Scott Fraser – The Water Album – excerpts from side B (10:00)
Cassette released by Fun Music ref. #32, San Francisco, CA, 1983
Based in San Francisco, Fun Music was founded by Philip Perkins and Scott Fraser in 1979 to release their own experimental music as well as cassettes by David Ocker and “Blue” Gene Tyranny. From 1975 to 1985, Perkins belonged to The Residents’ technical crew and contributed official videos, programming and background sounds for the band’s records and shows.
A film music composer and sound engineer, Scott Fraser published 3 cassettes on Fun: Natural Histories (1980), The Water Album (1983) and Architecture (1989). The Water Album is a collection of binaural water recordings made across the US – but mostly in California– between 1978 and 1983. The source (no pun intended) of each track is varied, from rain showers to sea surf, from fish ponds to water dripping.
The sound clip above contains 1mn-excerpts from each of side B’s tracks. The binaural experience is a bit lost amid the tape hiss, but the aqueous sound theme is exquisite.
11 Rain – Miami, Florida
12 Pier – Newport, Rhode Island
13 Sprinklers – Beverly Hills, California
14 Drips – Boston, Massachusetts
15 Waves – San Francisco, California
16 Fountain – New Haven, Connecticut
17 Pool – San Diego, California
18 Shower – Eastchester, New York
19 Tidepools – Montaña de Oro, California
20 Stream – Middlebury, Vermont