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Out of Silence

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 September 2012

Curiously, the word silent is an anagram of the word listen! In this edition of Something Understood the poet Sean Street reflects upon what can be heard in silence and the difference in its nature from stillness - the difference, perhaps, between doing and being.

With reference to the words of Rupert Brooke, John Berger and Rachel Muers and music by John Cage, Bob Chilcott and Miles Davis.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

7 items
  • Image for Bob Chilcott

    Bob Chilcott Making Waves

    Performer: The Sirens

    Bob Chilcott – Making Waves, Signum, SIGCD142, 4

  • Image for Carl Nielsen

    Carl Nielsen Helios Overture, Op.17

    Performer: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra cond. Herbert Blomstedt

    Nielsen Concertos etc, EMI, CZS 569 758 2, 2

  • Image for Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd Shine on You Crazy Diamond

    Performer: Pink Floyd

    Wish You Were Here, EMI, B000024D4S, 1

  • Image for Jonathan Harvey

    Jonathan Harvey The Angels

    Performer: Latvian Radio Choir cond. Kaspars Putnins

    Jonathan Harvey, Hyperion, CDA 67835, 1

  • Image for John Cage

    John Cage In a Landscape

    Performer: Michael McHale

    A Place Between, Louth Contemporary Music Society, LCMS901, 10

  • Image for Eberhard Weber

    Eberhard Weber More Colours

    Performer: Eberhard Weber & band

    Works, ECM, B002XT3I7S, 1

  • Image for Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Charlie Parker's Reboppers In a Silent Way

    Performer: John McLaughlin & Chick Corea

    In a Silent Way, Sony, B000069RHV, 1

  • Readings and Music

    Title: Retrospect
    Book: Collected Poems
    Author: Rupert Brooke
    Publisher: The Echo Library
    ISBN: 978-1847029195

    Book: The Selected Essays of John Berger
    Author: John Berger
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    ISBN: 978-0747554196

    Book: Keeping God’s Silence: Towards a theological Ethics of Communication
    Author: Rachel Muers
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    ISBN: 978-1405119009

    Book: Noise Water, Meat, A History of Sound in the Arts
    Author: Douglas Kahn
    Publisher: MIT Press
    ISBN: 978-0262112437

    Title: Ode on a Grecian Urn
    Book: Oxford Book of English Poetry
    Author: John Keats
    Publisher: OUP
    ISBN: 978-0192141828

    Titile: Quaker Poem
    Book: Time Between Tides, New and Selected Poems 1981-2009
    Author: Seán Street
    Publisher: Rockingham Press
    ISBN: 978-1904851332

    Book: Soundscape – Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World
    Author: R. Murray Schafer
    Publisher: Destiny Books
    ISBN: 978-0892814558


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