|WHAT USERS SAY||
Hello Hearts Of Space
from South Carolina -- I've been listening to Hearts of Space since
1992 and wanted to say how pleased I am to be able to hear the programs
through the archive subscription service. I was in college when
I happened upon the first program I ever heard, "Looking for
America," and in the 12 years since I don't think I've missed
more than two dozen broadcasts. I'm thrilled to be able to hear
so many of the shows I'd never have experienced otherwise.
—Earle T., Colorado Springs
—VP, Houston, TX
To Stephen Hill and everyone at HOS, thank you. I'll keep up my praise.
P.S. I hope that you will have some sacred choral music from the Russian Orthodox church for the holidays and the Easter season, it's so beautiful.
SMD, Boulder, CO
Thank you for being!
You're doing it right with the high-quality streams and subscription model. Though the fees are high, I hope as technology costs come down the fee will decrease. I found a device that will connect my laptop to my audio system, which is even better.
Keep up the good work and long live HOS!
Stephen Hill, thanks for this great musical experience. Its worth every penny of your subscription price. I have only had the opportunity to purchase a couple CDs (no stations carry HOS in my area) and have never heard an actual program before subscribing but I vastly prefer the programs. Even the Rod Serling opening.
Just a note to say thanks for the music and I hope HOS stays alive and well for many years to come.
JP, Indianapolis, IN
Unfortunately, I live in an area where there is no DSL or Cable internet provision. I signed up with another subscription plan and all it does is pause all through the songs, but your playlist hardly does that. I am going to cancel the other one at the end of the month and definitely keep yours because it is much needed in the stress of our lives today.
Thank you so much for providing the best peaceful selection of music in the world. It helps you to escape when the going gets tough. May you continue in your journey for all us space buffs.
Cliff and Sheri
I am so happy to use your service. I really don't like buying CDs it is too confusing for me and too expensive. So I just love going to the site and selecting the genre I feel like listening.
I AM SO HAPPY. I live in NEW YORK on the 29th floor. The sun wakes me up and then I put on your music. What joy!!!!!
Thanks again - superb stuff, I'm telling everybody about the archive.
I thought I'd send a note from a new subscriber.
Short form: I am very, very pleased with the service, the music selection, and the web site.
Long form: HOS used to be carried on a commercial station, WNUA, every Sunday night following Musical Starstreams. WNUA has changed in the last couple years, from New Age to Kenny G 24/7. Dull is a serious understatement. Literally zero in variety, and nothing to distinguish it from a half dozen other stations in Chicago.
While listening to some tapes I had made of older HOS shows, I realized how much I liked and missed the music and went searching. After browsing the HOS web site, decided to sign up. Glad I did. Keep up the good work.
Dave O'B, Chicago
Finally, in January, I subscribed to the HOS archives. This is the first time I've ever done subscription music. In less than three months time, I've listened to the entire 2001 program list. I've enjoyed every one, from synthetic to multi-cultural. I work in the technology sector with people from Pakistan, Thailand, India, China, Vietnam, Egypt, and so forth right in my office at work. Many of them have listened in and enjoyed this genera of music that seems to know no cultural boundaries.
Thanks so much for opening horizons of listening enjoyment for so many people. The editing and commentary on your program show how much you work to present the artists in a meaningful way.
J. S. K.
I'm connected again and am getting recharged/energized for the week. I love this program and was very disappointed and surprized that the public radio station in Colorado Springs doesn't carry it. One of the few diappointments I've found having moved here in the last 4 months. Thanks again, your program is nourishing my inner self and life can flow on.
Having been a listener for years, make that decades, thought I would say that on the artists' work that I have compiled (yup, you gotta support the artists!), which is extensive, I have been using my collection for the following:
My friend in the Upper Peninsula, have 306" inches of snow, some ambient music to melt her mind and help her deal with the ultimate cabin fever, another friend recovering from brain surgery finds electronic space soothing, and, as a psychiatric nurse, I listen to the music when working on my plans of care and am working on ways to use this music in the most relaxing of interventions (doesn't that sound like a harsh word) - oh, how about, therapeutic environmental milieu enhancement.
Thanks for your hard work, timely delivery of shows, and commitment to quality.
GJU; 8-year listener
I used to listen to your program while in medical school in San Francisco. When I moved to L.A., I only caught it for a short time on a local station. Unfortunately, they discontinued HOS despite my complaints.
I can't tell you how cool it is that you have this archive. It's a most welcome respite to my busy day. I also listen to it at home while working around the house.
Keep it up
Marc W., Los Angeles
Thank you all for such a superb musical experience.
