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Well, spacefan, this time it's a fresh collection of psycho-acoustic experiments from Norway, Switzerland, England, California, Ohio, Vermont, and not least: mighty little Rhode Island. The textures are mostly electronic, but acoustic sounds still play a big role. In many cases, you really can't say what the sound is...and that's the point. We're living in an inter-national, supra-cultural, technically-enhanced music matrix, and the results are diverse beyond imagination. Genre names don't last long in this creative environment. A few years ago, we'd have called this show electronica or ambient, but today some of the artists would object if we did. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we'll look for a congenial harbor amongst the creative flux. Let's just call it ARGUABLY POST-AMBIENT. Music is by ROBIN GUTHRIE & HAROLD BUDD, TIM STORY, GREEN ISAC, TRISTAN FELDBAUER, AURAH, KIT WATKINS, and DAN BARRIO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hearts of space | news
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Here at Hearts of Space we cast a wide net, featuring ambient and contemplative sounds from around the world and across the centuries. It's a mission that leads to exotic experiences, but it's always satisfying to return to our home base in Electronic Ambient. These days, it comes in many styles and varieties and has many names: Downtempo, Chill, Space, Psy-trance, Psybient, Electronica, Atmospheric, Deep Ambient, and more. Whatever you call it, electronic sound opens up an ethereal world that leaves ordinary acoustics behind. It creates a sonic space for virtual travel, calms the mind, and fuels creative work. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we continue our electronic explorations on a program called ETHERSPHERE. Music is by SCANN-TEC, S1GNS OF L1FE, STEVE ROACH, JEFF SCOTT CASTLE, SINEPEARL, RUDY ADRIAN, and ALIO DIE+SYLVI ALLI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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The Electric Guitar, dear spacefans. It was conceived in the 1930s by jazz musicians as a way to match the volume of big band horns. With the help of LEO FENDER, and artists like BUDDY HOLLY, CHUCK BERRY, and BO DIDDLEY, it evolved to dominate popular music in the 1950s and 60s. And with the help of electronics and controlled substances, it ascended into space in the 1970s — a mission that, like NASA, continues today (with somewhat reduced funding) under the guidance of an international group of dedicated guitar-o-nauts. Here at Hearts of Space we've been documenting the evolution of the guitar since 1985, from electric to electronic and beyond, with a series called "Space Guitars." We search the starfields and toneworlds for new guitar-o-nauts, and bring you the best. This week: SPACE GUITARS 11. Music is by BUCKETHEAD, ERIK WOLLO, CLIVE WRIGHT, IGNEOUS FLAME, JEFF PEARCE, and HAMMOCK. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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The transition between winter and spring is never predictable. After a time of darkness and confinement, we long for light, air and freedom. We seek change: space and openness, movement and flow. Filled with new purpose, we clean out old structures. In uncertain times, we shine the light into dark places, and prepare for the challenges ahead. Transparency is the new watchword, the key to trust. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a collection of freshly grown and gracefully aged electronica for the season, on a program called TRANSPARENT SPRING. Music is by GENERAL FUZZ, TRISTAN FELDBAUER and friends, HILLTON FM, JOHAN AGEBJORN, ISHQ, MYCHAEL DANNA and TIM CLEMENT, GLEN DARCEY, and MINOR. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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The worlds of fantasy and imagination have a cherished history in popular fiction, with legions of dedicated fans around the world. Inspired by mythology and folklore extending back to the earliest human cultures, fantasy fiction emerged as a genre in the mid-19th century and came to prominence in the 20th with medievalist classics like Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia," and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. While born in literature and later extended to popular films and computer games, musicians have also been exploring this rich field of imagery to create ambitious concept albums. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, imaginary worlds, spectral and ethereal sounds, and fantastic themes — on a program called SUPERNATURAL. Music is by PRISCILLA HERNANDEZ, PSICODREAMICS, KLAUS SCHULZE, STEVE BRAND, BUILDING THE CATHEDRAL, BETWEEN INTERVAL, THIERRY DAVID and PAUL AVGERINOS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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Every year on the threshold of spring, we celebrate the memory of St. Patrick and the sublime music of the Celtic lands on the western edge of Europe. For folk music fans, it's a visit to one of the key sources of American music; for lovers of the ethereal ballad, it's a deep drink from the well; and for anyone who appreciates fine acoustic music and great vocalists, it's an unending delight. For Celtic music renews itself in every generation, embracing the present while honoring its long and brilliant expression of essential human emotion. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, another journey in the Celtic soundscape, on a program called CELTIC LEGACY 2. Music is by MIKE OLDFIELD, CLANNAD, DAVID ARKENSTONE & CHARLEE BROOKS, KATE PRICE, JOHN DOAN, AINE MINOGUE, and BRIAN KEANE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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Some seasons seem longer than others — but one can seem eternal. In the waning days of winter, time seems to stretch, while the spirit yearns for release. In his epic poem "The Waste Land," T.S. ELIOT wrote: April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. After endless storms and tempests, every extra day delays the arrival of sun and freedom, and adds more weight to the soul. It's the season of depression, impatience, rebellion; fueled by memory and desire, made more urgent...by signs of change. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, music to carry us through the down days of winter, on a program called ENDLESS. Music is by STEPHAN MICUS, HOMELESS BALLOON, MICHAEL ATHERTON & JAMES ASHLEY FRANKLIN, NANAE YOSHIMURA, and THE PAUL WINTER CONSORT. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at hearts of space | news
