Waterways

Waterways is a live mix series featuring music of many genres and field recordings of many sources. The event encourages full presence with music. It is structured such that you are taken on a journey through space, through time, and through yourself.

It is an opportunity to sit, alone and open, carried into to whatever experience arises (beauty, sadness, elation, respite, calmness, etc).

On the night of the event, you will be guided into comfort with tea or water, then provided to a place to sit, then requested to calm your nerves and listen. The mix will last about an hour and a half.

Waterways is currently on hold as we complete renovations on its home at 1288 15th Ave.

Transmissions
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26

2019—
03 / 31

Waterways 26 explored a theme of Spring and took place at a private residence in the Oakland Hills.

Listen & Explore

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25

2019—
01 / 20

Waterways 25 featured music by Kevin Morby and many others. A selection of field recordings from recent travels was included.

Explore

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24

2018—
12 / 23

Waterways 24 featured music by Maribou State, Bicep, Orbital and many others. A selection of field recordings from travels in Mexico City were included.

Explore

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23

2018—
10 / 14

Waterways 23 followed a theme of "Lost / Found" and included field recordings from travels in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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22

2018—
09 / 23

Waterways 22 explored themes of love / knowing what's best / following intuition.

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21

2018—
09 / 9

Waterways 21 explored a specific narrative that was announced at the beginning of the mix. It was the first and only Waterways to explore this format.

Explore

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20

2018—
06 / 3

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19

2018—
05 / 13

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18

2018—
04 / 22

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17

2018—
03 / 18

Waterways 17 was dedicated to the late Zev Luna Audrey Leal. The set explores death and life. It took place on March 18, 2018. She would have been 18 years old.

Explore

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16

2018—
03 / 4

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15

2018—
02 / 25

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14

2018—
02 / 14

Waterways 14 was recorded in celebration of the life of people born from February 23 to March 22 (Pisces), and water as a symbol of a way to orient ourselves in the world (adapting, like water might fill in cracks in the ground or make rivers across continents)

Explore

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13

2018—
01 / 28

Waterways 13 was a collaboration with Jerod Rivera. He integrated a diverse range of texture, rhythm, and pattern with a modular synthesizer rack alongside vinyl records played by Grayson Stebbins.

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12

2018—
01 / 14

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11

2017—
12 / 31

Transmission 11 took place on New Years Eve, December 31, 2017. It was a retrospective of the last ten Waterways and split into two acts, with an intermission in the middle.

Explore

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10

2017—
12 / 17

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9

2017—
12 / 3

Waterways 9 represents a time of more exploration, less preparation. There were many more accidents, and the flow of each mix was less clear--I remember being tempted to explore a lot within each mix, ultimately making them feel disjointed.

Explore

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8

2017—
11 / 26

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7

2017—
11 / 12

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6

2017—
10 / 8

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5

2017—
09 / 22

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4

2017—
09 / 10

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3

2017—
08 / 26

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2

2017—
08 / 10

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1

2017—
07 / 28

This was the first official waterways after several public and private test sessions. Music spanned a wide range of genres, from experimental electronic and trip-hop to soul and hip-hop. Of all the mixes to date, this one had some of the most intense moments and extreme contrast.

Explore

The Event

Waterways is a live mix series with music spanning many genres. The event encourages full presence with music. You will be taken on a journey through space, through time, and through yourself. It is an opportunity to sit, alone and open, carried into to whatever experience arises (beauty, sadness, elation, respite, calmness etc).

On the night of the event, you will be guided into comfort with tea or water, then guided to a place to sit, then requested to calm your nerves and listen. The mix will last about one and a half hours, spanning genres and sources, featuring both music and field recordings from around the world, with sounds from nature and various other sources.

Be prepared to exercise mindfullness. No talking. Whisper in ears if communication is absolutely necessary.

  • Doors at 7:00
  • Starts at 7:30
  • Ends around 9-9:30
  • Be quiet, mindful
  • BYOB if you like, but don’t get sloppy

The Venue

Problem Library has been designed for an optimal listening experience (i.e. all high fidelity gear, comfortable seating, considered atmosphere) and is comprised of many components:

  • 2x Zu-Audio Soul Superfly Mk. 1-B high dynamic range speakers
  • Elekit TU-879S tube amplifier
  • Condesa Carmen V rotary mixer
  • Eventide H9 Max multi-effects processor
  • 2x Technics SL-1200 turntables
  • 2x Pioneer XDJs

Refunds and transfers

We do not offer refunds. However, you are welcome to send an email to office@problemlibrary.org and transfer your ticket to a friend.