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Well, despite the unseasonably warm temperatures and their sometimes disastrous consequences, one thing in our environment remains absolutely unchanged: the sun and the earth continue reliably tracing their cosmic orbits. And so, for very good astronomical reasons, here in the northern hemisphere the autumn days grow shorter, and the light grows ever dimmer, as we plot our course toward the winter solstice. The music of the season is measured, calm, with restrained passion and glints of bright color against a darkening background. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we score the season of fading light and falling leaves, on a program called THE GATHERING DARK. Music is by JEFF PEARCE, DARSHAN AMBIENT, TIM STORY & ROEDELIUS, JEFF GREINKE, TAPES AND TOPOGRAPHIES, EYES CAST DOWN, and HAMMOCK. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
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Hearts of Space was born and raised during the formative years of electronic music in the 1970s and 80s. Because we've been covering the ambient side of its evolution for over forty years, the program has often been associated primarily with electronic music. But since the very beginning, we've always given almost equal time to traditional, purely acoustic forms of contemplative, space-creating music, as well as "electro-acoustic" hybrids. The reason was simple: long before electronics, there were centuries of music from dozens of world cultures that not only offered profound listening experiences — they defined and set a standard for what music can be. To be sure, electronics opened up vast new tonal and expressive dimensions for contemporary music — but we still return to traditional acoustic music, sit in virtual palace halls on ancient nights, and drink from the source of musical language. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, contemplative sounds on venerable acoustic instruments, on a program called ARCHAIC CONCERTS. The title is taken from the 1976 debut album of the unique German musician STEPHAN MICUS, who inspired, and is featured, in this program. Music is by STEPHAN MICUS, MYSTIC JOURNEY, MICHEL BANABILA & MEHMET POLAT, HANS CHRISTIAN, DJIVAN GASPARYAN, and SHUNSUKE MIZUNO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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No one has ever fully explained the relationship between electronic sounds and images of cosmic space. From the earliest experiments with electronic music, composers used it to express the strangeness, vastness and mystery of the cosmos. It was a brand new medium, free from the limitations of historical styles, conventional instruments, and even the laws of acoustics. Space was "the final frontier" and electronics were the vehicle to go there. Today, electronic musicians around the world command a virtually unlimited set of instruments and resources for creating sound images of our cosmic environment. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another deep space journey on electronic waves, on a program called COSMIC FLIGHT. Music is by VLADIMIR ABOVYAN, ASCENDANT, TRANSPONDER, CHRIS RUSSELL, ROBERT RICH, STEVE ROACH, ALTUS, and AMIR BAGHIRI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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In the golden days that follow the autumn equinox, the natural world enters a period of recession. The heat of summer often lingers while the light declines; the evening crickets sing their hearts out in a final quest for immortality, and the withering leaves crackle underfoot as the trees begin their seasonal transformation. It's a time that calls for a special music: contemplative, melancholy, austere...beyond ambition. A music of pure tones and slow melodies — elegant, unassuming, suffused with quiet beauty. The classic combination of the piano and the cello sounds the season perfectly, with clear, bell-like notes ringing over a rich, dark foundation. For this sound, we return every autumn to the immaculate recordings of the German ECM label. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, sublime chamber music for the autumn transition, on a program called AFTERGLOW. Music is by pianist KETIL BJORNSTAD with cellists SVANTE HENRYSON and DAVID DARLING, and French pianist FRANCOIS COUTURIER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Twice a year, we pass a point of balance and equilibrium in the progression of the seasons. Our planet reaches the place in its celestial journey where the center of the sun rises and sets directly over the equator, and day and night are of approximately equal length everywhere on earth. We call these times the equinox from the Latin for "equal night." A less common but possibly more correct name is equilux or "equal light." The September equinox marks the beginning of the new season: autumn, and the time of harvest festivals in the northern hemisphere. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, calm and balanced acoustic ambient for the seasonal transition, on a program called EQUILUX. Music is by PETER BRODERICK, LUDOVICO EINAUDI, FEDERICO ALBANESE, TOM EATON, FLOW, CARL WEINGARTEN & CATHERINE MARIE CHARLTON, GREG HAINES, A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN, and ENZO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Summers...are famously long and hot, and in the superheated days of late summer, time seems to expand in front of us. And it's not just because it's the season for natural disasters — we're back to school and back to work, packing new activities into our schedules while memories of summer fun still linger in our minds. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, languid guitars, ethereal electronics and subtle rhythms for the season, on a program called ENDLESS SUMMER. The title comes from a classic 1966 surfing documentary, but it's been repurposed hundreds of times. We'll do the same, from a concept and music research by guest producer DAVID J. EGAN. Music is by DIATONIS, MATTHEW STEWART, LEO ABRAHAMS, BJORN MEYER, TONY GERBER, EIVIND AARSET, HAMMOCK, and BYLA. Laidback, expansive ambient guitars for the season: ENDLESS SUMMER...on this transmission...of Hearts of Space. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The concept of trance has a long and complicated history. Originally "a dazed, half-conscious or insensible condition or state of fear," the meaning has evolved to include many unusual or altered states of consciousness associated with hypnosis, meditation, magic, prayer, addictions, and ecstasy. Trance states are characterized by repetition, so music is a prime instigator in both ethnic and social cultures, including high-energy styles of electronic dance music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we ride hypnotic beats into strange realms and magical summer nights, on a program called TRANCEWORLD. Music is by GREEN ISAC, KOUAME SEREBA & ERIK WOLLO, DREAM JUNGLE, ROBERT RICH, LOREN NERELL, LARAAJI, MAX CORBACHO & BRUNO SANFILIPPO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The word balmy is used to describe weather so pleasant that it's positively therapeutic. The waning days of summer are mostly warm and idyllic, but they can also bring tropical hurricanes, cyclones, and monsoons, as we saw this week in Texas and Mumbai. So it's a time for that last round of summer fun and relaxation, with an eye on the horizon if you're near the coast. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we concentrate on the benign sounds of late summer, on a program called BALMY. Music is by HOLLAN HOLMES, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, PHILLIP WILKERSON, STEVE ROACH, and JUTA TAKAHASHI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The sublime nostalgia of Recuerdos de la Alhambra —"Memories of the Alhambra" — a classic tremolo study for Spanish guitar by FRANCISCO TARREGA. It recalls a golden age in the Andalusian city of Granada in the 13th and 14th century, during a perhaps more enlightened period in human history. It was an era of some 800 years, from the 8th to the 15th century, when the Moors of North Africa ruled "Al-Andalus" (as Spain was called) and religious and political co-existence was the order of the day. Art, music, architecture and poetry flourished, and Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures co-existed in harmony. It stands today as a shining reminder that we can, in fact, get along. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, music inspired by this great Spanish/Moorish/Mediterranean tradition, on a program called RECUERDOS. Music is by MILOS KARADAGLIC, ARMIK, AMINA ALAOUI, and THE AL-ANDALUS ENSEMBLE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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An encore program to celebrate the solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017. In summer, the energy of the sun seems more intense. But the sun is a nuclear furnace that never stops, and the sun's corona is so hot that high energy particles there reach escape velocity, flying into space at over a million miles an hour in a stream called the solar wind. Made of ionized atomic particles and magnetic fields from the sun's corona, the solar wind is spun into a spiral as the sun rotates every 27 days. Here on earth, variations in the sun's magnetic field carried by the solar wind create auroras — the northern and southern lights — the plasma tails of comets, and geomagnetic storms that can knock out power grids. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another interstellar journey on electronic waves, on a program called SOLAR WINDS.Music is by JOHN LYELL, BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHONWALDER, MEG BOWLES, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, CRAIG PADILLA & ZERO OHMS, HOLLAN HOLMES, and NIMANTY & SOULRSOUL. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Would you believe me if I told you that all the sounds you're hearing are made with an analog synthesizer? Strange but true. It's the work of KEVIN BRAHENY FORTUNE, one of the early masters of long-form electronic ambient music. And it's a good story. The 1970s were a decade of discovery and development for electronic music. Early analog synthesizer modules by ROBERT MOOG, DON BUCHLA, and SERGE TCHEREPNIN fueled an explosion of creativity. If you were serious, you wound up building your own instruments and creating your own sounds. Then KEVIN BRAHENY (the Fortune came later...) was a talented musician and soprano saxophone player in Los Angeles who worked designing and building electronic instruments with several of the early pioneers of analog synthesis in California. The foundations for Ambient electronic music were being created out of the new possibilities opened up by the synthesizer, and the psychological and social changes inspired by psychedelic drugs. This new sensibility lead to the creation of extended musical "journeys" of 30 minutes or more, which could be released on cassette. Later, even longer journeys were possible on CD. In 1980 Braheny improvised a live 35 minute "lullaby" to close a HEARTS OF SPACE fundraising special on our home station, KPFA-FM in Berkeley. It turned out so well it was released later that year as "Lullaby for the Hearts of Space," along with a composed companion piece called "After I Said Goodnight. " And that's where we begin this edition of Hearts of Space called NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS. Music is by KEVIN BRAHENY FORTUNE, CHAD HOEFLER, ROBERT RICH, ALIO DIE, and IASOS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The nation-states of the greater Middle East are a contentious group, with a long, complicated history and even longer memories. Spanning some 17 countries from Iran in the east to Turkey in the west, including North Africa, the eastern Mediterranean states, and the Arabian peninsula — the region is riven by political, religious & ethnic conflicts. Yet the music of the Middle East shows a broad similarity of instruments, scales, rhythms and formats that cut across national boundaries and create a kind of super-cultural unity. Today, progressive middle eastern musicians are promoting a non-political form of communication through their music, bringing together traditional and electronic instruments to create a shared experience of beauty and soulfulness. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey in the contemporary Middle Eastern soundscape, on a program called EQUILIBRIUM 2. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The world's deserts are on the move — growing and getting hotter — one of the consequences of climate change. At the same time, industrial scale solar technology turns desert sunlight into electricity to power the modern world. So, our relationship to the desert has never been more complex and ironic. It's a place where sun, heat, wind and dust make life an existential challenge for even the strongest organisms. For humans, it's where civilization ends, and we confront the earth at its most elemental — rugged terrain, endless space, extreme conditions, contemplative solitude, eerie silence. No phone, no internet. For Ambient musicians, the desert has long been a prime source of inspiration, a visual and spatial touchstone. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey in vast, sun-baked spaces, on a program called DESERT DREAMFIELDS 2. Music is by FRORE, DREAM JUNGLE, STEVE BRAND, RESONANT DRIFT, STEVE ROACH, and LEO ABRAHAMS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The long days and short nights of midsummer are a special time. We retreat from our intense work schedules and attend festivals and celebrations, some crowded and intense, others quiet and restorative. We travel, take vacations, entertain friends and relax on warm summer evenings. As the night deepens, activity fades, and the lulling sounds of nature and warm breezes create a seductive environment, inspiring ambient composers to create poetic images of a soft, nurturing night. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an hour of ambient music for the season, on a program called MIDSUMMER NIGHT 3. Music is by ASCENDANT, DEEPER NET, ISHQ, ALTUS, S7VEN, CLAUDIO CASANUEVA, and RUDY ADRIAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Of all the exotic musical cultures in the world, few have been able to charm western composers like the gong/chime music of Indonesia. The magical island of Bali, with its unique Hindu-influenced artistic tradition, has been particularly seductive. In the mythology of the Javanese people, the metallophonic music of Indonesia was created by the native bronze-age culture almost two thousand years ago. The legendary god-king who ruled Java needed a way to summon the other gods, so he invented the gong. Later, he added other gongs, and thus began the gamelan orchestra. The current form evolved in the royal courts of Java in the 12th century. Today the gamelan includes gongs, metallophones and xylophones, plus drums, bamboo flutes, spike fiddles, and other instruments. Western composers have added additional percussion instruments, strings, bass guitar, electronics and other modern elements to the traditional gamelan ensemble. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the new sound of the gamelan in the west, on a program called GAMELAN PLUS. Music is by JON IVERSON, EVERGREEN CLUB CONTEMPORARY GAMELAN, GAMELAN MADU SARI, LOU HARRISON, DANIEL SCHMIDT and THE BERKELEY GAMELAN, LINDA CATLIN-SMITH, and MICHAEL STEARNS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Summer...invites us to relax, take a break from work, and have a bit of fun. I know, it's hard to tune out the noise of our contentious politics these days, but even the most ardent partisans need to rest and recharge for the battles ahead. So in summer we travel, we explore, we play, we dance, we celebrate with family and friends. The music of summer is lighter, happier, more active. And for some ambient composers, it's an opportunity to envision a better world by creating idealized sonic environments. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, ambient atmospheres for the perfect summer, on a program called SUMMER VISIONS. Music is by AMBIENTALISM, PETER CALANDRA, EDAMAME, PETE KUZMA, TAKASHI SUZUKI, ASHANEEN, ISHQ, and IASOS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Summer...inspires an even more ethereal brand of Ambient electronica. Whether flying or floating on the balmy breezes, the sounds are airy and the movement is light and buoyant. The words we use to describe the moods it creates are superlative: joyous, blissful, ecstatic, delightful — even heavenly. And when it comes to heaven—for some reason we prefer the 7th. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an ambient-electronic-summer-journey called CLOUD NINE. Yes, we also number the clouds. Music is by CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, FANGER & SCHONWALDER, JOHN LYELL, ARIEL KALMA, and DAVE LUXTON. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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When the definitive book is written on the history of popular electronic music at the end of the 20th century, a solid section will be devoted to the emergence of Downtempo — an alternative to the hyperkinetic beats of the electronic dance floor. Beginning in companion "chill rooms" at all-night raves, downtempo beats offered dancers a slower, quieter instrumental alternative for rest and renewal. In time it evolved into song-based listening styles like Trip Hop, with influences from electronica, hip hop, jazz and world music. Back in the chill rooms, it wasn't a big stretch for Downtempo DJs to mix in the expansive soundscapes of the other slow electronic music that had been developing since the 1970s. In 1978, BRIAN ENO had given it a name that stuck: Ambient. The lovechild of Ambient and Downtempo was called, conveniently, Ambient Downtempo. It's proven to be such a fruitful realm for creative development that it's still going strong today. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an hour of ambient downtempo from then and now, on a program called DOWNTIME. That makes sense because tempo in Italian means time, and downtime is something we all can use a bit more of these days... [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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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 Jun 16, 2017 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