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 …
For reasons that will probably elude me forever, I have only recently stumbled into this extraordinary radio program:
Just wow. Mike Hunter / Ombient has an impeccable ambient palate and plays for several hours on WPRB on an evening that desperately needs an ambient keep: Friday evenings. If you’ve never tuned in, you can listen from anywhere.
Check it out … !
I knew that tonight’s program would have excellent music, but I will confess I didn’t fully realize how excellent until hearing it all end to end. Tonight we focused on the music of Ombient, the great Mike Hunter and his endless fascination with ambient space music.
What a great collection of pieces, including a jaw dropping live set put on by Ombient and Chuck van Zyl at The Gatherings back in May of this year, a recording that benefits The Gatherings Concert Series.
We had a good time discussing the instruments we were hearing, the virtues of various analog sequencers, the joy of pickled garlic, and some of the books we have enjoyed recently. As always, if you are listening but not chatting you are literally missing out on half the fun.
Anyway, here’s tonight’s playlist. Be sure to stop by and grab some of this music yourself, and be sure to purchase an album or two to show your love and support for what you heard.
Hope to see you next week …
Alien Autopsy – 2015 Star’s End Halloween Broadcast (2015)
Winterregnum – Star’s End Solstice 2015 (2015)
Live on Music With Space (2011)
Sectio Aurea – Self-Released (2016)
with Chuck van Zyl – The Gatherings May 20, 2017 – Self-Released (2017)
Ombient – Self-Released (2012)
One of my favorite artists these days is Mike Hunter, who performs and releases outrageously good electronic ambient music under his Ombient project. Tonight I am privileged to present a show dedicated to his music.
I’ve been taking a trip to Berlin lately, and tonight will be no exception. Mike creates some of the most intriguing analog modular synth music, transforming the cables and knobs and flashing lights into cohesive and brilliantly orchestrated space music. His music is surprisingly diverse, though, and you’ll hear it tonight. We’ll start out in the world of Berlin, transition into a more world-influenced ambient realm, and then finish with some lush pure ambience.
I hope you’ll join me for this special feature. And if you tune in be sure to stop by the chat room. You never know – Mike may even be able to stop by and say hello for a couple of minutes. Hope to see you there!
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