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.
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.
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.
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.
PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC was born in the 1960s, a predictable mutation of psychedelic drugs and popular culture. The roots of the word psychedelic mean "revealing the mind" — a revelation that turned out to be both colorful and unpredictable.
Psychedelic music aimed to reveal an expanded version of the mind, using audible distortion and warped perspective, sustained floating textures and drones, fractal repetitions and feedback, liberally seasoned with sounds from nature and exotic cultures, especially India.
As a trend, it ran its course in the 1960s, was revived in the 1970s, quoted lovingly by fashionable bands in the 80s and 90s, and became a core influence on millennial genres like Trip Hop, Shoegaze, Acid Jazz, Acid House, and the many varieties of Trance — to name just a few. We just can't seem to quit it.
Like an aesthetic virus, the pure electronic form of psychedelic music invented in the 1960s and 70s infected musicians using sound as a vehicle for inner space travel and consciousness alteration. In a word: trippy.
Along the way, these sonic explorers found kindred spirits in archaic traditions like shamanism and pagan rituals. What began as free exploration with mind-bending chemicals ultimately became a quest for new modes of perception, psychological therapy, escape from the normal boundaries of self, and at its most extreme — visions and hallucinations at the borders of oblivion. These grassroots experiments paved the way for the massive tribal-Electronic Dance Music festivals of today, with their promise of transcending self through ecstatic group experience.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey in the altered soundscapes of psychedelic space, on a program called PSYCHETRONIC SUMMER.
Music is by THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON, SCANN-TEC, ISHQ, LIGHTWAVE, FORREST SMITHSON, CYBERNIUM (MICHEL HUYGEN & PASCAL LANGUIRAND), and CSILLAGKÖD.
When talking about jazz guitar great PAT METHENY's long and stellar career, two words come to mind above all others: lyrical and versatile. In a genre with a long history of creative guitarists, Metheny stands out for his open-hearted melodic sensibility, and his desire to explore the widest range of musical and technical possibilities.
Metheny hails from Kansas City, Missouri, at the edge of the great plains, and many of his best-loved pieces evoke the softly rolling spaces of the American heartland. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet music, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock, free improvisation to hymns, minimalism to classical.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space from guest producer REED THORNE, we highlight the lyrical, ambient side of Pat Metheny's music, on a program called HEARTLAND: A PAT METHENY RETROSPECTIVE.
SUMMER brings us one of the greatest free shows on earth. In fair weather, rising water vapor freezes into microcrystals of ice, and we see a vast, constantly changing panorama of clouds, floating and flying overhead. When summer storms arrive, the sky grows dark with the drama of thunder and lightning — nature's original multimedia show.
Clouds come in four families: high, middle, low, and vertical — with official Latin names like cirrus, cumulus and stratus. Satellites now give us the big picture of cloud patterns around the planet and how they affect the weather; there are even clouds on other planets, and interstellar clouds in outer space. It's no wonder that ambient musicians find clouds a major inspiration.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a cirro-stratus-pheric journey for summer called CLOUDSCAPES.
Music is by DIGITONAL, RUBEN GARCIA, FORREST FANG, ROBERT RICH, TERRA AMBIENT, BRUNO SANFILIPPO, and DARSHAN AMBIENT.
THE INCREASINGLY INDISPENSIBLE WIKIPEDIA tells us that the term "World Music" was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. "Globalization" has become controversial these days for its effect on western jobs, but on the cultural side, it's expanded world music's audiences and scope — which has grown to include hybrid subgenres like world fusion, global fusion, ethnic fusion, and worldbeat.
"Fusion" implies the cross-pollination of different genres, often something old and something new, like traditional ethnic instruments and musical styles with electronic textures and production techniques. Whether that means progressive recordings from native artists in exotic places, or exotic elements in recordings by western artists, the result is vibrant, creative, open-minded contemporary music.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, sultry global rhythms and ambient atmospheres for summer, on a program called ETHNOTRONIC 2.
Music is by GREEN ISAC ORCHESTRA, JIA PENG FANG, HIROKI OKANO, MICHAEL BROOK, STEPHAN MICUS, and ANOUSHKA SHANKAR.
CODED DEEP INTO OUR PERCEPTUAL SOFTWARE is the language of the natural environment: the sounds and patterns of birds, insects, animals, weather, wind and water. Even before music existed, our primordial ancestors knew how to interpret these sounds to navigate their environment, find food, and respond to danger.
When music evolved, it was originally heard in the context of natural sounds. Over the centuries, music moved indoors and became more dissociated from nature, until ambient musicians rediscovered the power of combining music with natural sounds and fractal patterns.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we immerse ourselves in natural and electronic soundscapes, on a program called BIOSONIC. Music is by COMMON GROUND, ROBERT RICH, AES DANA + MIKTEK, CHRONOTOPE PROJECT, STEVE ROACH & ROBERT LOGAN, PETE NAMLOOK & MIXMASTER MORRIS, and RUDY ADRIAN.