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 …

BWDD – September 27, 2020

Please join me this evening for another edition of Blue Water Drift Dive on RadioSpiral.net. And tonight is “desert ambient” night! Yes, that lovely genre combining southwest motifs, ancient instruments, thunderous hand percussion, and the deepest, most meditative ambience on the planet. We’ll be on a journey through the darkest canyons and broadest desert plains, under a panoply of stars that must be seen to be believed.

To that end, I’ll be playing music by many of my favorite artists, including Steve Roach, Robert Carty, Shane Morris, Numina, Alpha Wave Movement, Ajnia, and Tange. Plus there will be a live set by yours truly.

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 …

Playlist – February 16, 2018

Beautiful space music tonight, from one of the most prolific and creative artists around, Robert Carty.  Such a great pleasure to bring this lush music to you.  Hope you enjoyed the program!

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Robert Carty – Being Here (2016)
The Now of Time

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Robert Carty – Trails (2016)
Star Trails

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Robert Carty – Paradise Earth (2011)
The Breathing Sky

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Robert Carty – In Neptune’s Wake (2013)
Archaic Memories
Deep Into The Future

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Robert Carty – Starlight Volume 1 (2008)
Enveloping Space
Saturn’s Song

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Robert Carty – Starlight Volume 2 (2009)
Rising Orion
Star Breathing

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Robert Carty – Starlight Volume 3 (2009)
This Cosmic Life

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Robert Carty – Darklight (1998)
Organic Elemental

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Robert Carty – Microspirals (1999)
Touching Atoms

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Robert Carty – Oceanic Space (2005)
Oceanic Space Joy

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Robert Carty – Clouds (2014)
Cumulus

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Robert Carty – Photonic Movements (2011)
Shimmering

On the next BWDD: Robert Carty

Okay, so let’s try this again.  🙂  Last week’s Blue Water Drift Dive was interrupted by the uninvited appearance of a flu-like virus, which put me in bed and left me in no condition to present a show with the usual attention the music deserves.  Consequently, I had to cancel the program at the last minute.  But, happily, I’m feeling better now and so …

cartyOn the next edition of Blue Water Drift Dive, we will resume our series of deep dives into the works of my favorite ambient musicians, this week focusing on the music of trail blazing space musician Robert Carty.

Robert has long been a fixture of the ambient music scene, having composed beautiful space music since he was 13 years old.  One of the hallmarks of his music, though, is his distinctive voice.  You can hear influences in Robert’s music, but when you hear a Carty piece, you immediately hear Robert behind it, working his magic with his arsenal of vintage synthesizers.  His music is visual and lush, with an ever-expanding scope, a perfect complement to an evening of stargazing or even sipping some tea in front of a warm hearth.

We’ll be listening to a music from a number of albums from Robert’s huge discography.  Please join us!  And be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello.

The show starts Friday February 16th at 7 PM Pacific / 10 PM Eastern (February 17th at 3 AM UTC) and lasts at least three hours.

Listen at https://www.radiospiral.net/listen

Join us in chat: https://mrspiral.slack.com

On the next BWDD: Robert Carty

cartyOn the next edition of Blue Water Drift Dive, we will resume our series of deep dives into the works of my favorite ambient musicians, this week focusing on the music of trail blazing space musician Robert Carty.

Robert has long been a fixture of the ambient music scene, having composed beautiful space music since he was 13 years old.  One of the hallmarks of his music, though, is his distinctive voice.  You can hear influences in Robert’s music, but when you hear a Carty piece, you immediately hear Robert behind it, working his magic with his arsenal of vintage synthesizers.  His music is visual and lush, with an ever-expanding scope, a perfect complement to an evening of stargazing or even sipping some tea in front of a warm hearth.

We’ll be listening to a music from a number of albums from Robert’s huge discography.  Please join us!  And be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello.

The show starts Friday February 16th at 7 PM Pacific / 10 PM Eastern (February 17th at 3 AM UTC) and lasts at least three hours.

Listen at https://www.radiospiral.net/listen

Join us in chat: https://mrspiral.slack.com

Today’s music: Robert Carty’s Trails

a3826549200_10Just coding away at work, listening to Robert Carty’s excellent album Trails.  Such lush textures, flowing effortlessly and endlessly.  Great music to work to …

If you’re not familiar with Robert or his music, I strongly encourage you to stop by his Bandcamp page, which has over sixty albums to choose from.  A huge discography, and all of it uniformly superb. Highly recommended!