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Convergence Zone.005 playlist

(first aired April 11, 2023)

Tomorrow is Herbie Hancock’s birthday – so of course I’ll play him on Convergence Zone tonight

Tons of new music from Stellarium, style.king.of.the.week, Rudy Adrian, Siren of the Sea, and NAVVI

music for solidarity and reproductive rights with songs by Kristen Roos and Loscil from Hotham Sound’s compilation “Calliope”, raising proceeds for NARAL Pro Choice America

classics by {arsonist}, Steve Roach, Herbie Hancock, and Colin Chin — and some surprises too

10:30pm PDT 4/11/23 – 90.7 KSER | Independent Public Radio

ArtistSongAlbumLabelShow Notes
Black Belt Eagle ScoutOn the RiverThe Land The Water The SkySaddle CreekBrand new! Performing at the Timber! festival in Carnation in July
NAVVILoveVHush Hush
Kristen RoosMusmusic TIll MCalliopeHotham Sound2022 compilation to raise funds for NARAL North America
Jenn ChampionDonating Your Body to ScienceDonating Your Body to Science
Tame ImpalaOne More YearThe Slow RushModular2020 LP, 2022 deluxe box set
Herbie HancockPerfect MachinePerfect MachineColumbiaFinal album of “Rockit” triad
Wnbl_NotoStange HeatAgogoCollective from Berlin
Rachel Therrien QuintetRocket LaunchWhy Don’t You TryTrust RevolutionMontreal free jazz from 2017
style.king.of.the.weekMt. Hope ReservoirStyle King of The Weekinspired by a late night swim
Toro y MoiRose Quartz (instrumental)Anything in Return (instrumentals)Carpark2023 instrumental versions of 2013 LP
Steve RoachThe Beauty RelentlessBloom AscensionProjektcrafted specifically for LP format
end segment one
Colin ChinThe Alluvial PlainsIntruding on a SilenceNarada Equinox1988 solo debut; featuring Mark Isham on trumpet
Mark IshamSympathy and AcknowledgmentVapor DrawingsWindham Hill1983 solo debut; first album on the label featuring electronic instruments
StellariumLadder of DustPillars of LightMilanJanuary 2023 release
Siren and the SeaGravity WaveGravity WaveBathysphereBrand new from Cristina Cano
Rudy AdrianHemlock GroveA Walk in the Shadow GardenSpotted Peccary“a  companion piece for rest, reading, and walks down winding forest trails”
{arsonist}Till Human Voices Wake UsReality StructureUnifactorDigital collage from Pittsburgh
IKSRE feat. Diego VillataIt’s Quiet at the Edge of the UniverseIIIHush Hush
SKRUK & Nasha VahdatMad Blomster I FangI Vienen SpielKirkelig Kulturewerksted
Julianna Barwick ft JonsiIn LightHealing is a MiracleNinja Tune
LoscilGrey BowsCalliopeHotham Sound
first aired April 11 2023
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Convergence Zone.004 playlist

(first aired April 4, 2023)

It’s a time of transition in the Pacific Northwest, from the season of stillness to glimpses of light and warmth.  Celebrated through the ages, whether through the revival of Osiris, the rise of the Aten, the passion of the Christ, or the Hareland Ley feasts of the goddess Ēostre

On this week’s Convergence Zone, we honor these transitions with music for death and rebirth — and we also honor the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died on March 28, 2023 at the age of 71

