Pirate Raid Tonight!

Arrrrr, mateys.

It’s been quite a few minutes since the last time I broadcast, but I thought this Saturday night would be a good time for another pirate raid on RadioSpiral.net.

I will be playing a nice selection of ambient tunes from Earth Mantra’s The Hundredth Mantra, so I hope you will tune in for that. There will also be a live performance by me.

The show happens TONIGHT, Saturday October 16 at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

I hope to see you there!

  1. To listen: click here
  2. To chat in Slack: click here (or click here for more instructions)
  3. To chat in Second Life: click here

BWDD – January 24, 2021

Tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive, we will be continuing our series focusing on live ambient and electronic music. With live sets performed by artists like Robert Rich, Cypress Rosewood / Tony Gerber, and The Ministry of Inside Things, we will certainly have a lovely time. There will also be an unreleased historical live set performed by yours truly. Hope to see you there.

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

BWDD – January 3, 2021

Tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive, we will complete our look back at the “interesting” year of 2020 – and the ambient releases that were part of it.

After a live set, we’ll hear 2020-released pieces from Steve Roach, onewayness, Jarguna – Seetyca, and Phillip Wilkerson, followed by Infinity Sideways and Thom Brennan in the second hour.

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

To listen: click here

To chat in Slack: click here (or click here for more instructions)

To chat in Second Life: click here

BWDD – December 27, 2020

Finally. Tonight is the very last Blue Water Drift Dive from this “interesting” year of 2020 and I could not be happier. To celebrate, we will take a look back at my favorite releases from this year.

In the first hour, we will hear lovely selections from Forrest Fang, Quantum Eraser Trio, C. Paradisi, Grum-pe, and Robert Rich, covering a very broad swath of ambient territory. And in the second hour we will hear from Eyes Cast Down and Bill Baxter. There will also be a brief live set by me to open things up.

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

BWDD – December 13, 2020

Tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive, we will enjoy two outstanding but very different ambient albums.

In the first hour, we will hear epic ambient space music from Thom Brennan’s brand new album Homeland. In the second hour, we will hark back to one of my all time favorites of minimal acoustic ambient music, The Last Season by Petal.

There will also be a live set by me, on an untested rig. Wish me luck!

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

11p/10p/9p/8p BWDD live ambient pirate raid!

There is no Star’s End tonight, alas, so I thought it might be fun instead to play some lovely ambient space music on a pirate raid this evening. So …

Tonight on RadioSpiral at 11p US Eastern Time / 8p US Pacific Time, I’ll be doing a live pirate raid, presenting music from such folks as Chuck van Zyl, Ombient, and Alpha Wave Movement, plus anything else I feel like adding on the fly. Arrrr.

Hope to see you then! Also, please drop by the chat and say hello …

BWDD – December 6, 2020

Tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive, we continue our journey through the ambient music of winter.

In the first hour, we will hear beautiful but icy cuts from such artists as Christopher Short, Forrest Fang, Darkened Soul, and Juta Takahashi. And hopefully a brief live set as well.

In the second hour, we will hear that classic of winter classics, none other than Altus and his breathtaking 15th anniversary reimagining of Winter Embrace. No winter music program could possibly be complete without it!

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

BWDD – November 29, 2020

For the next few episodes of Blue Water Drift Dive, as we ponder our imminent departure into the sunless depths of the darkest season, we will focus on music of winter.

And what exactly is that? Well, it’s more about a feeling than an overt genre or topic. It’s about ambient music that has a touch of frostiness to it, pieces with flow, scope, and duration suitable to the music, and above all, a sense of quiet solitude amongst the hush as snow falls.

With that in mind, tonight we will hear music from two wonderful artists: Somnarium and Max Corbacho!

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello …

BWDD – November 22, 2020

It’s variety night on Blue Water Drift Dive! Actually, it’s not, but it might seem that way. Stylistically, we will be covering quite a bit of ground tonight, but there is some method to the moshpit. For me, tonight is about telling a story.

It’s about an upcoming holiday, a special day of the year with a complex background, simultaneously revered as a symbol of peace and gratitude while also viewed by some as the celebration of a genocide. Both are true, in my view, and that is the story I hope to tell tonight. It begins in darkness and violence and despair, navigating a path through a silent wasteland, then finding new life and new growth, ultimately bringing us to a very quiet personal place, away from all the trouble of the past. For me, this is the true meaning of the holiday: giving thanks individually. Nothing more, simple personal gratitude, in this place and in this moment.

Will tonight’s music successfully tell that story? I hope so. And I hope you’ll join us for the program. We’ll be playing music by a panoply of artists, including Thom Brennan, Numina, Robert Carty, Shane Morris, Bill Baxter, Cluster Balm, Meho, c.paradisi, Bing Satellites, North Hive, Robert Rich, and Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf. To name just a few. Hope you tune in!

There will also be an unusual live set tonight, where I focus on live generative music. To me, this is an interesting concept I’ve been playing with lately, to answer the question: what kind of live music can I make with only a mixer and a couple of knobs to play with? Will the experiment work? Find out tonight!

The show happens tonight at 10p/9p/8p/7p ET/CT/MT/PT (2a UTC), immediately following the end of Tony Gerber’s fantastic Ambient Sundays program, and will last at least 2 hours. As with all RadioSpiral.net programs, the emphasis is on community, so of course there is a live chat.

If you tune in, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello …