Things that go strange in the night

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The “Things Strange” challenge tracks are on the air this week, and we’re delighted to tell you that we have well over an hour just of challenge music alone, and then lots more strange and wonderful music from the RadioSpiral library.

Meditations

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From Disquiet Junto #323, “Music for Meditation”, this is a sampling of the entries. Curated by RadioSpiral admin Joe McMahon (whose entry for the challenge we aired last week), this selection represents our top choices from the over-six-hour playlist.

The Center Must Hold

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Today’s edition of At Water’s Edge is inspired by a recent Disquiet Junto challenge, “Music for Meditation”. Two tracks from there (one from our SpudMeister, Joe McMahon), created the frame around which today’s program is built.

“Things fall apart…”

I don’t know about you, but this past week was stressful on many levels. Our stress levels are rising, and our channels for finding serenity are fewer and farther between.

As a culture, we’re surrounded by noise, conflict, cruelty, destruction, and fear. And while we must work to mitigate these things, we must also find our own calm center…

Daylight

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This edition of At Water’s Edge is, perhaps predictably, about the return of spring. And Southern California is celebrating RAIN!!

The sun returns and brings new life…
Winter is hard. The darkness seems to overtake anything and everything, and we close in on ourselves.

It’s been a particularly difficult winter, with outrageous weather, too many tragedies, and the general angst of a frightened people. But spring is coming.

We the Resilient…

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At Water’s Edge is finally back on the air, with another challenge episode — and it is challenging indeed. We asked for “Protest” tracks, with no other restrictions. The few entries we got are great.

The Arts are always where change happens…
There is so much good in the world… and so much darkness. These days it seems like the darkness is winning. So what can we as artists do? What we always do — make statements with our art.

Today’s episode of At Water’s Edge will be challenging, and not just because these were challenge tracks — the role of art is to shine a light on ourselves. And today’s music is no exception.

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The women of the music world are gaining well deserved recognition. But music is music, no matter whose mind creates it. It has been sadly true that women often get the short end of the stick in being acknowledged. Today we change that for a moment.

We’ll hear a wide sampling of new and archive music from women artists, from sweet and contemplative to driving and powerful, noise/glitch, math and more.

We feature Else Lebec, Dawn Tuesday, poemme, Gypsy Witch, Altocumulus, Conni St. Pierre, Skoddie, Tantroniq, Meg Bowles, Antara Annemarie Borg, Candy L, VAERNA, Magnetic Wind with Tim Jones, and ʞu¡0ɹʞS.

Over Tone

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On this edition of At Water’s Edge, we present the next challenge. This time, artists created tracks incorporating the extensive use of overtones and harmonics, and the results are truly fascinating. There were many different possibilities and approaches: acoustic guitar, synthesized sounds, filters, and so on.

The tracks used strings, voices, wind instruments, electronic instruments, field recordings, pink noise, an altered harmonic oscillator, harmonic scales and alternate tuning, and… stuff.

The first half of the program dipped into the RadioSpiral archive, as there were some very interesting tracks extant that demonstrated the principle quite nicely. Then, about halfway through, we get to hear the new challenge tracks created specifically for this episode. Those tracks will be released as another compilation on RadioSpiral’s shop page; all donations via that page help support station operations.

Who Dares

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Much of life is about courage. An infant’s first steps, a fledgling’s first flight, a leap of faith, opening one’s heart to love, facing an enemy, approaching a mystery.

These all require, at their start, that first gulp of fear, then the breath of conviction, and finally the leap into the unknown. To be alive is to be audacious.

Today we celebrate acts of audacity with music by Robert Rich, Dan Pound, John DuVal, Caul, Ma Ja Le and Vir Unis, Sequential Dreams, Gypsy Witch, Bing Satellites, Syndromeda, Wings of an Angel and Tziona Achishena, Palancar, and Altus.

In the Dark

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The solstice is past, but winter in the northern hemisphere is still very much upon us, with long, dark nights and short, cold days. This edition of At Water’s Edge travels through several kinds of darkness, some warm, some frigid.

In the eastern United States, the weather is hellishly cold, dangerously so, with temperatures well below 0° Fahrenheit and wind chills even worse.

Dark days, floods and ocean surges, which cover the landscape and then freeze, endanger life in that part of the country. We hope for the return of the sun to warm the land.

As Above, So Below

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We take a musical journey through the alien scapes of outer space, innerspace, and underwater, with tracks by Robert Logan, Philip Wilkerson, Robert Rich, Stephen Briggs and Disturbed Earth, Joe McMahon, Bridge to Imla, Bing Satellites, and a new track by anantakara.

We also pay tribute to Wolfgang Gsell, who changed his cosmic address this week.

The scapes of outer space are mysterious, often beautiful, often terrifying. So, too, is the deep underwater of our home planet. Today we explore both. The late Wolfgang Gsell, whose music fits right in with this theme, has been one of the finest creators of ambient / space music, a talented photographer, radio host, and a genuinely nice person. He will be greatly missed, and the music he leaves the world makes him immortal.

Enjoy your new cosmic address, Wolfgang, and thanks for the music.

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