Live concert with Emerald Adrift

emerald-adriftMark your calendars!

I’m very happy to announce that on the January 19th episode of Blue Water Drift Dive, I’ll be hosting a live on-air concert by none other than David Herpich of Emerald Adrift.  And not only will there be a concert, but I’ll be doing an in-depth feature on the music of Emerald Adrift.  The show starts at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM US Eastern time on Friday January 19th.

For those of you who might not know, Emerald Adrift is a nom de plume of composer and electronic musician David Herpich. Eclectic yet unified, the music of Emerald Adrift explores the unusual confluences of melodic synth-pop with avant-garde abstraction, meditative ambiances with propulsive rhythms, and purely electronic timbres with otherworldly manipulations of sounds from everyday life.

An interest in diverse synthesis technologies has led to the use of various commercial and academic computer-based applications, numerous additive, wavetable, FM, and analogue keyboards, and vintage rarities such as the E-mu and ARP 2500 modular systems. Throughout it all, Emerald Adrift has maintained a consistent approach to sonic expression which defies any obvious genre categorization.

David holds degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Kansas, and completed his master’s degree in contemporary composition as a recipient of the University Graduate Fellowship Award at the University of South Florida in Tampa. At both institutions, he focused his studies on electronic music, working under Michael Timpson, Paul Reller, and Edward Mattila. In addition, Herpich has written award-winning works for acoustic ensembles, scored theatre, dance, and film productions, and lectured on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Hope to see you there!

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Playlist – December 29, 2017

What a beautiful set of music.  Tonight we went deep into the music of Thom Brennan, exploring the many gorgeous albums and pieces that he has created over the decades.  Simply essential ambient music.

We had a nice time in the chat room hanging out and discussing the music, as well as underground nuclear explosions, cherry kombucha, Southern California, Japanese home organs the size of buses, and species of bell tree.   If you’re not in the chat during the broadcast, you’re literally missing out on half the fun.

Hope to see you next week!


Thom Brennan – Mist – Raingarden (2001)
Cedars Stand Against The Rain


Thom Brennan – Shimmer – Raingarden (2001)
Shimmer Part 1
Shimmer Part 2


Thom Brennan – Stories From The Forest – Raingarden (2008)
Stories From The Forest Part 4
Stories From The Forest Part 6

Thom Brennan – Beneath Clouds – Raingarden (1996)
Beneath Clouds Part 1


Thom Brennan – Mountains – Raingarden (1987)

On the next BWDD: Thom Brennan

logo_2The depth of winter.  Another year gone, with a new unexplored year coming fast.  And I can think of no better way to reminisce about the past and look forward to the future than to spend an evening with the music of one of my very favorite artists, Thom Brennan.

If you’re not familiar with Thom’s work, you should be.  He is one of the essential electronic artists, with prominent releases going back all the way to 1986.  He produces pure, immersive ambient music that can only be described as fathomless, music where minutes fly by despite the apparent statelessness of the composition.  Gorgeous, profound electronic ambience that is good for the soul.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow evening for my program where we will embark on a lush journey through the broad body of Thom’s music.  There will also be a live performance that hopefully evokes some of the many ways that his music has influenced my own.

The show starts Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM US Easter time (December 30 at 3 AM UTC) and lasts at least three hours.

I hope you’ll join us!  And if you tune in, be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello.

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Playlist – December 22, 2017

ob12 cleanIt’s always wonderful to celebrate the return of an old friend, and tonight was my opportunity to do that for my beloved Oberheim OB-12.  We had a great time listening to music inspired by the color blue, and chit chatting about hiking in Japan, the evils of internet service providers, Debussy doing Satie, revolving organ bars, and the mysterious Christmas Asparagus.  Don’t ask – you had to be in the chat room at the time to understand that reference.

The night was cold and wet but the music was warm and inviting.  Hope to see you next week!


Mystahr – Forrae – Blue Water Records (2005)
Oceans Of Blue


Vidna Obmana – Twilight of Perception – Projekt (1995)
Over Blue Mountains


Lucette Bourdin – Golden Sun – Earth Mantra (2009)
Blue and Glowing Days


Robert Rich and Ian Boddy – React – DiN (2008)
Blue Moon


Conni St. Pierre – Beneath The Waves (Legends of Lost Cities) – Self-Released (1998)
Ocean Beautiful, Ocean Blue


Spheruleus – The Disguised Familiar – Earth Mantra (2009)
Blue Moon


Sylvie Walder and Phillip Wilkerson – Transience – Earth Mantra (2008)
Blue Grass


Fellirium – Sapphire – Self Released (2008)
Blue Background


Fellirium – Nightfall – Self Released (2011)
Blue Flowers


Scott Lawlor – Neptune – Earth Mantra (2014)
The Mystical Blue World


Quosp – Blue EP – Metanoia (2007)


Numina – The Haunting Silence – Self Released (2001)
Blue Shift


Tone Ghost Ether – Condor Sail Curve – Earth Mantra (2008)
Blue Smoke Screen


Janne Hanhisuanto – Water Stories – Earth Mantra (2010)
Deep Blue


Tony Gerber – Colour My Dream – Earth Mantra (2009)
Dream Blue


Arcticology – Looking for Satellites – Earth Mantra (2008)
Blue and Green


Emerald Adrift – The Blue Flower – Earth Mantra (2009)
Resisting the Current


SineRider – Like a Ray of Light – BFW Recordings (2010)
Blue and Orange Around White Objects


IXOHOXI – Ambient Tone Poems II – Self Released (2003)
Incandescent Blue Morpho


Thom Brennan – Vibrant Water – Raingarden (2001)
Blue Depths


Richard Lainhart – The Deep Blue of Twilight – Self Released (2009)
The Deep Blue of Twilight


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 …

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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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