I'll never understand how you folks can find so much great music when most of the artists featured have never achieved "popularity" among the masses. But you do, and you find the best of the best, and give it to us in enormous quantities. Thanks for all your hard work.
Neil K., Programmer
I had listened to Hearts of Space years ago, and finally found you again. I did try to listen on my local radio station, but KALW is not the main public radio station in our area, and it's hard to get the signal here in Silicon Valley.
Then I discovered NetRadio. I could listen to the show through my net connection. It only played the shows in mono, but they still sounded good. "Black Marble and Sweet Fire" was the first show I listened to; it was rebroadcast in July 2001.
Then NetRadio went away, and I broke down and subscribed to your subscription service, first to the weekly service, now to the "everything" service! I love the service. The sound with my DSL connection is wonderful. I love listening to the programs whenever I want to. I would love to listen to "Black Marble and Sweet Fire" again, as this is the show that returned me to Hearts of Space.
—Mary S., Silicon Valley
I couldn't be more pleased by my decision to subscibe to the Archive Edition!! This is fantastic to be able to listen all day to my favorite music!
—Jim E., St Louis, MO
A year ago I wrote you the following, maybe you remember it:
"I'm bereft. I'm a 46 year old guy who's been listening to your wonderful broadcasts for 15 years. Hearts has become a vital part of my life. Through many travails, (earthquakes, riots, firestorms in Laurel Canyon, raising an autistic son) Hearts of Space has been a weekly oasis of peace, contemplation and spiritual replenishment. Now you are off the air in Los Angeles and it is truly a deep, deep loss."
Well, I'm bereft no more. Last week I got a DSL, a Sony minidisk recorder/player, a small set of self powered speakers, and a subscription to Hearts on the Web. ... Now I have a way to listen as I always have, just before sleep when my mind calms and is receptive.
Now don't worry that I don't support the artists. They are so important to me and I buy their CDs. But your art is equally important finding the artists I may otherwise never hear and mixing them together into a beautiful hour of joyous Space.
Thank you so much for your creativity and dedication and for accomplishing what is, for me, a miracle: giving me back this gift the public radio business (that should be an oxymoron) snatched away from me. Life is now in order and I can once again contemplate a special beauty.
Curtis W., Los Angeles
Tom L., Nashville, TN
One nice thing about having 80+ inches of snow in four days is that you can sit inside and listen to HOS archives!! It just melts the snow away....
So send some sunny warm thoughts our way!! And if you can't do that, at least some warm music will be great.
Keep up the great work at HOS..
RJ.. a HOS archive broadband snowbound listener
I am a recent subscriber to the HOS listen group. I love to have it all day at work! It puts my same old CD's to shame and the negative radio news out of my head while I'm working. I am a chemistry technician at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We do have the program on KPRN on Sunday nights, but it is nice to be able to hear it anytime I want.
Dear Stephen Hill and all of you at Hearts of Space, I'd like to add my heartfelt thanks to all the others. I used to listen to you on Public Radio too, and missed it so much. I was thrilled to find you on the Net and think you are doing a great job with the archives. I just got a new iMac and love to watch the color displays as I listen to the music. Thanks again to all of you!!
Karen A., NE Iowa
Thanks and keep it up !
Thanks and keep it up !
Brian K., Rochester, NY
I used to stay up til 11p on Sunday night to hear HOS for a long time. And then they ended it for some reason and I missed it. Now I am in heaven every time I get on the net!! I love this peace and centeredness that comes with this subscription! Thank you very much for the blessing you are to the earth and all its people.
Bonnie, New Orleans
Caleb M., 1 Dec 2001
WOW!!! This F'n ROCKS!!! Absolutely love the service, will be a subscriber for life.
Sean FX, NYC 1 Dec 2001
Genius Idea Thanks again.
I just wanted to write and say I've had to unsubscribe from HoS after this quarter, not because I don't love you and your new new service, but because I'm going to work at and moving soon to a yurt with no electricity on the beautiful Ojai Foundation property north of LA .... alas, no music in my private space and no space presently anywhere else on the property for my PC...
I'm going offline and even selling my computer to a friend. But they have 6 of their own and one will be available to me once I'm set up, so maybe I can get Hearts of Space installed there eventually. I will miss you for now ... but fortunately now is not forever. Keep a light in the window.
Dave C., Rochester NY
I'm a nurse in the OR and am also taking graduate courses in Forensic Science. It's nice to escape from reality of life and go to another world, even for a short time especially after Sept.11th. The programs that you aired after that tragic day were beyond words.
I just want to say Thank You for your hard work at bringing some peace in my life.
thanks for caring enough to e-mail me so quickly to let me know you are adding it to the next transfers. i can't wait to hear it again. that was a good memory time. i already feel like i have fallen into a vat of chocolate, having the whole archive to choose from!
