown walks through Central London, these walker images and audio document the city as we see it now. 

‘LOCKDOWN LIFE. Take a walk. Get some sunshine. Shall I go east, by the river, to the park, Bored of walks. And phone calls. Did they mean that when they said that? Have too much time to think about these things, no one to bounce it back off. Talk too fast when I see someone.’ 

Astrologer Pam Gregory points out that since December 2020, earth moved into a 2,000 year cycle in the Photon Belt (hence the white, rather than golden light). Through photos and field recordings of these walks, this developing work explores the examination of the inner via the enforced approach of the self in the isolated.

Photon Love Bomb

Is Any Body In Any Way Missing. This voice piece was made during a walk down The Strand, London during the height of lockdown in April 2020, documenting the majority of shops closed in the period.

9 Sound Works Made Over 9 Days In November. First broadcast on Reel Rebels Radio on Monday 16th November 2020 and part of 2022’s CCA Gallery’s Radiophrenia Festival, this is a series of 9 x 9-minute pieces I created over a 9 day period (08.11.2020-16.11.2020).  

Two of the pieces, Banging and Buskers and The Broad Walk are generated from the artist’s audio walks in Holborn, the Southbank, my flat and Regent’s Park. 

Here’s the track listing of the full radio piece: 

1. Banging and Buskers (1:46) 
2. Give Me Everything You’ve Got Now (11:04) 
3. Exhaling Whenever It Feels Comfortable For You (20:28) 
4. September, November and December will all be magic again (29:52) 
5. The Broad Walk (39:10) 
6. From Covent Garden to the Avant Garden (48:31) 
7. Washing Machine and Bubble Wrap (57:52) 
8. Damian’s Deviants – The AIDS EP (1:07:14) 
9. I’m Learning The Guitar So I Can Sing ‘I Love You’ (1:16:38) 

Leon Clowes is an older queer artist who explores mental health issues of lived trauma through practice.  

In the last year Leon’s transdisciplinary and collaborative artworks have been commissioned by, and selected for, SPILL and Deptford X Festivals, Queer Art Projects, CCA Glasgow’s Radiophrenia Festival, Hackney Historic Buildings Trust and Britten Pears Arts. 

Leon’s artistic practice navigates the uncomfortable with a combined approach of heart, soul and mind. Trauma, taboo and duality are interrogated with kindness, and meaningful and responsible audience-artist exchange at the heart of the work.