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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 972 ‘SUPERNATURAL’

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“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.”

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This Week From Hearts Of Space: PGM 971 ‘WINTER HARMONIES’

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“It seems the farther north you go, the warmer the music. It’s a generalization to be sure, but whether the genre is North Country folk music, classical, jazz, electronics, or some creative hybrid — northern musicians have a history of chasing away the chill with melodies and harmonies that please the ear, warm the heart, and nourish the soul. More often than not those harmonies are consonant, derived from the great European romantic tradition, and extended with love and care.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space…a midwinter collection of instrumentals that bring us that sought-after feeling of warmth and space…on a program called WINTER HARMONIES. Music is by BILL DOUGLAS, SECRET GARDEN, WILLIAM ZEITLER, JEFF PEARCE, KETIL BJORNSTAD & DAVID DARLING, FRANCOIS COUTURIER, THE TYTINGVAG ENSEMBLE, and introducing M.K.SOL.’

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 901 ‘FLOATING REVERIES’

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“Under the gray skies and chilled atmospheres of winter, we attune to a slower pulse. Activities curtailed for the moment, there’s time to dream a bit, and for that we revisit our old standby, the grand piano.

Though large and massive in the physical world, in the world of music, the piano can fly and float…on weightless waves of sound. And when combined with ambient electronics, we have a potent vehicle for travel to deep and distant dimensions.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a piano/chamber/electronic journey called FLOATING REVERIES. Music is by LUDOVICO EINAUDI, ELENI KARAINDROU, BRUNO SANFILLIPO, ASHLEY/ROEDELIUS/STORY, and MICHAEL JONES.”

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 970 WINTERSCAPES 2

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“The winter atmospheres range from airy transparent blues to dense monochromes; from brilliant sun to chilled mists, and skies overcast by sullen clouds. Winter drains the color from the
landscape and leaves behind a subtle palette of grays, browns, and blues. And after the snow, a world of whites.

In the far north, the earth freezes hard and time seems to slow. It’s a silent contemplative environment that’s inspired electronic musicians to create a sub-genre called ‘glacial and
isolationist ambient’.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space…we take a deep dive into the winter atmospheres on a program called WINTERSCAPES 2.”

We will hear music from ERIK WOLLO, MAX CORBACHO, IGNEOUS FLAME, PAUL VNUK JR. and OOPHOI, NETHERWORLD, and MARKUS REUTER
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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 969 CRYSTAL COSMOS

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“Winter brings crystals called ice and crystals called snow. And in the music of the season, we find crystalline sounds, made by instruments of metal, glass, and quartz — crystal molecules all.

Whether bells, singing bowls, quartz crystal bowls, ‘glass harps’ of tuned wine glasses, or the ‘glass harmonica’ invented by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN — these instruments in the resonant percussion and rubbed autophone families are all made from crystalline
materials and share a sonic signature often called “ethereal.”

They’re beautiful, quiet and powerful, and want to be heard together. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do on this transmission of Hearts of Space called CRYSTAL COSMOS. Music is by WILLIAM ZEITLER, ROBERT TISO, DENNIS JAMES, YATRI, DANIEL LENTZ, and MICHAEL STEARNS.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 968 ICE CASTLES

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“Here in these early days of changing climate, our concept of winter may need some adjustment. While we’re enjoying t-shirt weather in California, south Texas and Florida, other parts of the U.S. are getting hammered by record rain, sleet, and snow. It’s a disruptive challenge for the entire country, and we may be dealing with a lot more of it in years to come.

OK, that’s the hard news, but one of the good things about winter storms are the visual and sculptural effects of frozen water — ice crystals on windows, icicles on trees and buildings, and blankets of snow airbrushed on the landscape that transform our world into something magical.

Among the most magical of winter’s artistic delights are ice castles. Whether naturally occurring where moving water meets freezing cold, or artistically created — ice castles are a yearly attraction in many cold weather climates. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we search for the sound of frozen water, on a program called ICE CASTLES. Music is by KIRSTY HAWKSHAW, ANDREW LAHIFF, BRIAN ENO, MAITREYA, BETWEEN INTERVAL, MICHAEL KASTRUP, and JUSTIN VANDENBERG.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 862 “ABSOLUTE ZERO”

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“In the brief days after the winter solstice, we pass the apogee of the yearly cycle of earth and sun, and plunge into the season of cold and dark. For our friends in Alaska and the Arctic north, the days become mere formalities. The distant sun struggles to reach the horizon, appears briefly, then retreats into darkness. Water hangs suspended in the blue-gray atmosphere,
and we enter a world of deep, silent spaces, muted by fog and snow.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey to the quiet heart of winter called ABSOLUTE ZERO.”