I rarely listened to HOS on my local public radio station because of the time of its weekly airing. Now, HOS is a constant fixture in my house. If one of your goals was to increase access to your program, that goal has been met.
I know this letter must sound incredibly sycophantic, but I have been quite surprised at how much I have enjoyed my subscription. Thank you to all of you. Keep it up!
Thanks for the update. Your program, and especially, all of you at HOS are truly gems!
Not only do we get to listen to some of the finest music in the world but we have the added treat of professional, competent people running the show!!!
My thanks to all of you and you should be proud of yourselves for the great job you are doing. You must know how important your programs are in peoples lives (and mine). What you are doing is an Oasis in a sea of mediocrity. Keep going!!!!
After only having cable service for a week now and of all the internet sites available....I find myself returning to HOS archives. I truly am listening a lot! The quality is wonderful-sounds like I'm listening to a CD. And with the high-speed access/streaming audio it's nice that I can listen without getting cutoff! If I had only this one site to go to, I'd keep my high-speed connection. It's well worth it! Again, thank you so much for allowing your listeners the choice, and it is a choice, to listen 'on-demand.'
Just wanted to give you an update on my continuing satisfaction with the HOS Archive service. I discovered the HOS streaming archive site in mid-September and immediately joined up. Soon after, I sent an email expressing my total satisfaction with the service and stating that I listen to it during the day at work where the company internet connection can support the broadband stream.
However, at home, I only had a dialup connection that barely, if ever, got above 24Kbps. I have now dropped pay channels from my cable TV service and have cancelled my cell phone service in order to balance the cost of getting DSL service to my home. Let me be clear I would not have gone to DSL anytime soon except to get HOS broadband streaming at home.
I have not yet received my DSL modem, so I can't yet comment on how it's working out, but I have no doubt I will be in space 24 hours a day once I get it set up.
After comparing the HOS Archive site to regular radio and TV, and even other Internet streaming services, I now realize what a "giant leap for mankind" you all have made in "on demand" entertainment and information programming. As for radio and TV, there are only a few specific shows I watch and/or listen to, and the rest is a waste in my opinion. I only wish I could get TV and other radio programming truly on demand like the HOS Archive site.
Keep up the awesome, cutting-edge work!
Jerry, Marietta, GA
The streaming archive is amazing. I am an IT student and find it to be the perfect backdrop to studying complex material. The quality of my broadband service is extraordinary. I particularly like the monthly add ons. Keep up the good work.
Just wanted you to know that I consider this an essential service. I'm a long time listener. ( I must have come in in the early 80s.) I have maybe 100 shows, carefully labeled and indexed on cassette tapes from the radio. But they sound terrible. The stream is better (cable modem). My work has been cut back and I have considered cutting out this service. But I read how Mr. Hill made it happen. Access to some of this music helped me much in recent days. I am a pro musician. I have tried many times to put my own shows together, but it's not the same. It's not just the music, but how it is arranged that works so well. Thanks for showing me this music. I really feel that years ago it saved my sanity. (Working in night clubs!)
This is such a delight! Thanks for providing an innovative way of subscribing to great sounds. Your programs are perfect for my work sessions at my computer. I swear - creativity is enhanced, relaxation is achieved, and writer's block fades away.
Listening to your programs is a pleasure - not only for the individual musical pieces, but for the sound design of the programs themselves.
Keep up the wonderful work.
Hi all, Just wanted to write and say again how much I'm enjoying your new subscription service ... listening to your programs several times a day at the computer and also evenings. I've had this funny feeling for years at the end of a program - get to have it much more now - this energy inside me, which I often articulate something like: "Nice job, guys, two big thumbs up once again!" Happens pretty much every time. Hearts of Space has made life so much more joyous over the years. Keep up the great work!
I just wanted to say "Thank you" for getting HOS on streaming audio. I have been here in London for almost 8 years now, having left San Francisco in 1994. I started listening to Hearts of Space in New York City, where I lived from 1970 until 1991. I have missed the weekly programs terribly since then, and now listen many nights while reading e-mail and Usenet.
Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to be a real part of the HOS community again.
Cheers from London,
God bless and keep you all and thanks again for the great job.
The layout of the website is very easy to use, the reliability of the connections since I signed up last week has been perfect, and the number and diversity of archive programs already available is impressive.
I also appreciate the reasonable subscription prices. Personally, I didn't even consider subscribing to anything less than the full archive. I look forward to maintaining my subscription for many months to come.
For your information, I am a computer programmer by profession and I mainly listen to the archives with headphones while at work.
