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At Water’s Edge began as a bit of a lark, when host Rebekkah Hilgraves, a longtime radio announcer (from back WAAAAAY before internet radio was available) asked Joe McMahon, the curator of an internet station music library, what it would take to become a host on that station. The answer was “Just express interest.” “Consider it expressed.” An hour later, a show was born. Accustomed to four-hour shifts in conventional radio, Rebekkah volunteered to do a four-hour show on Saturdays. Not content merely to spin tracks, the show quickly evolved into a blend of spoken word, music, interviews and live segments. The program has since moved to another station, RadioSpiral (http://radiospiral.net), and is now three hours. The basic premise of the show is that music is 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… and, like John Cage’s “Four minutes and thirty-three seconds”, all you have to do is sit and listen.

At Water’s Edge began as a bit of a lark, when host Rebekkah Hilgraves, a longtime radio announcer (from back WAAAAAY before internet radio was available) asked Joe McMahon, the curator of an internet station music library, what it would take to become a host on that station. The answer was “Just express interest.” “Consider it expressed.” An hour later, a show was born. Accustomed to four-hour shifts in conventional radio, Rebekkah volunteered to do a four-hour show on Saturdays. Not content merely to spin tracks, the show quickly evolved into a blend of spoken word, music, interviews and live segments. The program has since moved to another station, RadioSpiral (http://radiospiral.net), and is now three hours. The basic premise of the show is that music is 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… and, like John Cage’s “Four minutes and thirty-three seconds”, all you have to do is sit and listen.
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At Water’s Edge began as a bit of a lark, when host Rebekkah Hilgraves, a longtime radio announcer (from back WAAAAAY before internet radio was available) asked Joe McMahon, the curator of an internet station music library, what it would take to become a host on that station. The answer was “Just express interest.” “Consider it expressed.” An hour later, a show was born. Accustomed to four-hour shifts in conventional radio, Rebekkah volunteered to do a four-hour show on Saturdays. Not content merely to spin tracks, the show quickly evolved into a blend of spoken word, music, interviews and live segments. The program has since moved to another station, RadioSpiral (http://radiospiral.net), and is now three hours. The basic premise of the show is that music is 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… and, like John Cage’s “Four minutes and thirty-three seconds”, all you have to do is sit and listen.

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Episodes

Laundry Day

5/12/2018
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Hooray! It's Laundry Day! Weekends are good for taking care of those household tasks that need doing, including challenge tracks for At Water's Edge. The challenge... Create a track whose base elements consist solely of sounds you would hear in a laundry room. You can alter the sounds however you like, but you may only use these sounds, and no additional instruments or synths... The results... Five artists came forward with tracks, and three of those artists supplied two tracks each!...

Duration:02:57:57

Stand

4/21/2018
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This week's edition of At Water's Edge is inspired by some real-life healing currently happening. We explore strength in many forms: through breath, through stones, through simply standing still. There is strength in merely standing... Strength takes many forms. It can be pure brute force, it can be persistence, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, endurance through crushing pain, the courage of love, and much more. Today's theme takes its inspiration from the kind of strength needed...

Duration:02:59:53

Sail

4/14/2018
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This edition of At Water's Edge is inspired by images of sailing. At Water's Edge has its home on the water, and through many moves and relocations, it keeps returning to the water, which has turned out to be a source of comfort. Being on land's end has a bit of magic to it. Perhaps because your host is a quadruple fire sign, the water is a place of balance, and peace. Recently I've spent a lot of time on the opposite coast of the U.S. for personal reasons, and found similar inspiration in...

Duration:03:03:52

Things that go strange in the night

4/7/2018
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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.

Duration:03:02:44

Meditations

3/24/2018
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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.

Duration:03:12:50

The Center Must Hold

3/17/2018
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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,...

Duration:02:58:24

Daylight

3/10/2018
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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.

Duration:03:02:16

We the Resilient…

3/3/2018
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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,...

Duration:03:01:14

2/3/2018
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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,...

Duration:03:00:46

Over Tone

1/27/2018
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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......

Duration:03:09:16

Who Dares

1/13/2018
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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...

Duration:03:00:39

In the Dark

1/6/2018
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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...

Duration:02:59:26

As Above, So Below

12/30/2017
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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...

Duration:02:55:13

WinterSong

12/23/2017
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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. Join us! Challenge tracks – WinterSong “Stille Nacht After All […]

Duration:02:49:21

Fire

12/9/2017
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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:...

Duration:03:01:18

Zodiac

12/2/2017
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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...

Duration:02:58:47

7/4

11/11/2017
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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...

Duration:02:59:53

RadioSpiral Haunts Second Life: A Halloween Concert Festival

10/28/2017
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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.

Duration:00:57:45

Math Is Music Is Life

10/21/2017
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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...

Duration:02:58:00

Gambit

10/14/2017
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Math and music, music and math. The relationship between music and mathematics has long been known. When sound waves could be measured, the relationship became even more clear. Through the years, musicians have experimented with the mathematical relationships between notes and sounds, sometimes with terrifying results, and sometimes with stunningly beautiful results. This edition explores the latter. The centerpiece of this episode is a brand new release from Glenn Sogge called The Euler...

Duration:02:50:59

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