For centuries, musicians traveled around the world conducting a kind of grassroots cultural exchange program. Then in 1877, a clever American named THOMAS EDISON invented the phonograph. Before long, musicians could stay at home a little more, and let the phonograph records do the traveling.
Recordings led to a period of increasing cross-connections, influences, and fusions in contemporary music. War, social changes and migration played a part in the 20th century, as Paris, London, New York, Istanbul and other big cities became multicultural melting pots. During the last 25 years, the Internet has blown away national boundaries; now anyone, anywhere, can hear music from artists around the world.
On this archive edition of Hearts of Space, we explore some of the early effects on ambient and contemplative music, on a program called PLANETARY RHYTHMS. Music is by YAS-KAZ, DEUTER, RICHARD WARNER, and STEPHAN MICUS.