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 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 …

Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf – Tales From The Ultra Tribe

1eb4ba90d3a4496aa76fde2fc49af9d0While in a coding frenzy at work today, I decided I needed a little tribal ambient to energize and focus me.  So who else should I reach out to but the two masters of this genre, Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, whose legendary collaborations have produced some of the finest tribal ambient music ever recorded.

So I spun up their iconic release Tales From The Ultra Tribe.  And I am reminded, yet again, why these two guys are regarded so highly in the ambient world.  Absolutely pristine, mature ambience with Metcalf’s signature trance-inducing hand percussion.  If you are looking for some good music to work to, or just some good music, look no further.  Highly recommended.