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We will hear music from JOHAN AGEBJORN, CRAIG PADILLA, JEFFREY KOEPPER, BROEKHUIS, KELLER and SCHONWALDER, STEPHEN PHILIPS, OOPHOI STEVE ROACH, and PATRICK O’HEARN.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 967 ‘INTERLUDE’

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“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.
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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 966 STARLIGHT NORTH

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“As we pass the winter solstice and begin the end of the year holidays, the sounds of the season take on a celebratory and spiritual air. In the far northern country of Norway, it’s always a white Christmas, and the music strikes a balance between the somber isolation of the long Arctic nights, and the cheerful lights and rituals of the holiday season.

Northern European folk and classical music covers a wide range of emotion. In Norway, it’s often plaintive and austere, yet full of intense feeling; a fusion of darkness and light — from joyful hymns and lovely wedding marches, to melancholy songs and solitary prayers. The resonant bite of the Hardanger fiddle, the rich cushion of the organ, the soft tones of the harp, and the extraordinary vocals — create a musical experience that’s been refined and deepened for hundreds of years.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a Nordic holiday journey from our longtime guest producer ELLEN HOLMES of ADAGIO RECORDINGS, on a program called STARLIGHT NORTH.

Music is by an all-star group of great Norwegian musicians, including fiddlers SUSANNE LUNDENG and ANNBJORG LIEN, IVER KLEIVE, the choir SKRUK and others, and singers ANNE-LISE BERNTSEN, VIDIA WESENLUND and SOLVEIG SLETTAHJELL.”

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This Week From Hearts of Space:PGM 722R ‘TELHARMONIA’

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“Amazing, but true: we’ve been inventing electronic instruments and creating electronic music for over 120 years.

Back in 1876, ELISHA GRAY invented the electroharmonic piano; the instrument transmitted musical tones over wires. In 1906, THADDEUS CAHILL invented the Dynamophone, also known as the Telharmonium. It was the first ‘additive’ synthesizer, producing music by use of alternating current generators or ‘dynamos.’ Inconveniently, it weighed over 200 tons! It was designed to transmit sound over telephone wires. Unfortunately, they melted.

We’ve been doing better lately. Today, electronic instruments are ubiquitous and portable, fueling a worldwide boom in electronic music. And it reaches us on the air, on nice plastic discs, and on wires….that don’t melt.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another ambient journey in electronic sound, called TELHARMONIA. Music is by STEVE ROACH, BRIAN ENO, NUMINA, LIGHTWAVE,and JOHN BROADDUS.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 965 BACH & BAROQUE

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“When WENDY CARLOS wanted to introduce the Moog synthesizer to popular music in 1969, she chose the music of JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH for the world’s first album of electronic classical transcriptions. SWITCHED-ON BACH was a sensation that won three Grammy awards — a landmark in electronic music.

Why Bach? It turned out that the music of the 17th and 18th centuries was ideally suited to the limited capabilities of early monophonic synthesizers, and Bach was the king of the Baroque. Even so, it took weeks of painstaking work to record each piece. Carlos proved that synthesizers could produce never-before-heard sounds that could still be fully musical and expressive. In doing so, she set the stage for all the electronic composers that have followed.

Baroque music is a sonic edifice built on ‘counterpoint’ — independent, continuously moving, yet harmonically related melodic lines and rhythms. The integration of these lines gives Baroque music an architectural integrity and irresistible kinetic appeal. Whether it’s an elegant rhythmic dance movement, a stately procession, or a slow interlude — things move inexorably forward across a rich harmonic soundscape to the ultimate goal of sonic resolution.

It was a music of courts, drawing rooms and social occasions, played in palaces and opulently decorated churches. The tone ranged from light and buoyant to busy and mechanical; from formal and polite to intensely emotional in the slow Adagios, Arias, Largos, and Sarabandes.

