Sleeping happened but not in great amounts. We woke up early for we had to go and record the ocean at Praia do Toco, just beside Lazareto. Breakfast was covered with yawning and a somewhat morning-tide apathy, counterposed with a suspicious energy Rodrigo had. Every time he sleeps close to five hours alone, he gets very jumpy the following day but from the evening onwards he threats to just wither down without a warning.
Clenched on a rock at the edge of this cliff, it felt utterly scientific to throw two wires into the ocean in order to record it, but those were simply two contact mics connected to a Zoom H5. It was Helena who drove us to the beach, who, in truth, had never actually been there! We were very happy with our introduction to the place and for having understood that this beach was one of the most incredibly curious things in the whole of Funchal; with some zinc shacks, and the oddest nicknacks hanging around everywhere, including some strange cane-sticks, one of them lynching a plastic doll's head, and even some rabbits and chickens (sadly all inside this one jail) and a freely roaming turkey, very defensive of his own territory. Thanks Daniel!
Having come back to PIPINOIR, still salty, we have met Paula Henriques [one of Funchal's main cultural reporters] for an interview before lunchtime. We can say she was entitled to a true 'private view'.
In the afternoon, we recorded Rui Camacho. Between Xarabanda, Vértice, Algozes and various memories from his childhood, Rui was as expansive as we feared he would have been. It looks like our 'blacklist' can very well become true. Sara, upon listening back to the recordings, searching for new suggestions of places to record in Funchal, understood that interviewing people is an optimal way of deeply learning the things that run just too quickly in every conversation about culture.
At night, the last fine-tuning was done to 'Taxonomy' so that no one's voice would become subsumed under general noise too much.
Photograph by Mariana B. Camacho
Photograph by Rui A. Camacho