I had the honour of being featured on The Edges of Dreaming last Saturday afternoon, and spent a very enjoyable three hours chatting with some of their artists and listeners online during the show. The Edges of Dreaming is a weekly online ambient and electronica program on Radio Spiral network, and if you’re interested in electronic music you really should check out both the show and its parent station. Radio Spiral broadcasts 24 hours, with live shows daily.
If you missed the elettronica sperimentale feature don’t worry – it’s available for streaming from the Edges of Dreaming page. And most of the material from that 3-hour broadcast will also be available on BandCamp very soon as part of two upcoming releases. Play the Hits, a collection of electronica from 2002-2012, will include a brand new recording of Death of the Planet (which you can preview now in full on SoundCloud). A Robot Doesn’t Talk Back and Argue will be an album of mostly modular compositions, including new mixes of some more recent material, plus the new tracks Tranzac and All These Toys Are Broken, both of which debuted on last week’s broadcast.
The 90-minute lecture “The Fate of the Earth,” by Sister Miriam MacGillis, was originally recorded in 1986 and distributed widely through a grassroots network of environmental activists. I recorded two versions of this piece in the late nineties, after having heard an excerpt of it on the radio.
The original recordings are lost to the sands of time. The first version was recorded on an Akai MG1214 recording console, a strange beast with a built-in proprietary (possibly Beta-compatible?) cassette tape drive. The backing sequence was composed on an Akai ME20a Sequence Arpeggiator, and consists of a 64-note pattern that is mapped onto a cycle of four chords. The ME20a, in turn, drove a stack of Yamaha DX7 voices in the form of a TX816 rackmount – a true eighties-style synth stack.
The current version is stripped down a bit compared to the earlier incarnations, but I did tip my hat a bit to its FM origins with the introduction of Native Instruments’ FM8.
Sister Miriam’s mission is ongoing. You can learn more about her eco-activism and philosophy in this short interview.
we thought it would be a bit rude to have a background video autoplay with sound. but here it is backed by an excerpt from where restrictions are imposed, which you can look for in full on a bandcamp release later this year.