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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

Elevator Music

11/10/2018
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At long last! It’s time for the “Elevator Music” challenge episode! We have some GREAT entries for it, too! This was a fun challenge — from some traveling a few months ago, your friendly AWEsome host captured the rather horrifying sound of an elevator’s floor markers. Normally they’re nice dings or tones, but this one […]

Duration:02:59:18

October

10/20/2018
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It is autumn, at long last. After a brutal summer and a frightening and destructive storm season, the weather very suddenly turned to late autumn, with very little transition. So today we finally look at the autumn season, and feature a new album that celebrates it beautifully. We’ll hear the new release October from Another Neglected Hobby, as well as some wonderful library tracks that exemplify the season. Grab a blanket and some hot chocolate and join us!

Duration:02:46:47

Un soffio…

10/13/2018
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A breath, a sigh... After an exhausting month of storms and their aftermath, this week's edition of At Water's Edge takes a breath. Or three. Today's program explores sighs of resignation, regret, and relief. We'll feature music by Giles Reaves, Cranial Mythos, Dawn Tuesday and M. Nomized, Jaime Munarriz, Altus, poemme, Medicine Man, Daniel Robert Lahey, Lucette Bourdin, Caul, Silvercord, Robert Dorschel, and Max Corbacho.

Duration:02:59:37

By the Waters of Babble-On

10/6/2018
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We’ve had a sufficiency of water for a while (ahem.), but this is a great way to finish the trend: with the results of a challenge! This challenge is another field recording one, where artists were to take any combination of these samples and make music with them using only these sounds as the basis. As with […]

Duration:02:57:57

After the Storm

9/29/2018
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At Water’s Edge is back on the air this week, and back at the water’s edge, albeit reluctantly. It is perhaps too obvious, but this week’s topic is “After the Storm.” The music is beautiful, and mournful.

Duration:02:56:14

Green to Gold

9/1/2018
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It's easy to broadly describe the principal color of the warmer seasons as "green". But the green of spring is vastly different from the green of late summer and early autumn. The light of autumn, with dust in the air and the changing angle of the sun, is warm and beautiful. Even as life is withdrawing for winter, the earth's cloak becomes its most beautiful. On this edition of At Water's Edge, we drift through the greens of autumn with works by metlay!, Arcticology, usr/sbin, EugeneKha,...

Duration:03:00:17

For the Birds! or, Avian Flew

8/25/2018
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On this edition of At Water's Edge, another of our challenge episodes, this one having birds as its basis. We received over an hour of music from five artists: Museleon, Glenn Sogge, Skoddie, playman54 and Carbonates on Mars. The challenge was to take field recordings of coastal North Carolina birds that we recorded, and do... something... with them. As with the frogs, the field recordings had to be the only source material, but artists could do anything they liked with them -- cut them up,...

Duration:03:13:03

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