Ad astra (to the stars),
JS, Marietta, GA
The addition today of an enticing batch of programs was just what I needed for the weekend ahead. The streaming archive is a wonderful service, and I use it daily. There's something there for every mood and purpose. "Deep Peace" and "Festival of Light" were especially moving after this week's events. Thank you for providing it, and for continually making it better.
Joe, San Francisco
thanks for the absolutely spaced out condition i now live in... due to your new archive membership. bliss is near!
The broadband service sounds better than the transmitted program. And I can get it when I'm at home!
I couldn't be more pleased at the quality and availability.
JJ, Conneaut Lake, PA
For less than the cost of two CDs per month, your new broadband service provides me with hours of music that I could never hope to find, purchase or tune into in any other way. For example, I probably could never get the older material, and trying to buy CDs of this kind of music would be less convenient and more time consuming [and more expensive] and I could never hope to have the variety that your new service provides.
I'm listening even as I type this now and I'm looking forward to a lot of use of the site. Knowing that it is there anytime I want to use it is really awesome as I really crave this kind of music - it is like having access to Stephen Hill's personal CD, tape and record collection!!
Finally, I find the fidelity of the delivered product even with my dial-up arrangement to be better than any other Internet music sources I've tried recently. Again, congratulations on a job well done and good luck for the prosperity of the HOS streaming music site!!
AS, Environmental Consultant, East Lansing, MI
Having been a listener since 1984, I have craved having access to all this music (I just can't be home to listen to the Sunday Night broadcast each week). Now I have that and much more! Thank you for making the playlists available to read while I listen, and marking the length of each piece so I know what I am listening to when I look at my RealPlayer. And thank you for the links to where to purchase the albums!
I've listened all day long (broadband, access to archives) and I am in heaven! This is better than winning the lottery!!!
THANK YOU HOS!
Congratulations on the launch of your new service. I'm all signed up as an archive listener and very pleased at the quality of the sound. Much better than the streaming webcasts that I've been able to receive locally, and more reliable than all other streaming audio channels I've tried. (It's nice to have the full stereo sound again now that KCFR has switched HOS to mono AM.) Nearly 3/4 of the way through an entire hour and I've not heard a single packet dropout even while I've been doing other memory-intensive tasks with the computer, including editing some digital photos. I look forward to many hours of aural exlplorations.
great job! well worth the wait.
I've waited anxiously for the members-only site to open and was overjoyed to find it is online now and I immediately signed up for quarterly archive access. I have enjoyed the show since I first discovered it in the 80's during a visit to San Francisco, unfortunately I've been living outside of radio range for over 7 years now and have had to suffice with the limited (quantity and quality) Net Radio feeds. The new site is the best thing to come along since sliced bread and, in fact, is even better than a warm sourdough baguette. Wow! The sound quality is awesome.
DA, Seattle area
I'm amazed that you've been able to maintain the quality, diversity, and freshness of your programming over such a significant period. Bringing the entire catalog to the Web will be a continuing legacy and for us long-time listeners an extraordinarily exciting prospect. It's a bargain, and you may quote me.
Keep up the marvelous work I'll be listening!
GA, San Diego
Don't ever quit this project: you'd be sorely missed.
The music is clear, my modem (connects at 49Kb) is keeping up with the show without problems and I'm glad to be "back in the fold" again. You see, I used to listen every Sunday evening to your show when I lived in Tucson, Arizona (on radio KUAT-FM). I moved to Buffalo, NY some 7 years ago and the local PBS station does not carry your show. :-(
So, I've been getting your show lists via email and purchasing CDs now and then to get my HOS "fix". But now, I can work with HOS or sit here at home, playing my solitaire and listen to past shows. And since I've missed the past seven years worth, I've got some catching up to do!!
I've been a HOS traveler since the early days of your show...I feel like I'm home again .. THANK YOU for your new service. It sounds wonderful, crisp, clean and just what I would expect from HOS.
RJ..a "lost" HOS traveler now home..
Subject: Your New Service!
I've been a dedicated Hearts of Space listener for many years. Each time I've moved, one of the first things I've done is check and see where to find HoS on the radio dial. It hasn't always been easy, most difficult on the islands north of Seattle. That's when I began listening to your internet archives. I've recently moved from the Northwest to Santa Cruz, and was surprised to find less-than-ideal radio reception here. Now, I'm thrilled that you're fully accessible online! As soon as your email arrived the other day, I signed up immediately for the full DSL service and have been enjoying several hours a day of programming. The performance and quality have been excellent already.
Oy vey iz mir this is *so* great. I missed your stuff so much but waking up at 7am on a Sunday, yuk.
PE, New York NY
It's simply beautiful."
PG, Arvada CO