North Hive – Gaia

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we live in magical times.  Yes, the world is deeply flawed and divided right now, but when it comes to ambient music, there has never been a better time to be alive.

One of the artists I have recently discovered is North Hive, a Russian ambient, electronic, and new age artist who puts out some of the finest music around.  Tonight, I’m listening to Gaia, a 2015 release of immense beauty and maturity.

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If you like your ambient music refined and visual, you can’t go wrong with North Hive.  Highly recommended.

Dan Pound – Cocoon

A little work music listening that I thought I’d share with you.  Today as I’m coding away, I’m listening to Dan Pound’s magnificent 2012 release Cocoon.

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I thought I was familiar with Dan’s music and his sound, but I was actually quite surprised by this album.  Instead of Dan’s trademark ambient with new age / tribal overtones, this is a quite electronic ambient release, replete with sequences and pulsations of synthesis everywhere, alongside the gentle ambience.  A lovely, mature piece of electronic music.

Check it out!

Today’s Blue Water Drift Dive

hqdefaultSomething about the best laid plans of mice and men comes to mind.

Ah well. Today’s Blue Water Drift Dive was a complete nonstarter, with not one, not two, but three separate failures of technology.  The gods apparently did not want to hear any electronic music from me today.

I’ve deleted the messed up video, and there was no audio stream recorded.  We’ll try again next time.

Steve Roach – Skeleton Keys

If you’ve been paying attention at all to the world of electronic music, you are probably already aware of Steve Roach’s Grammy award for his magnificent album Spiral Revelation, which reflects his recent move back towards his roots in the world of analog synthesizer music.  Followed by such albums as Molecules of Motion and Electron Birth, I think it is safe to say that he is firmly back in sequencer music territory.

Well, Steve is back at the modular synth again, this time with a sublime collection of electronic ambient pieces called Skeleton Keys.

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I cannot speak highly enough of this album.  I’ve listened to it multiple times already since it was released a few days ago, and I’m just gobsmacked.  If you love Berlin School electronica, synthesizer music, or ambient music in general, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  Spectacular.

 

 

 

Darkness and Silence – Victory In Europe

It’s Hallowe’en, and so today I’m listening to dark ambience.  And folks, it simply does not get any darker than this:

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Victory In Europe by Darkness and Silence is one of the most grim and depressing pieces of music I have ever encountered. Which is to say, this album hits the mark right in the bulls-eye. This is not uplifting music to make you feel better. This is dark ambient music that reminds us of what the word ‘horror’ means. Most of all, it helps us to never forget. Brilliant work.

Also dishearteningly timely given current events.  Check it out.  With the lights out, preferably.  But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Reminder: Blue Water Drift Dive #3 – November 3, 2018

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A gentle reminder to mark your calendars …

On Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3 PM US Pacific Time / 6 PM US Eastern Time / 11 PM UTC, I’ll be broadcasting another live concert on YouTube and RadioSpiral.net.

There will be both a live video feed, a live audio feed, and not one but two separate chat rooms you can attend – one in my YouTube channel and the other at RadioSpiral.net.

I hope to see you there!