On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, we explore the sublime depths of the Baroque adagio, with music by J. S. BACH, VIVALDI, BOCCHERINI and ALBINONI…on a program called BACH & BAROQUE.

Recording artists include WENDY CARLOS, SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, YO-YO MA, NIGEL KENNEDY, LARA DOWNES, the TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, GIULIANO CARMINGNOLA, LUIGI PIOVANO, and the CAPELLA ISTROPOLITANA.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 964 “FOLLOW THE DREAM”

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:

“Here’s a recipe for a long-running music genre: take a joyous, earthy sound you can dance to; balance with real life sadness and heartache; season generously with gorgeous melodies and some of the finest voices on the planet; add quite a lot of rain, then weather to a fine patina with salty North Atlantic winds — and you have something that can stand up to the centuries.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an early winter’s journey into the charmed and charming realm of Celtic and Irish music called FOLLOW THE DREAM.

Music is by SECRET GARDEN, MOYA BRENNAN & CORMAC DE BARRA, ARYEH FRANKFURTER & LISA LYNNE, AINE MINOGUE, JOHN DOAN, PATRICK BALL, PHIL COULTER and STEPHAN MICUS.”

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 646 COLD BLUE

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“Winter: it sails in on flotillas of blue-gray clouds, drains the color from the landscape, and settles down to stay a while. Shortening days bring a sense of nature’s majestic rhythms and implacable power. The earth prepares to sleep.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey in the deep autumn soundscape called COLD BLUE.

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We will hear music from A PRODUCE, ROBERT RICH and IAN BODDY, DIVINATION, VIDNA OBMANA, RICK COX, and STEVE ROACH.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 963 “GIVING THANKS”

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:

“We live in a complex and ever-changing world. When things go wrong, it’s all too easy to fall back on cynicism, worry, even despair. In difficult times, we tend to forget that despite our problems and injustices, our world is still supporting more people, at a higher standard of living, than at any time in human history.

That’s why the Thanksgiving holiday is a welcome respite. From its origins as an after-harvest celebration, it evolved into something more: an opportunity to convene family and friends; share comfort food and conversation; and at the heart of the holiday, the simple act of pausing, looking back, and expressing gratitude for what life has brought us this year.

Like prayer, the attitude of thanks is quiet, reflective, and humble. But while prayer is normally personal, giving thanks is something we like to share — an expression of the spirit of abundance, inclusion and generosity.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, music for acceptance and gratitude, on a program called GIVING THANKS. Music is by JONATHAN ELIAS, ELENI KARAINDROU, KEVIN KELLER, PULUSHA, HECTOR ZAZOU and DAVID DARLING.”

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This Week At Hearts of Space: PGM 962 “MISTS OF TIME”

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:

“As we descend into autumn, cooling temperatures condense water vapor in the atmosphere into mist and fog. At dawn on fall mornings, we find a new world, magically air-brushed by sun and water. At night, it’s a kaleidoscope of surreal colors and luminescent curtains surrounding cars, signs and streetlights.

Mist is ethereal and mysterious. It blurs and conceals, softening form and blending colors into hazy gradients, shrinking the world around us to a gauzy blanket, bending light with a palette of optical special effects: rings and halos, diffusion, refraction and reflection.

In ambient music, the equivalents of fog and mist are deep drones, shadowy harmonies, and dense clusters of subtle sound. It’s music for drifting slowly…in a field of dreams.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey in the autumn atmospheres…on a program called MISTS OF TIME.”
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We will hear music by JEFF GREINKE, DAVID PARSONS, AMBIENT FABRIC, BRIAN ENO, and ATOMIC SKUNK

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 890R “FADING WORLD”

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
” As we journey deeper into the autumn soundscape, the music reflects the progression of the seasons. After the bounty of summer, it’s a time of receding, darkening, diminishing… marked by a final blaze of intense color, then desaturation –as life withdraws and retreats.

