We’re back on the West Coast this week for a friend’s wedding, and the experience has been truly wonderful. The weather is lovely — foggy mornings and warm-but-not-hot afternoons, the terns and gulls and sea lions making their songs on the breakwater, sailors and paddleboarders (a couple of them with their dogs on board!) and scullers enjoying the water. So today we dream of summer with music of Tim Kays, Robert Rich, Robert Scott Thompson, Sensitive Chaos and much more.
This week’s episode of Edges of Dreaming is another challenge episode, where artists were to create tracks about summer. Seems easy, but only two artists sent tracks! However, they’re (no surprise) outstanding. We’ll hear from George L Smyth and Spiral.
After that, we hear tracks from the RadioSpiral library, because summer is an easy topic around which to make music. Jack Hertz, Janne Hanhisuanto, Cousin Silas, and others are on the list.
Glenn Sogge and Boson Spin (Stan Magendanz from Brisbane, Australia) released an album a couple of months ago called Slumbers. As Glenn describes it, “This album began as a challenge track for the Facebook Synth-Portland group’s weekly challenges. It got a bit out of control.”
The four tracks that make up the album were worked twice. In the first hour of today’s program, we’ll hear the first four tracks of the album, comprising Slumbers Number 1-4; the second hour will be dedicated to the reworked versions of each of the Slumber Numbers. We’ll complement those tracks with a selection from the RadioSpiral library, rounding out the program with William Spivey, Altus, and Numina.
If you sleep through today’s program, that’s OK! 🙂
Today’s edition of Edges of Dreaming is partly challenge, partly RadioSpiral library tracks. Centered around insects, the challenge yielded three excellent tracks from Museleon, SoundChaser, and Carbonates On Mars, as well as library tracks from George L Smyth, Palancar, Christopher Short, Una Voce, and many more!
In Second Life this weekend, we’re approaching the final days of SciFi Con. In honor of this excellent and worthy festival, we decided to postpone the “insects” challenge a week. Today, then, we are “Explorers”, and sail through the outer reaches with works by Christopher Short, SPACECRAFT, Alpha Wave Movement, Robert Carty, grüm~pé, Carbonates On Mars, Tim Kays, Phillip Wilkerson, Lucette Bourdin, and Meg Bowles.
Today’s episode of The Edges of Dreaming takes us on a flyby of Pluto, in honor of Sci-Fi Con in Second Life. Join us in our RadioSpiral flying saucer for some great space music!
All of today’s music is taken from a single (huge) compilation that was created for the occasion of New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto. And for the enormous number of tracks we air today, we’re still just scratching the surface of the album, which comprises 64 tracks total.
New Horizons: Pluto Flyby Soundtracks (Aural Films, 2015) https://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/album/new-horizons-pluto-flyby-soundtracks
On this edition of The Edges of Dreaming, we feature a single artist, Toronto-based Elettronica Sperimentale, aka Steve Castellano. His specialty is modular synthesizers, and his music runs the gamut from experimental noise to drifty lullabies, and everything in between. We’ll hear a variety of tracks across the years of his canon, including studio works and live performances using, among other things, Moog and Make Noise devices.
Steve Castellano is a musician and composer from Toronto, Canada who records under the name elettronica sperimentale (e-let-TRON-i-ka sper-i-men-TAL-eh). He studied classical piano from an early age and went on to pursue a degree in electronic music and composition from York University.
He has drawn inspiration from early electronic music composers, analogue synth greats from the 60s and 70s, five decades of synth pop, modern jazz and spoken word. In particular, the influence of “found voice” recordings like Eno & Byrne’s “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” has led to an undercurrent of disembodied voices and radio signals throughout his work.
In the 2000s his music was largely digital and often veered into the electronica or downtempo category. More recently, he’s embraced a primarily analogue and modular approach, producing music which is more squarely in the experimental electronic camp.
All of the music you’ll hear today has been re-mixed and re-mastered specifically for this broadcast.