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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 (, 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.







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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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