Vox Ex Machina

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While rhythm is the earth’s first instrument, the human voice is ours. We wail (most of us) straight out of the womb, we use it to express ourselves in so many different ways from the very beginning and through our lives. Sorrow, joy, ecstasy, tragedy, collaboration, humor, and more.

This edition of At Water’s Edge focuses on the voice in music in obvious and non-obvious ways. The music you’ll hear on this program includes voices that are used as we are familiar with them, some include lyrics, some are spoken, others are sung, many are highly altered and heavily processed.

Music Among Friends

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One of the best parts of making music is making music together. The ambient community has a reputation for being solitary and isolated, but in fact great collaborations happen quite often. Today’s show is devoted to some of those collaborations — and this barely scratches the surface of what’s available.

At Water’s Edge at Water’s Edge at water’s edge

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The relentless motion of water against the land transforms the shoreline over and over again until, over time, a visitor may not even recognize it. It is the place where journeys begin, and where many end. It can be both beautiful and treacherous, gentle and tumultuous, calm and raging.

Water’s edge, land’s end, that convergence of land and sea and sky, is where great magic happens.

Fête (Faites) de la Musique

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In honor of the immense celebration that Fête (Faites) de la Musique has become — where the world can change — we present an entire program of tracks that were originally performed live.


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Where At Water’s Edge is now located (at Water’s Edge, at water’s edge), there is often a “marine layer” in the morning, or even throughout the day this time of year. We call it “June Gloom”.

So this edition of At Water’s Edge is about Clouds.


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Unity. Connection. Together. We. All. This edition of At Water’s Edge is about the deep connection we share amongst our fellow humans, our fellow creatures, and all of creation (however you want to name it). The world has gone insane — or maybe it was never *not* sane — and the thing we lose sight of in all the madness is that each action has consequences reaching far beyond the immediate surroundings. Pull a thread here, and the design over *there* is broken. Do good here, and the love over *there* grows exponentially.


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This edition of At Water’s Edge revolves around calm, meditation, breathing, singing, the world’s winds, and other images of serenity and peace. We need to breathe, now more than ever, and it’s getting more and more difficult to do — literally and figuratively. The climate is spiraling away from human habitability due to our protracted mismanagement; politics send us into hourly panics, no matter what side of any given issue we might be.

So this program is a reminder to breathe, which is often much easier said than done.

Christopher Alvarado

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This is the type of program we live for: interviews and live music! We feature previous tracks and live music from Christopher Alvarado on this edition of At Water’s Edge.

The Only Home We Have

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While it might be too obvious to do an Earth Day program, it’s always good to remind ourselves that this tiny jewel is our only home.

Today’s program demonstrates the beauty of our home in music.

This is what’s at stake.

At Water’s Edge

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There is something mystical and powerful about the border between earth and water. Change happens here; sometimes subtle, sometime catastrophic, beautiful, terrifying. When a soul stands on that edge, it is transformed; it yearns for a journey, for movement, for something so completely other than the here and now — and magic happens.

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