BWDD – October 18, 2020

It is “Mountain Night” tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive on RadioSpiral.net! After a lovely road trip through Colorado and Wyoming last week — the reason there was no show last weekend — I think it’s appropriate to have a show focused on the music of the mountains. As such, every track in tonight’s show has some special reference to the mountains in its title, the album it is on, or in the theme of the music.

We’ll open with a block of mountain-themed pieces from such artists as Kevin Spears, Ombient, The Lovely Moon, Chris Zabriskie, Tony Gerber, and Altus, traveling mostly in the high plains of light ambient music, but with a few delicious side roads thrown in for good measure.

And in the second hour, I’ll be bringing you that masterpiece of mountain music by none other than ambient explorer Thom Brennan: his 1987 masterpiece simply entitled Mountains. One of my favorite albums ever — and a beautiful way to close out the show and send us into the work week well centered and prepared.

And, of course, I’ll be opening the program with a live set, this time dedicated to the crisp and pristine air up there at Monarch Pass. Or the lack thereof.

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 – July 19, 2020

Please join me this evening for another edition of Blue Water Drift Dive on RadioSpiral.net!

Tonight to prepare us for the upcoming work week, I’ll be spinning some tunes from Altus, North Hive, and Loneward, along with a recorded live set from Aidan Baker. I’ll also be performing a live ambient electronic set somewhere in there.

The show happens tonight around 10/9/8/7p (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 …

Altus Winter Embrace (15th Anniversary Edition)

free-altus-wallpaperOne of my very favorite artists in the world is Mike Carss, who records stunning ambient music under the moniker Altus.  And one of my very favorite releases by Mike has been his series of albums entitled Winter Embrace.

Time flows by us, and sometimes we don’t even realize how quickly.  Somehow the original Winter Embrace has reached 15 years of age, and Mike has decided to reissue this landmark piece, not only as a remastering – but as a complete re-performance.  From his liner notes:

” … What harms the 2002/2005 recording are the tools I had at my disposal, as well as the limitations of my technical knowledge. Any artist can tell you that we’re always learning something new. I’ve learned a lot about sound design, and my current toolset offers me a much better set of options than what I had then.

What you hear now is the definitive version of Winter Embrace. Aside from the twinkling bells that permeate the recording, everything you hear has been meticulously rebuilt from the ground up, treated with the utmost respect in terms of keeping the mood intact. To be clear, changes have been made, but if you were to compare, I think you’d agree this version is a vast improvement …”

After hearing this new release of a long-cherished classic, all I can say is wow.  The original sounded good and had that lush Altus compositional style, but the new version is smooth and exquisite, an absolute delight for the senses.  I didn’t think it was possible to improve upon a classic, but Altus has done so.

I encourage anyone who loves ambient music, cinematic music, or just loves winter, to grab a copy of this superlative album, by a true master of the genre.  Get yours here:

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http://www.altusmusic.ca/we_15th.html