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first aired 10.24.23

This week on Convergence Zone I’m thrilled to share the worldwide radio premiere of the new LP  “Apeiron” by Terminus Void — and excerpts from my exclusive interview with project creator J. Ronald Smith.  We spoke about his influences, the themes captured on this debut record on Groove Unlimited, and the story threaded through the musical layers on “Apeiron”

Also –  brand new local music from AeTopus and from Pure Bathing Culture, as well as by Wild Nothing, , and Driftmachine; and celebrating local tour stops by Eydis Evensen and Loscil with Lawrence English

I’ll also pay tribute to Norm Chambers, the prolific Seattle composer, performer, and music curator

Convergence Zone arrives on Tuesday night, 10:30pm Pacific time, 90.7 KSER and 89.9 KXIR — streaming around the world at, TuneIn, and other fine radio services

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Special guest host David Haldeman – first aired 10.17.2023

Guest DJ David Haldeman

Host of Dead Electric -A radio show playing vintage synth, space, and new age music from the 70s and 80s. Friday nights at 10:30 p.m on KSER!

Thank you David for a phenomenal show!

Track list –

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Emile Mosseri – The Moon in Your Eye – I Could Be Your Dog/I Could Be Your Moon

Hibou – Valium – Hibou

Grimes – Genesis – Visions

Brian Eno and John Cale – Spinning Away – Wrong Way Up

[Mic break]

The Books feat. Jose Gonzales – Cello Song – Dark Was the Night

Odesza – A Moment Apart – A Moment Apart

Julee Cruise – Into the Night – Floating Into the Night

[Mic break]

The Postal Service – Be Still My Heart – Give Up (20th anniversary edition)

Sky Cries Mary – Moondream Meadow Allegory – Exit at the Axis

Surf Mesa – Manzanita – Run

[Mic break]

Jason Holstrom – Behold the Sky – Tonight Sky

Grand Hallway – Winter Creatures – Winter CreaturesMike Oldfield – In the Beginning/Let There Be Light – The Songs of Distant Earth

[Mic break]

Visible Cloaks – Wheel – Lex

Kings of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From (Royksopp remix) – Versus

Faith and Disease – Mary Don’t Sleep In Your Makeup – Insularia

[Mic break]

Alice in Chains – Whale & Wasp – Jar of Flies

Fovea Hex – All Those Signs – The Salt Garden 2

Steve Hauschildt – Arpeggiare – Where All is Fled

[Mic break]

David Arkenstone – Rain – Valley in the Clouds

Nancy Rumbel – Lullaby – Notes from the Tree of Life

Orcas – Standard Error – Orcas

[Mic break]

Ernest Hood – Sunday Morning Doze – Neighborhoods

Panabrite – Octopus In Your Dreams – Sub-aquatic meditation

[mic break]

Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson – Lupine – Rain Shadow

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first aired 10.10.23

We’re getting deeper into Spooky Season tonight on Convergence Zone

I’ll have the broadcast premiere of “Relic”, the first single from AeTopus’s upcoming album! The project of Bellingham veteran electronic musician Bryan Hughes; he’s joining forces with Spotted Peccary Records with this new LP

Regional darkwave artists Soft Release and ACTORS have local shows coming up, and I’ve got songs by both of them; also brand-new synthwave from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (!)

More new local music from Mount Maxwell, loscil & lawrence english; the new re-release of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s influential ambient installation work from 1986 “Surround”; and music from the new compilation “The NID Tapes”, an archive of early electronic music from India recorded between 1969 and 1972

Convergence Zone arrives tonight at 10:30pm Pacific on 90.7 KSER, 89.9 KXIR, and streaming at, TuneIn, and more

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first aired 10.03.23

Do you believe in coincidences?  

