Living With Nature: A 4-Course BBC Special
Throughout our daily lives, we probably don't pay much attention to the sounds around us - the dripping of the coffee maker, the steady turnover of the car engine, the clicking of our colleagues' keyboard strokes. But as Living With Nature, a 4-part series from a podcast called 'The Compass' on the BBC World Service explains, there are some environments where what you can hear, is more important than what you can see.
If you're a tour guide in the tiger-inhabited jungles of Northern-India, or a hunter-gatherer in the Namib Desert, your success, and even safety can depend on the relationship you have with the soundscape around you.
As well as capturing the beautiful tones of running water and wind, Living With Nature offers some incredible sounds that most have never heard of, much less heard. What's it like to hear 1000 square miles, or listen to ancient Norwegian chanting, ghostly and wolf-like, bellowed from the top of an arctic mountain? Grab your best pair of headphones, kill the lights, and close your eyes.
"When you wake up in the morning, from the moment that great golden orb rises above the horizon, you become aware of sound - the sounds of Africa," explains renowned conservationist Saba Douglas Hamilton in the dawn of the 4 part series - an audio exploration of Kenya's savannah.
The absolutely breathtaking audio-technical work of host Chris Watson, a wildlife sound recordist, puts your ears squarely within some of the most far-flung regions of the world. The following sonic journey explores the relationship between people as varied as the Sami of Norway, and the San Bushmen of Namibia, and the beautifully complex natural environments they inhabit; serving to increase the understanding of the interactions we have with sound and of the soundscapes we traverse.
Listen to Chris Watson’s BBC series HERE