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Stephen HillHearts of Space grew out of former architect Stephen Hill's fascination with space-creating, ambient and contemplative music.

The program got started in 1973 as local late night music show on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, CA. In 1983 it went national via the NPR satellite system.

Hearts of Space is now heard on over 200 NPR affiliates and on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio.

 

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PGM 802R 'ARGUABLY POST-AMBIENT' : apr. 11-18
Apr 11, 2014 -

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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.

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PGM 1040 'ETHERSPHERE' : apr. 4-11
Apr 04, 2014 -

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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.

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PGM 1039 'SPACE GUITARS 11' : mar. 28 - apr. 4
Mar 28, 2014 -

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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.

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