This post is mostly for me. I enjoy a podcast or other audio when I have certain house admin (tidying, dish washing) tasks to do and so to save me searching for where I’ve bookmarked them I thought I’d put them all here and add to them. Most of these are sonically interesting, as well as having interesting content.

Audio about Audio

Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher (Nov 2006) – Simon Fanshawe
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/pip/j2rhi/ (programme website)
– baffling radio broadcasts known as number stations, and what they might be

The Foghorn: A Celebration (Feb 2011) – Peter Curran
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b00yqp5z (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yqp5z (programme website)
– foghorns as warnings, and as musical instruments

Into the Music Library (April 2011) – Jonny Trunk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01061hr (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01061hr (programme website)
– incidental music, some of which has become very well known

The Bird Fancyer’s Delight (July 2011) – Sarah Angliss
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0128pyp (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0128pyp (programme website)
– teaching songs for birds to whistle, the original ‘recorders’

Musical Map of Sheffield (Nov 2011) Jarvis Cocker
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016k5t5/episodes/guide (programme website)
– a musical journey through growing up in Sheffield

Frontiers: Forensic Phonetics
(12 December 2012) – Rebecca Morelle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01p7bxw (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p7bxw (programme website)
– all sound recordings made near anything plugged in pick up the inaudible variable ‘hum’ of the grid’s power supply, can be used as a forensic timestamp

The Doppler Effect with Charles Hazlewood (19 August 2017)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b090xv6w (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b090xv6w (programme website)
– get a brass band on a train car playing a single note and see if it drops a semitone as they whiz past you on the station

This programme mentions the Leslie speaker – thankfully there are LOADS of YouTube videos about this, you can see one in action here.

Echo in a Bottle (June 2018) – Sarah Angliss
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0b5s5tb (BBC Sounds audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5s5tb (programme website)
– ways of capturing echoes and their eerie effects

Radiolab – Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

The Boring Talks: #37 – Watergate Tape ‘Silence’ (11 February 2019) – Sophie Scott
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p070g3mp (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p070g3mp (programme website)
– when a blank tape is informative
The Boring Talks landing page

New Weird Britain – Radical Rural (June 2019) – John Doran
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0006132 (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006132 (programme website)
– music made ‘in the margins of Britain’ by people priced out of cities


Audio about Other Things

How to write an instruction manual (August 2009) – Mark Miodownik
https://archive.org/details/HowToWriteAnInstructionManual (audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00m4470 (programme website)

Word of Mouth: Stenography (2013) – Michael Rosen
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phgjq (programme website)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01phgjq (BBC Sounds audio)
Word of Mouth landing page

Bunk Bed – six series stretching over several years with Peter Curran and Patrick Marber (and occasionally guests)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0735nh6/episodes/downloads (programme website)

Telling Tales (August 2019) – Peter Curran interviewed about his radio programmes & interviews, 1hr clips programme, fab
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0007rbh (BBC Sounds – audio)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007rbh (programme website)

Other sonic resources
Speechification Vol.002
02 Feb 18 – dig your fins

Other audio
Restart Project / Restart Radio (Resonance FM) podcast – fix more, buy less