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Fiona Talkington with a Sounds of the City Special

Fiona Talkington presents a selection of odes to the city, by Steve Reich, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and singer Lhasa, plus shortwave radio samples from around the world.

Fiona Talkington soundtracks the night with odes to the city. We feature one part of Steve Reich's frenetic City Life composition, an ambient urban soundscape from Brian Eno and German composer Jan Peter Schwalm and a tangle of horns from British jazz band leader Django Bates' album Travel Cartoons for the Blind, as well as snatches of shortwave radio from cities around the world.

Also on the programme we look forward to field recordist Peter Cusack's sounds of Hull on Thursday with a jazz piece selected by one of its former residents, the poet and jazz critic Philip Larkin.

Produced by Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Cairo Field Recording

    • BBC Sound Archives.
  • Django Bates

    Travel Cartoons for the Blind: My First Scooter

    Performer: Apollo Saxophone Quartet.
    • Good Evening...Here Is The News.
    • Argo.
  • Lhasa

    J'arrive a la Ville (I come to the city)

    • The Living Road.
    • Nettwerk.
  • Yann Tiersen

    Pas Si Simple

    • Cascade Street.
    • Ici D’Ailleurs.
    • 3.
  • Various Artists

    Madame Foyer

    • Radio Palestine: Sounds Of The Eastern Mediterranean.
    • Sublime Frequencies.
    • 1.
  • Mighty Terror

    Life in Britain

    • London Is The Place For Me 6 (Mento, Calypso, Jazz & Highlife From Young Black L.
    • Honest Jon's Records.
    • 2.
  • Thomas Rees

    Columbia Road Field Recording

  • Chino Amobi

    London

    • Airport Music For Black Folk.
    • NON.
    • 1.
  • Richard Osborne

    The King Walks By

    • Endless.
    • Tompkins Square.
    • 1.
  • Bessie Smith & Buck & His Band

    I'm Down In The Dumps

    • Larkin's Jazz.
    • Proper Records.
    • 22.
  • Veljo Tormis

    Four Estonian Lullabies: Hushaby, lullaby!

    Choir: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Veljo Tormis: Choral Music.
    • Hyperion.
  • Veljo Tormis

    Four Estonian Lullabies: Lulling

    Performer: Holst Singers. Performer: Stephen Layton.
    • Tormis: Choral Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 25.
  • Radio Vietnam

    Morning Exercise in Coded Ether

    • Radio Vietnam.
    • Sublime Frequencies.
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago

    Variations Sur Un Thème De Monteverdi

    • The Pathé Sessions.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Lamento d'Arianna (Lament of Arianna)

    Performer: Catherine Webster. Performer: Catacoustic Consort.
    • The Italian Dramatic Lament.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • John Jacob Niles

    Go 'way From My Window

    • The Boone-Tolliver Recordings.
    • LM Dupli-Cation.
    • 3.
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters

    Dub Revolution (Part 1)

    • Arkology Reel I Dub Organiser.
    • Chronicles.
    • 1.
  • Steve Reich and Musicians

    City Life: It's Been A Honeymoon - Can't Take No Mo

    • Proverb - City Life.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Steve Reich

    City Life: Heartbeats - Boats And Buoys/Heavy Smoke

    Performer: Steve Reich and Musicians.
    • Proverb - City Life.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Flying Jazz Queens

    Siyahamba

    • Opika Pende : Africa At 78 RPM.
    • Dust to Digital.
    • 2.
  • Jan Peter Schwalm & Brian Eno

    Night Traffic

    • Drawn From Life.
    • Venture.
    • 5.

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