Relay is an online music project devised and curated by Irish musician John Lambert aka Chequerboard. The aim in the project is to create an unbroken chain of sound pieces where each work is created in response to the previous so that ideas and sounds shift, mutate and evolve over time.
The only requirements given to each specifically chosen artist is that they create a sound piece in response to the last in the chain and write a short piece on their process, both of which are posted on the Relay website for visitors to explore.
On finishing their work, each artist is asked to gather a cluster of sounds from their piece which are passed on to the next participant, as a result some tracks feature traces of audio from the previous piece but not always, some responses are purely conceptual.
Participants so far have included musicians, sound artists and multi-disciplinary artists who intermittently work with sound.
I'm extremely grateful to all of the participants to date for giving up their time, talent and effort to breathe life into the idea.
I would also like to thank The
Model who originally comissioned the project in 2008. In the spirit of the concept, the Relay project is set to continue indefinitely.