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Over the last 35 years we've broadcast some 31 programs inspired by the evocative, intensely moving music of North Africa and the Middle East. And almost every time, I've added a disclaimer that these programs have nothing to do with the contentious politics of the region. After all, these are some of the oldest cultures on earth, with complex, artistically evolved musical traditions. But in one sense, politics has made a difference. The political ferment has led to a diaspora of hundreds of the region's best musicians, who now live and work in France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S. From the relative safety and stability of western cities, nostalgia for their homelands has produced what poet HAKIM BEY memorably called "romantic transcultural exile music of the Middle East." These creative fusions of Arabic, North African, Persian and electronic music stand as living examples of cultural tolerance and communication. I'm Stephen Hill and on this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to the superheated spaces of the Middle East and North Africa, on a program called DESERT SOUL 2. Music is by MICHEL BANABILA & MEHMET POLAT, RHO UTASATO, YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE, MAHSA VAHDAT, PETE NAMLOOK & BURHAN OÇAL, ALEX KHASKIN, DHAFER YOUSSEF, ANOUAR BRAHEM, MERCAN DEDE, and OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hearts of space | news
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Of all the psycho-physical sensations produced by ambient music, perhaps the most widely enjoyed is the feeling of weightless floating. Of course, there are other ways to achieve this sought-after state: scuba diving, for example, is an exercise in "neutral buoyancy," where the diver floats suspended in the water column, weightless and serene. And scientist JOHN LILLY and others famously promoted "floatation tanks" filled with body-temperature salt water for floating psychonauts. At the extreme sports end of the weightlessness experience, we have roller coasters, tethered drops like bungee jumping, high pressure air columns, and diving planes with padded interiors. But let's face it spacefans — music is safer and more accessible than all the others. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we take an anti-gravity journey in the ambient soundscape called FLOATING WAVES. Music is by THOUGHT GUILD, CARL SAGAN's GHOST, JONN SERRIE, COYOTE OLDMAN, STU JENKS, and CONSTANCE DEMBY. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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It's not all that often that a new strain of popular electronic music arrives in the culture fully formed, but it happened in 1988 in the wake of STEVE ROACH's ground-breaking album DREAMTIME RETURN. Like Stravinsky 75 years earlier with The Rite of Spring, Roach realized that electronic music needed a dose of primitive energy and physicality — and he found it in the trance-inducing music of the aboriginal tribes of Australia. The new genre was called "Techno-Tribal" and it combined electronic atmospheres with primitive rattles, drums, rocks, and the aboriginal didgeridoo. If our current political tribalism is an index of popularity, tribal music should be all the rage. But most electronic artists are urban, and have been influenced by Electronic Dance Music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, electronic atmospheres meet trance percussion, on a program called TRIBAL AMBIENT. Music is by STEVE ROACH, BYRON METCALF & JENNIFER GRAIS, INLAKESH, FRORE & SHANE MORRIS, JOHN VORUS, D LOOP and KEVIN BRAHENY [FORTUNE]. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Since the earliest days of popular electronic music, artists have created sonic images of cosmic space. Where traditional instruments failed, synthesizers seemed right at home in the endless vacuum of the interstellar void. Exploring this vast environment led to a kind of traveling music of slowly changing rhythmic loops — originally made on hardware "sequencers," later on dedicated "loopers," and now with software. Invented in Berlin in the 1970s by German artists like KLAUS SCHULZE and TANGERINE DREAM, the "Berlin school" style was widely influential and still has descendants today. Extending the metaphor of cosmic travel...once you arrived at your destination, it was time to power down the propulsive rhythms and experience the awesome cosmic panorama. This led to a slower, quieter, beatless electronic music for floating in space — static and contemplative, the progenitor of Chill. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, electronic meditations on space and motion, on a program called COSMIC TRAVELER 2. Music is by STEVE ROACH, BROEKHUIS KELLER & SCHÖNWÄLDER, MICHAEL BRÜCKNER, JACK HERTZ, RICHARD BONE, CHRISTOPHER WILLITS & RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, and SVERRE KNUT JOHANSEN. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Slow and gentle, the harmonic drone and the ancient bansuri flute invite us to another journey in the contemplative music of India. Half a world and centuries away from European practice, Indian classical music developed in its own unique way. It focused on melody and rhythm rather than harmony, evolved a sophisticated framework for improvisation in live performance called raga, and a set of rhythm rules called tala. The goal of raga is to create mood, atmosphere and feeling for the listener. And though Indian music once sounded impossibly strange and exotic to European ears, as a result of the tireless touring of Indian virtuosi like RAVI SHANKAR and ALI AKBAR KHAN, it was embraced in the 20th century by Western avant garde and experimental musicians, and later by others exploring the new frontiers of electronic music. Building on the sounds, instruments and strategies of Indian raga, they created new hybrids of Eastern and Western music which are still being explored today. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey in the creative world of Indian fusion, on a program called BEYOND THE RAGASPHERE. Music is by JOHN WUBBENHORST, AL GROMER KHAN, ALAM KHAN, MARK DEUTSCH, HANS CHRISTIAN, CRAIG PRUESS & ANURADHA PAUDWAL, and ALIO DIE. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 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 8, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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In the fair days of late spring, electronic winds blow warm and steady, while sequencers spin creative rhythms, propelling us into the active days and balmy nights of summer. DJs prepare their sets for the summer festivals, while ambient composers create expansive soundscapes for virtual travel. Attention Spacefans: it's party time. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an hour of technotronic rhythms and ambient atmospheres, on a program called HYPERTRONIC. Music is by S1GNS OF L1FE, MARC HARTMAN, MEES DIERDORP, MARTIN NONSTATIC, ASC, CRYSTAL MOON, LEMONGRASS, ISHQ, and ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Back in 1975, a Northern California steel string guitarist named WILL ACKERMAN began playing and selling cassettes of his music around the Stanford University campus. It was so popular it led to the founding of Windham Hill Records in 1976 — the first big success of the music trend that came to be called New Age Music in the 1980s. Instrumental, acoustic, and generally low key, Windham Hill literally became the poster child for a grab-bag genre that became ever more unfocussed as it grew—a category for anything that wasn't jazz or folk, rock or pop. But it served a need for quiet, relaxing, meditative instrumental music that continues today. In time the New Age Music category became so diverse as to be almost meaningless. Home studios, inexpensive publishing on cassette and later CD, meant that anyone could release their music, and the genre's reputation deteriorated to the point that serious producers of atmospheric music called theirs Ambient, Electronic, or just about anything else. Yet — in the last few years, the New Age genre has seen a critical reconsideration, with carefully curated compilations of historical material, while both veterans and descendants of the genre are creating new music that merits serious attention. A good example is the group FLOW, which includes none other than steel string guitarist WILL ACKERMAN, in a kind of New Age "supergroup." On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we ride the vernal breezes into the gentle sound of the season, on a program called FLOWING INTO SPRING 4. Music is by FLOW, PETER KATER, JIM GABRIEL, MICHAEL WHALEN, MIACHAEL BRANT DeMARIA, CHRIS HAUGEN, TOM MOORE & SHERRY FINZER, and MAJESTICA. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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What's the biggest thing on earth? It's the World Ocean — the total salt water of all the named oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, Arctic. The world ocean is the largest part of the hydrosphere— the system of water, atmosphere and time that gives rise to the water cycle, weather and climate. Over 70% of earth is covered by the oceans, with an average depth of over 12,000 feet. That...is a lot of water. So though we're not an all-ocean planet, we're definitely a water planet. Everything about the ocean is almost incomprehensibly vast, deep and powerful. Little wonder then, that it's a major inspiration, theme and metaphor for Ambient musicians. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...we journey across oceans of electronic sound, on a program called OCEANIC REALMS. Music is by MEG BOWLES, MOODSWINGS, DAN POUND, MAX CORBACHO, STEVE ROACH, IGNEOUS FLAME, and PATRICK O'HEARN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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CONFESSION...it's simple in theory: to tell the truth. In practice? It's more complicated. Confession plays a critical role in the justice system, in religion, in therapeutic and personal relationships. And at a time when the very idea of objective facts and truth is being challenged, confession is more important than ever. A true confession is a revelation — a release of hidden knowledge. And it's often accompanied by powerful, even cathartic, emotions. No wonder confessional songs and music are found in some of the oldest cultures on earth. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...the quiet sound of emotional truth, on a program called CONFESSIONS. Music is by ADAM HURST, ELINA DUNI, MIRABAI CEIBA, SAVINA YANNATOU, BADI ASSAD, JOSÉ LUIS MONTÓN, ESTÁS TONNÉ, ANDRÉ GERAISSATI, and AMBERFERN. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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One of the most seductive musical combinations is the soft cry of a wind instrument — in this case, a soprano saxophone — floating high and free above a cushion of electronic sound. It's a combination that brings out the best of its parts: the melodic, emotional expression of the horn; the spacious sonic architecture of an ambient electronic soundfield. Winds with electronics are relatively new, but the sound of a primitive flute or horn resonating in acoustic space goes back to the cave homes of our earliest ancestors. It's a formative sound experience in the evolution of the ambient sensibility, revived in the 1960s by clarinetist TONY SCOTT in MUSIC FOR ZEN MEDITATION, and by flutist PAUL HORN in his classic recording INSIDE THE TAJ MAHAL. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we explore the happy combination of acoustic winds and ambient electronics, on a program called FLOATING WINDS. Music is by KEVIN BRAHENY FORTUNE, MATT BORGHI & MICHAEL TEAGER, KLAUS SCHULZE (with TOBIAS BECKER), and KIT WATKINS. [ view program page ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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SPRING: it arrives in the Northern Hemisphere in fits and starts. It takes several months before we're all on the spring page. In the meantime, we can take a hint from our pagan ancestors, who went in for big parties around the vernal equinox to let the gods know they were ready for spring. In those days, drummers got everyone moving around the communal bonfires. These days, hand drummers tap out mesmerizing rhythms on new melodic percussion instruments like the PanArt Hang and the Halo handpans. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...we follow the sound of the Hang, on an ethno-tronic journey for spring called TRANCE PLANET 2. Music is by JAMES HOOD, HANG IN BALANCE, HANG MASSIVE, LAURA INSERRA & DARREN GIBBS, CHRISTOPHER OF THE WOLVES, and PETER GARLAND. view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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The arrival of spring is, as they say about the future, "unequally distributed." While our friends in the northern states are enduring a last round of snow, the seasonal transition has been underway here in California for over two months. Whatever your weather, after the grey skies and dark drones of winter, we're due for some spring spacemusic: light, airy, energetic, ready to venture out and enjoy the world around us. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an hour of sparkling Ambient electronics for spring,on a program called VERNAL TRANSIT. Music is by ASCENDENT, CONNECT.OHM, STATE AZUR, RAY SAMMARTANO, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, and ISHQ. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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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 Apr 14, 2018 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