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Exploring the remote tributaries of the great river of ambient sound, we come upon music inspired by the natural world and the micro-organisms that inhabit it. Recent research shows that the so-called "micro-biome" — the vast community of microbes in the environment, in animals, and in us — is essential for life. According to musician ROBERT RICH "we imagine ourselves to be individuals, but in fact we're a collective, a network of organisms with a unique microbiome of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and organelles." Rich calls it "the Biode, a biomic node, the gathering place where a community of organisms combines to become a unit of individuality." For these ambient musicians, the Biode inspires electro-acoustic metaphors of the natural world, a complex, inter-dependent community of sounds. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, the organic sound in ambient electronics, on a program called BIOSONIC 2. Music is by ROBERT RICH, JARGUNA, APOCRYPHOS, KAMMARHEIT & ATRIUM CARCERI, FORREST FANG, ISHQ, ROBERT DAVIES, and STEVE ROACH & ROBERT LOGAN. view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hearts of space | news
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The complex, resonant harmonies of the acoustic guitar. Emerging out of Central Asia by way of North Africa, Spain and Italy, the modern Spanish-style guitar has become the world's most popular musical instrument. What, you might ask, is so special about six strings on a medium size box? Well first, size matters. The guitar has a four octave range; it's flexible, yet small enough to be portable. Second, the acoustic guitar promotes a certain intimacy. Like the harp, it's an instrument that wants to be caressed. It's generally played with the fingers, which are always right where you need them. Finally, the guitar is versatile; it plays notes and chords with equal grace, can be simple or complex, and melts into the music of many cultures. In short, the acoustic guitar has made itself indispensable. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another exploration of the acoustic guitar, on a program called FINGERSTYLE 2. Music is by DOUG YOUNG, TOMMY EMMANUEL, WALL MATTHEWS, STEVE GRAHN, RICH OSBORN, WILLIAM ACKERMAN, ALEX DE GRASSI, ESPEN JØRGENSEN, JOHN DOAN, and MURIEL ANDERSON. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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The sublime tradition of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music begins with ancient Byzantine chants and comes to full magnificence with the influence of Western classical music. In the great mixed choirs, ethereal and earthly sonorities magically combine with images of radiant light and extended prayers of fervent supplication, transporting the listener to realms beyond worldly cares. On this Easter season transmission of HEARTS of SPACE from longtime guest producer for sacred and classical music ELLEN HOLMES — a program called DIVINE LIGHT. Music is by RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, KALINNIKOV, CHESNOKOV, SVIRIDOV, NIKOLAEV-STROUMSKY, KETCHAKHMAZDE, ARVO PÄRT, OLA GJEILO, KJARTAN SVEINSSON, TERJE RYPDAL, and the monks of CHEVETOGNE ABBEY in Belgium. view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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What would you do if someone gave you a magical electronic instrument, one that could create any sound you could imagine? You might play it like a conventional acoustic instrument with a distinctive tone; or you might invent entirely new kinds of music, free from the physical limitations of breath, bow, vibrating strings, resonant tubes, stretched skins and skilled fingers...that defined traditional music for centuries. Something like this actually happened to musicians beginning early in the 20th century. Along with recording technology, electronic music started a revolution we still haven't heard the end of a century later — a world of hundreds of new electronic genres, from so called IDM or Intelligent Dance Music, to an almost endless array of contemplative electronic sounds for solitary experience and "deep listening." On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we focus on electronic music for virtual travel, on a program called ELECTRON TRAVELER 3. Music is by PALANCAR, STELLARDRONE, ALIO DIE, CONNECT.OHM, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, ISHQ, and BOB HOLROYD. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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It's fitting that we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in March, when we can either be enduring the final insults of winter, or enjoying the gentle rains, green leaves and pink blossoms of spring. Whatever the weather, Celtic music can rise to the occasion. Of all the world's folk musics, the Celtic tradition is one of the most extensive in range and varied in emotional expression. From heroic marches to joyous dances, from melancholy dirges to heart-rending ballads — Celtic music reflects the panorama of human feeling. The Celtic revival of the 1980s and 90s brought new attention to the genre, and motivated native Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Breton musicians to new heights, while many other nationalities of Celtic descent were inspired to extend the boundaries