Tonight I’ll host the 27th edition of Convergence Zone.  Tonight is also the 20th anniversary of my father’s death; I was 27 when I learned he had passed

Music brought my dad and I together.  We lived on the High Plains, listening to cassettes on long car trips and late nights where we could just barely pull in FM radio. He once dreamed of being a band director, and shared his love of jazz and big band and Blue Note with me, while I introduced him to Vangelis and Kitaro and ECM and Narada and anything with synthesizers. We made a great team climbing on the roof of the trailer at night to pull in Music from the Hearts of Space on distant university FM

I know he’d be stoked that I’ve centered music in my life and proud that I share it with listeners on the airwaves and around the workd

This week I’ll explore coincidence with new music by K Leimer and Marc Barreca, Sumner James and Z Pocket, 5×4, Subdream, Pure Bathing Culture, Perge, Steven Wilson, Mary Lattimore, and Laurel Halo

I’ll trying weaving relevant classics from Vangelis and Peter Gabriel, Donald Fagen and Mannheim Steamrolle

join me to see how the paths converge

Convergence Zone.027 arrives at 10:30PM PDT on 90.7 KSER-FM, 89.9 KXIR-FM, streaming at, TuneIn, and just machines that make big decisions

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Fall Drive 2023 – first aired 09.19.2023

first aired 09.19.2023

KSER’s Fall Membership Drive Converges with the final week of summer, and the 25th episode of my program, Convergence Zone

nearly half a year celebrating the musical atmospheres of the Pacific Northwest — and beyond…

please join me Tuesday night for a celebration of the show so far and the power of radio to unite us all — and please consider supporting the show  with your donation at  I’d appreciate if you mention Convergence Zone in the comment field

Ahead of the Long Dark, we embrace joy through new music, great regional artists, and look ahead to an array of live shows in the area

Brand new progressive ambient from Chronotope Project; the gorgeous new single from Pure Bathing Culture, it’s called ‘The River’; the new debut single from darkwave duo Soft Release, the “fortuitous convergence” of Carolyn B. from Mt Fog and Andy S. from Select Level

David Arkenstone returns to the region and his tour kicks off on Friday in Monroe, Washington — I’ll have more excerpts from our conversation about his band and his brand new album, ‘Winterlüde’

Lots more from friends of the show like Terminus Void, Erwilian, Rudy Adrian, Dreamstate Logic, Siren and the Sea, Chuck van Zyl, and a celebration of Tangerine Dream’s return visit to Seattle by playing their famous song ‘Phaedra’ in its entirety

Convergence Zone arrives for the KSER Fall Membership Drive – Tuesday,September 19 at 10:30PM PDT on 90.7 KSER-FM, 89.9 KXIR-FM, and

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first aired 08.22.2023

This week’s Convergence Zone airs on the last day of Leo — with so much stunning new music on the way

Gorgeous fresh works from Pure Bathing Culture, David Arkenstone, Pabellón Sintético, Hyperion V, Erwilian, Kim Oxlund, and Brass Clouds

Sounds for late summer from Mt Fog, Caterina Barbieri, Hello Meteor, Bruce Mitchell, and sunset virtual

And lots more — arriving Tuesday night at 10:30pm PDT on 90.7 KSER-FM, 89.9 KXIR-FM, and streaming live at and other fine internet radio services — archived at

First Hour
Pure Bathing CultureThe Momento00:00Chalice
Cocteau TwinsPitch the Baby03:52Heaven or Las Vegas
Caroline PolachekBreathless07:02Standing at the Gate – Remix Collection
brass cloudsDream Recall10:00Escape Vessels
Wild NothingSleight of hand12:50Laughing Gas EP
Small Black +
Com Truise
Duplex (Com Truise Remix)16:59Duplex (Com Truise Remix)
Sinéad LohanNo Mermaid20:48No Mermaid
brass cloudsSimulated Sympathy24:43Escape Vessels
Mt. FogWaiting Through These Years27:36Spells of Silence
Sarah McLachlanBack Door Man31:53Solace
Kate BushRubberband Girl35:41The Red Shoes
Four Tet4T Recordings40:174T Recordings
Hyperion VAstatis42:33Accretion Disc
Caterina BarbieriMath of You46:43Myuthafoo
Kim OxlundStars All Burn Away52:24Very Special Things
Second Hour   
David ArkenstoneThe Icy Brook Finds Its Way01:00:00Winterlude
Andreas VollenweiderDancing With the Lion01:04:08Dancing With the Lion
sunset virtualCrystal — cassette only01:08:03visions
ErwilianMasters in this Hall (Live)01:09:32Cascadia
Nils Frahm#2 (Live)01:14:23Tripping with Nils Frahm
Pabellón SintéticoFarnsworth House01:24:09Mies van der Rohe’s dreams
Chuck van ZylNightshift01:29:52BERLIN – A Tribute Album for Mark Shreeve
Bruce MitchellGateway to the Sun01:41:30Hidden Pathways
Mark VernonThe Tyrol, 197201:45:21Call Back Carousel
Brian EnoEverything Merges with the Night01:51:41Another Green World
Hello MeteorHashimi Rubies05:55:31The Lower Path
first aired 08.22.23
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first aired 08.15.23

