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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.

The X (Chromosome) Factor

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The ambient music world is peopled with a wide variety of artists, making music all over the world. With differing focuses on gear, techniques, and sensibilities, the range of expression is vast.

Of those many varied artists, we don’t hear often enough about the women… the X (chromosome) Factor, if you will. As someone said to me recently, however: It’s not a matter of quality, but of exposure. There are more women electronic artists than you might imagine, and today we sample some of their work.

Found Sounds

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The basic premise of At Water’s Edge is that music is all around us, everywhere, in everything: in the hum of a city, in the pulse of construction machinery or a heartbeat, in footsteps, in laughter, in breath, in the shuffling of an impatient audience…

So our “reboot” show features a survey of recent and archive tracks built around “found sounds” — that is, sounds that occur in the material world. The artists might have altered them, or processed them, or left them as they are and built around them.

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