Today we promoted a new feature to the live site we've been working on for the last few weeks — a new "albums navigation" page. To see it, just click the ALBUMS button on the main menu bar. [NOTE: If you've already loaded the site before reading this, you'll need to hit the "refresh" button on your browser to reload the menu bar with the new link. Then click ALBUMS and stand back!]
The reason for this new feature is that we quietly doubled the size of the albums section of the site about two weeks ago, and our old method of loading all the albums in one long page just got too unwieldy. [You can still do it the old way if you want by clicking the category links — ARTIST, TITLE, GENRE or LABEL —in the black "sub-navigation" bar for the albums section, but we think most people will use the new page, which gives much more choice and control.]
All the new titles in the Albums section come from the Celestial Harmonies family of labels: Celestial Harmonies, Fortuna, and Kuckuck. We've had a very cordial and productive 20+ year relationship with Eckart Rahn, the man behind these fine labels, and we're delighted to be able to feature this special selection from their vast catalog.
The list of new additions reads like a "who's who" of early and middle period HOS programs: Chaitanya Deuter, Peter Michael Hamel, Popol Vuh, Eberhard Schoener, Steve Roach, David Parsons, and many more. Full access subscribers can now stream any or all of these classic albums, either whole or by the track.
Over time we'll be adding more labels and individual artists to the ALBUMS section to realize our vision of a "dream collection" of space, ambient and contemplative music online. One day it might even be bigger than the RADIO collection. And because we're negotiating direct licenses with the source labels and artists, we'll be able to offer downloads of many of these titles as well. Ooops! I think I just spilled our next project...
:: Stephen Hill