Sweet Sorrow

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Perhaps the world has always been ruled by madness where humans are concerned. There have been times of relative peace, but there is always conflict somewhere in the world. In the US, the madness seems to be spinning out of control as madmen infiltrate all levels of government and law enforcement.

The events of the past week dominate the news. Protests, counter-protests, terrorist actions and calls for the death of any who oppose this madness — and actual loss of life — are bitter and disheartening to those who fought to bring inclusion and awareness to this culture.

We face a new civil war, and the threat of a new world war hangs over our head as the current occupant of the White House continues his childish antics on the world stage.

Today’s program, called “Sweet Sorrow”, was originally about partings, but it felt important to expand that to include statements from artists about what’s happening in the world. So while goodbyes are certainly still a key component of the program, they’re placed in the context of both resistance…

High Summer Holds the Earth

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As summer turns golden, flowers bloom and fade and perhaps become fruit. High summer holds the earth…

This edition of At Water’s Edge is all about summer. Never summer, summer in Antarctica, summer evenings, and more. It’s a quiet, lazy, beautiful show… just as summers should be.

Step Into the Light

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On this edition of At Water’s Edge, we journey from darkness to light over the course of the show. We’ll hear music from Dan Pound, Cousin Silas, Robert Rich and more.

This program is inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit, and is dedicated to those who face the fire and the darkness every day of their lives.

One of the greatest challenges humans must overcome is facing down the darkness. Most of us fear it at our deepest core. For some, darkness means comfort; but for many, darkness is death.
Today we make the slow journey from darkness to light across the hours, fading from deepest black to grey to white. And just as night becomes day, just as winter becomes summer…

…fear becomes peace.

Getting to Fifth Bass

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It began as a dare…

In the Radio Spiral chat room a couple of weeks ago, a gauntlet was thrown. A certain denizen who shall remain nameless declared that “if Radio Spiral plays a track with five simultaneous bass lines, I’ll run through town naked.” Another denizen shortly thereafter suggested that any program that included such a track should be called “Getting to Fifth Bass”. And so an episode was born.

We tossed the challenge out to the interwebz, and today’s program is the result. We have tracks that vary widely in terms of approach, sound, and mood.

Today’s episode features mostly tracks written specifically for this episode. Some are being released as singles, a few are part of upcoming or previous releases, and they are as wildly varying in nature as their composers.

Be sure to turn on your subwoofers for this one, my friends — and warn your neighbors!

Into the Storm

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This edition of At Water’s Edge takes us into the eye of the storm with sounds of rain, thunder, and wind, along with tracks inspired by those sounds. Artists include Kit Watkins, Loren Nerell, Janne Hanhisuanto, James Shain, David Gerard, Paul Harriman, and so much more, including works created specifically for this episode.

NOTE: This program is long! Because there was no Edison’s Ephemera this week, and because there’s so much great Storm music, we’re going five hours! Sit back, and ride the storm with us…

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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