10:30pm PDT 4/4/23 – 90.7 KSER | Independent Public Radio

ArtistSongAlbumLabelShow Notes
Dreamstate LogicAndromeda TerminalStarboundBrand new music from Seattle! project by Colby Sixx
Dennis Russell Davies dir. Stuttgart Orchestra Act I:
Prelude: Refrain, Verses 1-3
Philip Glass; AkhnatenCBS Masterworks1984 premiere of Philip Glass opera
David BowieLazarusBlackstarISO RecordsFinal album released two days before Bowie’s death
LyciaA FailureIn FlickersProjektDarkwave from 2018
Small BlackTampaCheap Dreams100% Electronicawistful chillwave found-footage vibes
Future IslandsBorn In a WarAs Long as You Are4ADSynthpop
from 2020
GeorgiaRunning Up That HillSeeking Thrills (The Ultimate Thrills Edition)DominoCovering Kate Bush
Pure Bathing CultureBlack StarlingNight PassPortland new agey-dream-pop
Ryuichi Sakamoto fullmoonasyncMilanpartially recorded in Bastyr University Chapel
Ryuichi Sakamoto 20220302 sarabande12MilanJanuary 2023 release
Ryuichi Sakamoto 2022030412Milansketches for piano and electronics
end segment one
Craig Padilla & Marvin AllenOnwards and UpwardsWeathering the StormSpotted PeccaryNew! guitar & synth homage to Kosmiche Musik
Ryuichi Sakamoto2022030212Milansketches for piano and electronics
Ryuichi Sakamoto2021031012MilanJanuary 2023 release
Electric YouthMerry Christmas Mr. LawrenceA Tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto – To the Moon and BackMilanToronto synthpop
‘remodel’ of Ryuichi Sakamoto
Terminus VoidDiscoveryOrigins UnknownSeattle synthesist
J. Ronald Smith
Peter GabrielIn Doubt

A Different Drum
Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of ChristReal Worldi/o: The Tour
October 8
Arushi JainI Feel Incomplete Without SoundWith & WithoutGHUNGHRUOpening for Suzanne Ciani Seattle
May 20
Suso Saiz…Un Hombre OscuroOdiseaMusic From MemoryOn tour with Age of Reflections
LocsilEquivalent 7EquivalentsKrankyVancouver artist Scott Morgan, featuring samples from work created for Glenn Gould retrospective w/ Sakamoto-san
first aired April 4 2023

I was already contemplating death and resurrection as I produced this week’s episode of Convergence Zone – and then my friend Nick texted me the sad news that Ryuichi Sakamoto had passed away. 

Sakamoto-san’s impact — from his time in Yellow Magic Orchestra, his work in film scores and acting, and his prolific creations as an ambient and neoclassical artist — is impossible to do justice in words, at least as few as I can summon here.  But I can try and share some of his recent pieces, including one produced in part during his time recording as Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.

His final album, “12”, dropped in January, consisting of solo sketches that Sakamoto-san recorded in his home over the past few years on piano and electronic instruments.  In several, you can hear him breathe as he begins to play.

Hearing Ryuichi Sakamoto breathe and create — on a quiet and cool early Sunday, on the day I was stunned by his death — was painful and exquisite.  I am so grateful for what he left us all.

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Convergence Zone.003 playlist

(first aired March 28, 2023)

recent music from regional artists Terminus Void, Bart Hawkins, and Mount Maxwell

brand new music from Rudy Adrian, Cruel Diagonals, style.king.of.the.week, Altin Gün, Diane Arkenstone, and Gogo Penguin

film music by Lori Goldston and “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

modern classics from Chuck Van Zyl, ST∆ER, Sam Rosenthal, and Mildlife

and more surprises!

10:30pm 3/23/23 – 90.7 KSER | Independent Public Radio

ArtistSongAlbumLabelShow Notes
Terminus VoidBeyond Static ToleranceInterstellarDebut LP for Seattle’s
J. Ronald Smith (2021)
Norm ChambersBathyalSeaside ResonanceHotham
we miss you, Norm
Carolyn Cruso & Robert AlmbladeFahren Nach FreiburgThe Fifth ElementdemoOrcas Island singer/songwriter/teacher
on hammered dulcimer
Dorothy AshbyWindmills of Your MindDorothy’s HarpCadetFree-jazz harpist
Roy AyersReaching the Highest PleasureReaching the Highest PleasureBBE
Lost track from the
“Virgin Ubiquity” sessions,
released 2020
Rudy AdrianA Walk In The Shadow Gardena walk in the shadow gardenSpotted
Brand new from the
prolific New Zealand
ambient musician
Bruce MitchellReflectionsHidden PathwaysNarada
Melodic New Age from Ontario artist, staple of Narada samplers in 80s
style.king.of.the.weekgasoline ashesstyle king of the weekBrand new from Seattle cassette-culture duo
Cruel DiagonalsPenancefractured wholeBeacon
Portland, April 2
Seattle, April 7

