Jazz at a Distance: Albums Recorded Remotely During the Pandemic 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The practice of social distancing is in some ways fundamentally opposed to the experience of making music with others, especially live and in-person. There is growing evidential and experimental proof in the fields of evolutionary psychology, musicology, and neuroscience suggesting that singing together significantly boosts production of the neurohormone oxytocin, which stimulates social bonds and feelings of well-being. In layman’s terms, it feels good to make music with others—and it draws musicians and audiences closer in shared intimacy.

Then came the Covid-19 pandemic, which shut down concert venues and led to the restrictions on gatherings. But the desire and need for in-person music-making never went away, and musicians found ingenious ways, both conceptually and technologically, to play together, even when they could not be together.

These recordings were all made during the pandemic without the musicians ever having been in the same place at all, circumventing social distancing restrictions with creative solutions. Some made use of the basics of file sharing and home recording technology, while others bridged the internet-based gap with real-time live performances through software like Jacktrip, which helps overcome the inherent latency in sending signals across the internet while preserving high quality audio needed for recording. The most experimentally minded found a way to turn isolation into a new way to make music at a distance.