THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS (2000)
01 General Provisions - 9:18
02 General Protection of Prisoners of War - 10:23
03 Captivity - 11:00
04 Termination of Captivity 10:45
TOTAL TIME: 42 MINUTES
A political ambient record? I'm sure there are plenty, but this one shouldn't be seen as controversial by anyone, unless you want to torture people.
Recorded in San Marcos, Texas at the Bluebonnet Duplex, March 2006.
LH - Guitars
Music, Concept and Artwork by LH
Production by Thee Hef
© 2006-2019 Les Heifner
These soundscapes were recorded in March of 2006 in San Marcos, Texas at a quiet little house on Bluebonnet, where I was sure I was disturbing the neighbors if not small animals with these strange sounds. These are four tracks, each around the 10 minute mark, improvised, swell by swell. From there I improvised overdub tracks. This was also a way for me to voice my displeasure at something in the public realm via ambient music, something I have a reputation for doing in the rock stuff.
2006 certainly had issues, and on my mind were the laws made after World War II which defined the treatment of prisoners of war. The Third Geneva Convention is and has been well documented as being the law of the land. It was disappointing to me that a tribe of people were hellbent on defying the traditions of something they simultaneously claimed to give undying value to. They rescinded the War Crimes Act and went on their merry way. And people look back at those times now with jealousy.
While this recording took place the same month as Twelve Months, it features a distinctily different feel, throughout. One of despair, mixed with hope, mixed with curiousity and partially known nostalgia. It's remarkably difficult to have something like this come together, with all the complexities and nuances of improvisation and looping/delay. I consider one record like this in one year to be an accomplishment, but two albums in one month is a gift.
The lack of validity given to the Geneva Conventions, and particularly the Third Geneva Convention, which is the basis of this record, is terrifying and way too soon to be playing inneffectual games with the lives of others, forgetting that we're opening the door for everything horrible to happen to us, as precident. Everyone who has an understanding of World War II should have an understanding of The Geneva Conventions.
Special Thanks to Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman
Have a random listen to some working tracks, interspursed with already released tracks. This Playlist changes from time to time.