Organizers have announced Ambicon 2013 – an ambient music conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hearts Of Space radio program.
Ambicon 2013 – being held May 3-5, 2013 in San Rafael, CA – is a weekend conference, hosted by Hearts of Space creator Stephen Hill. The event will be organized around 4 live surround-sound concerts, featuring 2 core Hearts of Space artists in each, for a total of 8 individual performances.
Iowa Public Radio icon John Pemble interviewed ambient pioneer Robert Rich during his recent visit to Des Moines and put together this fantastic video portrait. Continue reading
The 3rd Annual City Skies Electronic Music Festival will be held in the Atlanta area on April 29-May 1, 2010.
The list of performers include some of the best electronic musicians from around the U.S. heard on radio stations like Music From the Hearts of Space, Echoes, Star’s End, Soma FM, StillStream, Galactic Travels, and more, and are from Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Musical styles range from ambient to downtempo chillout to Berlin school to IDM to space music to experimental. Continue reading
Ambient artist Robert Rich has made seven of his concerts, spanning twenty years of performance, available in downloadable digital format.
Each concert is available separately.
This release comes on the 20th anniversary of the 1989 radio concert in Paris that forms the first of these downloads. Each concert appears mostly in its entirety, lightly edited by Rich to fit under 80 minutes per set when needed. A few technical glitches are repaired, but otherwise all the quirks of live performance remain. Continue reading
Stephen Hill sends word that Hearts of Space is discontinuing free anytime access to the weekly HOS show on November 20th, 2006.
“Our hope was that our free service would be an on-ramp to the full Archive service,” said Hill, “but many found that the free weekly show was enough. We’ve done the math and much as we’d like to, we just can’t afford to support it any longer. We could keep it free by adding advertising, but really — no one wants that on HOS programs. So we’re phasing in modest “pocket change” charges for on-demand, anytime access to the weekly program.”
After November 20th, 2006, the weekly show will be free on Sunday only. Weekly program access via the site is now $30/year, or about 57¢ a week.
Public radio producer Stephen Hill, host of the popular electronic/space music show Hearts of Space, thinks that High Definition Radio is dead on arrival, and that podcasting and other Internet audio options dug its grave.
HD Radio is a standard for delivering near CD-quality audio over radio waves.
“HD reminds me of DCC (Digital Compact Cassette),” notes Hill, “another attempt by a mature industry to administer life support to a sunset format. That didn’t work either, and today almost no one even remembers it.”
Hearts of Space, the pioneering public radio syndicastor, has opened what they are calling a “next generation Internet music service”. The service builds on the success of the original service launched in 2001, providing deep content within the HOS niche of contemplative and ambient music.
The Hearts of Space radio program has been syndicated to over 350 public radio stations since 1983. It is now heard on over 220 NPR stations each week and 7 nights a week on XM Satellite Radio, AudioVisions 77, as well as a growing online audience. Continue reading