Last week, experimental post-hardcore collective The Armed released a rough mix of an unfinished track titled "Apocalypse Song," offering it up for fans to download and collaborate on while they stay home and social-distance themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. Other artists saw the project and wanted to take part. From that seed of an idea, the group has now launched an interactive platform they've dubbed ISOLATE/CREATE. As of launch, Chelsea Wolfe, Converge, La Dispute, Pelican, Slow Mass and others have all contributed stems, multi-track sessions, RPG games and/or video files to "spark creativity and inspire digital collaboration."
"It's easy to feel very helpless right now in light of recent global events," the Armed said in a joint statement. "With limited resources and income opportunities dwindling by the day, it's hard to know what exactly anyone can do to help. Well, according to science and simple math (two pretty solid authorities), the biggest thing most of us can do for each other right now is stay in and chill. This, of course, can have its own depressing implications.
"We've gotten together with some of our friends (virtually, of course) to perhaps make things just a little more bearable. And maybe even pretty great.
"ISOLATE/CREATE is a free resource that provides creatives (and fans in general) with access to digital assets to spark creativity and inspire digital collaboration, all while still practicing responsible social distancing and helping to flatten the curve.
"Right now, you can check out stems, full multitrack sessions and artwork files from Converge, Chelsea Wolfe, Deaf Club, La Dispute, Pelican, Slow Mass, yours truly and more. We hope to keep going with semi-regular updates from even more contributors to help all of us stay busy and creative on our own, together.
"So stay at home and make something cool. All for the greater good of stopping the literal apocalypse.
"Alright ... Let's all get to work."