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.
This edition of The Edges of Dreaming is the next challenge episode: “Crickets”. Artists were to create tracks either using actual cricket sounds, manufactured sounds, or things that reminded them of crickets. Three artists responded with tracks as wildly different as one could imagine.
The rest of the episode is dedicated to twilight, the best time to hear crickets in warmer weather. We’ll hear tracks from Robert Carty, Bing Satellites, Robert Rich, Altus, Loren Nerell, Christopher Short, Phillip Wilkerson, Conni St. Pierre, Paul Vnuk Jr., Daniel Robert Lahey, and C. Reider.
This week in the news — and it was a very busy week — Notre Dame Cathedral was severely damaged by fire. It was saved from total destruction by the many fire crew members who, at great risk to life and limb, managed to save the two towers of the cathedral, and most of the artworks and artifacts kept there.
Notre Dame is one of the great architectural achievements humankind has ever devised. The artworks contained in it count among some of the finest in Western civilization.
It will come as little surprise to anyone that some of France’s wealthiest families leapt to pledge fabulous amounts of money toward the cathedral’s restoration.
How far could that money go to save the sanctuaries and cathedrals given to us by our planet? Or to level out the inequities generated by the accumulation of such vast sums to begin with? To feed the bodies — the human temples — of people who are starving every day?
Today’s episode is dedicated to Notre Dame and its rescuers, and to the other cathedrals, temples, and sanctuaries, human-made and nature-made, that one finds on this beautiful planet.
Join us for “Cathedral”, this week’s episode of The Edges of Dreaming @edgesofdreaming
Rituals, journeys, and the circle of life on today’s edition of The Edges of Dreaming, with another foray into the Berlin-Schule and its heirs.
A few weeks ago, Sequentia Legenda released an album that has been a dream of his for quite literally decades. A longtime devotee of this style of music, Laurent Schieber had spent years collecting the technology and expertise to pay homage to the style in his own unique fashion. Over There is the breathtaking result. We’ll feature a long-player from it, as well as tracks from Sequential Dreams, Phrozenlight, Frore & Shane Morris, Jim Ottaway, Christian Fiesel, Fabio Keiner, Eric “The” Taylor, Cloudwalk, and Tim Kays.
Several of the tracks are from Legacy and Evolution, the tribute compilation we released a few years ago to commemorate the passing of Edgar Froese in 2015.
Welcome to the first episode of an old show. Last week we announced that At Water’s Edge was changing its name, and so today we present the first episode of The Edges of Dreaming, with “Drift”.
We’ll hear tracks today from a variety of RadioSpiral artists, digging into the archives for music about drifting and floating, and beginning with a track that had been offered up for last week’s dreamscape challenge, “Driftglass”, but we had to bump (Pallid Mask sent us this beautiful track; it had been previously released, and because we had so much music last week, we chose only new tracks written specifically for the challenge). It was so beautiful, and was just the right thing to start off the new direction of the show.
We have left the water’s edge and now drift on the edges of dreaming. Dreams can be beautiful, terrifying, dark, sad, angry, nightmarish, sweet. We explore some of those dreams on this episode.
Today’s episode marks a number of milestones:
The seventh anniversary of At Water’s Edge
Your host’s birthday (we won’t say which one)
The most epic response to a challenge that we have ever received
The end of At Water’s Edge, but the beginning of The Edges of Dreaming
The broadcast premiere of Land of Forgotten Destiny by Mirror of Dreams
The challenge for today’s episode was simply to create a dreamscape, with no other rules attached. Many artists came forward to offer tracks that were drifty and surreal, scary, dark, weird, and more, recognizing that dreams aren’t always unicorns and butterflies.
It seemed perfect to pair the challenge with the new album from Mirror of Dreams, so we get a special long episode today to celebrate all the yumminess.
Spring is coming to Appalachia, and Mr. Copland had the right of it: there is nothing like it in the world. This is home. I’d forgotten how much I miss springs like this — the trees are in flower, the daffodowndillies are poking up their cheerful little heads, and the world is waking up…
We celebrate with the final installment of the “Mountains” series, as today we ascend to mystic heights with another blend of short and long form tracks.
A few weeks ago, I put out a request for mountain tracks for At Water’s Edge. I thought I’d do “a show” to celebrate our new home in the mountains of western North Carolina. So many artists responded with tracks that it turned into a three part series. The first one aired on 16 February (and the podcast is here), and now after a short delay we bring you the second of the series, and the third comes around next week.
On today’s edition of At Water’s Edge, we’ll hear from Tony Gerber, George L Smyth, Scott Lawlor, Boson Spin and Glenn Sogge, GI1, Ombient, Paul Nagle, Robert Scott Thompson, Deep Chill Network, Ozone Player, Gypsy Witch, Michael Brückner, Equinox Deschanel, Robert Carty and Gerard Geary, Church of Hed, Beermother, Cousin Silas, and Luna Firma. Phew! Yep, it’s a lot of artists — because it’s a lot of wonderful tracks.