The music of autumn is complex, with foggy timbres, minor key harmonies, descending progressions, and patient suspensions. It’s the sound of withdrawal, deflation, and retreat, as the natural world prepares for the rigors of winter.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a chamber/electronic journey for autumn called FADING WORLD.”
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We will hear music from LUDOVICO EINAUDI, JAMI SIEBER, JEFF GREINKE, AMIINA, and KEVIN KELLER ENSEMBLE.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 960 DECOMPRESSION

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“After the brilliant light and intensive energy of summer, the natural world cools and contracts. In the dimming days of autumn, we begin our descent into the dark months, and the music of the season becomes more somber. As the leaves wither and fall, we pass through a period marked by the letter “d”: deflation…decomposition…decay. In music, it’s the sound of desaturated timbres, darkening harmonies and descending progressions.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we reflect the sound of the season on a program called DECOMPRESSION. Music is by PATRICK O’HEARN, MICHAEL DE SALEM, DAVID HELPLING & JON JENKINS, DAVID ARKENSTONE, GILES REAVES, and MOBY.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 959 ETHEROPHONIC

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:

“You’re listening to the first wholly electronic musical instrument: the theremin, invented in 1920 by a 21-year old Russian physics student named LEV TERMEN. It emerged out of Russian government research into proximity sensors. Today, every smartphone has them, but back then it was cutting-edge technology.

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No less a historical figure than VLADIMIR LENIN was so impressed by the theremin that he took lessons to play it, and sent young Termen around the world to demonstrate it as an example of Russian scientific achievement.

Lev Terman arrived in New York in 1927 and became LEON THEREMIN. The original name for his instrument was the aetherphone or etherophone, later the Theremin and Thereminvox. It was the first musical instrument played entirely without touching: metal wands for pitch and volume are controlled by the position and movement of the hands and body in air, which makes it very difficult to play.

The first real virtuoso of the theremin was a former Russian violinist named CLARA ROCKMORE, who developed a technique called aerial fingering. With this, she could play Romantic classics like this Rachmaninoff Vocalise, as well as the eerie sci-fi soundtracks for which the instrument became known. The late ROBERT MOOG of Moog synthesizer fame built theremins and sold theremin kits, and today the instrument remains a kind of cult classic among electronic musicians.

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On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the theremin and some of its ethereal electronic descendants, on a program called ETHEROPHONIC. Music is by CLARA ROCKMORE, ARMEN RA, GEVORG DABAGIAN, DJIVAN GASPARYAN, MICHAEL MUSED, MAITREYA, BERNARD XOLOTL & DANIEL KOBIALKA, and ROBERT MARGOULEFF & MALCOLM CECIL.

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 929 TWILIGHT EARTH 3

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“We’re in the twilight time in the Northern hemisphere. As the autumn shadows grow longer and the light dims out on the western mesas, the sound of the Native American cedar flute once again drifts across the canyons. Soft and reverent, with an atmosphere of sweet melancholy, it echoes a quiet, reflective space within us.

For centuries, the cedar flute was used for courtship and healing by the southwestern tribes. Today it’s part of the Native American music genre, and the core instrument of a much-loved subgenre of Ambient music made by native and western musicians, with its own summer music festival in Zion Canyon National Park.

On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, we revisit the southwestern soundscape and the cedar flute, on a program called TWILIGHT EARTH 3. Music is by SCOTT AUGUST, DEBORAH MARTIN & ERIK WØLLO, CHAD KETTERING, ANN LICATER, PAUL ADAMS, RANDY GRANGER, and COYOTE OLDMAN.”

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 958 “AFTERGLOW”

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:

“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.”

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 957 MYSTERIOSO

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[We begin with] a classic piece of electronic spacemusic from France by JEAN-MICHEL JARRE. With just a few notes, it creates a whole world of mystery and imagination. Slow, deep, romantic and sublime, it invites us into a place that’s unknown and unpredictable, yet alluring.

It’s true that all good music takes you away, but since the 1970s artists have been using electronic tools to craft a sound that takes you to places far beyond the reach of ordinary music. Dark ambient electronics have become a vehicle…for transport to deep virtual worlds and exotic environments.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we travel the dark ambient spaceways, on a program called MYSTERIOSO. Music is by JEAN MICHEL JARRE, A PRODUCE & LOREN NERELL, PAUL ELLIS, MEG BOWLES, RICHARD BONE, ERIK WOLLO, KIT WATKINS, and ANDREW LAHIFF.
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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 956 Pianospheres2

About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“In the waning days of summer, the crickets sing us to sleep and the night winds turn cool. As we round the season into Indian summer and autumn, it’s a good time to revisit the ambient piano — in the right hands, it’s a source of personal expression and deep listening satisfaction. Whether on extended solo flights or a supporting role, the piano is at once physically solid and musically unlimited, yet can be weightless and immaterial.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space…the gentle, spacious world of the ambient piano, on a program called PIANOSPHERES 2

