The Edges of Dreaming

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We have left the water’s edge and now drift on the edges of dreaming. Dreams can be beautiful, terrifying, dark, sad, angry, nightmarish, sweet. We explore some of those dreams on this episode.

Today’s episode marks a number of milestones:

The seventh anniversary of At Water’s Edge
Your host’s birthday (we won’t say which one)
The most epic response to a challenge that we have ever received
The end of At Water’s Edge, but the beginning of The Edges of Dreaming
The broadcast premiere of Land of Forgotten Destiny by Mirror of Dreams
The challenge for today’s episode was simply to create a dreamscape, with no other rules attached. Many artists came forward to offer tracks that were drifty and surreal, scary, dark, weird, and more, recognizing that dreams aren’t always unicorns and butterflies.

It seemed perfect to pair the challenge with the new album from Mirror of Dreams, so we get a special long episode today to celebrate all the yumminess.

Mountain III

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Spring is coming to Appalachia, and Mr. Copland had the right of it: there is nothing like it in the world. This is home. I’d forgotten how much I miss springs like this — the trees are in flower, the daffodowndillies are poking up their cheerful little heads, and the world is waking up…

We celebrate with the final installment of the “Mountains” series, as today we ascend to mystic heights with another blend of short and long form tracks.

Mountain II

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A few weeks ago, I put out a request for mountain tracks for At Water’s Edge. I thought I’d do “a show” to celebrate our new home in the mountains of western North Carolina. So many artists responded with tracks that it turned into a three part series. The first one aired on 16 February (and the podcast is here), and now after a short delay we bring you the second of the series, and the third comes around next week.

On today’s edition of At Water’s Edge, we’ll hear from Tony Gerber, George L Smyth, Scott Lawlor, Boson Spin and Glenn Sogge, GI1, Ombient, Paul Nagle, Robert Scott Thompson, Deep Chill Network, Ozone Player, Gypsy Witch, Michael Brückner, Equinox Deschanel, Robert Carty and Gerard Geary, Church of Hed, Beermother, Cousin Silas, and Luna Firma. Phew! Yep, it’s a lot of artists — because it’s a lot of wonderful tracks.

Something Fishy

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This edition of At Water’s Edge brings us another challenge episode, and it’s a good one!

“Fish” was the challenge wherein artists were to create a track using an unusual scale (you know, fish? Scales?), and make it about being underwater. The results were gorgeous and as usual, as varied as the contributors. Artists include George L. Smyth, Museleon, Carbonates on Mars, Skoddie, Mr. Spiral, playman54, and Joe McMahon.

In an unusual twist, one of the tracks that was *not* specifically written for the challenge nevertheless met the terms so precisely that we’re adding it to the album anyway. That is available via http://radiospiral.shop.

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