This week on Convergence Zone, I’m premiering a new track by the legendary David Arkenstone; I’ve been listening to his music since picking up “Valley in the Clouds” on cassette in 1987.  Since then he’s pushed boundaries of new age, soundtrack, Celtic, ambient, and more — and he’s returning to the Pacific Northwest on tour starting next month.  I’ll have his brand-new single “The Icy Brook Finds Its Way”

I’m also premiering more local New Age, with another track off the upcoming live album by the ensemble Erwilian

Speaking of artists coming to the PNW, synthwave masters Small Black return with November dates in Vancouver BC, Seattle, and Portland, celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Limits of Desire”; I’ve got a banger from the new deluxe reissue, along with the latest by Vancouver’s Noble Oak

Pat Metheny also returns to Jazz Alley in November celebrating some of his early work, and I’ll also include great new neo-jazz from  Javier Nero and a recent piece by Makaya McCraven

Plenty of new ambient from LA duo Fog Net, along with Portland’s Daryl Groetsch, Patricia Wolf, and Seroli

And more surprises – join me Tuesday night at 10:30pm PDT on 90.7 KSER-FM, 89.9 KXIR-FM, and on the web at

ArtistSongStart TimeAlbum
First Hour
Noble OakEveningstar00:00When It Finds You
HatchieThis Enchanted03:34Giving the World Away
Small BlackBreathless08:15Limits of Desire (Deluxe Edition)
Future IslandsBorn In A War11:54As Long As You Are
Wavestar IIA Call to Arms15:51BERLIN – A Tribute Album for Mark Shreeve
Nathan KawanishiOpulence 0221:01single
Makaya McCravenThe Fours23:06In These Times
David ArkenstoneThe Icy Brook Finds Its Way26:58Winterlude
IceblinkHealer31:09Carpet Coccoon
ErwillianFantasy & Dance (live)34:32Cascadia (08.25.23)
Pat Metheny GroupThe First Circle39:20First Circle
Javier Nero Jazz OrchestraKemet (The Black Land)48:28Kemet (The Black Land)
Second Hour
Steve Roach,
Stephen Kent,
Kenneth Newby
Halcyon Days01:00:00Halcyon Days
RedshiftQuenzer – Live in the Studio 200201:09:20BERLIN – A Tribute Album for Mark Shreeve
SaloliBarcarolle01:20:25The Deep End
SaloliBarcarolle (for piano)01:25:04Ghosts: Music for Piano vol. 2
Fog NetPolymer Field01:27:24Headlands
Kim OxlundI Have No Answers01:36:01Very Special Things
Patricia WolfThe Juncos’ Nest01:40:40Seasonal Diary III – Curious Enchantment
Daryl GroetschGardens in Glass01:49:25Gardens in Glass
first aired 08.15.2023
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first aired August 1, 2023

Brand new ambient from Portland’s Saroon and from Methods Body; new dream pop from Pure Bathing Culture

More new music from Johan Agebjörn, from Parallax-5, One Arc Degree, [‘ramp], and Sigur Rós

And a tribute to the late Shuhada’ Sadaqat, born as Sinéad O’Connor

Convergence Zone arrives Tuesday nights at 10:30pm PDT on 90.7 KSER-FM in Everett, 89.9 KXIR-FM in Freeland, and streaming at, TuneIn, smart speakers, and wherever you consume internet radio

