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.

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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!

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 – November 1, 2020

Please join me tonight for another edition of Blue Water Drift Dive, on RadioSpiral.net.

Tonight I am going to return to one of my very favorite artists ever: Thom Brennan. I’ve been a fan of Thom’s work since the 1990’s when I first encountered it, and ever since then I’ve been a huge fan of and oft-times visitor to his singular place in ambient music. So I was filled with excitement when Thom began releasing music again recently after a long quiet period. His latest albums have been diverse and fascinating explorations through various parts of the ambient electronic realms, but always with Thom’s unmistakable voice speaking clearly.

So tonight we will play music from three of his recent albums. In the first hour, we’ll hear cuts from Dragon Fly, followed by cuts from Night Lights and Departures in the second hour.

I will also be opening the program with a live set. I hope you’ll join us!

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 …

Thom Brennan Soundgardens

IMG_0013They say that good things come to those who wait.  Patience is a virtue.  Etc.  Well, with the release of Thom Brennan’s new album Soundgardens, I say thank goodness that the waiting is over!

Yes, that’s right folks, after many years of quiet, Thom Brennan has just released Soundgardens, a lush, expansive collection of beatless ambient poems that only Thom could make.

I could give you lots of words to try to capture how I stoked I am about this release, but I can condense it down to one statement:  you need to get a copy of this album.  Trust me on this.  Here’s where you go:

Get Soundgardens here …

While you’re there, feel free to pick up a few other masterpieces as well …

Playlist – December 29, 2017

What a beautiful set of music.  Tonight we went deep into the music of Thom Brennan, exploring the many gorgeous albums and pieces that he has created over the decades.  Simply essential ambient music.

We had a nice time in the chat room hanging out and discussing the music, as well as underground nuclear explosions, cherry kombucha, Southern California, Japanese home organs the size of buses, and species of bell tree.   If you’re not in the chat during the broadcast, you’re literally missing out on half the fun.

Hope to see you next week!

 

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Thom Brennan – Mist – Raingarden (2001)
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Cedars Stand Against The Rain
Mist

 

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Thom Brennan – Shimmer – Raingarden (2001)
Shimmer Part 1
Shimmer Part 2

 

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Thom Brennan – Stories From The Forest – Raingarden (2008)
Stories From The Forest Part 4
Stories From The Forest Part 6

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Thom Brennan – Beneath Clouds – Raingarden (1996)
Beneath Clouds Part 1

 

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Thom Brennan – Mountains – Raingarden (1987)
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On the next BWDD: Thom Brennan

logo_2The depth of winter.  Another year gone, with a new unexplored year coming fast.  And I can think of no better way to reminisce about the past and look forward to the future than to spend an evening with the music of one of my very favorite artists, Thom Brennan.

If you’re not familiar with Thom’s work, you should be.  He is one of the essential electronic artists, with prominent releases going back all the way to 1986.  He produces pure, immersive ambient music that can only be described as fathomless, music where minutes fly by despite the apparent statelessness of the composition.  Gorgeous, profound electronic ambience that is good for the soul.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow evening for my program where we will embark on a lush journey through the broad body of Thom’s music.  There will also be a live performance that hopefully evokes some of the many ways that his music has influenced my own.

The show starts Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM US Easter time (December 30 at 3 AM UTC) and lasts at least three hours.

I hope you’ll join us!  And if you tune in, be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello.

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

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

Playlist – December 22, 2017

ob12 cleanIt’s always wonderful to celebrate the return of an old friend, and tonight was my opportunity to do that for my beloved Oberheim OB-12.  We had a great time listening to music inspired by the color blue, and chit chatting about hiking in Japan, the evils of internet service providers, Debussy doing Satie, revolving organ bars, and the mysterious Christmas Asparagus.  Don’t ask – you had to be in the chat room at the time to understand that reference.

The night was cold and wet but the music was warm and inviting.  Hope to see you next week!

 

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Mystahr – Forrae – Blue Water Records (2005)
Oceans Of Blue

 

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Vidna Obmana – Twilight of Perception – Projekt (1995)
Over Blue Mountains

 

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Lucette Bourdin – Golden Sun – Earth Mantra (2009)
Blue and Glowing Days

 

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Robert Rich and Ian Boddy – React – DiN (2008)
Blue Moon

 

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Conni St. Pierre – Beneath The Waves (Legends of Lost Cities) – Self-Released (1998)
Ocean Beautiful, Ocean Blue

 

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Spheruleus – The Disguised Familiar – Earth Mantra (2009)
Blue Moon

 

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Sylvie Walder and Phillip Wilkerson – Transience – Earth Mantra (2008)
Blue Grass

 

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Fellirium – Sapphire – Self Released (2008)
Blue Background

 

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Fellirium – Nightfall – Self Released (2011)
Blue Flowers

 

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Scott Lawlor – Neptune – Earth Mantra (2014)
The Mystical Blue World

 

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Quosp – Blue EP – Metanoia (2007)
Blue

 

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Numina – The Haunting Silence – Self Released (2001)
Blue Shift

 

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Tone Ghost Ether – Condor Sail Curve – Earth Mantra (2008)
Blue Smoke Screen

 

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Janne Hanhisuanto – Water Stories – Earth Mantra (2010)
Deep Blue

 

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Tony Gerber – Colour My Dream – Earth Mantra (2009)
Dream Blue

 

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Arcticology – Looking for Satellites – Earth Mantra (2008)
Blue and Green

 

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Emerald Adrift – The Blue Flower – Earth Mantra (2009)
Resisting the Current

 

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SineRider – Like a Ray of Light – BFW Recordings (2010)
Blue and Orange Around White Objects

 

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IXOHOXI – Ambient Tone Poems II – Self Released (2003)
Incandescent Blue Morpho

 

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Thom Brennan – Vibrant Water – Raingarden (2001)
Blue Depths

 

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Richard Lainhart – The Deep Blue of Twilight – Self Released (2009)
The Deep Blue of Twilight

 

Playlist – October 20, 2017

It was a fun show this evening!  It’s always a pleasure to hang out in the chat room and chit chat while listening to some great ambient music, from folks like Steve Roach, Forrest Fang, Shane Morris, and Thom Brennan.  If you ‘re listening but not chatting, you’re definitely missing out on half of the fun.

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s program:

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Steve Roach – Destination Horizon – Life Sequence – Projekt (2003) 

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Shane Morris and Q – Drifting to the Great Unknown – The Ascent – Self-Released (2016)

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ELYA – Pastoruri – Glaciers – La Bel (2016)

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The Ambient Visitor – The Journey Continues Part One – The Journey Continues – Self-Released (2017)

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Forrest Fang – The Hallucinations of Hung Tung – Phantoms – Projekt (2009)

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Lingua Lustra – Wave 4 – Waves (Rolling from the Edges of Time) – Earth Mantra (2016)

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Thom Brennan – Beneath Clouds Part 4 – Beneath Clouds – Arya (1996)