On the next BWDD: Rhythmic Pulsations

lightsI’m really stoked about tonight’s Blue Water Drift Dive.

If you haven’t been following along, I’ve really been digging sequencer based electronica lately, to the point that it’s influencing the music I make, not just the the music I listen to.

So, tonight we are going to return to the world of sequence-driven music, with hints of Berlin but also with a thoroughly modern point of view.  I’m going to be playing music for you from a variety of artists, both prominent and obscure, including an end to end play of one of my favorite modular synthesizer albums.  No I won’t tell you who, because that would be cheating.

So tune in and hear all the goodness!  The show starts tonight, Friday December 15th, at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM US Eastern time, which is Saturday at 3 AM UTC.  And if you listen, be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello.  I’d love to meet you …

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

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

Pirate Raid! Electronic ambient music on a Saturday night …

pirate smallShiver me timbers.  We have another evening where Star’s End has been preempted by something else going on at WXPN, so again I am going to be mounting a pirate raid on RadioSpiral, starting at 10 PM Pacific / 1 AM Eastern time (4 AM UTC).

To make things more interesting, I will not be pre-selecting the tracks to play tonight.  I’ll be picking music on the fly to suit the mood.  The hour will be late but we will be hanging out in the chat room listening to whatever it is I’m going to play and enjoying ourselves as always.  Should be great fun!

If you tune in, be sure to come by the chat and say hello.  I’d love to meet you.

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

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

On the next BWDD: A Journey Through Darkness

dark2One of my favorite genres is dark ambient music, where the sounds are slow and murky, the tone is ethereal and obscure, and the scope can range from epic all the way to sublime.  Some of my very favorite artists have done pieces in this realm, or even have dedicated the bulk of their work to it.  Many times I have immersed myself in a dark ambient piece and allowed it to carry my mind away.  It’s great music for work, relaxation, or contemplation.

So … tonight on Blue Water Drift Dive, we’ll be taking a leisurely journey through the halls of dark ambience.  But don’t be afraid!  The music may be abstract, textural, and gloomy, but it will also be reflective, thought provoking, and in its own way, beautiful.  Plus I’ll be performing a live dark ambient train wreck.

And as always, our chat room will be a place of friendship, discussion, and general goofing off – so if you tune in, be sure to come by and say hello.

The show starts tonight, December 8, at 7 PM US Pacific time / 10 PM Eastern time (December 9 at 3a UTC).  Hope to see you there …

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

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

On the next BWDD: ambience on the airwaves

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

In this episode, we will focus on pure ambience, with less emphasis on beats and rhythms, and more emphasis on depth and environment.  I have a delicious selection of music in store for you, all of it new music to BWDD, which includes an unreleased drone by Sergio de Vega that I’m really excited for you to hear.

If you tune in, please be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello, even if you can’t stay long.  I’d love to meet you!

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

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

On the next BWDD: special feature on Ombient

stars_-_mike_hunter_-_17One 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!

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

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

On the next BWDD: a focus on K.Markov

0010265649_10Boy, I’m excited about this.  One thing I’ve wanted to do since restarting my radio program is to do a show dedicated solely to Berlin school space music.  In fact, if you haven’t noticed, my ambient train wrecks are taking on a more sequencey vibe, as I am trying to evolve my own music in that direction.

Well, when I go looking for good space music, I go to Chuck van Zyl’s wonderful Star’s End program, every Saturday evening, and listen to hours upon hours of nothing but space music, with all the sequencer goodness I could ever want.

avatars-000061020142-sxbts9-t500x500As I listen to Star’s End, when I hear something I particularly like, I look up and note the name.  Hmmm.  K.Markov.  Scribble scribble.  Back to the music …. and … oh, that’s nice too …. oh it’s K.Markov again.  Scribble scribble.  After about four iterations of this across multiple weeks, I realized that I need to do a program on his evocative space music.

So it will be my great pleasure this week to present the music of K.Markov, a trip through Berlin-infused space that I think you will love.  Hope to see you then!

The show starts Friday November 17th at 7 PM Pacific Standard Time / 10 PM Eastern Standard Time (which is 3 AM UTC on November 18th).  If you tune in, be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello … we’d all love to see you.

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

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

The Music of Robert Rich

imageartist_robertrich_1One of my very favorite artists in any genre is Robert Rich.  Not only is he one of the superlative ambient composers and performers of all time; he is also one of the creators and definers of the very genre I love so much.  Only a master of a genre actually influences the genre itself, and Robert Rich is one of those masters.

On my Blue Water Drift Dive program this week, I’ll be doing a deep dive into Robert’s music, exploring the extremely diverse landscape of sounds that he has created, from light ambient to analog electronica to dark tone poems to abstract ambience and back again.  We have a lot of ground to cover …

Also, I’ll be performing a live ambient train wreck that represents Robert’s influence upon me.  I won’t measure up to Robert, but I’ll do my very best.

I hope to see you there!  The show starts Friday November 10th at 7 PM Pacific Standard Time / 10 PM Eastern Standard Time (which is 3 AM UTC on November 11th).  If you tune in, be sure to stop by the chat room and say hello … we’d all love to see you.

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

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