Thanks for the tip, Micah. We've never programmed Slowdive, but will happily follow this up. :: SH
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We're at the nadir of winter in the Northern Hemisphere...a time when the yearly journey around our native star seems arbitrary and endless. Battered by storms, challenged by cold, starved for light, we have no choice but to wait...for the return of the sun and the bright promise of spring. It's a trial we repeat in miniature each long winter night, as we turn away from the sun into the cosmic darkness. But while we can escape most of the night in sleep, winter...must be endured. It's a test of fortitude and patience, a confrontation with our own desires for ease and comfort. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a nocturnal winter journey called THE LONG NIGHT. Music is by JEFF GREINKE, ROBERT RICH, A PRODUCE, STEVE ROACH & KELLY DAVID, SEAN WASHBURN, and NUNC STANS & MYSTIFIED. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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As another massive storm disrupts the Eastern United States, there can be no doubt that winter is upon us with all its power. A gray-white tempest of snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain, punctuated by periods of intense cold — winter slows us down and challenges us to maintain our lives in its wake. Music of the northern countries provides a respite, with melodies and harmonies that wrap us in a feeling of warmth and space. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we focus on the piano and strings, on a program called WINTER HARMONIES 2. Featured artists include LUDOVICO EINAUDI, KATHRYN KAYE, KEVIN KELLER, DAVID LANZ, BLOW UP HOLLYWOOD, CHAD LAWSON, DARSHAN AMBIENT, and KETIL BJORNSTAD & SVANTE HENRYSON. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at hearts of space | news
Lothar, the best overall book on the genre is Mark Prendergast's The Ambient Century. You can order it through Amazon. Re your second question, aside from knowing something about the history of Techno, we haven't found much Detroit electronica that is appropriate for our slow, quiet, contemplative music format. If you know about something, please email us the artist name and a link, and we will follow it up. :: SH
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Woodwinds and horns, ladies and gentlemen. Well, to be more precise, woodwinds and brasswinds. 
 The brass family served an important function in musical history: when compared to most other instruments they were LOUD, and well-matched to drums and percussion when it came to cutting through the competition. Put them together and you have the ever-popular marching band. Others preferred their music quieter and more subtle. For them, there was a mellower class of woodwinds, including flutes and the reed family: oboes, clarinets, English horns, and one that ran the gamut from quiet to loud, subtle to brash: the saxophone. It was named for one ADOLPHE SAX, a Belgian-born, Paris-based instrument maker determined to fill the gap between the projection of a brass instrument and the responsiveness of a woodwind. When it was introduced in 1846 there were no less than 14 versions, from tiny to huge. Today only the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone versions are common. In the 20th century, the saxophone became an instrument of choice for jazz soloists, and from there migrated into mainstream genres like Rhythm & Blues and even Rock. With this history, it takes a very different kind of musician to use it for Ambient music. And that's exactly where we're going on this transmission of Hearts of Space called SAXOPHONIC. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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As our story begins, the year is 1976. Two extremely bright Englishmen — composer, musical theorist, ex-ROXY MUSIC electronics specialist and soon-to-be-legendary record producer BRIAN ENO, and KING CRIMSON guitarist ROBERT FRIPP team up to produce the music you're hearing, from what will come to be a very influential album called EVENING STAR. On this hour of Hearts of Space, a mostly retrospective look at the early years of Ambient music, inspired by the Virgin Records compilation A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMBIENT. It's a chronicle of an idea that after over 20 years is not only doing very well, thank you, but propagating new creative strains that keep sprouting up across the spectrum of today's music. Artists are ROBERT FRIPP & BRIAN ENO, HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO, MICHAEL BROOK, CHRISTOPHER FRANKE, BRUCE ODLAND, A PRODUCE, KIT WATKINS and DAVID SYLVIAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at hearts of space | news
Good timing, Mark! The updated apps were submitted to the App stores yesterday. The Android app should be available today or tomorrow. Apple takes a little longer due to the approval process but should be available later this week. We'll announce it here when both are ready. :: SH
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2014 on HOS Mobile Apps Update at hearts of space | news