Brand new dark avant-garde ambient from LA’s Megan Mitchell
Bart HawkinsRace to Cosmos Redshift 7 Galaxyenter the axis mundiSpotted
modular atmospheres, prolific Oregon artist
Chuck van ZylThe Zanti Misfitstone science no 5: integers and quotientsTone Science
Philadelphia master of
space music with famed broadcast Stars End on WXPN + on modular celebration compilation
diane arkenstoneseduction (excerpt)world callingBrand new from
New Age legend
end segment one
Altin Günrakya su katamamA​ş​k (love)ATONew album drops 3/31
“I can’t add water to raki”
(love song – raki is a strong distilled grape liquor), traditional Turkish folk song
mildliferare airautomaticHeavenlyJoyous psych-jazz-fusion from Melbourne, Australia
sam rosenthal
feat. reggie watts
trip 4 feat. reggie wattstim, where are you now?Projektcompilation for Timothy honoring the centenary of the birth of LSD and DMT guru Timothy Leary; includes clips of Leary as well as visionaries and authors; here Reggie Watts, poet and bandleader on CBS’ The Late Late Show
Mount MaxwellBe Angry At The SunCalliopeHotham SoundVancouver artist/label from compilation of global artists benefits reproductive rights group NARAL
ST∆ERManifoldEquilibriumPhiladelphia space music project of Ian R. Staer
Pat MethenyBright
Size Life
Size Life
ECM1976 debut LP, fusion trio w/ jaco pastorius and bob moses
Gogo PenguinParasiteEverything Is Going To Be OkayXXIMLive at the Neptune May 2!

brand new minimalist jazz from the UK trio!
Lori GoldstonWas There A Light?film scoresLive at The Vera Project
April 14!

original live score for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
Clannad feat. BonoIn a LifetimeMacallaRCAlater re-released on multiple Clannad albums
Son Lux feat.
Mitski, David Byrne
This Is a Lifeeverything everywhere all at once (OSTTA24 Musicamazing song from astounding film starring Michelle Yeoh
first aired March 28, 2023

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Convergence Zone.002 playlist

(first aired March 21, 2023)

For Women’s History Month, celebrating female, femme, trans, non-gender-confirming musicians

Honoring the legends Delia Derbyshire, Wendy Carlos, Suzanne Ciani

New music from Rachel Thierren and NAVVI

local music from Grouper, Chromatics, Midday Veil, Mt. Fog, and Patricia Wolf

and more!

ChromaticsCherryCherry (Deluxe)2017 EP from PortlandItalians Do It Better
Mt. FogBlue Summer (Graduation Remix)Blue Summer (Graduation Remix)Mar 31 vinyl release party: Easy Street RecordsGhost Mountain
Caroline PolachekDoorPangMay 4 & 5: Showbox SodoSony Music
Tune-Yardshypnotizedsketchy.2021 album from
Merrill Garbus
Midday VeilBabelThis Wilderness2015; Seattle group co-founded by Emily PothastBeyond Records
L’RainTwo FaceFatigueExperimental musician Taja CheekMexican Summer
Delia DerbyshireBBC interview (excerpt)

Time on our Hands (excerpt)

Doctor Who Theme
BBC Radiophonic Workshop – 21Incidental music for program on leisure

Iconic sci-fi theme
BBC Records
Lisa Bella DonnaOnward to a DreamMoogmentum2021 Benefit for Bob Moog FoundationBehind The Sky Music
Stephanie SanteBinary ClusterDark Matter EvolutionSF Bay composerSante Music
Suzanne Ciani3-2-1 Contact interview (excerpt)

Morning Spring
@0 EPAmbient compilation…Ninja Tune
Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithMt Baker@0 EP…benefitting mental-health charitiesNinja Tune
EnyaCaribbean BlueShepherd MoonsIconic 3rd LP1991
end first hour
Laura GrovesInfinite WisdomA Private RoadUK dreamy pop
Sarah McLachlanInto the FireSolace1991, 2nd LPNettwerk
NAVVIClemencyVNew LP drops May 5
pre-order on Bandcamp
Hush Hush
Wendy CarlosBBC interview

