Playlist – December 15, 2017

I just love sequencer music, and tonight was a great night to immerse myself in it.  I hope you enjoyed the music as much as I did!


K.Markov – Golden Age – Self Released (2017)
Golden Age


Guenter Schlienz – The Sardinian Tapes – Earth Mantra (2017)
Sardinia 4
Sardinia 9


Dave Fulton – Hard Particles – Groove Unlimited (1999)
Neutrons At Thought Pressure
Small Particles
Foreground Extractions
Random Images
Background Ambient Extractions
Hard Particles
Clouded Flats Of Radiation
Particle Reversal
Discarded Time
Neutrons At Rest


mon0 – Beyond – Test Tube (2008)


Dreamhub – Moments in Space – Earth Mantra (2010)
Into Orbit
Zero Gravity

On the next BWDD: Rhythmic Pulsations

lightsI’m really stoked about tonight’s Blue Water Drift Dive.

If you haven’t been following along, I’ve really been digging sequencer based electronica lately, to the point that it’s influencing the music I make, not just the the music I listen to.

So, tonight we are going to return to the world of sequence-driven music, with hints of Berlin but also with a thoroughly modern point of view.  I’m going to be playing music for you from a variety of artists, both prominent and obscure, including an end to end play of one of my favorite modular synthesizer albums.  No I won’t tell you who, because that would be cheating.

So tune in and hear all the goodness!  The show starts tonight, Friday December 15th, at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM US Eastern time, which is Saturday at 3 AM UTC.  And if you listen, be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello.  I’d love to meet you …

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Irregular Journey – an Ambient Train Wreck release

a2596478581_10I’m happy to announce the release of another pair of ambient train wreck recordings, this time from December 2017.

Called Irregular Journey, this is actually a pair of distinct train wrecks, one called Irregular Satellites and the other called Journey Through Darkness.  Where one is a light and cheery romp through high Earth orbit, the other is a dark and pensive journey through the shadows.

I thought both of these live performances came out rather well, so I’m releasing them on the RadioSpiral imprint as a benefit for the station.  If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up your own copy – it goes to a good cause.

Pirate Raid! Electronic ambient music on a Saturday night …

pirate smallShiver me timbers.  We have another evening where Star’s End has been preempted by something else going on at WXPN, so again I am going to be mounting a pirate raid on RadioSpiral, starting at 10 PM Pacific / 1 AM Eastern time (4 AM UTC).

To make things more interesting, I will not be pre-selecting the tracks to play tonight.  I’ll be picking music on the fly to suit the mood.  The hour will be late but we will be hanging out in the chat room listening to whatever it is I’m going to play and enjoying ourselves as always.  Should be great fun!

If you tune in, be sure to come by the chat and say hello.  I’d love to meet you.

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Playlist – December 8, 2017

dark2For me, this show was something special.  It’s not every day that I take a breath and go deep with the dark ambient genre for an extended period of time.  Tonight we journeyed through the hinterlands of ambience, contemplated the sights and sounds around us, plunged headlong through the valley of the shadow, and emerged refreshed by the experience.

As usual, a fun time was had by all in the chat room, as we discussed the virtues of various California wines, winter in Canada, singing tea pots, pickled garlic, and essential oil aromatherapy.

The night was cold, the hearth was warm, the music was fathomless, and the company was wonderful.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hope to see you next week …


EugeneKha – Black Heath – Earth Mantra (2010)
Black Heath (The Long Atmospheric Mix)


:sinclair: – 0306 – Earth Mantra (2011)


Not Your Average Hippy – Warm Ground Dark Sky – Earth Mantra (2008)
Voices Sixty Sixty
Warm Ground Dark Sky


Red Fog – Dronerider – Self Released (2010)
Electric Skulls in the Frozen Sea


Red Fog – Zone of Avoidance – Self Released (2013)
Forest of Diodes


:retreat: – Lordes – Earth Mantra (2010)
Lordes 01


Meho – Brojevi – crnazemljanetlabel (2015)


Meho – Delta Sleep – crnazemljanetlabel (2015)
Slow Wave Sleep


Darkness and Silence – Victory in Europe – Far From Showbiz (2005)
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII
Part IX

On the next BWDD: A Journey Through Darkness

dark2One of my favorite genres is dark ambient music, where the sounds are slow and murky, the tone is ethereal and obscure, and the scope can range from epic all the way to sublime.  Some of my very favorite artists have done pieces in this realm, or even have dedicated the bulk of their work to it.  Many times I have immersed myself in a dark ambient piece and allowed it to carry my mind away.  It’s great music for work, relaxation, or contemplation.

So … tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive, we’ll be taking a leisurely journey through the halls of dark ambience.  But don’t be afraid!  The music may be abstract, textural, and gloomy, but it will also be reflective, thought provoking, and in its own way, beautiful.  Plus I’ll be performing a live dark ambient train wreck.

And as always, our chat room will be a place of friendship, discussion, and general goofing off – so if you tune in, be sure to come by and say hello.

The show starts tonight, December 8, at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM Eastern time (December 9 at 3a UTC).  Hope to see you there …

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EugeneKha – Live at the Sound Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 11, 2017

0003866756_10EugeneKha, also known as Evgeniy Kharitonov, is a prolific musician hailing from Russia, who has been producing outstanding ambient and electronic music for as long as I can remember.  And I do mean prolific.  In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of anyone who has released as much electronic music as he has.  And the thing is – it’s all excellent.

Not only is he talented in the studio, but Evgeniy has also performed and recorded a great deal of live music.  Take this recent performance from about a month ago, performed at the Sound Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  He describes it as Dark Ambient, and certainly there is plenty of that to be heard, but he also segues into elements that sound almost world music in their origin.  A typical EugeneKha performance, always keeping you interested, keeping you guessing, and keeping you entertained.

Have a listen!