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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

Contact:

213-596-8392


Episodes

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


These Times

10/7/2017
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We live in "interesting times", according to that Chinese curse. It's probably true that there are few times in human history that are *not* interesting in history books, because conflict seems to be how humans operate. But these seem to be especially dark times as we collectively deal with weather disasters, financial disasters, political disasters, and the exquisitely ugly troll nests that are social media platforms. Now that autumn is approaching in the northern hemisphere, somehow...

Duration: 03:02:22


Water Transformations

9/30/2017
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It’s time for another At Water’s Edge challenge! This week’s challenge was to find water sounds and do something interesting with them. The water could be in any form (solid, liquid, vapor), and the only restriction was that it had to be actual water, not synthetic water-like sounds. Otherwise, fair game! The results were, as […]

Duration: 03:01:56


Journey

9/16/2017
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The journey is often much more interesting than the destination. This edition of At Water's Edge is a continuation of last week's theme, Transit. This time we journey west with a brand new track from Tim Kays, as well as a journey through our own archives.

Duration: 03:00:10


Transit

9/9/2017
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There are many sorts of transitions -- a commute, a long journey from one place to another, an inner journey, a job change, and so on. We concentrate on traveling, and as we have noticed in similar past programs, trains provide great material.

Duration: 02:58:21


Late Summer Gold

9/2/2017
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As the summer wanes and autumn approaches, the colors of the sky and the landscape around us change, becoming warm and golden. The harvest will be coming in soon, but for now we enjoy the last lazy days of summer. Of course it can be easily attributed via scientific explanations to the number of particulates in the air, the angle of the sun and how it's refracted through the atmosphere, and so on. Beyond the science, there is something truly magical about the color of the late summer and...

Duration: 02:59:55


Major to minor

8/26/2017
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This edition of At Water's Edge brings us the second of our new monthly challenges. The challenge for today was to create a long form track (minimum 15 minutes) that started out in a major key and shifted to minor. The interpretations were eclectic, beautiful, and very clever.

Duration: 03:01:57


Sweet Sorrow

8/19/2017
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Perhaps the world has always been ruled by madness where humans are concerned. There have been times of relative peace, but there is always conflict somewhere in the world. In the US, the madness seems to be spinning out of control as madmen infiltrate all levels of government and law enforcement. The events of the past week dominate the news. Protests, counter-protests, terrorist actions and calls for the death of any who oppose this madness -- and actual loss of life -- are bitter and...

Duration: 02:58:54


High Summer Holds the Earth

8/12/2017
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As summer turns golden, flowers bloom and fade and perhaps become fruit. High summer holds the earth... This edition of At Water's Edge is all about summer. Never summer, summer in Antarctica, summer evenings, and more. It's a quiet, lazy, beautiful show... just as summers should be.

Duration: 02:59:03


Step Into the Light

8/5/2017
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On this edition of At Water's Edge, we journey from darkness to light over the course of the show. We'll hear music from Dan Pound, Cousin Silas, Robert Rich and more. This program is inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit, and is dedicated to those who face the fire and the darkness every day of their lives. One of the greatest challenges humans must overcome is facing down the darkness. Most of us fear it at our deepest core. For some, darkness means comfort; but for...

Duration: 02:59:55


Getting to Fifth Bass

7/29/2017
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It began as a dare... In the Radio Spiral chat room a couple of weeks ago, a gauntlet was thrown. A certain denizen who shall remain nameless declared that "if Radio Spiral plays a track with five simultaneous bass lines, I'll run through town naked." Another denizen shortly thereafter suggested that any program that included such a track should be called "Getting to Fifth Bass". And so an episode was born. We tossed the challenge out to the interwebz, and today's program is the result. We...

Duration: 03:02:18


Into the Storm

7/22/2017
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This edition of At Water's Edge takes us into the eye of the storm with sounds of rain, thunder, and wind, along with tracks inspired by those sounds. Artists include Kit Watkins, Loren Nerell, Janne Hanhisuanto, James Shain, David Gerard, Paul Harriman, and so much more, including works created specifically for this episode. NOTE: This program is long! Because there was no Edison's Ephemera this week, and because there's so much great Storm music, we're going five hours! Sit back, and...

Duration: 04:58:39


Vox Ex Machina

7/15/2017
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While rhythm is the earth's first instrument, the human voice is ours. We wail (most of us) straight out of the womb, we use it to express ourselves in so many different ways from the very beginning and through our lives. Sorrow, joy, ecstasy, tragedy, collaboration, humor, and more. This edition of At Water's Edge focuses on the voice in music in obvious and non-obvious ways. The music you'll hear on this program includes voices that are used as we are familiar with them, some include...

Duration: 03:50:03


Music Among Friends

7/8/2017
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One of the best parts of making music is making music together. The ambient community has a reputation for being solitary and isolated, but in fact great collaborations happen quite often. Today's show is devoted to some of those collaborations -- and this barely scratches the surface of what's available.

Duration: 02:57:08


At Water’s Edge at Water’s Edge at water’s edge

7/1/2017
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The relentless motion of water against the land transforms the shoreline over and over again until, over time, a visitor may not even recognize it. It is the place where journeys begin, and where many end. It can be both beautiful and treacherous, gentle and tumultuous, calm and raging. Water's edge, land's end, that convergence of land and sea and sky, is where great magic happens.

Duration: 02:57:39