“Life Flows Water” was performed one week after Craig Padilla gave several solo performances in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Seattle, Washington. All these occasions provided a lot of music within a matter of weeks. However, the live performance with Howard Givens (founder of the SP label and accomplished producer/musician) in Portland, Oregon was unlike Craig’s solo concerts, which tend to be a bit more upbeat.
For “Life Flows Water”, both musicians envisioned and created a “Zen-like” sound environment on the spot for the audience, an aural meditation which would put them in a type of sacred space while still having hypnotic sequencer moments. During the gig, the music and sequences were performed and mixed live with numerous synths, including the Mattson Mini Modular and sequencer.
What the listener gets here is really about what the composers refer to as “inward expansiveness”, a true and soft blooming sonic meditation where all spacious elements, spheres and waves focus on a purity and simplicity in an abstract fullness. Opening and closing with resonating bell sounds, the tranquil, flowing and soothing outcome (with an occasional nod of gently and subtle tuned sequences) simply centers on living and feeling in the present moment, communicating with the soul and being aware.
As such, “Life Flows Water” spirals down in continuous (drone)textural waves and currents running onward effortlessly in minimal, circular patterns.