of the genre, leading to a kind of golden era for Celtic music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another excursion in the Celtic soundscape, on a program called THE ENCHANTED HARP. Music is by AINE MINOGUE, ADRIAN VON ZIEGLER, JEFF JOHNSON & BRIAN DUNNING, WILLIAM COULTER & MARY McLAUGHLIN, DAVY SPILLANE, SKYEDANCE, AOIFE NI FHEARAIGH, TRINE OPSAHL, SARAH COPUS, and MÉAV, [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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The perception of time is as elusive as a subatomic particle. As soon as you concentrate on it, it changes. Something similar happens in the contemporary music genre called Minimalism. Invented in the 1960s by composers looking for an escape from the bitter dissonances and static textures of academic Serialism, artists like LA MONTE YOUNG, TERRY RILEY, STEVE REICH, PHILIP GLASS and JOHN ADAMS created a new approach to composition that changes our sense of time. Simplicity, silence, repetition, slowly changing phrases, continuous drones, modal tunings and hypnotic patterns created flowing textures and a meditative quality that's influenced Classical and Electronic, Rap and Rock. And the foundations of Minimalism were absorbed by BRIAN ENO in the 1970s and applied to the new language of electronics to create Ambient music. Today the characteristics of minimalism are so embedded in contemporary music that we hardly notice them. And since the turn of the century, there's been a move to "humanize" the strict forms of Minimalism by adding back the melodic and harmonic sensitivity of Classical music. No one has had more success at this than Italian composer and pianist LUDOVICO EINAUDI. As I said about him in 2008: "Like fine Italian food, fashion and design, Einaudi's music has a humanized opulence and sensual appeal. The elements are simple and often repetitive, but the effect is subtle, contemplative, satisfying, even profound." On this transmission of Hearts of Space...the timeless sound of humanized Minimalism, on a program called TIME LAPSE. Music is by LUDOVICO EINAUDI, JIM FOX, HAROLD BUDD, JERI-MAE G. ASTOLFI, and BRUNO SANFILIPPO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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In the beginning...was the void. Endless, empty, dark, silent. Then — depending on your preference to believe — either God created the heavens and all within it, OR....there was a very Big Bang, which began the evolution of everything we now call The Universe. Some time later...electronic and ambient musicians were moved to create sonic images of our still boundless, but no longer empty cosmos, with what we like to call spacemusic. It's a vehicle for virtual travel to the stars and beyond — at least until SpaceX can take your body there. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another cosmic-electronic journey, on a program called GALACTIC TRAVELER 2. Music is by ASCENDENT, NUMINA, CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS, JONN SERRIE, JOHN LYELL, JUTA TAKAHASHI, and IAN BODDY & ERIK WØLLO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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It must be one of the strangest sounds in all the world's religions: deep guttural chanting over percussive chaos. In fact it's Tibetan monks chanting Buddhist sutras or holy scriptures, against a wild background of metallic percussion and 15-foot long horns. Unlikely though it might seem, this ancient and remote Asian mountain culture has been the inspiration for western electronic musicians to create a distinctive kind of Tribal-Ambient travel music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey to the metaphoric "roof of the world" on a program called HIMALAYAN DREAMSCAPES. Music is by NAWANG KHECHOG, DAVID PARSONS, NEBULAE, and CHOYING DROLMA & STEVE TIBBETTS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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With its bell-like high notes, rich bass tones, subtle touch dynamics, and endless chordal, melodic and rhythmic possibilities—the piano is indispensable for many genres of contemporary music. In the 35 year history of the national Hearts of Space program, we've done more than 50 shows focused on the piano. The guitar may be the world's most popular instrument, but for range, versatility and personal expression, the piano takes the prize. When played with sensitivity and imagination, the acoustic piano alone is capable of taking us into rarified spaces. Today in Europe, a new generation of classically trained, technically creative and musically talented Ambient musicians are exploring minimalist trance patterns, combining the piano with traditional chamber instruments, extending it with electronics, and transporting the instrument into new dimensions of contemplative sound experience. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, a program of recent discoveries called THE TRANSCENDENT PIANO. Music is by NILS FRAHM, MAX RICHTER, ANGUS MACRAE, DUSTIN O'HALLORAN, DMITRI STÖKL, KAI SCHUMACHER, STEN ERLAND HERMUNDSTAD, and BRUNO SANFILIPPO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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In winter, the kinetic rhythms, crystalline tones and subtle timbres of the synthesizer seem to resonate with the chilled landscape. Whether flying over silent fields, frozen lakes and snow-covered hills, evoking the latent energy of the sleeping flora, or sounding the deep notes of a cold and barren world — electronic music creates a soundscape for the season. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an hour of superchilled winter electronica, on a program called ELECTRONIC NORTH. Music is by CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, MARCONI UNION, CONNECT.OHM, OOPHOI & PAUL VNUK JR., and PATRICK O'HEARN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Let's hear it, ladies and gentlemen, for the slow-moving, high altitude, floating sound of the electric guitar. Born in the 1930s for parity with drums and horns in jazz bands, greatly expanded in the 1950s and 60s with the discovery of techniques like feedback and overdrive, with the help of psychedelics the humble Spanish guitar was transformed into a vehicle for exploring distant soundworlds—the musical equivalent of the mission of the Starship Enterprise. The last half of the 20th century brought dozens of electronic "effects"—EQ, compression, echo, reverb, phasing, distortion—and in the 21st century, software algorithms for ever more sophisticated transformations. Today the electronically enhanced guitar can create anything from diffuse ambient tone paintings to epic soundscapes, to something unnamed and unrecognizable...as a guitar. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another expansive journey in the ambient guitar universe, on a program called CLOUD GUITARS. Music is by BUCKETHEAD, JON DURANT, STRATOSPHERE, DAVID HELPLING, CARL WEINGARTEN, RICK COX, JUHA-MATTI RAUTIAINEN, and JEFF PEARCE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Locked in the cold embrace of winter, under leaden clouds relieved by dazzling clear days, we return once again to the otherworldly sounds of the resonant percussion family — bells, bowls, gongs and cymbals. Developed over thousands of years by native cultures in Tibet, the Far East and Indonesia, gongs and bells were used primarily in religious ceremonies, and later for utilitarian purposes like broadcasting the time. In the 20th century, they were rediscovered in the west as a vehicle for meditation and sonic journeys. These sublime metal instruments are unequalled in subtlety and psychoactive power. In the hands of a dedicated contemplative musician, they create sounds that live in the profound realm we call The Deep Zone. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a wintry resonant percussion journey, on a program called MAGIC METALS. Music is by DEUTER, KARMA MOFFETT, HANS CHRISTIAN, TONY GERBER, and A PRODUCE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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There's a fine line between the epic folk songs and the medieval hymns of Scandinavia and far northern Europe. In the Middle Ages, the folk ballads and the sacred music of the early Christian church evolved from the same mix of cultures, addressed the same audiences, and employed some of the same instruments—like the 8 or 9 stringed Hardanger fiddle and the Baltic box zither called the Kantele. Warm and melodic with vibrant string overtones and beguiling vocals, traditional Nordic music creates the perfect atmosphere on cold winter nights. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the brilliant cold world sounds of Norway, Sweden and Iceland, on a program called NORDIC WINTER SONGS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Joe Frank died on January 15th 2018, finally succumbing to one of the illnesses that plagued him throughout his life. We are long past the 1980s and 90s when Joe Frank's voice was a national presence on many public radio stations around the country, but anyone who heard even one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at stephen hill : spatial relations
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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 12, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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WINTER DESCENDS...a contractive force that drains the color from the landscape, leaving a world of subtle monochromes, softened by chilled blue-gray mist and fog. As the temperature drops, movement slows, challenging every species to adapt and survive, while winter storms bring cutting winds, freezing rain, sleet, and the white fantasy world of snow. Winter inspires Ambient musicians to change their tonal palette and create sonic images of cold wind and stormy skies. The sound of the season is darker, denser, colder, slower—with restrained melodies and crystalline accents. It's native territory for musicians from the northern countries of Europe, Iceland, Canada, and kindred spirits in the United States. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey across the Arctic north, on a program called POLAR FLIGHT 3. Music is by BANCO DE GAIA, BRYAN CARRIGAN, BRIDGE TO IMLA, SEETYCA, SIMON LOMAX, ALTUS and PANGAEA PROJEKT. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Even in the early days, the pioneers of electronic music knew they were on to something special. Here was a way of sculpting sound that made it like clay — something you could shape to your own creative vision. Today every artist can have electronic tools of almost unlimited power at their fingertips. We've had several generations of musicians tending the electronic vineyards, and these days the sonic wine is available in many varietals. For example, "Downtempo" is a name invented in the 1990s to describe slowed-down, less intense electronic dance music. It's still beat-y but the atmosphere is chilled; rather than pumping you up, it floats you along with a relaxed vibe that leads to pure Ambient realms. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a journey from Downtempo rhythms to Ambient space, on a program called ELECTRON TRAVELER. Music is by MYTHOS, AES DANA, HIBERNATION, MARCONI UNION, HEALER, and RADIANT MIND. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The legacy of choral singing is never more cherished than during the holiday season, when it brings warmth and light to the winter darkness by opening the heart and feeding the soul. From the Christian churches and cathedrals of Europe and the U.S., to the Orthodox churches of Russia, central Asia, and the Holy Land, the human family gathers to listen, sing, and worship together. After more than ten centuries of evolution, some of the finest choral music has been written in the last 100 years by a special breed of contemporary composers, who respect and extend the tradition. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another compilation of sublime choral pieces from our longtime guest producer for sacred and classical music ELLEN HOLMES called TO THEE WE SING. Music is by ARCHBISHOP IONAFAN, NIKOLAI KEDROV SR., SERGEI RACHMANINOV, N.FRUNZA, GEORGIA KELLY, DOBRI CHRISTOV, GEORGIY SVIRIDOV, URMAS SISASK, MORTEN LAURIDSEN, and M.KONSTANTINOV. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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This week we bring you music for the winter holiday season. But instead of the popular hymns and much-loved classical and sacred pieces, we're devoting the program to the contemporary genre variously called "Mystic" "Holy" "Spiritual" or "Sacred" Minimalism. What makes this music spiritual for its many fans is the psychological effect of its slowly changing repetitions, or the contemplative experience of its deep, slow, consonant tonalities. The poster artist for the genre is Estonian composer ARVO PÄRT; in the last 40 years he has quietly become the most performed classical composer in the world. Part began as a conventional avant-garde composer writing dissonant 12-tone works, but abandoned all that and created his own radically simple, tonal style. Other maverick composers like ALAN HOVHANESS, JOHN TAVENER, and HENRYK GÓRECKI also rejected dissonance and created beautiful sacred music; but none had the same impact on other composers as Arvo Pärt, whose influence today extends beyond classical composers to a host of serious popular, ambient and electronic musicians. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, contemporary spiritual classics, on a program called MYSTIC MINIMALISM. The entire program resides in what we call "the Deep Zone"—a rarefied realm of heightened musical communication and emotional resonance. Music is by ARVO PÄRT, A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN, LUDOVICO EINAUDI, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS, MAX RICHTER, NILS FRAHM, JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON, and HAMMOCK. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The long, cold nights and decorative lights of the winter season remind us of the vast cold vacuum of space, with its billions of bright stars, nebulae, and distant galaxies. Our space telescopes now bring us spectacular images of the cosmic panorama; and though we may never be able to "travel to distant worlds" as we do in science fiction, just contemplating the size, age, and composition of the cosmos defines the term "mind-expanding." It's an experience that truly deserves to be called awesome. Electronic and ambient musicians bring us another way to experience the cosmos, by creating sonic images of interstellar space. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a winter journey in the electronic starfields, on a program called WINTERSTELLAR. Music is by RICHARD BURMER, MARK DWANE, ERIK WØLLO, HOLLAN HOLMES, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, and JAJA aka JANA ROCKSTROH. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The sweet metallic overtones of the steel string guitar. It's a sound that really comes alive in the clear winter air. But while the guitar is a descendent of the Arabic lute called the oud, the piano, the violin family, most horns and woodwind instruments come to us from the northern countries of Europe. In the long, cold European winters, folk and popular music evolved to provide warmth and comfort. In the U.S., the acoustic revival of the 1970s and 80s was led by the very popular Windham Hill Records. Today many of these acoustic musicians and producers are still active and creative, along with a new generation of fine acoustic musicians they inspired. