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The Beat of Drums

Episode 2 of 30

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 March 2013

Episode two of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Words are only one way to communicate - humans have found many more.

Professor David Hendy travels to Ghana to hear the talking drum, a language made of drumbeats that once carried messages through the rainforest like a telegraph signal.

There's also a treasure from the Pitt Rivers Sound Archive - the sound of BayAka pygmies of the Central African Republic preparing for a net hunt. How do non-verbal sounds carry information and how do they bind us together as a group?

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


Noise retold by Matthew Herbert

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The head of the New Radiophonic Workshop retells the Noise series using only the sounds.

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