Gigafrog

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On this edition of At Water’s Edge, we bring you another challenge! This is the first of a series of field recording challenges that we have put out, and it seemed appropriate to do this during high summer.

Glenn Sogge caught some lovely, dense sounds in Door County, Wisconsin, and in Troutdale, Oregon. The challenge? Using only these sounds, make music. The artists could alter them however they liked, but the frog files must be the only source material used. The results were misty, mysterious, crunchy and wonderful.

The remainder of the program is devoted to froggy life by way of the RadioSpiral library.

Rain

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This week’s show theme suggested itself through the weather. It’s been raining off and on for a few days, and the sound of it is rather wonderful here. We feature music of Max Corbacho, Dan Pound, Sensitive Chaos, Robert Rich, Janne Hanhisuanto, Robert Carty, Syndromeda, Thom Brennan, Ari Porki, Forrest Fang, Tim Kays, Palancar, Loren Nerell, and Charles Denler.

Rain has been one of the more popular subjects of music, especially in the ambient genre, for what are probably obvious reasons. Even by itself the sounds of rain evoke their own moods, depending on the nature of the rain itself.

Here in coastal North Carolina, the rain can sometimes be a comfort, but when it comes with tropical winds, can be disastrous. I’m happy to say that lately the rains have fallen in the former category. So today we bring you comfortable rain. Ahhhh…..

Mystery

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Today’s topic was elusive. Something about summer heat, but that might have been too obvious, not to mention overdone. Okay then, something else about being near the water? Yawn. 

But then Mom mentioned the local tales of Blackbeard the pirate, his treasure, and a buried princess. So this edition explores mysteries, secrets, and shadows. We’ll tell you what we know of Blackbeard and his legendary presence in this part of the world.

Origins

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Today’s episode of At Water’s Edge is called “Origins”; we explore our roots, our beginnings, our origins. That can take many forms, depending on your personal mythos, so we go exploring in the Garden, in polar ice, in the stars, in the roots of trees, and more.

As you may know, recently I moved to a little town on the inland waterways of North Carolina — so, yes, we are still at water’s edge. I’m here for my mother, but interestingly, despite our all scattering to the four winds when we were younger, my father was born in a little town about 50 miles from here, and much of that side of the family has been rooted here for generations.

Our personal beginnings, our cultural beginnings, our planetary beginnings… we all start somewhere, and those starting points all help define who we are individually and collectively. Who we are as individuals is a culmination of all those things, and what we do with the knowledge of those things along the way.

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