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RALPH ZURMUHLE, HELEN JANE LONG, LUDOVICO EINAUDI, ROBIN GUTHRIE and HAROLD BUDD, HAROLD BUDD, and MICHAEL UYTTEBROEK

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This Week at Hearts of Space: Terror and Hope – Jonathan Elias’ The Prayer Cycle

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:

“This week we mark the 10th anniversary of the historic
attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Memory of traumatic
events changes over time; while others will be recounting the
facts and events of that day…we will recall some of the feelings
it provoked by repeating a special program from the following week.
Even after 10 years, the wound remains tender, the fear it created
remains present, and the hope for a better world remains a vision
and a prayer.

It was an epoch-defining event that temporarily rendered everything
else insignificant. Even our ordinary diet of violent media had not
prepared us to comprehend the implacable hatred and disregard for
life of this phantom enemy. Perhaps no single act in American
history has raised more questions, more emotions, more tears.

In the weeks following the attacks, as we arose from our pain and
began to move forward, we remained poised on the edge of catharsis
— and it is in that spirit that we bring you a program called
TERROR AND HOPE.

If spring is the season of hope, then it is fitting that in the
spring of 1999, in advance of the Millenium, Sony Classical
released a choral symphony by New York composer JONATHAN ELIAS,
titled THE PRAYER CYCLE. As we did in 1999, this week we devote
the entirety of Hearts of Space to this extraordinary music. But
this week, it will sound different, feel different, and will have
a different meaning.

JONATHAN ELIAS began writing THE PRAYER CYCLE in the period immedi-
ately before the birth of his first child. ‘I was excited by the
possibilities for my child,’ he says, ‘but I also felt anxiety and
sadness about the world she was about to enter. With all the
wondrous advances of mankind, it was painful to acknowledge the
other defining characteristic of the 20th century, which is more
calculated and cold-blooded than any other period of recorded
history. Is man’s inhumanity to man as common in our nature as
other forms of survival? With these thoughts and concerns, I began
to write The Prayer Cycle.’

The effect of this brilliant multi-cultural, multi-language
production is extraordinarily powerful and appropriate. ‘Prayer,’
says composer Elias, ‘is what we turn to when the only thing we
have left…is hope.’

JONATHAN ELIAS’ THE PRAYER CYCLE… a eulogy for the 20th century
…a prayer for the 21st… and a plea for a world where we have
no choice but to get along — because anything else is unthinkable.
TERROR AND HOPE…on this edition…of Hearts of Space.

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Stephen Hill

The music:
JONATHAN ELIAS THE PRAYER CYCLE
Sony Classical SK 60569; 1999

Performed by the English Chamber Orchestra & Chorus,
Conducted by Lawrence Schwartz, plus the American Boychoir
[with vocal soloists as noted below]

Mercy (extended)
Alanis Morissette & Salif Keita

Hope
Alanis Morissette & Devin Provenzano

Strength
Perry Farrell, Richard Bona, Yungchen Lhamo,& Liz Constantine

Compassion
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Mah Damba

Grace
James Taylor; Guitar: John Williams

Innocence
Salif Keita & Alanis Morissette

Forgiveness
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Ofra Haza

Benediction
Linda Ronstadt, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, & Devin Provenzano

Faith
Alanis Morissette & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Grace (reprise edited)
Guitar: John Williams

From The program:
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Thank you, Stephen.
>>RSM

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This Week From Hearts of Space: PGM 921 Exotronica

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About this program from Hearts of Space Stephen Hill tells us:
“Back in the 1990s, when electronic dance music was growing and changing every week, the exotic sounds and kinetic polyrhythms of what we now call world music were added to the mix
by hyper-creative DJs and studio producers. From beaches in India to dance floors around the world, the style has morphed into a thousand colors and variations, and things have never been
quite the same since.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space…we ride the good-time vibe of summer with a program of beat-y, border-crossing ambient-trance music called EXOTRONICA.”
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Stephen Hill

We will hear music by SHPONGLE, ALVIN KRAMER, DREAM JUNGLE,LUMIN, and GUNNARD DOBOZE.

From The program:
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