ArtistSongStart TimeAlbum
Pure Bathing CultureIn Gardens Under Evergreen00:00Roxi’s Dream
Pt I
Conjur One ft. Sinéad O ConnorTears from the Moon04:44Conjure One
Tori AmosA Sorta Fairytale10:06Scarlet’s Walk
Diane ArkenstoneFearlessly Falling15:33World Calling
Nation of LanguageAcross that Fine Line19:40A Way Forward
Saint EtienneOnly Love Can Break Your Heart25:05Foxbase Alpha
Siren and the SeaStill in the Race28:28Still in the Race
Japanese BreakfastSlide Tackle31:53Jubilee
Sally Shapiro with Johan AgebjörnForget About You (Johnny Jewel’s Amnesia Remix )35:26Sad Cities
(The Remixes)
Peter Gabriel feat. Sinéad O ConnorBlood of Eden40:17Us
Massive Attack feat. Sinéad o ConnorSpecial Cases46:40100th Window
One Arc DegreeStella Obscura52:46The Forest and the Milky Way
The The – Matt Johnson feat. Sinéad O ConnorKingdom of Rain01:00:00Mind Bomb
Johan Agebjörn with Mikael ÖgrenFour Hours to Karhumaki (Subtracted Version)01:05:39Subtraced Soundscapes
Sigur RósGold01:11:50Átta 
Oneohtrix Point NeverChrome Country01:16:54R Plus Seven
Parallax-5Regeneration01:21:50Sonic Awakening
A Covenant of ThornsSerafina01:27:56If the Heavens should Fall
[‘ramp]Arp-en-Ciel excerpts01:32:23Arp-en-ciel
Methods Body Torches01:42:37Plural Not Possessive
Saroon The Beacon01:48:00Gilgul
SaroonSomething, then a whisper01:51:55Gilgul
first aired 08.01.2023
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first aired 7.11.2023

Brand new music from Bart Hawkins, Saloli, Kris Keogh, The Fragile Fate, and Penguin Café

Summery vibes from Siren and the Sea, Deborah Martin and Jill Haley, Massergy, Gwenno, and Tame Impala

Reissues from the late experimental polymath Arthur Russell, and from drummer Michael Shrieve with Klaus Schulze and Kevin Shrieve

Bart HawkinsOwls and the exuberant brilliants of unity makes me smile00:00Nonlinear CrossroadsCyclical DreamsBrand new, oregon, all modular, inspired by a visit to the Getty Center
ElbowNew York Morning The Taking Off and Landing of Everything 2014
GwennoAn Stevel Nowdyh
the new room  
 Tresor (Treasure) Second album sung almost entirely in Cornish, written in Cornwall just prior to the lockdown
Charlotte GainsbourgDeadly Valentine Rest  
Tame ImpalaBreathe Deeper The Slow Rush  
Christine and the Queens + Caroline PolachekLa vita nuova La vita nuova  
Michael Shrieve,
Klaus Schulze,
Kevin Shrieve
Communique “Approach Spiral” Transfer Station BlueFortuna RecordsSeattle’s Michael Shrieve (rock percussionist, santana, etc) + Klaus Schulze (TD, ash ra tempel, etc) and Kevin Shrieve; re-released last year, originally 1985
The Fragile FateRolled Over Lilliam Ocean Brand new

Jerry Marotta (drummer for peter Gabriel, Indigo Girls, Hall + Oates, Tony Levin)

Rupert Greenall (kbds for The Fixx)

Eric Taylor on guitars
Penguin caféWelcome to london   Brand New

Song and video dedicated to those who feel lost in a place like london and yet make it their home
Segment two     
Siren and the SeaNot to Harp On It 1:00:00Gravity WaveBathysphere Records 
SaloliFull Moon Canyon Brand new, Journey of a bear; portland artist
Roberto CacciapagliaSonanze – 5th Movement SonanzeWah Wah1975 experimental, electronic, classica
Max RichterOn the Nature of Daylight The Blue Notebooks  
Arthur RussellIn the Light of a Miracle Picture of Bunny RabbitAudikaBrand new reissue, 1986 album from late experimental compooser
Deborah Martin and Jill HaleyFrom Fire into Water The Silence of GraceSpotted Peccary2021 collab on spotted peccary
MassergyThe Shepherdess Fire OpalSpotted Peccary 
Patricia WolfI’ll Look For You In Others I’ll Look for You in OthersPast inside the present2022
Kris KeoghGolden Processed Harp Works vol 3Muzan EditionsBrand new from australian experimental musician
Max Richter with Tilda SwintonShadow Journal The Blue Notebooks  
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first aired 6.27.2023

