ZIA - ZIA V1.5 (1992)
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ZIAv1.5 was a self release, first available on cassette in 1992 with just a handful of the songs. This version was called ZIAv1.0. When Elaine added more songs or re-mastered a song ZIA would release a new version. ZIAv1.1 and ZIAv1.2 through 1.4 followed. People who had bought the cassette could simply return the cassette and a new upgrade would be sent for only the cost of shipping. This was a gimmick designed to emulate software upgrades. The final upgrade was to a CD, offered at a discounted price. ZIA v1.5 is inspired by transhumanism, space exploration and other futurist themes. There is also a strong environmentalist theme throughout with Mother and New Way referring indirectly to Mother Earth, The Building and Reconstruction alluding to temporary buildings and toxic waste. Agribusiness was inspired by Elaine's newfound vegetarianism, Space-Time and Disevolve inspired by the book Neuromancer and transhuminist ideas. Sol was inspired by Sun Diver and Pagan Goddess by Earth, both books by David Brin. Animal was inspired by events at Tiananmen Square in 1989, and Stick Men refers to the clash of Native Americans and the white men which they called "stick men" because they used sticks to mark off territory for agriculture. lyrics

CREDITS:
Written, arranged and produced by Elaine Walker
Agribusiness, Pagan Goddess and New Way Engineered by Joel Somellian
Produced by Gordon Willis and Elaine Walker
Animal, Reconstruction and Mother Engineered by Joel Somellian
Produced by Joel Somellian and Elaine Walker
Cover art by Elaine

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