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The story of the resonant percussion family is as unusual as it is old. The metallophones — bells, bowls, gongs and cymbals — have been used as ceremonial instruments by the world's religions for centuries, especially in the mountain Buddhist cultures of China and Tibet, and the Christian monasteries of Europe. They make sounds that exist at the borders of the physical and the spiritual: ethereal and psychoactive, calming and stimulating, all at once. Bells sound particularly right in the cold, clear winter air. The crystalline structures of ice and snow seem to echo the crystalline metals of the instruments. The pure overtones of bells and bowls are the essence of clarity, while the rich harmonic sound fields of gongs and cymbals are like gray winter clouds and fog. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a winter journey for contemplative percussion, on a program called MYSTIC METALS. Music is by HIMALAYAN VOICES, PARADISO & RASAMAYI, KARMA MOFFETT, STEVE BRAND, HAROLD BUDD, RICHARD RUDIS, BRIAN ENO, and DEUTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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"When in doubt, write a hymn" advised singer Elton John. The word comes from the Greek and means "song of praise." From ancient origins in religious ritual, the hymn became a container for humanity's fondest dreams; an elevated vehicle for affirmation, prayer and hope. Simple, emotional, poetic, and spiritual — the hymn is a unifying force. With this exalted background you wouldn't expect the word "oblivion" — from the Latin to forget, meaning the state of being forgotten, or being completely unaware — would have anything to do with hymns. But when the Southern Ambient/post-rock group HAMMOCK chose a title for their most ambitious recording to date, they used the incongruous, but precise combination OBLIVION HYMNS. As you'll hear on this transmission of Hearts of Space called OBLIVION HYMNS, we'll discover another kind of oblivion — a rarified realm where music can make you forget your self. Featured artists are HAMMOCK and MONO, plus LISA GERRARD & MARCELLO DE FRANCISCI, TAKASHI SUZUKI, ADAM HURST, and MANUAL. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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This week a frigid mass of North Pole air spun south and descended on the United States. In addition to sub-zero temperatures, disruption of travel and general misery, it introduced a new phrase to describe extreme winter weather. We were working on an Ambient electronic winter show and we already had a pretty good title for it, but this new phrase, well, it just blew it away. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a super-chilled winter journey called POLAR VORTEX. Music is by IAN BODDY & ERIK WOLLO, SIMON LOMAX, STORMLOOP, DILATE, TUU, and NETHERWORLD. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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The austere folk music of Norway and the Scandinavian countries has a paradox at its heart: in a land of frigid Arctic winters and stark, glacial landscapes, the music overflows with warmth and beauty. And while the winter days are dark, the nights are illuminated with the intoxicating spectacle of the northern lights. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a Nordic winter's journey called NIGHT LIGHT featuring Norwegian lullabies sung by VIDIA WESENLUND, plus music by ANNBJORG LIEN, LENA WILLEMARK & ALE MOLLER, OYSTEIN SEVAG, and STREIF. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at hearts of space | news
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Consider, dear listeners, the unresolved interval between Christmas and the New Year. 
Some of us work, some don't. Some socialize with friends and family, some enjoy a good book. A fortunate minority take vacations in warm places; the rest of us return unwanted gifts, make resolutions for the new year, clean out closets, take in a movie, and keep busy to disguise the lack of normal purpose. In general, it's an ill-defined and unsettled week in our national calendar until New Year's eve parties and a massive day of football bring some all-American clarity back to the picture. In the week to come, we start the new year and whatever the 'new normal' is. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE we wish you a stellar new year, and bring you a soundtrack for this phantom period on a program called INTERLUDE. Music is by JEFF OSTER, MARK ISHAM, KATHRYN KAYE, TIM STORY, LUDOVICO EINAUDI, BOB HOLROYD, DARSHAN AMBIENT, and introducing JONATHAN HUGH. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at hearts of space | news
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The eternally innocent sound of the boy soprano: whether you're Christian or not, it's a sound that floats high and pure, far above our worldly cares. The boy soprano or "treble" voice has been used in Christian religious music for centuries, especially in England. True fact: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones sang for Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey as a boy soprano! Since Medieval times, some of the Western world's greatest composers have written music for sacred services. The immersive ambience of great stone churches and cathedrals, the majestic tones of the pipe organ, and the massed voices of the choir and the worship community created the context; from it came a genre of sacred space music, including vocal and instrumental pieces, great liturgical works, and hymns and psalms of sublime beauty. It's a repertoire we come back to every year during the holiday season. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another offering from our longtime guest producer for classical and sacred space music ELLEN HOLMES. Sacred choral and instrumental classics for the holiday season...on a program called GLORIA. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at hearts of space | news
