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MOBY is the stage name of musician RICHARD MELVILLE HALL. Herman Melville of Moby Dick fame is a distant relative, which accounts for the nickname. Moby emerged as a New York DJ in the early 1990's and went on to create a string of increasingly successful albums of electronic dance music, including the 10 million selling downtempo hit PLAY. But there was always a softer, spacier side of Moby. His fascination with ambient electronic sound led to individual pieces, a double album with one pop and one ambient disk, and in 2016 — a free, four-hour long set of downloadable pieces called LONG AMBIENTS 1: CALM. SLEEP. As you'll hear, Moby's ambient music has evolved from downtempo rhythms to orchestral electronic soundscapes, and become ever deeper, more ethereal and profound. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we journey through Moby's ambient soundscapes and settle into his extended pieces, on a program called MOBY :: AMBIENT WORKS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hearts of space | news
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It's only three short months from the summer solstice to the autumn equinox, and we make the most of them: travel, vacation, backyard parties, fun at the beach or the lake, and sports and water activities of every description. All that plus balmy nights, and the hypnotic rhythm of the crickets to lull us to sleep. Summer can be a magical respite in our complicated lives, but when mid-September comes, we know it's drawing to a close. Instrumental music can express our complex feelings about the end of summer—good memories, a sense of nostalgia, a tinge of melancholy, and quiet acceptance. Acoustic instruments like piano, guitar and cello are perfect for the job, especially when enhanced by electronics. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, music for the summer/fall transition on a program called SUMMER'S END. Music is by HELEN JANE LONG, JEFF PEARCE, KATHRYN KAYE, ANGELO RABAN, and DAVID DARLING. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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The unmistakable sound of flamenco...or rather, Flamenco Fusion: a mix of traditional Flamenco and electronics from the German/Spanish group B-Tribe. From its medieval roots in 8th century Al-Andalus after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula, the music of the Spanish region of Andalusia has been a cultural melting pot, joining Moorish influences from North Africa, Sephardic Jewish songs and European music. With the addition of Romani gypsy influences in the 18th and 19th centuries, the music we now call Flamenco. with its fiery rhythms, dark harmonies and passionate emotions, was born. It's a genre with a signature ambience and feeling that's attracted devoted fans all over the world. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to Flamenco, on a program called ANDALUSIA 2. Music is by B-TRIBE, JESSE COOK, PRIYO, ARMIK, MURIEL ANDERSON, ADAM HURST, JOSÉ LUIS MONTÓN, ZSOFIA BOROS, and the AL-ANDALUS ENSEMBLE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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AFTER TWO CENTURIES of novels and a century of films, the endless desert spaces of the American southwest have taken on a mythic identity. The desert has become a metaphor for expansion, infinite opportunity, and the wild frontier — the scene of rough justice and adventure, and a place for self-discovery and reinvention. For Ambient musicians, the desert has long been a prime source of inspiration, a visual and spatial touchstone, a realm of vast vistas and profound silences. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey in the sun-dried spaces of the American Southwest, on a program called DESERT REFLECTIONS. Music is by STEVE ROACH, DAN POUND, D LOOP, BRIAN PARNHAM, and RUDY ADRIAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THERE'S HARDLY ANYTHING MORE CONTROVERSIAL THAN ISLAM these days, but there's one branch of Muslim culture that by philosophy and practice is peaceful and apolitical. Even so, it has been subject to persecution by other sects. The mystical, inward-facing order of Sufism goes back to the very beginning of the Islamic religion in the 8th century. It has parallels to the venerable traditions of Buddhist and Hindu mysticism, and aims for direct union with God by purifying the heart. The work of the Persian Sufi poet RUMI has achieved worldwide popularity for its beauty and insight, and a body of Sufi music evolved to accompany religious practices and meditation — the most famous being the whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order in Turkey. It's a genre that's not only alive today, but producing new strains of contemplative music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to the gentle, passionate world of Sufi-influenced music on a program called SUFI SOUL 2. Music is by MERÇAN DEDE, NIYAZ, HANS CHRISTIAN, YUVAL RON, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK, MICHEL BANABILA, ELIYAHU SILLS, GARY STROUTSOS, and CHRISTOFFER HYLANDER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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ONCE IN A WHILE something comes along that defies categories, or creates a new one. That's a good description of the work of the multi-talented San Francisco composer and producer eO, short for ERIC OBERTHALER. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we're going to bring you a generous helping of his 2011 pocket masterpiece "River Through an Open Door." eO calls it an "epic odyssey...of the symphotronic, Balkan-spiced, triphop-meets-steampunk, glitchfolk variety." As you'll hear, that's not much of an exaggeration. It's a brilliant gene-slicing of Greek, Mexican, Turkish, Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer influences, set in a trippy symphonic/electronic/ambient soundscape. We'll put it together with some kindred Downtempo and Ambient, and call this program SYMPHOTRONIC RHAPSODIES. Music is by ERIC OBERTHALER, MIKTEK, NORTHCORE, LUMIN, NELSON FOLTZ & TOM LYNN, and JEFF OSTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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You can tell right away that this isn't going to be your typical Hearts of Space program. As part of our summer world music programming, we're going to West Africa, and the joyful sound of the 21 string harp-lute called the kora. It's an instrument that embodies the softer side of African folk music, attracting both native and western players with its unique combination of melody and rhythm. We also have music from Madagascar for the tubular zither called the valiha. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, a program called KORA CONNECTION. Music is by ABLAYE CISSOKO, TOUMANI & SIDIKI DIABATE, BALLAKE SISSOKO, RAJERY, ERICK MANANA, DAVID GILDEN, WILL RIDENOUR & BETSY BEVAN, and DANIEL BERKMAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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According to musician MATTHEW DAVIDSON, an archetribe is "an inherited pattern of thought derived from past collective experience — and present in the unconscious of people sharing some kind of culture." When it comes to what we now call "world music," the archetribe is a sense that ethnic, folk, and tribal musics all over the world have a great deal in common. And musicians today also have a common technology for recording and working with sound. These powerful commonalities are breeding a new kind of musical language — global minded, respectful of the past, but oriented toward the future. On this edition of Hearts of Space we explore that language, on a program called ARCHETRIBE. Music is by MARS LAZAR, ALIAS ZONE, KODO, GREEN ISAC, LAYNE REDMOND & TOMMY BRUNJES, SKIN TO SKIN, RICHARD BONE, ROBERT RICH, and ARCHETRIBE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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GLIDING IN in on sleek electronic waves, marking time with a subtle four-note sequence, drifting across ethereal atmospheres, and riding off on the solar wind. Yes, spacefans, we've arrived at that timely combination of chilled electronics and the season we call... SUMMERTRONICA. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, ambient electronics to cool your summer, on a program called SUMMERTRONICA 7. Music is by ASCENDANT, ROBERT RICH, BLUETECH, LEMONGRASS, and STEVE BRAND. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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HERE'S A PIECE I wrote about the state of online streaming. I adapted it from an online discussion group for a blog called Music Tectonics. Thanks to Dmitri Vietze for the invitation. http://www.musictectonics.com/#!Will-Digital-Streaming-Push-Music-Into-the-Background/cjds/57863ae40cf23020133ba7e2 Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Once again we begin with the sinuous notes of the East Indian sitar, played here by ANOUSHKA SHANKAR. Like her late father RAVI SHANKAR, she carries on extending the classical tradition of Indian music in the West, while others do the same for Indian folk and religious music. Whatever the source, there's a feeling that links these artists: the gentle sense of devotion — to music, and to the Indian spiritual practice called bhakti. Bhakti is love and devotion to religious ideas that engage both emotion and intellect. Like prayer, devotion is quiet, inward, emotional: a movement of the heart. Today, both Indian and western musicians are bringing an ambient sensibility to the drones and filigrees of Indian devotional music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the sound of spiritual devotion in Indian fusion, on a program called BHAKTI. Music is by ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, DEVA PREMAL & MITEN with MANOSE, STEVIN McNAMARA, BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL, TODD NORIAN, MANISH VYAS, MICHAEL MANDRELL & BENJY WERTHEIMER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE PEACE CHANNEL We launched this free channel a week ago at the suggestion of a Texas subscriber in the wake of the terrible incident in Dallas.The response has been overwhelmingly positive—a heartfelt thank you to all who have written and posted acknowledging it. During the week we added another 29 programs for a total of 50 shows, which means listeners will hear fewer duplicate shows. We will keep the service free and open this weekend in the wake of the violence in Nice, and now the political chaos in Turkey. In the long term we are planning to retain the channel for subscribers and further expand the number of shows. Unfortunately we live in turbulent times. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Slowly…quietly…dawn overtakes the darkness of the southwestern desert. For those who inhabit its rugged expanses, it's the beginning of a new day and a new cycle of sun, heat, wind and dust — the daily challenges of existence in one of earth's most extreme environments. No one has written more eloquently about the desert than naturalist EDWARD ABBEY. 
In his classic book Desert Solitaire, he describes the desert as both a physical environment and a state of mind nurtured by isolation. For Arizona musician STEVE ROACH, the desert is a place of "beauty, stark vastness, magnificent vistas and silence" — a space that "provides a more direct path to the deeper self and the source of one's artistic impulses." On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we explore that isolation and introspection, on a journey called DESERT SOLITAIRE. Music is by STEVE ROACH & BRIAN PARNHAM, A PRODUCE & LOREN NERELL, KLAUSE WIESE, STEVE BRAND, and RESONANT DRIFT. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE MORNING AFTER the mayhem in Dallas we were contacted by a Texas Hearts of Space subscriber, asking if we could offer some free HOS programs to help calm the raw emotions on both sides. Well yes, we can. We created a special channel called "Peace, be Still." The name comes from Mark 4:35-41—the story of Jesus calming the raging waters. It contains 31 50 calm, peaceful programs in rotation. Access is completely free, no account or registration is required. To listen, go to www.HOS.com and click the prominent direct link on our home page. or click CHANNELS in the main menu bar and then the PEACE banner. This loads the channel playlist. One more click on the PLAY button and you can hear up to 12 hours of calm, peaceful Hearts of Space music. The channel is also available free on our 99¢ iOS and Android mobile apps. THE PEACE CHANNEL will remain open through the weekend and as long as necessary until things cool down. Only sincere communication and mutual understanding will solve these longstanding problems; a calm state of mind can help create a productive atmosphere for discussion. Thanks to subscriber OG RICO aka FEDERICO RENDON for the idea and the channel name. :: The Hearts of Space Team Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC was born in the 1960s, a predictable mutation of psychedelic drugs and popular culture. The roots of the word psychedelic mean "revealing the mind" — a revelation that turned out to be both colorful and unpredictable. Psychedelic music aimed to reveal an expanded version of the mind, using audible distortion and warped perspective, sustained floating textures and drones, fractal repetitions and feedback, liberally seasoned with sounds from nature and exotic cultures, especially India. As a trend, it ran its course in the 1960s, was revived in the 1970s, quoted lovingly by fashionable bands in the 80s and 90s, and became a core influence on millennial genres like Trip Hop, Shoegaze, Acid Jazz, Acid House, and the many varieties of Trance — to name just a few. We just can't seem to quit it. Like an aesthetic virus, the pure electronic form of psychedelic music invented in the 1960s and 70s infected musicians using sound as a vehicle for inner space travel and consciousness alteration. In a word: trippy. Along the way, these sonic explorers found kindred spirits in archaic traditions like shamanism and pagan rituals. What began as free exploration with mind-bending chemicals ultimately became a quest for new modes of perception, psychological therapy, escape from the normal boundaries of self, and at its most extreme — visions and hallucinations at the borders of oblivion. These grassroots experiments paved the way for the massive tribal-Electronic Dance Music festivals of today, with their promise of transcending self through ecstatic group experience. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey in the altered soundscapes of psychedelic space, on a program called PSYCHETRONIC SUMMER. Music is by THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON, SCANN-TEC, ISHQ, LIGHTWAVE, FORREST SMITHSON, CYBERNIUM (MICHEL HUYGEN & PASCAL LANGUIRAND), and CSILLAGKÖD. [ view playlist ] [... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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When talking about jazz guitar great PAT METHENY's long and stellar career, two words come to mind above all others: lyrical and versatile. In a genre with a long history of creative guitarists, Metheny stands out for his open-hearted melodic sensibility, and his desire to explore the widest range of musical and technical possibilities. Metheny hails from Kansas City, Missouri, at the edge of the great plains, and many of his best-loved pieces evoke the softly rolling spaces of the American heartland. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet music, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock, free improvisation to hymns, minimalism to classical. On this transmission of Hearts of Space from guest producer REED THORNE, we highlight the lyrical, ambient side of Pat Metheny's music, on a program called HEARTLAND: A PAT METHENY RETROSPECTIVE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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SUMMER brings us one of the greatest free shows on earth. In fair weather, rising water vapor freezes into microcrystals of ice, and we see a vast, constantly changing panorama of clouds, floating and flying overhead. When summer storms arrive, the sky grows dark with the drama of thunder and lightning — nature's original multimedia show. Clouds come in four families: high, middle, low, and vertical — with official Latin names like cirrus, cumulus and stratus. Satellites now give us the big picture of cloud patterns around the planet and how they affect the weather; there are even clouds on other planets, and interstellar clouds in outer space. It's no wonder that ambient musicians find clouds a major inspiration. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a cirro-stratus-pheric journey for summer called CLOUDSCAPES. Music is by DIGITONAL, RUBEN GARCIA, FORREST FANG, ROBERT RICH, TERRA AMBIENT, BRUNO SANFILIPPO, and DARSHAN AMBIENT. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE INCREASINGLY INDISPENSIBLE WIKIPEDIA tells us that the term "World Music" was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. "Globalization" has become controversial these days for its effect on western jobs, but on the cultural side, it's expanded world music's audiences and scope — which has grown to include hybrid subgenres like world fusion, global fusion, ethnic fusion, and worldbeat. "Fusion" implies the cross-pollination of different genres, often something old and something new, like traditional ethnic instruments and musical styles with electronic textures and production techniques. Whether that means progressive recordings from native artists in exotic places, or exotic elements in recordings by western artists, the result is vibrant, creative, open-minded contemporary music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, sultry global rhythms and ambient atmospheres for summer, on a program called ETHNOTRONIC 2. Music is by GREEN ISAC ORCHESTRA, JIA PENG FANG, HIROKI OKANO, MICHAEL BROOK, STEPHAN MICUS, and ANOUSHKA SHANKAR. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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CODED DEEP INTO OUR PERCEPTUAL SOFTWARE is the language of the natural environment: the sounds and patterns of birds, insects, animals, weather, wind and water. Even before music existed, our primordial ancestors knew how to interpret these sounds to navigate their environment, find food, and respond to danger. When music evolved, it was originally heard in the context of natural sounds. Over the centuries, music moved indoors and became more dissociated from nature, until ambient musicians rediscovered the power of combining music with natural sounds and fractal patterns. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we immerse ourselves in natural and electronic soundscapes, on a program called BIOSONIC. Music is by COMMON GROUND, ROBERT RICH, AES DANA + MIKTEK, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, STEVE ROACH & ROBERT LOGAN, PETE NAMLOOK & MIXMASTER MORRIS, and RUDY ADRIAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE TYPICAL IMAGE OF THE MIDDLE EAST today is a teeming city or an empty desert landscape. Scoring this landscape is a seductive music built on a few simple instruments like the oud, the ney flute, goatskin drums like the doumbec and the darbuka, and the characteristic sinuous vocals. It's an ecstatic contemplative music, influenced by a host of neighboring cultures: Greek, Indian, Byzantine, Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, Kurdish and North African. It's built on trance-like rhythms, some no doubt derived from the area's nomadic past, when camel caravans were the main method of travel and commerce. Over the years, the steady rhythm of the journey and elegant curves of the desert worked their way into the soul of the music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to the romantic trans-cultural sound of the Middle East, on a program called DESERT CARAVAN. Music by MICHEL BANABILA, STELLAMARA, ELIYAHU