Brandenburg Conctero No. 3 in G Major:
I. Allegro
Switched-on Bach 20001992 , 25th anniversary of Switched-On BachTelarc
Sign LibraSea of NectarSea to SeaLatvian n
new age
Patricia WolfPacific Coast HighwaySee-ThroughTouring!
May 10 – Victoria BC
May 11 – Vancouver
May 12 – Bellingham,
May 13 – Seattle
May 14 – Portland
Caterina BarbieriPinnacles of YouEcstatic ComputationBerin school from Berlin artist
Rachel Therrien
Latin Jazz Project
MojoMi HogarQuebec nu-jazz trumpeterOutside In Music
Mary HalvorsonAmaryllisAmaryllisTwo LP set (Amaryllis/Belladonna) from fusion guitarist
Kelly Lee OwensJeanetteInner SongAmbient techno from 2020Smalltown Smpersound
GrouperHeavy Water
I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Dragging a Dead DeerSlowcore/horror-core
from Portland
Julianna Barwick Oh Memory ft. Mary LattimoreHealing is a MiracleAmbient collabs with Nosaj Thing, Jónsi, and harpist Mary LattimoreNinja Tune
first aired March 21 2023
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Convergence Zone.001 playlist

first aired 3.14.2023

Soundtrack season — Dune, Tron, Strange Days and winery ads

brand new music from NAVVI, Noble Oak, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

recent releases from Mt. Fog, Hibou, and climax golden twins

New Age legends on tour (Suzanne Ciani and David Arkenstone)

Norm ChambersIndexGraphic Means: Original Soundtrack2017 documentary
Graphic Means
Suzanne CianiThe Eighth WaveThe Velocity of LoveOn tour!
Portland on Sat May 13
& Seattle on Sat, May 20
RCA Red Dot
Dead Can DanceRakimToward the Within1993 live concert at
the Mayfair Theatre
in Santa Monica, CA
Altin GünOrdunun DereleriYolreimagined Turkish folk song about doomed loversATO
Fleet Foxescan i believe you (solstice version)a very long solstice2021 winter solstice livestream
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, NY,
winter solstice livestream
Still CornersMystery RoadThe Last Exitambient country vibesWrecking Light
climax golden twinsClear Skiesclimax golden twins (2022)2022 double-LP
black tape for a blue girlseven days till sunriseThe Rope40th anniversary of Sam Rosenthal’s labelProjekt
Hans ZimmerLeaving CaladanDune: OST (2021)2021 adaptation
by Denis Villeneuve
Paul HaslingerGolden GateHalt and Catch Fire: OSTAMC drama series
on computing history
Daft PunkEnd of LineTron: Legacy OST2010 sequelDisney
Deep Forest feat. Peter GabrielWhile The Earth Sleeps (long version)Strange Days: OST1995 cyberpunk noir
dir. Kathryn Bigelow
Steve RoachThe Sky OpensThe Sky Opens2019 Ambient Church show
First United Methodist Church
in Pasadena, CA
end first hour
NAVVIClemencyVNew LP drops May 5
pre-order on Bandcamp
Hush Hush
Mt FogBehind a Silent DoorSpells of SilencePlaying Belltown Bloom
on May 5 2023
Ghost Mounain
HibouNight FellArc
Ray LynchThe Oh of PleasureDeep Breakfastoriginally sold from his bedroom in 1984Music West
David ArkenstoneValley in the CloudsValley in the CloudsOn tour in PNW in May 2023! Shows in Monroe, Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Enumclaw, Portland, and moreNarada Equinox
Roxy MusicIndiaAvalon1982 peak Bryan Ferry eraEG
Pure Bathing CultureVeilNight Pass“Unearthly” music from Portland
Massive Attack feat. Elizabeth FraserTeardropMezzaninemasterpiece risen from conflict in the groupVirgin Records
DestroyerIt Just Doesn’t HappenHave We Metvancouver + seattle uniteMerge Records
Noble OakTides TurnTides TurnNew single! Space pop from Vancouver BC
Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithCheck Your Translation
(Hrishikesh Hirway Remix)
Let’s Turn It Into Sound RemixesOrcas Island legend getting the Song Exploder treatmentGhostly Int’l
Wendy CarlosAnthem for Keyboard SoloTron: OST (1982) out of print for decadesDisney
Vangelisl’EnfantOpéra sauvage (1979)1982 “The Year of Living Dangerously”,
also 1978 French TV series and 1986 Gallo wine ads
TotoTake My Hand (End Titles)Dune: OST (1984)1984 David Lynch adaptationPolydor
Brian EnoEnding (An Ascent)Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks1983 album, music used in 1989 documentary
“For All Mankind”
first aired March 14 2023