Archive Pioneers | Saviours of sound at the BBC

Ludwig Koch and the Music of Nature

How a boyhood hobby led to pioneering recordings of the natural world.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 15 April 2009

DURATION | 28 minutes

FIRSTBROADCAST

2009

Synopsis

Radio historian Sean Street tells the story of Ludwig Koch, who started recording sounds and voices in the 1880s when he was still a child. In 1936, Koch fled Nazi Germany and his recordings were later acquired by the BBC. His collection established the BBC's library of natural history sounds and he became a household name as a nature broadcaster.

Did you know?

Koch's distinct German accent and eccentric location recordings became so well known that he was parodied by Peter Sellers. Koch's recording of a Parisian street performer and the famous actor's take on it can both be heard in this programme.

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