The drum that talks

The drum that talks

It’s my favourite discovery in David’s notes for the series… an African instrument made from tree-trunks and hit with sticks. The drummer creates a series of high and low tones that form a message. It’s just a rhythm to the uninitiated, but to those who speak drum it’s as conversational, jokey and complex as any other language. … Continue reading

Noise: A Human History

Noise: A Human History

A richly textured exploration of the role of sound – and listening – in the past 100,000 years of human history for BBC Radio 4. This thirty-part series begins broadcast on Monday 18 March, 2013 and is written and presented by Professor David Hendy. Read about its making here… Continue reading