Ernesto Diaz-Infante

The Artship Recordings

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This 3" CD-R features a 19-minute improvisation from the Artship in Oakland, CA, by Ernesto Diaz-Infante. For this concert, he played an acoustic guitar with his fingers, but mostly a small fan, a vibrating pen, felt, marbles, steel wool, sponges, a hex wrench, an electric toothbrush, and various other objects and devices. Silence also played a key role, along with the sonic environment of this unusual performance space. All in all, that makes a lot of sound input for an improv of that length. Diaz-Infante throws in one trick after another, spending not two minutes (sometimes barely 30 seconds) with one "preparation" of the instrument before shifting to another. This state of restlessness does not convey the image of a boiling imagination, but a desperate effort to find something interesting to do -- scattered thoughts. Some ideas are potentially good, but they are not explored, only hastily delivered and left for dead. The guitarist has done better than this.

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