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 15, 2020

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

After last week’s focus on the music of Nick Williams, perhaps better known as Susperia-Electrica, I realized I had much more of his music to catch up on. And, quite frankly, last week’s collection was such outstanding space music that I feel tonight would be a perfect night to finish up my tour through Nick’s recent music. So tonight’s program will again be dedicated to the music of Susperia-Electrica.

Why is tonight such a perfect night? Well, if you haven’t read the news, SpaceX and NASA have finally launched astronauts to the ISS using all SpaceX equipment. I don’t know about you, but I am geeking out in a big way. So, yeah. Let’s listen to some great space music!

Of course there will be a live set to open the program. 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 …

BWDD – November 8, 2020

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

Tonight we will have a very special focus on the music of Nick Williams, perhaps better known as Susperia-Electrica. If you’re not familiar with his work, you should be. Nick has been creating beautiful space music for over a decade now, producing some of the most evocative and visual ambient space excursions I’m aware of. To celebrate his work, tonight we will focus on two of his recent albums. In the first hour, we’ll hear Light Years Away, followed by Exploration Mars in the second hour.

And of course there will be a live set to open the program. 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 …

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 …

BWDD – October 25, 2020

With Halloween only 6 days away, one might think tonight would be a great night for some spooky dark ambience — and one might be right. But I am feeling ornery, so tonight we will instead be focusing on the delightful live collaborate music of Spheric Lounge!

If you’re not familiar, Spheric Lounge is a multi-person live ambient music project, an open circle of musicians who meet periodically in Munich Germany to create ambient music and collaborate on sound artistry. The music spans a great deal of sonic territory but always has a strong element of community and improvisation. Just the kind of music we like here on Blue Water Drift Dive.

So tonight, in both hours, I’ll be presenting several selected cuts from Spheric Lounge‘s vast catalog. And I’ll be opening the program with a live set, as always.

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 – October 18, 2020

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 …