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An Ever Noisier World

Episode 29 of 30

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 25 April 2013

An Ever Noisier World: Episode twenty-nine of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

The twentieth century brought attempts to distinguish between 'necessary' and 'unnecessary' noise. In New York, the authorities tried to clean up Coney Island fairground, banning barkers from using megaphones and targeting street sellers, newspaper boys, and buskers. But the volume of modern life has risen inexorably.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to Ghana's capital, Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe its streets as a visceral shock, and introduces an elegiac recording of the wild soundscape we've lost, captured by the celebrated naturalist, Bernie Krause.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.

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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