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There's a fine line between the epic folk songs and the medieval hymns of Scandinavia and far northern Europe. In the Middle Ages, the folk ballads and the sacred music of the early Christian church evolved from the same mix of cultures, addressed the same audiences, and employed some of the same instruments—like the 8 or 9 stringed Hardanger fiddle and the Baltic box zither called the Kantele. Warm and melodic with vibrant string overtones and beguiling vocals, traditional Nordic music creates the perfect atmosphere on cold winter nights. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the brilliant cold world sounds of Norway, Sweden and Iceland, on a program called NORDIC WINTER SONGS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hearts of space | news
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Joe Frank died on January 15th 2018, finally succumbing to one of the illnesses that hindered the last period of his life. We are long past the 1980s and 90s when Joe Frank's voice was a national presence on many public radio stations around the country, but anyone who heard... Continue reading
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The typical winter atmosphere is muted and monochrome, under a sky of dense grey-blue clouds. Above, chilled vapor waits to return to earth as cold rain, sleet or snow. On the ground, it's a world of desaturated colors and diffuse shadows, punctuated by storms and relieved briefly by short bright days. Nature sleeps, awaiting the awakening of spring. The sound of winter is slow, ethereal, subtle, with occasional accents of brilliant white or deep black. Bell sounds and the metal strings of the piano ring across the landscape, supported by profound dark drones. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we ride the sounds of winter to a place of deep calm, on a program called OVERCAST. Music is by BEN LUKAS BOYSEN, JANNE HANHISUANTO, LIBRARY TAPES (DAVID WENNGREN), BRUNO SANFILIPPO & MATHIAS GRASSOW, BIOSPHERE, and SIGUR ROS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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WINTER DESCENDS...a contractive force that drains the color from the landscape, leaving a world of subtle monochromes, softened by chilled blue-gray mist and fog. As the temperature drops, movement slows, challenging every species to adapt and survive, while winter storms bring cutting winds, freezing rain, sleet, and the white fantasy world of snow. Winter inspires Ambient musicians to change their tonal palette and create sonic images of cold wind and stormy skies. The sound of the season is darker, denser, colder, slower—with restrained melodies and crystalline accents. It's native territory for musicians from the northern countries of Europe, Iceland, Canada, and kindred spirits in the United States. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey across the Arctic north, on a program called POLAR FLIGHT 3. Music is by BANCO DE GAIA, BRYAN CARRIGAN, BRIDGE TO IMLA, SEETYCA, SIMON LOMAX, ALTUS and PANGAEA PROJEKT. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at hearts of space | news
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Even in the early days, the pioneers of electronic music knew they were on to something special. Here was a way of sculpting sound that made it like clay — something you could shape to your own creative vision. Today every artist can have electronic tools of almost unlimited power at their fingertips. We've had several generations of musicians tending the electronic vineyards, and these days the sonic wine is available in many varietals. For example, "Downtempo" is a name invented in the 1990s to describe slowed-down, less intense electronic dance music. It's still beat-y but the atmosphere is chilled; rather than pumping you up, it floats you along with a relaxed vibe that leads to pure Ambient realms. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a journey from Downtempo rhythms to Ambient space, on a program called ELECTRON TRAVELER. Music is by MYTHOS, AES DANA, HIBERNATION, MARCONI UNION, HEALER, and RADIANT MIND. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The legacy of choral singing is never more cherished than during the holiday season, when it brings warmth and light to the winter darkness by opening the heart and feeding the soul. From the Christian churches and cathedrals of Europe and the U.S., to the Orthodox churches of Russia, central Asia, and the Holy Land, the human family gathers to listen, sing, and worship together. After more than ten centuries of evolution, some of the finest choral music has been written in the last 100 years by a special breed of contemporary composers, who respect and extend the tradition. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another compilation of sublime choral pieces from our longtime guest producer for sacred and classical music ELLEN HOLMES called TO THEE WE SING. Music is by ARCHBISHOP IONAFAN, NIKOLAI KEDROV SR., SERGEI RACHMANINOV, N.FRUNZA, GEORGIA KELLY, DOBRI CHRISTOV, GEORGIY SVIRIDOV, URMAS SISASK, MORTEN LAURIDSEN, and M.KONSTANTINOV. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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This week we bring you music for the winter holiday season. But instead of the popular hymns and much-loved classical and sacred pieces, we're devoting the program to the contemporary genre variously called "Mystic" "Holy" "Spiritual" or "Sacred" Minimalism. What makes this music spiritual for its many fans is the psychological effect of its slowly changing repetitions, or the contemplative experience of its deep, slow, consonant tonalities. The poster artist for the genre is Estonian composer ARVO PÄRT; in the last 40 years he has quietly become the most performed classical composer in the world. Part began as a conventional avant-garde composer writing dissonant 12-tone works, but abandoned all that and created his own radically simple, tonal style. Other maverick composers like ALAN HOVHANESS, JOHN TAVENER, and HENRYK GÓRECKI also rejected dissonance and created beautiful sacred music; but none had the same impact on other composers as Arvo Pärt, whose influence today extends beyond classical composers to a host of serious popular, ambient and electronic musicians. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, contemporary spiritual classics, on a program called MYSTIC MINIMALISM. The entire program resides in what we call "the Deep Zone"—a rarefied realm of heightened musical communication and emotional resonance. Music is by ARVO PÄRT, A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN, LUDOVICO EINAUDI, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS, MAX RICHTER, NILS FRAHM, JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON, and HAMMOCK. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The long, cold nights and decorative lights of the winter season remind us of the vast cold vacuum of space, with its billions of bright stars, nebulae, and distant galaxies. Our space telescopes now bring us spectacular images of the cosmic panorama; and though we may never be able to "travel to distant worlds" as we do in science fiction, just contemplating the size, age, and composition of the cosmos defines the term "mind-expanding." It's an experience that truly deserves to be called awesome. Electronic and ambient musicians bring us another way to experience the cosmos, by creating sonic images of interstellar space. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a winter journey in the electronic starfields, on a program called WINTERSTELLAR. Music is by RICHARD BURMER, MARK DWANE, ERIK WØLLO, HOLLAN HOLMES, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, and JAJA aka JANA ROCKSTROH. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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The sweet metallic overtones of the steel string guitar. It's a sound that really comes alive in the clear winter air. But while the guitar is a descendent of the Arabic lute called the oud, the piano, the violin family, most horns and woodwind instruments come to us from the northern countries of Europe. In the long, cold European winters, folk and popular music evolved to provide warmth and comfort. In the U.S., the acoustic revival of the 1970s and 80s was led by the very popular Windham Hill Records. Today many of these acoustic musicians and producers are still active and creative, along with a new generation of fine acoustic musicians they inspired. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, acoustic sounds to warm the heart and nourish the spirit, on a program called WINTER SOUL. Music is by CAMILLE NELSON, KEITH GEHLE, FEDERICO ALBANESE, PETER BRODERICK, KAREN MARIE GARRETT, KATHRYN KAYE, GRETCHEN YANOVER, SLOW MEADOW, KEVIN KELLER, STU JENKS, and ENZO. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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If you make music with conventional acoustic instruments, you know in advance what each of them will sound like; your sonic choices are in the combination of instruments and how they're played. On the other hand, if you're an electronic musician, you have to choose or invent every sound you work with, a process we now call "sound design." These days there are pre-designed electronic sounds built into instruments and software, but the variety is much greater, and the choices...are endless. So the electronic sounds you select or create are as much a part of your artistic identity as the music you make with them. And when it comes to ambient electronic music, you have to add the virtual dimensions of space and atmosphere. Taken together, these elements give electronic music its unique psychological character. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, ambient electronics for the fall/winter transition, on a program called ELECTRON TRAVELER 2. Music is by ENIGMA, SOLOMON GREY, NERVOUS_TESTPILOT, BIOSPHERE, MARTIN KENNEDY, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, RUDY ADRIAN, TOM EATON, and DEEPSPACE. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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For centuries, the sacred spaces and restrained emotions of the Requiem Mass honoring the dead have brought beauty and healing in times of conflict and violence. The root meaning of requiem is rest, or repose for the soul of the deceased. It's a musical tradition with origins in Medieval times, when a special "funeral mass" was set to Gregorian melodies. During the Renaissance, composed requiems for unaccompanied a cappella voices were performed at important funeral services. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the requiem expanded into large scale concert works for chorus, orchestra and organ by mainstream composers from MOZART to BERLIOZ. In the 20th century, non-liturgical requiems commemorated wars and victims of tragedies, along with hymns and instrumental elegies, commemorative poems and psalms set to music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another special program by our longtime guest producer for sacred and classical music ELLEN HOLMES, called REQUIEM AETERNAM 2. The Latin translates as "grant them eternal peace." The "2" refers to Ellen's original "Requiem Aeternam" show from 1987. Music is by PATRICK HAWES, the boy's choir LIBERA, the BOYS AIR CHOIR, the ST.PHILIPS BOY'S CHOIR, ROBERT MORAN, HESPERION XX, THOMAS TALLIS, MANUEL CARDOSO, JEAN RICHAFORT, TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA, GUILLAUME BOUZIGNAC, ARVO PÄRT, MAX RICHTER, the PAT METHENY GROUP, and GAVIN BRYARS. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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When it comes to lyrical, atmospheric jazz, the German ECM label is in a class by itself. From its inception in 1969 through over 1500 releases, founder and producer MANFRED EICHER established a pristine sound for improvised jazz and for serious composed music on the companion ECM NEW SERIES. Artists and composers come mainly from Europe, plus the U.S., North Africa, Greece, India, Brazil and other countries. Eicher encouraged experimentation and unique cross-genre collaborations, but even when the music was relatively conventional, ECM jazz recordings always had a generous sense of space and atmosphere. Under Eicher's guidance, many ECM artists went beyond the typical jazz ballad, and explored the slow pace and expanded spaces of ambient music. Both for musical content and sonic quality, ECM recordings have been a key source for Hearts of Space since the very beginning. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, atmospheric ECM jazz from 2016 and 2017, on a program called PROVENANCE. Music is by the BENEDIKT JAHNEL TRIO, the JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET, BILL FRISELL & THOMAS MORGAN, JAKOB BRO, AVISHAI COHEN, THOMASZ STANKO & NEW YORK QUARTET, CRAIG TABORN, DOMINIC MILLER, and BJORN MEYER. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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Mesoamerica — the southern regions of Mexico and the northern countries of Central America, including parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador — is the home of one of the world's great early civilizations: the Maya. The indigenous culture of the Maya goes back over 3000 years. They were an aggressive, warrior people who practiced animal and human sacrifice, and are hard to romanticize. The Spanish arrived in the 1500s and it was all over by 1697, when the last Maya city surrendered. The Classic Period of Mayan culture produced highly sophisticated art forms — architecture, sculpture, and painting, as well as astronomy, hieroglyphic writing, and an advanced calendar system. There was no written music, but various Pre-Columbian flutes and wind instruments, drums, rattles, and metallic percussion have come down to us. Starting with these simple traditional instruments, native and western Ambient musicians have created electro-acoustic sound worlds that summon up the shamanistic and ritual spaces of this ancient culture. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, magical sound worlds of early Mesoamerica, on a program called MAYAN SKIES. Music is by JORGE REYES, ANTONIO ZEPEDA, MICHAEL STEARNS, SORIAH+ASHKELON SAIN, LUIS PEREZ, and SUSPENDED MEMORIES. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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We owe our Pagan ancestors thanks for their recognition of the special days of late autumn — a time of restless spirits, spawned by all things dark and fear-full. The advent of the house of Scorpio each year brings the ambient genres of gloom, Gothic, and dark atmospheres to the fore. This music displays a romantic quest for strangeness, a taste for the ominous, and a fascination with death and decay that's appropriate for the fall season, even celebrated on All Hallow's Eve by fans of the macabre, the ominous, the morbid, and the diabolical. It's a taste that's both aesthetic and cathartic: a willful immersion in our ancient limbic emotions of terror and fear. And (to look on the bright side of a dark picture) a reassuring exercise of our impulse for self-preservation. On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a Halloween experience called CATHARSIS. Music is by CAUL, SCEPTRE, LIGHTWAVE, JOE RENZETTI, HAR, MINGO and BETWEEN INTERVAL. [ view playlist ] [ view Flickr image gallery ] [ play 30 second MP3 promo ] Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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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
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at hearts of space | news
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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