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In the waning days of November and early days of December, we leave behind the trials and tribulations of the year past and focus on the annual rituals of the holiday season. In the shortest days and longest nights of the year, light itself becomes the theme, and an integral part of the year-end religious celebrations. Whether it's traditional, commercial or spiritual, the music of the season takes on a festive, energetic air, culminating in the dazzling celebrations of the new year. It's a time for generosity, optimism, and hope. On this transmission of Hearts of Space we celebrate the spirit of the season, on a journey called TOWARD THE LIGHT. Music is by MATTHEW STEWART, SUBDREAM, FORT FAIRFIELD, DAVID HELPLING, TRENTEMØLLER, JUTA TAKAHASHI, STEVE ROACH & ROBERT LOGAN, BRIAN ENO, and MAX RICHTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hearts of space | news
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After the often painful and turbulent days of November, we seek relief from dark and gloomy emotions. We look forward toward increasing light and hope: from opalescent, to translucent, to luminous — harbingers of the season of light and celebration to come. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we echo that journey through the fragile, pellucid landscape of the psyche, on a program called TRANSLUCENT MUSIC. Selections by LISA GERRARD & JEFF RONA, ELENI KARAINDROU, ARVO PÄRT, VALENTIN SILVESTROV, and KARL JENKINS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 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 the details. 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 26, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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As we descend into the short days of the dark season, we find music that portrays human emotions at their most vulnerable: music of pathos and loss, trauma and remembrance. These are some of our most powerful and affecting feelings, and they call for music that reaches into the depths of our souls. A lament is a cathartic song or poem expressing grief or mourning. Many of the oldest and most enduring poems in human history have been laments; they're found in the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Hindu Vedas, and ancient Near Eastern religious texts, including the Old Testament. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another special program of choral, vocal and instrumental music for the dark season — from longtime guest producer for classical and sacred music ELLEN HOLMES, called LAMENTO 3: VALE OF TEARS. Music is by ARCANGELO CORELLI, G.F. HANDEL, GIOVANNI PERGOLESI, ANTONIO VIVALDI, J.S. BACH, WM. BYRD, CRISTOBAL DE MORALES, ESTEVAO LOPES MORAGO, ANTOINE BRUMEL, GIACOMO CARISSIMI, HENRYK GORECKI, and ANTHONY HOLBORNE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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In good times, life moves swiftly, with little time for reflection. Warnings of impending disaster may go unheeded — until it's too late. Confusion and chaos rule the day. In stormy times, the wise remain calm, even when the world around them is in turmoil. Turbulence may destroy structures that lack a firm foundation, but this is necessary to build stronger ones. In nature and society, excess must be corrected. Destruction is also the path to renewal. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an electro-ambient journey for turbulent times called INTO THE STORM. Music is by MARCONI UNION, ADHAM SHAIKH & TIM FLOYD, MICHAEL STEARNS, DAN BARRIO, RUBEN GARCIA, IAN BODDY, KIT WATKINS, and PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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German musician and record producer MANFRED EICHER founded the ECM label in 1969. The name stands for Edition of Contemporary Music. To say ECM has been a big success would badly understate the case. in 46 years and over 1200 albums, ECM has not only influenced the course of contemporary music, it's established and continues to define a standard of musical, sonic and graphic excellence that other labels can only dream of. ECM began with improvised jazz and expanded into contemporary classical composition with the "ECM New Series" in 1984. Along the way, the label also made important contributions to World Music, experimental, and unique, unclassifiable genres. All by itself, ECM is a cultural force to be reckoned with. But it's the nature of the ECM sound that accounts for its core position in the Hearts of Space repertoire. From the beginning, it encouraged and lovingly documented a contemporary stream of contemplative music — spacious, atmospheric, quiet, and deep. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an ECM mini-retrospective, on a program called ECM ATMOSPHERES. Music is by the ANDREW CYRILLE QUARTET, TIGRAN HAMASYAN / ARVE HENRICKSEN / EIVIND AARSET & JAN BANG, MICHEL BENITA & ETHICS, GLAUCO VENIER, and Georgian composer GIYA KANCHELI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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And so, dear space fans, once again we arrive at that confluence of restless spirits and gloomy atmospheres we celebrate each October as All Hallows Eve. It's a tradition that goes back thousands of years, a period when darkness, mystery, death and decay take center stage, and strange, troubled beings emerge from the shadows of our own psyche. It's a time for ominous, melancholy, disquieting sounds that challenge our desire for security and peace of mind — a cathartic encounter with the underworld and the spirits of the dead. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a somber Dark Ambient journey for Halloween, on a program called NECROMANTIC. Music is by DIAMONSTEIN, YEN POX, BUCKETHEAD, KEIMVERBREITUNG, IGNEOUS FLAME, TOR LUNDVALL, HAR, TREY GUNN, and MAX RICHTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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In the 1950s and 60s, the new sounds of electronic music emerged from academic laboratories in Europe and the United States. The motivations were self-consciously experimental, artistic, and technical. In Cologne, Germany, one great innovator was the powerful theorist and teacher KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN. One of his surprising early discoveries was that, unlike acoustic instruments, abstract electronic sounds seemed to create the impression of cosmic space. "In my imagination," Stockhausen said, "I can fly anywhere—to the stars—use the music as a flying device, to unify with the cosmic forces. I think it's important that...we are instruments ourselves, and that cosmic vibrations create sounds through us." It was the beginning of what we now call Electronic Spacemusic. Today, inexpensive instruments and recording software allow anyone to create electronic music, and the sounds of space are all around us — in music and film, games and video. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another cosmic-electronic journey, on a program called STARSCAPES. Music is by VANGELIS, MICHAEL STEARNS, DAVE LUXTON, JIM OTTOWAY, JONN SERRIE, and JAJA (JANA ROCKSTROH). [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Rolling down the on-ramp to autumn...the world is changing faster now. The last warm days of Indian summer are a brief blaze of glory in a fading world. The light mellows, then burns, as the color palette deepens. Fruit trees make a final effort, drop their seeds, then retire for the winter. Acorns bang on the roof, and the squirrels work overtime to gather the crop. Birds head south, as spent leaves skitter across withered fields. Soon, the rains will come, with life-giving water for the next cycle. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we echo these changes with an ambient-electronic journey for autumn called THE CROSSING. It's a metaphor for the challenge of an epic journey across great distance and uncertain fate, with music of deep drones and complex timbres. Music is by DAVID HELPLING & JON JENKINS, STEVE ROACH, PHILLIP WILKERSON, and STEVE BRAND. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Summer often departs unwillingly, with warm days that linger into autumn. In years to come, the transition will probably take even longer, but eventually the sun sinks ever lower, the days grow shorter, the light dims, and the natural world prepares for the long winter to come: drying, darkening, withering, dropping, and dying — to be reborn. The music of the season slows, darkens, and takes on a more somber affect, echoing the complex colors and diminishing energy of autumn, as the sun withdraws to its winter retreat. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, an electro-acoustic journey in the autumn soundscape, on a program called FALLING LEAVES. Music is by LUDOVICO EINAUDI, JOHANN JOHANNSON, KEVIN KELLER, MARCONI UNION, DIATONIS, TIM STORY & HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, ROBIN GUTHRIE & HAROLD BUDD, and BRIAN ENO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Somewhere on the way from ethnic specialty music to the therapeutic edge of popular culture, the Native American flute took on a new mission. Originally used only by a few southwestern tribes like the Anasazi and the Lakota Sioux, the buttery tone and serene energy of these soft cedar instruments opened up a new audience for meditation and stress reduction. For a few years in the 1980s and 90s, the Native flute found itself within the then-burgeoning new age genre, but as new age faded became a specialty music once again. It's a story that helps separate musicians who are called to the instrument, from those who merely follow popular trends. In the hands of a master, the cedar flute creates a world of sound that evokes the vast spaces of the American West, opens the heart and summons the spirit. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey in the gentle world of the Native American flute, on a program called TWILIGHT MESA. Music is by SCOTT AUGUST, DEBORAH MARTIN, GARETH, ANN LICATER, COYOTE OLDMAN, RANDY GRANGER, MICHAEL BRANDT DE MARIA, and PETER KATER & R.CARLOS NAKAI. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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MOBY is the stage name of musician RICHARD MELVILLE HALL. Herman Melville of Moby Dick fame is a distant relative, which accounts for the nickname. Moby emerged as a New York DJ in the early 1990's and went on to create a string of increasingly successful albums of electronic dance music, including the 10 million selling downtempo hit PLAY. But there was always a softer, spacier side of Moby. His fascination with ambient electronic sound led to individual pieces, a double album with one pop and one ambient disk, and in 2016 — a free, four-hour long set of downloadable pieces called LONG AMBIENTS 1: CALM. SLEEP. As you'll hear, Moby's ambient music has evolved from downtempo rhythms to orchestral electronic soundscapes, and become ever deeper, more ethereal and profound. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we journey through Moby's ambient soundscapes and settle into his extended pieces, on a program called MOBY :: AMBIENT WORKS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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It's only three short months from the summer solstice to the autumn equinox, and we make the most of them: travel, vacation, backyard parties, fun at the beach or the lake, and sports and water activities of every description. All that plus balmy nights, and the hypnotic rhythm of the crickets to lull us to sleep. Summer can be a magical respite in our complicated lives, but when mid-September comes, we know it's drawing to a close. Instrumental music can express our complex feelings about the end of summer—good memories, a sense of nostalgia, a tinge of melancholy, and quiet acceptance. Acoustic instruments like piano, guitar and cello are perfect for the job, especially when enhanced by electronics. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, music for the summer/fall transition on a program called SUMMER'S END. Music is by HELEN JANE LONG, JEFF PEARCE, KATHRYN KAYE, ANGELO RABAN, and DAVID DARLING. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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The unmistakable sound of flamenco...or rather, Flamenco Fusion: a mix of traditional Flamenco and electronics from the German/Spanish group B-Tribe. From its medieval roots in 8th century Al-Andalus after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula, the music of the Spanish region of Andalusia has been a cultural melting pot, joining Moorish influences from North Africa, Sephardic Jewish songs and European music. With the addition of Romani gypsy influences in the 18th and 19th centuries, the music we now call Flamenco. with its fiery rhythms, dark harmonies and passionate emotions, was born. It's a genre with a signature ambience and feeling that's attracted devoted fans all over the world. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to Flamenco, on a program called ANDALUSIA 2. Music is by B-TRIBE, JESSE COOK, PRIYO, ARMIK, MURIEL ANDERSON, ADAM HURST, JOSÉ LUIS MONTÓN, ZSOFIA BOROS, and the AL-ANDALUS ENSEMBLE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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AFTER TWO CENTURIES of novels and a century of films, the endless desert spaces of the American southwest have taken on a mythic identity. The desert has become a metaphor for expansion, infinite opportunity, and the wild frontier — the scene of rough justice and adventure, and a place for self-discovery and reinvention. For Ambient musicians, the desert has long been a prime source of inspiration, a visual and spatial touchstone, a realm of vast vistas and profound silences. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey in the sun-dried spaces of the American Southwest, on a program called DESERT REFLECTIONS. Music is by STEVE ROACH, DAN POUND, D LOOP, BRIAN PARNHAM, and RUDY ADRIAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THERE'S HARDLY ANYTHING MORE CONTROVERSIAL THAN ISLAM these days, but there's one branch of Muslim culture that by philosophy and practice is peaceful and apolitical. Even so, it has been subject to persecution by other sects. The mystical, inward-facing order of Sufism goes back to the very beginning of the Islamic religion in the 8th century. It has parallels to the venerable traditions of Buddhist and Hindu mysticism, and aims for direct union with God by purifying the heart. The work of the Persian Sufi poet RUMI has achieved worldwide popularity for its beauty and insight, and a body of Sufi music evolved to accompany religious practices and meditation — the most famous being the whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order in Turkey. It's a genre that's not only alive today, but producing new strains of contemplative music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to the gentle, passionate world of Sufi-influenced music on a program called SUFI SOUL 2. Music is by MERÇAN DEDE, NIYAZ, HANS CHRISTIAN, YUVAL RON, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK, MICHEL BANABILA, ELIYAHU SILLS, GARY STROUTSOS, and CHRISTOFFER HYLANDER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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ONCE IN A WHILE something comes along that defies categories, or creates a new one. That's a good description of the work of the multi-talented San Francisco composer and producer eO, short for ERIC OBERTHALER. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we're going to bring you a generous helping of his 2011 pocket masterpiece "River Through an Open Door." eO calls it an "epic odyssey...of the symphotronic, Balkan-spiced, triphop-meets-steampunk, glitchfolk variety." As you'll hear, that's not much of an exaggeration. It's a brilliant gene-slicing of Greek, Mexican, Turkish, Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer influences, set in a trippy symphonic/electronic/ambient soundscape. We'll put it together with some kindred Downtempo and Ambient, and call this program SYMPHOTRONIC RHAPSODIES. Music is by ERIC OBERTHALER, MIKTEK, NORTHCORE, LUMIN, NELSON FOLTZ & TOM LYNN, and JEFF OSTER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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You can tell right away that this isn't going to be your typical Hearts of Space program. As part of our summer world music programming, we're going to West Africa, and the joyful sound of the 21 string harp-lute called the kora. It's an instrument that embodies the softer side of African folk music, attracting both native and western players with its unique combination of melody and rhythm. We also have music from Madagascar for the tubular zither called the valiha. On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, a program called KORA CONNECTION. Music is by ABLAYE CISSOKO, TOUMANI & SIDIKI DIABATE, BALLAKE SISSOKO, RAJERY, ERICK MANANA, DAVID GILDEN, WILL RIDENOUR & BETSY BEVAN, and DANIEL BERKMAN. