Musician Greg Mineeff is unable to perform live gigs in venues, and like many is also looking to self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although no live shows means musicians are losing income, the Berkeley man said one positive of being stuck at home was it may encourage musicians to hunker down and write, collaborate and just be more creative overall.
"It's obviously a horrible situation for musicians, but a lot of them are welcoming the opportunity to spend time recording and composing," he said.
"Often they're running around trying to get gigs and that type of thing, but having the opportunity to just relax, compose new music and record, for those who have the capacity to do that... It's an opportunity to record some new stuff, and also work on your online presence and engaging fans."
Although unable to play gigs in the near future, Mineeff said he was exploring other options, including streaming a live performance from his home studio.
"One of the challenges for musicians now is how they're going to work around venues being closed," he said.
"One of the things that has been flagged is a live streaming event, and engaging your audience in that way."
In the meantime, multi-instrumentalist Mineeff is busy working on new material, and has released his second full-length album, After Today, via Greek-based Cosmicleaf Records.
It was recorded in his home studio, and performed on electric pianos and analogue synthesisers, with tape machines and other effects.
Mineeff said the instrumental album mixed ambient music and neo-classical.
"I really focused on using vintage instruments, and embracing their imperfections; the different noises that happen, and that you don't get with digital instruments," he said.
The CD and cassette copies of the new album were produced by 3D Studios and El Capitano Records in Wollongong.
"It's one of those old school cassette tape things, that analogue sort of vibe to it, which I think is the best way to listen to this album to be honest," Mineeff said.
"There's a lot of tape noise and that type of thing on there.
"The cassette release is a bit of a throwback, they're kind of coming back.
"I'm in the process of organising vinyl for it as well."
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