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Lost in the blur of end-of-the-year holiday activity, our app developers have been busy updating our mobile apps, and our beta testers have been busy checking them out and reporting back on any issues. If there are no big surprises, they should be available before the end of the year. For ANDROID users, we have Exceptionally Good News! With this update, the Android app will have full feature parity with iOS (Apple) at last. Y'all have been very patient and we appreciate it. The updated app also will support Android tablets — more about that below. For iOS devices, this will be a less dramatic but satisfying update. We've installed a whole new streaming engine with far superior performance. We've added a "5 button" player control; now you can skip forward and back between tracks within a program, and also skip forward and back between programs in a channel or on a personal playlist. The operation of the "voiceover on/off" control is now immediate and intuitive — the stream pauses, the voiceover appears or disappears, the stream continues. Nice. Finally, we've added support for the larger iPhone 5 and 5S Retina displays. TABLET SUPPORT We've "ported" the app to the larger screen of tablets, which turned out to be a bigger project than it sounds. We always supported "2X" mode on the iPad, but it only worked in Portrait orientation, which was inconvenient as many apps are designed for Landscape operation, or adapt to both views. Now we will introduce the initial release of a true tablet version of the HOS app, which we are calling Version 2.5. The first release will still look a lot like a scaled up version of the existing iPhone app, but it will have improved functionality and full feature parity with the smart phone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at hearts of space | news
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Winter settles in to the Northern hemisphere bringing powerful storms, but also radiant clear days with azure skies and deep vistas. Unlike most sensible animals, human activity seems to increase as the temperature drops, and we fill the brief days leading up to the new year with all manner of hustle and bustle. Holiday lights twinkle in the crisp air, and while the traditional sounds of the season are warm, rich and harmonious, it's also a perfect time for intricate electronic rhythms that echo the activity, and crystalline tones that ring in the chilled atmosphere. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...an Ambient/Electronic journey for early winter, on a program called COLD AND BRIGHT. Music is by BRYAN CARRIGAN, BLUETECH, FORREST SMITHSON, NATURAL FREQUENCIES, PHILLIP WILKERSON, and JUSTIN VANDERBERG. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at hearts of space | news
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Since the earliest days of electronic music, composers have developed the natural relationship between electronic sounds and images of cosmic space. Free at last from the limits of physical instruments, they could create vast stereo spaces and sustain tones endlessly, with an unlimited palette of pitch, timbre, modulation, and resonance. In time the electronic studio became a vehicle for virtual space flight. 
It's a theme we've been pursuing since our 23rd program back in 1983. The waning days of winter are a particularly good time to take a cosmic vacation. Restless from too much time indoors, we seek expansive sounds and galactic spaces, filled with dark drones or floating harmonies, a sense of adventure and discovery. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, an interstellar journey called COSMIC TRAVELER, with spacemusic by JONN SERRIE, DAVID PARSONS, PHILLIP WILKERSON and MEG BOWLES. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at hearts of space | news
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This week, dear listeners, we come once again to our yearly celebration of all things Celtic. Though the time has passed when Celtic music was trending, it's a tradition that continues to evolve. Ireland has boomed and bust, and through it all the beauty and spirit of Celtic music has continued to charm audiences around the world, with its brilliant dances and heartfelt airs and ballads. In the poetic imagination of the Celtic bards and troubadours, travel metaphors are as common as thoughts of home. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we take another journey across those green and rocky lands, on a program called THE CELTIC ROAD. Music is by DAVY SPILLANE, MOYA BRENNAN, LISA LYNN & ARYEH FRANKFURTER, LOREENA McKENNITT, AINE MINOGUE, DAVID ARKENSTONE, BRAGH ADAIR, and JAMES GALWAY & PHIL COULTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at hearts of space | news
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Pythagoras was the ancient Greek philosopher who taught that the cosmos is constructed of spheres, and that air or a transparent mist called aether was the arche or substratum of everything — thus the word archetype. In 19th century Victorian science, the luminiferous ether was a medium for the propagation of light. In the early 20th century, the Theosophists and Rosicrucians theorized an etheric plane — a nonmaterial level of reality above the physical plane. When applied to music, ethereal means subtle, airy and light; immaterial and weightless. It's a word often applied to electronic music, where the sounds are not produced by physical instruments and have an abstract, immaterial quality. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we push off from the bright spaces and watery sounds of spring, journey into rarified realms of light and space, and return to verdant images of spring — on a program called ETHEREA. Music is by KUUTANA, MOTIONFIELD, ISHQ, JEFFREY KOEPPER, and AMONGST MYSELVES. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at hearts of space | news