Lisa Cameron & Ernesto Diaz-Infante – Water Is Life (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 56:00 minutes | 534 MB | Genre: Psychedelic, Drone, Free Improvisation
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Ruralfaune
Water Is Life is an audio sculpture that evokes impressions of one of the defining events of our time, the Standing Rock protests, with improvised sound. Each track describes a different phase of the conflict, beginning with “Inception”, describing the initial tension between the Standing Rock Sioux and Energy Partners Pipeline, and ending with “The Twilight Of Capitalism”, reflecting on the fortitude and resilience of the resistance.
In the summer of 2016, Lisa Cameron and Ernesto Diaz-Infante rented some studio time in Richmond, CA at a studio called The Temple Of Light and Sound.We spent some time while having dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant discussing what we would do for the session. Ernesto said he was only playing an electric guitar, with no effects. I had brought along some percussion, some contact mics, and a Gibson lap steel.We had absolutely no idea what we were going to play, and arrived at the studio, which had formerly been a Der Wienerschnitzel, met the engineer, Andy Puls (of A Magic Whistle). and began setting up.
We had only 4 hours to do the recording, so we went right in and Ernesto began playing the first track, “Inception”, and away we went.
Four hours later, we were leaving the building and felt really good about what we had done. We had some difficulty, but those mistakes later turned out to be assets, and later we found that they actually lend a unique quality to the recording, such as Lisa’s amp literally frying in the middle of a song but sounding just right,the sound of a cat that lived in the studio meowing, a truck rolling by outside.
We knew that we had done something very abstract.The result was this collection, completely improvised, no overdubs, a document of a mystical experience, Water Is Life.
1. Inception (07:34)
2. Signs And Signals (05:50)
3. Watery Water (08:47)
4. Petroleum and Its Discontents (09:01)
5. Infinite Struggle (05:37)
6. Oceti Sakowin (06:57)
7. Standoff At Backwater Bridge (05:06)
8. The Twilight Of Capitalism (07:08)