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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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English

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213-596-8392


Episodes

Heat

8/18/2018
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This summer has been ridiculously, painfully, destructively hot. So what do we do? The only thing we can -- we make music. Even here in North Carolina, where it's been raining so much that I often have a moat around my house, it's still hot as blazes (and humid, but that's a different topic). Elsewhere, fires rage, and environments unaccustomed to heat are experiencing record-breaking temperatures. So today we illustrate it with music from the RadioSpiral library.

Duration:02:59:43

Falling

8/11/2018
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Late summer is its own phenomenon, where the heat settles in, the colors slowly begin to fade and turn golden, and a few leaves already start to fall. As high summer wanes and the light begins to change, the colors of the earth change. Early harbingers of autumn begin appearing, in random golden leaves, in the occasional fallen branch, in the angle of the sun. As autumn approaches, the harvest begins to come in. Fruits fall from trees, leaves fall, and although perhaps temperatures haven't...

Duration:03:00:33

Drone

8/4/2018
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Every now and then, it's nice to take a quiet day. Here in coastal North Carolina, it's been raining for weeks on end. Today brings that kind of gentle rain that makes it a good day to stay inside. On such days, one is inspired by gentle pursuits: reading, visiting, listening to quiet music. Today will be a day of droney drift to accompany the drifting rains... We'll hear a variety of long form ambient music from some of our favorite artists in the Spiral archives.

Duration:03:00:37

Gigafrog

7/28/2018
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On this edition of At Water's Edge, we bring you another challenge! This is the first of a series of field recording challenges that we have put out, and it seemed appropriate to do this during high summer. Glenn Sogge caught some lovely, dense sounds in Door County, Wisconsin, and in Troutdale, Oregon. The challenge? Using only these sounds, make music. The artists could alter them however they liked, but the frog files must be the only source material used. The results were misty,...

Duration:03:16:54

Rain

7/21/2018
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This week's show theme suggested itself through the weather. It's been raining off and on for a few days, and the sound of it is rather wonderful here. We feature music of Max Corbacho, Dan Pound, Sensitive Chaos, Robert Rich, Janne Hanhisuanto, Robert Carty, Syndromeda, Thom Brennan, Ari Porki, Forrest Fang, Tim Kays, Palancar, Loren Nerell, and Charles Denler. Rain has been one of the more popular subjects of music, especially in the ambient genre, for what are probably obvious reasons....

Duration:03:03:37

Mystery

7/14/2018
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Today's topic was elusive. Something about summer heat, but that might have been too obvious, not to mention overdone. Okay then, something else about being near the water? Yawn. But then Mom mentioned the local tales of Blackbeard the pirate, his treasure, and a buried princess. So this edition explores mysteries, secrets, and shadows. We'll tell you what we know of Blackbeard and his legendary presence in this part of the world.

Origins

7/7/2018
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Today's episode of At Water's Edge is called "Origins"; we explore our roots, our beginnings, our origins. That can take many forms, depending on your personal mythos, so we go exploring in the Garden, in polar ice, in the stars, in the roots of trees, and more. As you may know, recently I moved to a little town on the inland waterways of North Carolina -- so, yes, we are still at water's edge. I'm here for my mother, but interestingly, despite our all scattering to the four winds when we...

Duration:03:02:09

52 Stories Up

6/30/2018
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Another of our challenges here on At Water's Edge, today's program, 52 Stories Up, only received two responses (and they're GOOD!), so most of the show is devoted to tracks that tell stories. The challenge was... well, challenging. A few months ago, I posted an image on Facebook, a spectacular view of downtown Los Angeles from the office where I was working. I mentioned that it was 52 stories up, and of course the puns started flying. Stories (as in tales), and cards, and great wordplay...

Duration:03:02:50

Give the Children Back

6/23/2018
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This is a podcast-only episode. It's a protest show, a prayer, a hope, a rant, a wish, an exhortation. Given all that's going on in the U.S. this past week or two, your host couldn't remain silent. So this program is one long wish to Give The Children Back Predictable if you know me at all. This episode features music by Palancar (Darrell Burgan), Tony Gerber, Scott Lawlor, Brother Saturn (Drew Miller), Robert Rich, Michael Brückner, HeadJoint (Michael Jobborn), Giles Reaves, Darren...

Duration:02:55:13

Our Houses

6/16/2018
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Take Two! Continuing the previous episode's collaboration challenge and theme, we bring you more tracks by two or more artists -- two of which were created specifically for the challenge, and the rest from the RadioSpiral library or elsewhere around the interwebz. We're also featuring a new album in its entirety, Memories of Akhenaten, from Chris Russell and Dawn Tuesday, and a long form track from Dan Miñoza and Symatic Star. Music is better with friends. :)

Duration:03:03:07

Our House

6/2/2018
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Another challenge episode, the call was to find a collaborator or two and create a track together, whether it was artists that had worked together before, or who had always wanted to work together.

Duration:02:58:22

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