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An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.

An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.
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United Kingdom

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BBC

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An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.

Language:

English


Episodes

Bach walks

1/17/2019
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Horatio Clare retraces the 20-year-old JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit his hero Buxtehude in Lubeck. Episode 1 of 5.

Duration:00:26:54

A festive reindeer wonderland

12/20/2018
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Have yourself a serene little Radio 3 Christmas with the sounds of reindeer, festive music and a secret, enchanted wood. This special edition of the Slow Radio Podcast comprises two very different audio recordings. The first is of reindeer, and more of them than you’d need to pull even a very high profile sleigh. No, this recording, contributed by BBC Four, is of 2,500 of the creatures as they slowly migrate, clinking their bells and eating. And the reindeer are followed by a December...

Duration:00:25:23

Divine love of the monastery

12/20/2018
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Benedictine monks speak about their experiences of divine love against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery. This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Duration:00:14:15

Monks and meditation

12/20/2018
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Benedictine monks speak about how they find focus, against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery. This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Duration:00:14:02

Living and working in a monastery

12/20/2018
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Benedictine monks meditate on the subject of work - from cooking to weaving and beekeeping - against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery. This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Duration:00:14:21

Wordless prayer

12/20/2018
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Monks from Downside, Belmont and Pluscarden Abbeys meditate on the subject of prayer, against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery. This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Duration:00:13:54

The silence of the monastery

12/20/2018
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Monks from Downside, Belmont and Pluscarden Abbeys meditate on the nature of silence, against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery. This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Duration:00:14:07

Midnight at the Oasis

12/6/2018
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Kalahari means ‘large thirst’ in the local language and between November and February summer temperatures can reach well over 40 degrees centigrade. To avoid the dry desiccating heat much of the wildlife has adopted nocturnal habits. Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson captures the changing soundscape from dusk to dawn, when you can see very little but hear everything; from the close up sounds of insects to the far-carrying contact calls of spotted hyenas. Producer Sarah Blunt

Duration:00:31:32

The Last Elfdalians

11/29/2018
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Spoken in the remote forest region of Älvdalen - a place thick with forest and steep valleys - Elfdalian used to be the main language of the area, but Swedish has increasingly become dominant and few young people speak it today. In this slow radio edit, we hear a collage of forest sounds and local voices, travelling through Älvdalen, exploring some of the mysteries of the language and its links to Sweden's ancient, Viking past.

Duration:00:19:47

Into the Forest – Sherwood Forest

11/22/2018
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Step into Sherwood Forest at night with tawny owls calling to each other in the trees. As daylight comes, a flock of long tailed tits forages through the branches.

Duration:00:16:39

Sounds of the Earth

11/18/2018
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Nestle for a while with coots, moorhens and bearded tits from a reed-bed in Humberside, clapper larks rising up from the grasslands of the Kalahari, autumnal sounds of squirrels and nuthatches from the woodlands in Virginia and a spooky Hallowe’en soundscape from a churchyard in Bedfordshire. And there are short excerpts of music by Elgar, John Barry, Amy Beach, Steeleye Span, Edward MacDowell and the Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group.

Duration:00:28:25

Armistice Sonic Memorials

11/10/2018
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The sounds of battlefields across the world today – from the Somme to the USA, and Afghanistan to Vietnam. Presented by the BBC’s former special correspondent, Allan Little.

Duration:00:24:49

Walking Through Time

11/1/2018
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A meditation on the meaning of time, whilst wandering through the largest collection of clocks in the country.

Duration:00:31:40

A walk in the New Forest

10/25/2018
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Calming birdsong and the crunch of leaves from the New Forest in spring.

Duration:00:19:15

Sounds of the Earth

10/18/2018
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Escape from the frenzy of today's world with the dawn chorus from an orchard in the Cotswolds, warblers and skylarks in a Japanese paddy field, and the sounds that accompany the sunset over Florida's Everglades.

Duration:00:28:40

A moment of calm in Gwydyr Forest

10/11/2018
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Get surrounded by nature - birdsong, rustling leaves and the stillness of the forest.

Duration:00:15:56

Forgotten Sounds

10/4/2018
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The music of typewriters, steam engines, foundries and looms. These previously-familiar, now long-forgotten sounds transport us back in time, evoking memories, and creating a strangely meditative effect. Composer Iain Chambers creates a radiophonic sequence from the huge recording archive of the pan-EU Sounds of Changes project, a collaboration between 6 major European museums to document the huge change within our acoustic landscape.

Duration:00:30:57

Slow sheep in Southern Spain

7/1/2018
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Writer Chris Stewart takes us to meet some shepherds in the mountains of Alpujarras, plus introduces us to some of his own sheep. Featuring music from Nathaniel Mann.

Duration:00:20:27

Nightingales

5/27/2018
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The woods are the setting for a magical late night duet between a musician and a nightingale. Verity Sharp eavesdrops on shakuhachi player Clive Bell and an unseen yet vocal co-performer.

Duration:00:22:24

A late night trip across Kabukicho, Tokyo’s entertainment district

5/20/2018
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Nick Luscombe heads out for a late night trip across ‘sleepless town’, Tokyo’s ancient entertainment district, known for it’s bright lights, late night drinking dens and seedy back streets. Armed with his recorder and a local friend for guidance, Nick captures the sound of an all night batting range, late night video game parlours, robot restaurants and Tokyo’s underground as well as the odd character of the night. Excerpts of this recording were originally broadcast on Late Junction on the...

Duration:00:15:45