Episodes
Lane 8's Chilled EDM & Ralph Towners 80th Birthday We talk to Daniel Goldstein, better known as the electronic artist, Lane 8. He makes a chilled brand of EDM and recently released his album, Brightest Lights with guest vocalists that include Polica and Artic Lights. He calls his sound “dreamy back-rub house music” and bands…
Published 03/05/20
In the Echoes Podcast, Danish singer Agnes Obel.  She creates a haunting ambient chamber pop music and has  been a big part of the show since her 2010 debut, Philharmonics, an Echoes CD of the Month, as was her last album, Citizen of Glass.  She puts out a great album about every 3 years and her new one follows suit. It’s called Myopia. It’s a look inside Obel’s head. Agnes Obel:: I’ve tried to, to recreate different states of mind that I’ve experienced and my wish is that the listener is...
Published 02/27/20
Big Ears Festival 2020 Preview and Jon Christensen Remembered this Week in Echoes Podcast In the Echoes Podcast, we talk to Ashley Capps about his Big Ears 2020 Festival.  Then we remember drummer Jon Christensen, the ECM house drummer. The Big Ears Music Festival 2020 is upon us. We talk to founder Ashley Capps as…
Published 02/20/20
We talk with 2020 Grammy winning pianist Peter Kater and we remember Lyle Mays of the Pat Metheny Group. In the Echoes Podcast, pianist Peter Kater.  When a musician wins a Grammy award, you often don’t know what they went through to get there. Take the case pianist Peter Kater, who took home this years gramophone statue in the New Age category for the second time in his 4 decade career. He's a leading figure in the new age field now, cutting over 60 albums since 1983, including acclaimed...
Published 02/13/20
In the Echoes Podcast, guitarist David Helpling takes us into the runic and oceanic influences of his January CD of the Month, Rune. Helpling is a southern California musician who has been a favorite on the show for about 25 years. He’s recorded all his albums on the Spotted Peccary label, noted for their deep ambient music. His three recordings with Jon Jenkins were all CD of the Month picks. But for his latest solo album, he’s gone truly solo, creating an album with a guitar, a bass and a...
Published 02/06/20
In the Echoes Podcast, All India Radio talks about his latest missive from Australia, Eternal, opens with a robot voice giving the exhortation, “Let’s Dance.” But this ain’t no party.  It’s a space music opus influenced by Pink Floyd and early electronic music. All India Radio's Martin Kennedy use's samples from a bad 1962 Sci-Fi Film, The Creation of Humanoids, to tie together a retro-futuristic album. Martin Kennedy: My mission is to bring space rock to the chill out crowd with a little...
Published 01/30/20
In the Echoes Podcast we take a deep dive into the world of Steve Roach. The prolific electronic artist has been part of Echoes for all of its 30 years and more. We've chronicled his electronic evolution more than just about anyone. Steve released several albums in 2019 including Bloom Ascension and Trance Archeology. After several years of modular synth strategies, Ambient-Tribal music returns. We talk about them and new directions with Steve Roach. Read John Diliberto's Review of Bloom...
Published 01/23/20
In the Echoes Podcast, Barrett Martin takes us on a Global percussion Trek and we Remember Darshan Ambient. First we talk to multi-instrumentalist, world fusionist, author, Zen monk and former drummer with Screaming Trees, Barrett Martin. He’s created a world fusion sound with his group in which he specializes in global percussion. We go on a world music journey with Barrett Martin on Echoes. Then, we remember Michael Allison, who recorded as Darshan Ambient.  He has a new...
Published 01/16/20
In the Echoes Podcast we talk with Fink. He's a British electronic musician turned ambient singer-songwriter, who creates deep ruminative songs sung in his mellifluous tenor.  He talks about his latest album, Bloom Innocent and finds links between blues, electronica and New Orleans.
Published 01/09/20
Last week we counted down The Best of Echoes 2019, a list of our 25 favorite album. Now, Echoes' John Diliberto takes a stroll through that list, giving some context and commentary and highlighting some of the lesser known recordings and artists on the album including Michael Gulezian, Theodore, Mark Dwane, Spatialize, Hugar, Rise, Bluetech and our number one album, The Secret of Letting Go by Rise. Join us in the Echoes podcast as John Diliberto puts words and music to The Best of Echoes...
Published 12/19/19
In the Echoes Podcast we travel to Ukraine to talk with Andrei Ivanov, who records as Vonavi. Ukraine is something of a backwater when it comes to any international music scene, but Vonavi has found a way out, through the internet.  This young electronic composer has just released his impressive debut album, Reflections. He talks to us from his Ukranian home studio. We also talk to his vocal accomplices, Chris James of Run RIvers and Lorna Rose.
Published 12/12/19
In the Echoes Podcast we talk with Neuland and take a Flashback 50 to Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief. Neuland is the name of a project featuring two former members of Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann and Paul Haslinger. Baumann was a member of the classic edition of the dream, appearing on albums like Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet and Stratosfear. He went on to found the Private Music label. Haslinger was a member in the 1980s, during their Private Music years and most prolific soundtrack...
