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The sinuous microtonal ornaments of Indian vocal improvisation invite us into another edition of Hearts of Space exploring the gentle, devotional world of Indian Fusion. From the rigorous tonal, melodic and rhythmic rules of classical raga, to the creative sounds of contemporary instrumental and vocal music derived from the tradition — the classical and spiritual music of India continues to have an outsize influence on musicians and audiences around the world. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...another installment of one of our longest running series, on a program called PHANTOM INDIA 7. The title comes from a 1969 BBC documentary television series by French film maker LOUIS MALLE. Music is by CRAIG PRUESS & ILYANA VILENSKY, WHITE SUN, AL GROMER KHAN, ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, SUZANNE STERLING, SHANTALA, and DEVASHISH BHATTACHARYA. [ 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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The trance rhythms of the Middle East, Asia and Africa are steady, continuous, and slowly changing. Rather than driving you forward like the ubiquitous military march beats of western rock, they patiently insinuate themselves on your nervous system, steady the breath, slow the pulse, and ultimately...transform your awareness. Psychologists call it "entrainment" or "dissociation." The rest of us call it enchantment, rapture, ecstasy, or euphoria. It's all part of the wide world of trance. Trance rhythms have been used by priests and shamans in non-western cultures for centuries. More recently they've been rediscovered by western musicians seeking an alternative to conventional beats, used by so-called "minimalist" classical composers, and adopted by experimental musicians around the world for their psychoactive power and popular appeal. Trance is also a major genre of Electronic Dance Music, with mind-altering beats heard on dance floors around the world. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...we're going to insinuate ourselves on your nervous system — in a good way — with soft summer trance music, on a program called INNER RHYTHMS. Music is by JAMES HOOD, BYRON METCALF, LOREN NERELL, DREAM JUNGLE, and DON LI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The Balearic Islands — Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera — occupy prime real estate in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the eastern coast of Spain. In ancient times, it was a tough neighborhood. The islands were invaded successively by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, and finally...the Aragons. These days things are lively, but a lot quieter — they're all popular tourist destinations, home to a tapestry of musical cultures that matches their multi-cultural past, and an up-to-date vibe that runs from acoustic to electronic, sensual to chilled. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey into the Mediterranean soundscape new and old called BALEARICA. Music is by CANTOMA, BLISS, B-TRIBE, ANOUAR BRAHEM, SAVINA YANNATOU + PRIMAVERA EN SALONICO, DINO SALUZZI, SACRED SPIRIT, and ZEUS FABER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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At the top of the list of the things that make us human — along with language and opposable thumbs — is memory. Yet for all our progress in understanding human psychology and neurophysiology, memory remains complex and mysterious. French novelist MARCEL PROUST famously wrote about the enigma of memory and the necessity of reflection in his epic novel Remembrance of Things Past. Today the relentless pace and information density of daily life makes this more necessary than ever. One of the most enjoyable practices of memory enhancement is personal storytelling, or "reminiscence therapy." It brings families closer together, and has been used to treat older patients with depression, stress, isolation, and degenerative memory disorders including Alzheimer's. Like perfume and other distinctive smells, some kinds of ambient music can trigger forgotten memories. On this transmission of Hearts of Space from Canadian guest producer DAVID EGAN, we immerse ourselves in the pleasures of sonic nostalgia and recollection, on a program called REMINISCENCE. Music is by GOLDMUND, PATRICK O'HEARN, MICHEL BANABILA, JONN SERRIE, ROBIN GUTHRIE & HAROLD BUDD, ANTHENE, IZZARD, ADZUKI, COPPICE HALIFAX, STROM NOIR, INSOMNIA, and SLOW MEADOW. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Let's hear it for The Sun, ladies and gentlemen. It's impossible to think of anything more important—to our very existence, our history, our evolution, and our future as a species. So it's a big subject: the sun is responsible for super-basic stuff like day and night, the year, the weather, and the climate. It's the key to almost all life on earth, the source of all our energy (one way or another), the key ingredient in everything we eat, and the indispensable element in our vacations. I mean, who wants to vacation in the rain? Astronomically speaking, the sun is our home star, a member of the "yellow dwarf" class. It's 4.6 billion years old, over a hundred times bigger in diameter than earth, and weighs 330,000 times as much, despite being 98% hydrogen and helium—two of the lightest materials in existence. The sun is a bright sphere of superheated plasma; at its core is a nuclear furnace, where fusion of hydrogen atoms creates temperatures of almost 30 million degrees Fahrenheit, while the surface of the sun is a relatively balmy 10,000 degrees. We're 93 million miles away, and it still feels hot! The sun has been central to many human cultures and religions since prehistoric times. It's been worshipped as a deity and celebrated in myth, art and literature, especially in ancient Egypt. Those days are gone, but ambient electronic artists are still inspired by it. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a tribute to the sun and its season, on a program called HELIOS. Music is by SOLAR FIELDS, AES DANA, STEVE ROACH, ISHQ, ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT, ERIC WØLLO, MAX CORBACHO, and HOLLAN HOLMES. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The contemplative music of China and Japan comes from their classical traditions. In both countries, unique string and wind instruments evolved, along with virtuoso playing techniques. Centuries of patronage by the imperial court produced a classical repertoire. Today, traditional artists continue to perform the classics and create new pieces, while a new generation of multi-cultural and ambient artists create hybrid variations based on the genres. As with the traditional music, the goal is to immerse the listener in a slow, deep, magical soundscape. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the gentle world of Chinese and Japanese contemplative music, on a program called ASIAN WINDS. Music is by CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, KITARO, YANG YING, ANGELA JUI LEE, ANN LICATER, GARY STROUTSOS, RILEY LEE, YUVAL RON, and MIZUYO KOMIYA. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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THE TRIBAL MUSIC TRADITIONS of Asia, Africa and the Americas stretch back to the mists of pre-history. For perhaps a hundred centuries, music was made with simple, even primitive instruments: flutes, rattles, drums and percussion; lyres, harps and strings; and wind instruments of various sizes and tones. It was an all-acoustic world, where music and instruments evolved slowly. Then in the late 19th and 20th centuries, electricity and electronics began to transform the world and transform music. First came the telegraph and the telephone, then radio, then recordings, and then the instruments themselves. Guitars and pianos became electric...and then electronic. And finally, purely electronic instruments of dazzling variety and unlimited potential to create new sounds. After the electronic music revolution of the 1960s and 70s, the entire studio became a musical instrument, and the sound of recordings has never been quite the same. Today, ethnic instruments and genres can be set in new Ambient soundscapes, a fusion of the old world and the new. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, ethnic instruments join electronic ambient, on a program called "ETHNOTRONIC." Music is by TUU, GREEN ISAC, SACRED EARTH, CHINMAYA DUNSTER, MANEESH DE MOOR, ARCHETRIBE, LOREN NERELL & MARK SEELIG, STILLPOINT and MICHEL BANABILA.. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The solo piano: a sound that's been evolving for over 300 years. It's perfectly happy all by itself, but it also plays exceptionally well with others. Flexible by design, the piano has been a mainstay in classical music and jazz, and a key element in traditional and popular music. With the arrival of ambient, minimal and new age music in the 1970s, the piano was expanded and dematerialized through studio magic, and combined with ambient and electronic textures to create spatial sound images. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the acoustic piano meets ambient atmospheres, on a program called CONFLATION. Music is by JON HOPKINS, TALE OF US, BEN LUKAS BOYSEN, ROBERT RICH & MARKUS REUTER, HAROLD BUDD & CLIVE WRIGHT, CHRIS WALLA, and CHRISTOPHER WILLITS & RYUICHI SAKAMOTO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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From the very beginning, our prehistoric ancestors looked up at the night sky and tried to comprehend the vastness and mystery of the cosmic panorama. Since the invention of the telescope in the 17th century, the challenge has only increased: even the visually observable universe is vast beyond imagination. Today, our high-tech deep space probes and space telescopes are stretching the boundaries of the universe even farther. Physical cosmology and astrophysics have become scientific speculations on infinite time and space, overlapping the domains of philosophy and religion. Ambient electronic music can express the scale and mystery of the universe by creating virtual sound images of cosmic worlds for us to travel through. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another deep space journey, on a program called STARSCAPES 2. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The concept of rebirth is a foundational element in many of the world's major religions. A rebirth implies a death — linked events in the eternal cycles of growth and transformation. Underlying the differences in doctrine and practice is the timeless experience of starting over, spiritual renewal, liberation, enlightenment. The powerful themes of death and rebirth have also been a subject for serious composers for centuries, originally inspired by the rebirth of the natural world in spring, later the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter, and more recently by contemporary composers of the movement called "mystic minimalism." On this Easter week transmission of Hearts of Space, we honor the cycle of death and rebirth, on a program called ANASTASIS — the Greek word for "resurrection." Music is by This week on Hearts of Space: ANASTASIS—the timeless theme of death and rebirth for Easter. