Clues in the catacombs

Clues in the catacombs

It makes perfect sense, when travelling around the world for a radio series about sound to keep your ears open – to listen closely to the spaces in which you find yourself in the hope that their sound now will somehow evoke the sounds of the past. Yet we need to keep our eyes open … Continue reading

Land of loudspeakers

Land of loudspeakers

Accra, Ghana’s capital, is a city that thrives on amplification. On our first drive through the suburb of Abeka we passed a young boy, no older than seven or eight – dressed in a suit, clutching a microphone, and standing right next to a loudspeaker that went up to his shoulders. He was regaling all … Continue reading

The sound world of slaves

The sound world of slaves

It was disturbing to discover that the slave cabins at the McLeod Plantation in Charleston now look so picturesque. Painted white, nestled amongst the shade of South Carolina’s moss-laden Live Oak trees and the odd magnolia bush, they’re little havens of quiet – or, at least they would be, were it not for the nearby … Continue reading

First days in New York

First days in New York

We’re now starting out on the busiest stretch of our field recording for the series: the United States, Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and Greece ,with France, Belgium and various sites in the UK to follow in February. Two days into our stay in New York, and one major challenge is all too obvious. How do we … Continue reading