SILLS, AZAM ALI, STEVE SHEHAN, and MERÇAN DEDE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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IN THE 1970s a grassroots music movement emerged in the United States, Europe and Japan. Inspired by psychoactive chemistry and exotic forms of Eastern spirituality, enabled by inexpensive recording equipment and cheap publishing on cassettes, and supported by a burgeoning marketplace of specialized bookstores and boutiques, in the 1980s it received the dubious moniker "New Age Music." It was all about relaxation and a sonic pathway to inner experience. New opportunities for success in independent music are rare. What began as a promising new culture was soon overrun by less inspired artists and a glut of mediocre albums that left the genre with a reputation for extravagant marketing claims but insipid, boring music. Yet like most genres, there were always exceptional artists releasing sensitive, beautiful and worthwhile music — you just had to find them. Today there's been a revival of critical interest in the genre, with re-releases of lost classics and popular compilations. All the while, many of the best and most authentic New Age artists and record labels have quietly kept going. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an hour of new age music worth listening to, on a program called SWEET SERENITY. Music is by PAUL AVGERINOS, ANIMA, DEUTER, SHERRY FINZER & MARK HOLLAND, UMA, IASOS, LIQUID MIND, and GANDALF. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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ONE THING that all forms of ambient, space, and contemplative music have in common is the power to alter our sense of time. It's not a science — the effect is subjective and unpredictable — but the experience is widely shared by listeners like you. Perhaps one day neuroscience will understand exactly how it works. For now, as in the past, we can simply enjoy the impression of time slowing down and space expanding. In the virtual psychoacoustic spaces of ambient music, we can move and fly, limited only by our imaginations. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey from earthy skin drum rhythms to cosmic electronic spaces, on a program called TIMELESS FLIGHT. Music is by ERIK WØLLO & BYRON METCALF, TAPES AND TOPOGRAPHIES, STEVE ROACH, HOLLAN HOLMES, CSILLAKÖD, and ROBERT RICH. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE SOFT MELODIC RHYTHMS of the first new musical instrument of the 21st century — the Hang (spelled H-A-N-G) from PanArt of Switzerland. It's played with the hands and derived from the steel pan drum, but has been lovingly refined, allowing the player to create melody, rhythm, harmonics and reverberation at the same time. It's a seductive, hypnotic sound that's inspired an international community of players. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we focus on the Hang and the family of steel drums and resonant percussion. We'll ride the quiet grooves to a place where percussion turns contemplative and rhythm turns to pure sound...on a program called TRANCEDANCE. Music is by JAMES HOOD, LAYNE REDMOND & TOMMY BRUNJES, STEPHAN MICUS, ED MANN, and MATT VENUTI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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FORTY YEARS INTO THE ERA OF PERSONAL RECORDING STUDIOS, musicians can create virtual ensembles of any size. But when it comes to introspective instrumental music, it's often better to think small, and extend the centuries-long tradition of chamber music. Small doesn't mean weak or shallow: some of the deepest and most psychologically potent music ever made is for small ensembles. Today almost anything you can imagine is possible, and categorical distinctions like acoustic, electric or electronic are less important than overall sound, character, emotion and depth. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an Ambient chamber music journey to intimate floating worlds — on a program called CHAMBERS OF THE HEART 2. Music is by LUDOVICO EINAUDI, BRUNO SANFILIPPO, TOM EATON, READ MILLER, ROBIN GUTHRIE & HAROLD BUDD, TIM STORY & HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, and ASHLEY-STORY-ROEDELIUS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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SPRING EMERGES from the cold grip of winter, slow and subtle at first, then unpredictable. The weather changes daily, the light grows stronger, the trees bud and blossom, and the natural world awakes, while melting water begins its long journey back to the sea. Humans move with more energy, and Ambient composers create images of flow. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, Ambient electronica for the season, on a program called FLOWING INTO SPRING 3. Music is by HAMMOCK, STRATOSPHERE, CHANDANAM, ANOTHER FINE DAY, MIRRORING, ELUVIUM, TIME BEING, ALIO DIE & SYLVI ALLI, and WILLAMETTE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at hearts of space | news