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Sound mosaics for a broken world

Sound mosaics for a broken world

By Adrian Newton
Our world is breaking. Ecosystems are collapsing, our house is burning. But we can fix it like a mosaic, sticking it back together piece by piece. Here's a soundtrack for the recovery process, incorporating sound art, experimental music, audio essays and field recording.
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Soundwood
Many musical instruments, such as guitars, clarinets and violins, are made from tree species that are threatened with extinction. Rather than contributing to the biodiversity crisis, might there be ways in which music could help solve this problem? With contributions from composer and clarinettist Karen Wimhurst (https://www.karenwimhurst.co.uk/) and forester / musician Robin Walter (https://www.livingwithtrees.co.uk/). 
01:00:00
June 19, 2022
Pay attention to Crucial Listening
An interview with musician, author and podcaster Jack Chuter, exploring how sound art and experimental music can help save the world. Or at least, how they can enrich people's lives. The discussion mostly focuses on Jack's own podcast, Crucial Listening, which explores important records chosen by leading sound makers. You can find out more about Crucial Listening, and the equally wonderful Attn:Magazine that Jack curates, on this link: https://www.attnmagazine.co.uk/category/cruciallistening And some of Jack's own music, which we also discuss, is available here: https://chuter.bandcamp.com/
01:19:08
May 13, 2022
Rewild your ears
Rewilding is about letting nature recover from the impacts of people. Here we explore the ideas and practice of rewilding through a discussion with Sam Rose, who is a nature conservation consultant and rewilding specialist. Sam is currently documenting different rewilding projects through photography and a podcast; you can find out more about his work here: https://www.whatifyoujustleaveit.info/. But what does rewilding sound like? 
01:00:00
March 26, 2022
I am sitting under a tree
Exploring the work of the composer Alvin Lucier, and its relevance to environmental sound art. 
01:00:00
February 12, 2022
We really need that wildness
Profiling the work of environmental sound artist, Jo Kennedy. You can find out more about Jo's activities on her website, https://www.jokennedysound.com/. Listen out for her podcast 'Nature tripping', exploring the sounds of nature in the UK. 
01:00:00
February 12, 2022
The contemporary mushroom
A fungus foray in the company of John Cage. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Hope is not blah, blah, blah
A mosaic of sounds from the COP26 climate change conference, held in Glasgow in 2021, superimposed over the sound of melting glaciers. 
01:00:02
December 04, 2021
Undercurrents
A sonic immersion in the River Allen, UK, one of the world's few chalk rivers. With thanks to members of Wimborne Community Theatre, for spoken contributions. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Blackbird has spoken
The blackbird has spoken. But what did it say?
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
In praise of 'In C'
Some reasons why Terry Riley's 'In C' is one of the most wonderful pieces of music ever written.
01:00:02
December 04, 2021
The People's Park
A celebration of Poole Park, in southern England, by the people who use it. 
01:00:06
December 04, 2021
Sound dunes
An exploration of the hidden sounds of the coastal dunescape at Studland Nature Reserve, UK. 
01:00:02
December 04, 2021
Forest mosaic
Soundscapes from different forests around the world. If you listen carefully, can you hear these sounds reveal the impacts of environmental change? With thanks to all contributors to Tree.fm. 
01:00:02
December 04, 2021
Safehouse
An exploration of the wonders of freely improvised music. With thanks to all the contributors of the Safehouse collective. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Healing chant
The sounds of a body healing itself, through sound. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Exhalations
Perhaps as never before, we are now aware of how we are all connected to each other, through the air that we breathe. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Mantra for an empty cobweb
A meditation on complexity and simplicity.
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Mantra for a falling leaf
A meditation on the process of leaf fall. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
The meaning of stuff
We live in a society of hyper-consumerism. This is what it sounds like. And what it might sound like in the future, if we were able to transform it somehow. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Deep time
An exploration of the meaning and significance of deep time. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Lifeforms in the invisible world
Listen to the sound of artificial life-forms, forming virtual communities. Can you tell them apart from real-world ecosystems?
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Sound fishing
The mysterious sounds of underwater life, here recorded in a chalk river in southern England. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Wave of silence
During the pandemic of 2020, a wave of silence passed around the world, as people stopped travelling in cars and planes, and factories lay quiet. As a result, many people became much more aware of the sounds of nature. Here the wave of silence is traced through recordings of the dawn chorus, made each day throughout the early summer. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Cursus
The Dorset Cursus is one of the largest Neolithic monuments in Europe, stretching 10 km over chalk uplands, and connecting together the springs of several rivers. It appears to have been the site of funerary rituals and processions, deep in prehistory. Here a journey along the Cursus is evoked, travelling across the landscape then down into the underworld. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Storm transform
The frequency and intensity of storms is increasing because of climate change. Why do they sound so threatening? And how might we transform them into something more benign?
01:00:02
December 04, 2021
Ocean of plasticity
Ocean plastic has become a huge environmental issue. But what will our oceans sound like, when there is more plastic in our oceans than fish? This podcast provides a journey through an ocean soundscape of the future, with all sounds created from plastic objects found on a beach. 
01:00:00
December 04, 2021
Heartwood
The interior sound world of ash trees, Fraxinus excelsior. These recordings were made to celebrate ash, which is disappearing from our landscapes because of ash dieback disease. 
01:00:00
November 28, 2021
All trees are clocks
A soundscape of ancient woodlands, recorded throughout the year. Accompanied by the sound of a ticking clock, created by breaking the twigs of trees killed by climate change. 
01:00:00
November 28, 2021