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, acoustic sounds to warm the heart and nourish the spirit, on a program called WINTER SOUL. Music is by CAMILLE NELSON, KEITH GEHLE, FEDERICO ALBANESE, PETER BRODERICK, KAREN MARIE GARRETT, KATHRYN KAYE, GRETCHEN YANOVER, SLOW MEADOW, KEVIN KELLER, STU JENKS, and ENZO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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If you make music with conventional acoustic instruments, you know in advance what each of them will sound like; your sonic choices are in the combination of instruments and how they're played. On the other hand, if you're an electronic musician, you have to choose or invent every sound you work with, a process we now call "sound design." These days there are pre-designed electronic sounds built into instruments and software, but the variety is much greater, and the choices...are endless. So the electronic sounds you select or create are as much a part of your artistic identity as the music you make with them. And when it comes to ambient electronic music, you have to add the virtual dimensions of space and atmosphere. Taken together, these elements give electronic music its unique psychological character. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, ambient electronics for the fall/winter transition, on a program called ELECTRON TRAVELER 2. Music is by ENIGMA, SOLOMON GREY, NERVOUS_TESTPILOT, BIOSPHERE, MARTIN KENNEDY, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, RUDY ADRIAN, TOM EATON, and DEEPSPACE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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For centuries, the sacred spaces and restrained emotions of the Requiem Mass honoring the dead have brought beauty and healing in times of conflict and violence. The root meaning of requiem is rest, or repose for the soul of the deceased. It's a musical tradition with origins in Medieval times, when a special "funeral mass" was set to Gregorian melodies. During the Renaissance, composed requiems for unaccompanied a cappella voices were performed at important funeral services. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the requiem expanded into large scale concert works for chorus, orchestra and organ by mainstream composers from MOZART to BERLIOZ. In the 20th century, non-liturgical requiems commemorated wars and victims of tragedies, along with hymns and instrumental elegies, commemorative poems and psalms set to music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another special program by our longtime guest producer for sacred and classical music ELLEN HOLMES, called REQUIEM AETERNAM 2. The Latin translates as "grant them eternal peace." The "2" refers to Ellen's original "Requiem Aeternam" show from 1987. Music is by PATRICK HAWES, the boy's choir LIBERA, the BOYS AIR CHOIR, the ST.PHILIPS BOY'S CHOIR, ROBERT MORAN, HESPERION XX, THOMAS TALLIS, MANUEL CARDOSO, JEAN RICHAFORT, TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA, GUILLAUME BOUZIGNAC, ARVO PÄRT, MAX RICHTER, the PAT METHENY GROUP, and GAVIN BRYARS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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When it comes to lyrical, atmospheric jazz, the German ECM label is in a class by itself. From its inception in 1969 through over 1500 releases, founder and producer MANFRED EICHER established a pristine sound for improvised jazz and for serious composed music on the companion ECM NEW SERIES. Artists and composers come mainly from Europe, plus the U.S., North Africa, Greece, India, Brazil and other countries. Eicher encouraged experimentation and unique cross-genre collaborations, but even when the music was relatively conventional, ECM jazz recordings always had a generous sense of space and atmosphere. Under Eicher's guidance, many ECM artists went beyond the typical jazz ballad, and explored the slow pace and expanded spaces of ambient music. Both for musical content and sonic quality, ECM recordings have been a key source for Hearts of Space since the very beginning. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, atmospheric ECM jazz from 2016 and 2017, on a program called PROVENANCE. Music is by the BENEDIKT JAHNEL TRIO, the JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET, BILL FRISELL & THOMAS MORGAN, JAKOB BRO, AVISHAI COHEN, THOMASZ STANKO & NEW YORK QUARTET, CRAIG TABORN, DOMINIC MILLER, and BJORN MEYER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Mesoamerica — the southern regions of Mexico and the northern countries of Central America, including parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador — is the home of one of the world's great early civilizations: the Maya. The indigenous culture of the Maya goes back over 3000 years. They were an aggressive, warrior people who practiced animal and human sacrifice, and are hard to romanticize. The Spanish arrived in the 1500s and it was all over by 1697, when the last Maya city surrendered. The Classic Period of Mayan culture produced highly sophisticated art forms — architecture, sculpture, and painting, as well as astronomy, hieroglyphic writing, and an advanced calendar system. There was no written music, but various Pre-Columbian flutes and wind instruments, drums, rattles, and metallic percussion have come down to us. Starting with these simple traditional instruments, native and western Ambient musicians have created electro-acoustic sound worlds that summon up the shamanistic and ritual spaces of this ancient culture. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, magical sound worlds of early Mesoamerica, on a program called MAYAN SKIES. Music is by JORGE REYES, ANTONIO ZEPEDA, MICHAEL STEARNS, SORIAH+ASHKELON SAIN, LUIS PEREZ, and SUSPENDED MEMORIES. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at hearts of space | news