On the next BWDD: The Color Blue

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The blue monster

Azure. Cerulean. Cobalt. Lapis lazuli. Beryl. Navy. Midnight. Ultramarine. Prussian. Indigo.  Whatever name you choose, the next edition of Blue Water Drift Dive is brought to you by the color Blue.

Yes, that’s right, we’ll be mounting an ambient expedition through all the myriad hues, pigments, and shades of this enigmatic color, inspired by the resurrection of my old blue friend the Oberheim OB-12 synthesizer, who was brought back to his full powers this past week.

For those of you not familiar, the OB-12 is one of the weirder synthesizers ever made.  Ostensibly a virtual analog, the synth sounds like nothing ever made by analog circuits.  Thoroughly digital and totally unsuitable for more commercial forms of electronic music, the OB-12 is instead an ambient artist’s dream, a deviant anomaly sporting a beautiful control surface, an outrageous sound engine, and the single best feature I’ve ever played with:  the z-plane morph.

I couldn’t be happier to have this unique synthesizer back in the arsenal, and so I’ve selected “blue” music that celebrates this happy event.  And, of course, there will be an ambient train wreck, this time featuring nothing but the sounds of the OB-12.

Please join us for this excursion!  The show begins this Friday, December 22, at 7 PM Pacific time / 10 PM Eastern time (December 23 at 3 AM UTC), and lasts at least three hours.

And if you tune in, please stop by the chat room!  I’d love to say hi …

Listen at https://www.radiospiral.net/listen

Join us in chat: https://mrspiral.slack.com

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