About Hearts of Space
Hearts 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.
Full program audio and a rich library of music by HOS artists can be heard via paid subscription service from the Hearts of Space home page.
Here in the high tech era, it's understandable that Space and Ambient music are associated with electronic instruments and studios. But when you listen without preconceptions, it becomes clear that the contemplative sound experience at the heart of Space and Ambient music is actually centuries old.
Traditional acoustic instruments, played slowly, with quiet passion, in reverberant spaces...can create the musical depth and extended dimensions we associate with contemporary Ambient. It's a tradition that asks only that you listen, and rewards you with a whole world of sound.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space we travel deep on ancient acoustic strings, on a program called PANAGIA — one of the Greek names for the Virgin Mary. Music is by STEPHAN MICUS, KAYHAN KALHOR, MIZUYO KOMIYA, and HANS CHRISTIAN.
Now there's a winning combination: the classic floating keyboard sound of German synthesist KLAUS SCHULZE, and the cor Anglais or English horn — actually neither English nor a horn, but an alto oboe, a member of the double reed family. They go together like peaches and...well, just pick your favorite food analogy.
While earlier artists often drew purist lines between electronic and acoustic instruments, today it's all fair game for the architects of space and Ambient music. And why not? It brings us the magic combination of unlimited electronic sound design and traditional instrument expression.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space...a journey in the dark forests and electro-acoustic soundscapes of late autumn, on a program called SHADOWLANDS. Music is by KLAUS SCHULZE, HAROLD BUDD, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, FRORE, DIATONIS, MARK BANNING, and DAVID HELPLING & JON JENKINS.
In the cooling nights of autumn, we return to the treasury of music on the German ECM Records label. For quality, consistency, and unity of vision, ECM has no peer. In the post-genre, trans-cultural world of ECM, the motto is "The Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence."
It began in 1969 as Editions of Contemporary Music and focused on European jazz. In the course of over 1200 albums, the repertoire has broadened to include classical music both old and new (on the ECM New Series), as well as innovative recordings of contemporary folk, world and experimental music.
Yet for all the breadth, depth and variety of the ECM repertoire, there are sonic and emotional streams that run through the entire catalog, the product of the refined sensibility and native perfectionism of ECM founder and producer MANFRED EICHER.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the introspective, atmospheric
sound of ECM Records, on a program called RUMINATIONS. Music is by ELENI KARAINDROU, JOHN SURMAN, MIROSLAV VITOUS & JAN GARBAREK, EBERHARD WEBER, and EIVIND AARSET.