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Another of the At Water’s Edge challenges, this episode centers around a couple of rather magical numbers, sometimes even together!

The challenge was: Write a track that includes the use of 7/4 time as its foundation. Time signatures can change through the course of the track, but 7/4 time should occupy a significant portion of the track.

Composers who responded came up with as widely varied interpretations as you can imagine, and they’re all excellent.

Then, to fill out the show, the second and third hours are devoted to “Seven” and “Four”, respectively.

RadioSpiral Haunts Second Life: A Halloween Concert Festival

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As part of RadioSpiral’s very special day-long live music extravaganza, your friendly host played a live set rather than our usual three hour radio program. This was my first attempt at playing live. I had FUN!

In addition to 32 years of broadcasting, I’m also a retired opera singer. It was great fun to bring that into play during this live improv, built around one of the poems from Rachel Rising.

Math Is Music Is Life

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Numbers, symbols, the relationships of things to each other, are the stuff of life. Music, by virtue of its very nature as foundational waves, makes up the universe. The universe is music, whirling like a macro dervish in an eternal dance.

The cornerstone of this episode comes from Carbonates On Mars, with a brand new track, created a few weeks ago using the mathematical 432Hz tuning frequency. We start the program with a track that Jack Hertz created a few years ago after watching the documentary ‘Resonance – Beings of Frequency,’ where he learned that the planet Earth has a resonant frequency of 7.83 Hz.


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Math and music, music and math. The relationship between music and mathematics has long been known. When sound waves could be measured, the relationship became even more clear.

Through the years, musicians have experimented with the mathematical relationships between notes and sounds, sometimes with terrifying results, and sometimes with stunningly beautiful results. This edition explores the latter.

The centerpiece of this episode is a brand new release from Glenn Sogge called The Euler Variations. It’s a purely fascinating device with beautiful results. Tune in to hear the music and the story behind it, along with surrounding tracks that also beautifully support the premise.

These Times

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We live in “interesting times”, according to that Chinese curse. It’s probably true that there are few times in human history that are *not* interesting in history books, because conflict seems to be how humans operate.

But these seem to be especially dark times as we collectively deal with weather disasters, financial disasters, political disasters, and the exquisitely ugly troll nests that are social media platforms.

Now that autumn is approaching in the northern hemisphere, somehow these dark times feel even darker. Today’s program explores the darkness of these times, and the particular darkness that some souls feel during the shadowed months.

But the darkness is not total. While yet we live, there is hope.

Water Transformations

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It’s time for another At Water’s Edge challenge! This week’s challenge was to find water […]


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The journey is often much more interesting than the destination.

This edition of At Water’s Edge is a continuation of last week’s theme, Transit. This time we journey west with a brand new track from Tim Kays, as well as a journey through our own archives.


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There are many sorts of transitions — a commute, a long journey from one place to another, an inner journey, a job change, and so on. We concentrate on traveling, and as we have noticed in similar past programs, trains provide great material.

Late Summer Gold

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As the summer wanes and autumn approaches, the colors of the sky and the landscape around us change, becoming warm and golden. The harvest will be coming in soon, but for now we enjoy the last lazy days of summer.

Of course it can be easily attributed via scientific explanations to the number of particulates in the air, the angle of the sun and how it’s refracted through the atmosphere, and so on.

Beyond the science, there is something truly magical about the color of the late summer and early autumn sky. We’ll hear from several musicians who paint it with sound.

Major to minor

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This edition of At Water’s Edge brings us the second of our new monthly challenges. The challenge for today was to create a long form track (minimum 15 minutes) that started out in a major key and shifted to minor. The interpretations were eclectic, beautiful, and very clever.

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