Published 12/05/19
In the Echoes Podcast, Rise emerges from the ashes of Talitha Rise. In 2018 our number one album of the year was An Abandoned Orchid House by Talitha Rise. We interviewed Jo Beth Young and Martyn Barker who made up that group. But now, we’ve gotten a new album by Young, and it’s released just under the name of Rise. It’s called Strangers and that title works on many levels. We’ll talk to Jo Beth Young, who reveals the harrowing changes she endured to emerge with her self-produced album. Join...
Published 11/21/19
We look back at Wendy Carlos on her 80th Birthday. You know that a lot of time has passed when your references become dated. With its array of cords and cables crisscrossed in a patchbay, we used to compare it to a telephone switchboard gone crazy. Well, synthesizers don't look like that anymore, the modular renaissance excepted, and most people under thirty wouldn't know what a telephone switchboard was unless they watch the TCM channel a lot. It was 1968 when Wendy Carlos took her...
Published 11/14/19
In the Echoes Podcast, we get all Medieval on you. Remember when Gothic chant was all the rage in the 1990s? Albums featuring Benedictine Monks and Abbess Hildegard von Bingen hymns were heard in all kinds of configurations by artists, like Sequentia, Richard Souther, Vox and Enigma. A band called Voxfire continues that tradition in the 21st century, taking Medieval chants and turning them into free-floating ambient expanses with beautiful vocals. We talk with the members of Voxfire who...
Published 11/07/19
In the Echoes Podcast, we go out to the park with oboist and composer Jill Haley. Her parks have names like Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, and Badlands. She takes up residence in National Parks, and composes music inspired by the landscapes and her photographs. Haley has played on numerous Will Ackerman productions and is a founding member of the acoustic fusion group, One Alternative.  We talk to her about her latest album, The Winds of Badlands, and her many other recordings inspired by...
Published 10/31/19
In the Echoes Podcast, it’s vampires and dangerous love when we talk with Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes. She’s been making dreamy, electronically draped moody songs since her 2006 debut, Fur and Gold. The English singer moved from England to LA a few years ago, but her music is still pretty moody and Gothic. On her new album, Lost Girls, she embroiders themes from movies and vampires into personal songs about love and loss. We'll have our crosses up when we talk to Bat for Lashes on Echoes....
Published 10/24/19
It's a 3-Part Echoes Podcast with Hugar, King Crimson's 50th and a Remembrance of Erik Scott First we enter the chill of Iceland for an interview with Hugar. The ambient chamber music duo recently released their second album Varða. It was the Echoes CD of the Month in September. It’s music inspired by the landscapes of Iceland. Then we take a Flashback 50 to Progressive rock icons King Crimson who kick-started progressive rock and created music like “21st Century Schizoid Man” that is as...
Published 10/17/19
In the Echoes Podcast this week: An interview with Tycho and a Flashback 50 to Pentangle's Basket of Light First we go inside the music of Tycho with Scott Hansen and singer Saint Sinner. For most of the last two decades there has been a strain of rock music that didn’t really rock out, but instead took a more introspective and almost ambient course, often mixing guitars with electronics.  And they usually don’t have singers. Explosions In The Sky, The Album Leaf and Sigur Ros are among...
Published 10/10/19
  In the Echoes Podcast, John Diliberto and Jeff Towne cast back through 30 years of incredible music, live performances, great interviews and some 7800 Echoes shows. Taking questions from listeners and musicians John and Jeff talk about the origins of the show, some of our adventures on the road and in the studio and more.
Published 10/03/19
Rob Simonsen is a veteran film composer who's movies include Nerve, Love, Simon and  dozens of others. This year alone he’s scored The Friend, Fast Color and Captive State. Somehow, he found time to make his first solo recording, Reveries. He creates a nostalgic ambient chamber music album, seen through the fog of his Paris residency. We screen Rob Simonsen in the Echoes Podcast..  
Published 09/26/19
In the Echoes Podcast, a Flashback 50 to East of Eden's Mercator Projected and we remember Hossam Ramzy. We begin with a Flashback 50 with the 1969 debut by East of Eden, Mercator Projected. This seminal release was the blueprint that groups like King Crimson used at the dawn of progressive rock.  This brilliant band fused psychedelia, free jazz, Middle Eastern, gypsy music and Bartok into a heady filled with searing electric violin, saxophone blowouts, some of the most profound electric...
Published 09/19/19
Azam Ali takes her love of electronic music to create her new album, Phantoms. In the Echoes Podcast she talks about a sound born from social and political darkness and electronic grooves.
Published 09/12/19
In the Echoes Podcast, Beacon shines. Beacon is the electro-pop group who mix R&B and mysticism in their expansive electronic sound. This duo of Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett talk about the influence of religion and the writings and art of Walter Russell, a 20th century renaissance man who created his own Cosmogony, on their album, Gravity Pairs. Hear their fascinating story in the Echoes Podcast After you listen, check out their live Echoes performance streaming now.
Published 09/05/19
In the Echoes Podcast, John Diliberto talks about the art of improvisation with three veteran musicians, trumpeter John Swana, guitarist Tim Motzer and percussionist Doug Hirlinger. They are denizens of the avant-garde and new music scenes in Philadelphia and New York having played with David Sylvian, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, King Britt, Vernon Reid, David Torn, Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and the Philadelphia Orchestra. They talk about intuitive free...
Published 08/22/19