This week, we chat to the multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake from his home in Dorset. True to form, he recorded his side of the conversation outdoors in the countryside, so there are quite a few birds and woodland creatures keeping us company throughout this episode. He explains how he records the most intimate, low-level sounds of animals, fungi, rain and even tree sap, and how he goes about recontextualising them in his music.
He also tells us all about his musical childhood with his mother, who was trained in Mongolian overtone chanting and who had previously lived and travelled with the pioneering electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Links to books and projects mentioned in the podcast:
Smithsonian Folkways (ethnographic recordings and folk from around the world)
Listen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist:
Music featured in this episode:
Cuckoo Song (Cosmo Sheldrake, Wake Up Calls)
Teo (Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain)
Wriggle (Cosmo Sheldrake, The Much Much How How and I)
Rich (Cosmo Sheldrake, Pelicans We)
Listen to Cosmo Sheldrake’s recordings:
Wake Up Calls
The Much Much How How and I