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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According to musician MATTHEW DAVIDSON, an archetribe is "an inherited pattern of thought derived from past collective experience — and present in the unconscious of people sharing some kind of culture." When it comes to what we now call "world music," the archetribe is a sense that ethnic, folk, and tribal musics all over the world have a great deal in common. And musicians today also have a common technology for recording and working with sound. These powerful commonalities are breeding a new kind of musical language — global minded, respectful of the past, but oriented toward the future. On this edition of Hearts of Space we explore that language, on a program called ARCHETRIBE. Music is by MARS LAZAR, ALIAS ZONE, KODO, GREEN ISAC, LAYNE REDMOND & TOMMY BRUNJES, SKIN TO SKIN, RICHARD BONE, ROBERT RICH, and ARCHETRIBE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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GLIDING IN in on sleek electronic waves, marking time with a subtle four-note sequence, drifting across ethereal atmospheres, and riding off on the solar wind. Yes, spacefans, we've arrived at that timely combination of chilled electronics and the season we call... SUMMERTRONICA. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, ambient electronics to cool your summer, on a program called SUMMERTRONICA 7. Music is by ASCENDANT, ROBERT RICH, BLUETECH, LEMONGRASS, and STEVE BRAND. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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HERE'S A PIECE I wrote about the state of online streaming. I adapted it from an online discussion group for a blog called Music Tectonics. Thanks to Dmitri Vietze for the invitation. http://www.musictectonics.com/#!Will-Digital-Streaming-Push-Music-Into-the-Background/cjds/57863ae40cf23020133ba7e2 Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Once again we begin with the sinuous notes of the East Indian sitar, played here by ANOUSHKA SHANKAR. Like her late father RAVI SHANKAR, she carries on extending the classical tradition of Indian music in the West, while others do the same for Indian folk and religious music. Whatever the source, there's a feeling that links these artists: the gentle sense of devotion — to music, and to the Indian spiritual practice called bhakti. Bhakti is love and devotion to religious ideas that engage both emotion and intellect. Like prayer, devotion is quiet, inward, emotional: a movement of the heart. Today, both Indian and western musicians are bringing an ambient sensibility to the drones and filigrees of Indian devotional music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the sound of spiritual devotion in Indian fusion, on a program called BHAKTI. Music is by ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, DEVA PREMAL & MITEN with MANOSE, STEVIN McNAMARA, BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL, TODD NORIAN, MANISH VYAS, MICHAEL MANDRELL & BENJY WERTHEIMER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE PEACE CHANNEL We launched this free channel a week ago at the suggestion of a Texas subscriber in the wake of the terrible incident in Dallas.The response has been overwhelmingly positive—a heartfelt thank you to all who have written and posted acknowledging it. During the week we added another 29 programs for a total of 50 shows, which means listeners will hear fewer duplicate shows. We will keep the service free and open this weekend in the wake of the violence in Nice, and now the political chaos in Turkey. In the long term we are planning to retain the channel for subscribers and further expand the number of shows. Unfortunately we live in turbulent times. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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Slowly…quietly…dawn overtakes the darkness of the southwestern desert. For those who inhabit its rugged expanses, it's the beginning of a new day and a new cycle of sun, heat, wind and dust — the daily challenges of existence in one of earth's most extreme environments. No one has written more eloquently about the desert than naturalist EDWARD ABBEY. 
In his classic book Desert Solitaire, he describes the desert as both a physical environment and a state of mind nurtured by isolation. For Arizona musician STEVE ROACH, the desert is a place of "beauty, stark vastness, magnificent vistas and silence" — a space that "provides a more direct path to the deeper self and the source of one's artistic impulses." On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we explore that isolation and introspection, on a journey called DESERT SOLITAIRE. Music is by STEVE ROACH & BRIAN PARNHAM, A PRODUCE & LOREN NERELL, KLAUSE WIESE, STEVE BRAND, and RESONANT DRIFT. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at hearts of space | news
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THE MORNING AFTER the mayhem in Dallas we were contacted by a Texas Hearts of Space subscriber, asking if we could offer some free HOS programs to help calm the raw emotions on both sides. Well yes, we can. We created a special channel called "Peace, be Still." The name comes from Mark 4:35-41—the story of Jesus calming the raging waters. It contains 31 50 calm, peaceful programs in rotation. Access is completely free, no account or registration is required. To listen, go to www.HOS.com and click the prominent direct link on our home page. or click CHANNELS in the main menu bar and then the PEACE banner. This loads the channel playlist. One more click on the PLAY button and you can hear up to 12 hours of calm, peaceful Hearts of Space music. The channel is also available free on our 99¢ iOS and Android mobile apps. THE PEACE CHANNEL will remain open through the weekend and as long as necessary until things cool down. Only sincere communication and mutual understanding will solve these longstanding problems; a calm state of mind can help create a productive atmosphere for discussion. Thanks to subscriber OG RICO aka FEDERICO RENDON for the idea and the channel name. :: The Hearts of Space Team Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at hearts of space | news