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.

WinterSong

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On this week’s edition of At Water’s Edge, the winter challenge “WinterSong”. We received a few lovely tracks for it, and the rest of the program includes previously released tracks sent for the show, as well as a sampling of winter-themed music from the RadioSpiral library.

Fire

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On this edition of At Water’s Edge, the topic is FIRE. You might be thinking, “too soon!”, but there’s method to our madness. In addition to hearing some awesome tracks from the RadioSpiral library, we’re going to talk about ways you can help relief efforts around the fires in Southern California fires, still burning out of control.

* Lifehacker lists several ways you can help around the California fires: https://twocents.lifehacker.com/how-to-help-victims-of-california-wildfires-1821084775
* Ventura County Community Fund is dispersing funds locally for either immediate or long term assistance: https://vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation/#give-now

About Puerto Rico:
* Charity Navigator has compiled a list of reliable organizations, both local and national to assist in Puerto Rico: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5356

Zodiac

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We are pleased to bring you the next At Water’s Edge challenge: Zodiac. We are treated to a whole suite of new tracks from Glenn Sogge (do we smell an album?) created specifically for the challenge, as well as individual tracks by George L Smyth, Palancar, David Gerard, and playman54. It will be a … dare we say it? … STELLAR day!

The challenge for this episode was to compose a track that exemplifies your favorite sign of the Zodiac; it didn’t need to be your own sign — and in fact in most cases turned out not to be.

The results were full of surprises! Two tracks from different artists went so well together that you’ll hear them back to back, and Glenn Sogge basically wrote a whole album.

7/4

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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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