Summer arrived officially this week, and after a brief delay, the weather shifted from “damp and lovely to “sunny and perfect”.  These are days for oceans and shorelines, Pride and dancing, and nighttime drives with warm skylines

On Convergence Zone this week, new local music from Plural Not Possessive and Neighborhood Libraries; new ambient from Fog Net, Robert Chamberlain, Steve Roach

Epic summer vibes with Siren and the Sea, Blue Scholars, Miami Nights 1984, Emma Ruth Randle, Steve Roach, Shadowfax, Checkfield, and Joe Jackson

Local space from Terminus Void, AeTopus, Style.King.of.the.Week

Plenty of sunset surprises too

Enter the Convergence Zone – Tuesday nights at 10:30pm PDT on 90.7 KSER-FM, 89.9 KXIR-FM, and streaming at, TuneIn, and suchlike

Siren and the SeaAmazon0:00This time with feeling2017 swimwave album from co-founder of Bathysphere Records
Death Cab for Cutie feat. Lauren Mayberry Northern Lights4:20 Thank you for today2018 single inspired by riding the Bremerton ferry; guest vocals from CHVRCHES lead singer
Jan HammerCrockett’s Theme9:20Miami Vice II / Escape From TelevsionFirst appeared in Miami VIce episode “Calderone’s return part 1 – the hit list” – Oct 19 1984
De LuxNew Summers (Jason Bentley mix)12:40 Nov 2022; remixed by music director of KCRW, host of mix show Metropolis
FM AttackOceans Apart18:11Stellar2017 vaporwave from Vancouver, BC
Joe JacksonSteppin’ Out23:06Night and Day1982, his most successful album; song features percussion from the Korg KR 55
AeTopusTransit27:!4UrbusMarch 2022 Bellingham; formatted especially for vinyl LP – recently signed w/ Spotted Peccary
Mt FogBlue Summer (Graduation Remix)31:58 Single with proceeds supporting The Vera Project
Miami Nights 1984Ascend35:15SentimentalVictoria BC synthwave pioneer, september 2022 album
CheckfieldThrough the Lens40:24Through the LensSan Diego ensemble
Style king of the weekMt eerie44:48Style.king.of.the.weekSeattle duo specializing in cassette manipulation, percussion, synths
Methods BodyImpedimenta and Torches48:22Plural Not PossessiveNew music; Portland duo Methods Body are John Niekrasz and Luke Wyland
Fog NetSerpentine (Blue)54:00HeadlandsJustin Longerbeam (co-founder of Bathysphere) and Niko Ramsdell – debut as a duo, recorded over three consecutive days
end segment59:00 one 
ShadowfaxNew Electric India01:00:00Shadowdance1983 new-age group formed in Chicago
Pat Metheny GroupFirst Circle01:05:11The Road to You1993, recorded on tour in Europe
Neighborhood LibrariesPostcards for the Backyard01:14:19 Taylor Swindells from Vancouver, BC – took up ambient and neo-classical during lockdown after a decade touring to cope with restlesness and preserve mental health
Jörgen Kjellgren Invincible Summer 01:18:11 Invincble Summerinspired by family travels through Europe
Robbie ElizeeSmoking Wet01:21:44CullLouisville ambient artist
The Conspiracy TapesPostscript01:24:12The Conspiracy TapesNew music from Pao De Silva!
Steve RoachThreshold01:30:43Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces – Complete4-CD expanded re-release
Robert chamberlainFrom another shore01:33:21Mutable signNew solo ambient project on Bathysphere Records
Hollan HolmesTaken by the Current01:36:19Emerald WatersSynth from Texas, second album on Spotted Peccary
Terminus VoidMemories of Rain01:44:08Origins UnknownSeattle space music project; new stuff coming out in 2024
Emma Ruth RundleGoteborg YO-tuh BOYre01:47:31Electric Guitar OneComposed during her 2010 European tour
George WinstonEarly Morning Range01:56:00SummerRecently passed away, new age pianist known for seasonal recordings on windham hill
first aired 6.27.2023