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The sound of a verdant landscape on a bright spring day. It reminds us of the natural environment that's nurtured us since the beginning of life on earth. Looking out, our eyes come to rest on the horizon, the distant sky and delicate clouds. These are worlds that composers of environmental ambient music bring to us, melding sounds of the natural world into their music, and creating atmospheric soundscapes for us to travel in. In the last 50 years, we've begun to recognize our responsibility to the environment — for ourselves and for generations to come. Forest, mountain, jungle, grassland, desert, tundra, ocean: whatever your favorite, environmental music sends a message beyond ideology or politics — to cherish our relationship to the natural world and expand our hope for the future. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a terrestrial-ambient-future journey called CLOUD OF PROMISE. Music is by ATOMIC SKUNK, CHAD KETTERING, MICHAEL STEARNS, RESONANT DRIFT, MAX CORBACHO, and DAN POUND. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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One of the truly improbable results of 20th century cultural openness and experimentation has been the international success of yoga. From its origins as a means of physical support for Indian meditation practice, yoga came west with counterculture explorers in the 1970s, took root, and against all odds became a standard of the western fitness industry. Today, yoga fuels burgeoning spin offs in clothing, fashion, video and accessories — as well as a hyperactive genre of India-inspired electronic music — not only for yoga practice and meditation, but for so-called "ecstatic dance" and other group activities. Over the last 20 years, the international yoga community has come together to create dozens of "transformational festivals" every summer, which provide live performance opportunities for the musicians, along with exercise and spirituality. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, groove-centric, globally percussive, tribal-electronic, Indo-Ambient sounds for transformational festivals, ecstatic dance, yoga and meditation, on a program called PRANA PULSE. Music is by SHAMAN'S DREAM, MOLLONO.BASS, DESERT DWELLERS, AL GROMER KHAN, ANUGAMA, DEUTER, and RAJENDRA TEREDESAI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Since 1985 we've been celebrating the spatially expanded version of the ubiquitous folk instrument known as the guitar. From its nomadic roots as the middle-eastern lute called the oud, through its evolution in medieval Spain to the Spanish guitar, its electrification in 20th century America, and later electronification as a vehicle for virtual space travel — the guitar has arguably become the most successful musical instrument in history, as well as the subject of our largest and longest-running series. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we journey far and deep in the six-string universe, on a lucky program called SPACE GUITARS 13. Music is by ERIK SCOTT, STRATOSPHERE, ROB BYRD, MICHAEL DIAMOND, CARL WEINGARTEN & CATHERINE MARIE CHARLTON, MATT BORGHI, JUHA-MATTI RAUTINAINEN, ROBERT FRIPP & BRIAN ENO, and JEFF PEARCE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The dynamic decades of the 1960s, 70s and 80s brought an explosion of creativity in music. In Europe, the arrival of practical electronic instruments transformed centuries of musical evolution. The Greek composer VANGELIS expanded late 18th and 19th century Romanticism into cosmic space, while French and German artists extended the early 20th century Impressionism of DEBUSSY and RAVEL into new realms of sound, with innovative timbres, ambient atmospheres, and advanced spatial imagery. It was revolutionary and unprecedented, and more than 40 years later, we haven't heard the end of it. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we look back on this fertile period, on a program called EUROVISIONS — not to be confused, by the way, with the yearly "Eurovision" Song Contest. Music is by VANGELIS, POPOL VUH, ARIEL KALMA, NIK TYNDALL, BERNARD XOLOTL (with DANIEL KOBIALKA), PETER MICHAEL HAMEL, JEAN-PIERRE ALARÇEN, and DEUTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Another year rolls by, and with it our early spring celebration of St. Patrick's Day and all things Celtic. And when it comes to traditional Celtic music, it seems to be a bit bipolar — half lively, manic jigs and reels; half sad, some might say depressive, ballads. But it's all good, because you'll not find a more beautiful folk music tradition anywhere. Of course these days the Celtic homelands are all thoroughly modern countries, but the music lives on, ready to be reborn by a new generation of musicians and rediscovered by a new generation of listeners. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey to the slow, heartfelt side of Celtic music, on a program called CELTIC LEGACY 3. Music is by JEFF JOHNSON, BRIAN DUNNING & WENDY GOODMAN, MOYA BRENNAN, PHIL COULTER, SECRET GARDEN, WILLIAM DOWDALL, AINE MINOGUE, and JOHN DOAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Classical chamber music has had a long and fascinating history. From its roots in medieval songs and instrumental "consorts," through centuries of change at the hands of the great names of European music — Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and later Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and a host of modernists and contemporaries. Chamber music instrumentation followed the evolution of European classical music. In medieval times, string instruments accompanied singers. In the Baroque era, small ensembles combined dance movements with quiet interludes and led to the invention of the trio sonata. In the Classical era, Austrian composer FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN focused on the string quartet and trios featuring the newly invented pianoforte. Haydn is credited with creating the intimate, conversational style of musical interaction that defines what we now call chamber music. The late 20th century brought a new musical consciousness for minimalist, ambient and contemplative music, employing both traditional acoustic and electronic instruments, enhanced by studio techniques of sound manipulation. Ambient chamber music differs from the historical forms: it's consistently slow, often repetitive, environmental, reverberant, and meditative. And while it may still use traditional acoustic instruments, the focus is not on the musical conversation, but creating a contemplative soundscape that patiently leads the listener into deeper levels of musical experience. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, ambient chamber music by some of the very best of the genre, on a program called CHAMBERS OF THE HEART 3. Music is by MAX RICHTER, LUDOVICO EINAUDI, HILDUR GUÐNADÓTTIR, OLAFUR ARNALDS, BEN LUKAS BOYSEN, and RYUICHI SAKAMOTO & FENNESZ. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Winter...blankets the landscape with a leaden, contractive force, relieved by intense contrasts. Defying the cold and dark, the primordial hearth casts a soothing glow. The brilliant sun of day and bright stars of the winter night contrast with the ashen tones of a natural world in hibernation...while in the winter soundscape, somber bass drones and dense atmospheres are relieved by crystalline accents. On this edition of Hearts of Space, a classic electronic winter journey called GRAY LIGHT. Music is by VANGELIS, MARK DWAYNE, CHRIS SPHEERIS & PAUL VOUDOURIS, KLAUS SCHULZE, KEVIN BRAHENY & TIM CLARK, LIQUID MIND, and BOB CHARLESWORTH. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Slogging through the recurring storms, natural disasters and political turmoil of this seemingly endless winter, even the sudden appearance of the first blossoms of spring on the trees here in California brings only a moment of joy and relief. No, what we need is some extended sonic therapy, the kind that Ambient Electronic music magically provides. So let's get back to basics: on this transmission of Hearts of Space, music for deep space traveling and weightless levitation, on a program called FLYING AND FLOATING 3. Music is by TRANSPONDER, ASCENDANT, STEVE ROACH, JEFFREY KOEPPER, JIM OTTAWAY, PALANCAR, KLAUS SCHULZE (with TOBIAS BECKER), and HOLLAN HOLMES. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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GOOD NEWS! On Friday, Feb. 10th an updated Version 3.0 of our iPhone app was approved by Apple and showed up in the iOS App Store. See the description there for the full details. https:://iTunes.apple.com/us/app/hearts-of-space/id391429572?mt=8 One small bug emerged after release affecting the sign in box on iPads. We pushed an update that fixed that to Apple on Sunday and it is now (2/15/2017) available in the app store as Version 3.1. IN BRIEF This version is 64 bit, so no more misleading message from Apple about slowing down your phone (it never did — it was exactly as fast as previous versions). A new approach to the player provides much more reliable streaming in difficult network situations, along with many bug fixes and minor improvements. It looks pretty much the same on screen, but there are big differences under the hood. The music should be far less subject to buffering interruptions. FREE AT LAST iOS upgrades have always been free, but with this version we are making the iOS app free for new users as well. VERSION 4 COMING Why no major changes or new features? Because this version of the app will be in service only for a few months, and then <FANFARE!> We will introduce a completely redesigned, full-featured, super-slick "Version 4" iOS app with all the features of our main web site and more. At the same time, we'll be launching a brand new version of our website at www.HOS.com. We've been silent about this until now, for two reasons. First, when we started the Version 4 rewrite/upgrade project over 18 months ago, we had no reliable idea how long it would take. Second, we didn't want to create hopes and expectations for our users until we could actually deliver them. VERSION 3 UPDATE As the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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This week we shine some light into the depths of winter with the celebration of Valentine's Day. The legend of Saint Valentine goes back to an early Christian martyr in 3rd century Rome. We can thank Chaucer for the connection to romantic love in the 14th century, and the Hallmark Corporation for turning it into a yearly holiday with cards and gifts. The tradition offers a natural connection to quiet musical dialogues that express the sensitive connection between lovers. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, Ambient chamber music and duets for the season, on a program called INTIMACY. Music is by JAMIE SIEBER, BOB KINDLER, RAPHAEL, PETER KATER & TINA GUO, JOSEFINE & TRINA OPSAHL, DAVID DARLING, and MONICA ROBELOTTO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The Nordic folk music of Scandinavia and Northern Europe takes a stand for warmth and human emotion in a land of long and challenging winters. And while these traditions share some elements with the neighboring Celtic lands, unique instruments like the hardanger fiddle, the nyckelharpe, and the wire-strung zither called the kantele give Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian folk music a sound and feeling all their own. It's a tradition that really comes alive in the depth of winter. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, contemplative folk sounds of Scandinavia and Northern Europe, on a program called NORTH WIND 2. Music is by LOITUMA, NORTHCORE, SUSANNE LUNDENG, EDGAR KNECHT, NILS OKLAND & SIGBJORN APELAND, ARJA KASTINEN, SINNIKA LANGELAND, MARIA KALANIEMI, and TORD GUSTAVSEN with SIMIN TANDER & JARLE VESPESTAD. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The typical winter atmosphere is muted and monochrome, under a sky of dense grey-blue clouds. Above, chilled vapor waits to return to earth as cold rain, sleet or snow. On the ground, it's a world of desaturated colors and diffuse shadows, punctuated by storms and relieved briefly by short bright days. Nature sleeps, awaiting the awakening of spring. The sound of winter is slow, ethereal, subtle, with occasional accents of brilliant white or deep black. Bell sounds and the metal strings of the piano ring across the landscape, supported by profound dark drones. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we ride the sounds of winter to a place of deep calm, on a program called OVERCAST. Music is by BEN LUKAS BOYSEN, JANNE HANHISUANTO, LIBRARY TAPES (DAVID WENNGREN), BRUNO SANFILIPPO & MATHIAS GRASSOW, BIOSPHERE, and SIGUR ROS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The formal, pious, monarchical cultures that produced what we call Medieval and Baroque music seem worlds removed from the chaotic multicultural intensity of our era. Yet, whether coming from cathedral or castle, dedicated to the glory of God or the entertainment of man, whether modal or harmonic, monophonic or polyphonic, homorhythmic or contrapuntal — European music from the Middle Ages to the 18th century still speaks eloquently, and carries a message of faith, civility and grace across the ages. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we revisit some of the masters of this period — GESUALDO, DOWLAND, HANDEL, and BACH — on an Early Music, Baroque and contemporary journey called CONSONANCE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Beyond dystopia, after Armageddon and the apocalypse, lies an ever-changing realm of "extinction scenarios" where philosophers, writers and artists confront the specter of a post-human world. It's really horrific stuff, but we're fascinated by it. So-called "end time" prophecies, once confined to extremist religious groups, are in the air these days, thanks to increased fears related to climate change, biotechnology, pandemics, artificial intelligence, and even renewed threats of nuclear annihilation. It's a kind of psychological background radiation — a dark presence in the eternal battle between fear and change, cynicism and hope. California ambient composer ROBERT RICH has long expressed a deep love for the natural world in his music. Recently, he's begun to imagine what a world without us would sound like — a slow-motion collision of ecology and eschatology (the study of the end of humanity). On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a nostalgic look back at Earth after the "anthropocene" era...a cheerfully apocalyptic program called AFTER THE BURN. Music is by ROBERT RICH, SECRET DRUID SOCIETY, STEPHEN PARSICK & MARKUS REUTER, and ALIO DIE & SYLVI ALLI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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At the nadir of winter, we return to the very special sounds and instruments of the Tibetan Plateau. In the Himalayan mountains at "the roof of the world," the air is thin, clear and cold, and Tibetan bells, bowls, gongs and cymbals are used in the native Buddhist culture to create powerful sonic meditations. The crystalline alloys of these metal instruments ring with a sublime purity, effortlessly drawing the receptive listener into states of sonic rapture. Western musicians traveled to Tibet and Nepal in the 1960s, brought back these rare instruments and introduced them in the West. Today you can buy them on Amazon.com (search for "Tibetan meditation bells") and they're used by sound healers, therapists and musicians around the world. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, the contemplative sound of resonant percussion, on a program called METALLOPHONIC. Music is by DIATONIS, HIMALAYAN VOICES, 33 BOWLS, KARMA MOFFETT, MARJORIE DE MUYNCK, and BUDDHISM ACADEMY. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at hearts of space | news