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Nick Luscombe

Houseplants and indoor trees, tune in! Tracks to encourage growth and engender enjoyment in our photosynthesising friends, from Molly Roth, Mort Garson and Roger Roger.

Tell your houseplants and indoor trees to tune in tonight, for tracks to encourage growth and engender enjoyment in our photosynthesising friends.

Do not worry for the moment whether plants can hear, or if indeed what genre of music they like best. Just let Nick Luscombe lead you down the garden path towards an enclave of flowery, fruity, fertile sound, featuring: spoken word artist Molly Roth, the hit of the Transworld Home Horticulture Exhibit in Chicago, 1976; research project Folklore Tapes interpreting Flora Britannica, the matter of Britain; and psychedelic, electronic, green sounds from Mort Garson, Roger Roger, and David Eden.

There's also time to look at some of the grandest, busiest experimental events happening this August, with reference to the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festivals, and featuring tracks from Sharon Van Etten and SOPHIE.

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Molly Roth

    Plant Talk

    • Plant Talk/Sound Advice.
    • Plant Talk Productions.
  • Mort Garson

    Plantasia

    • Mother Earth's Plantasia.
    • Homewood Records.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Venus' Flytrap And The Bug

    • Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants.
    • Motown.
  • Joshua Bonnetta

    Cactus (Cactaceae Sp.)

    • The Folklore Of Plants Volume 1.
    • Folklore Tapes ‎.
  • Modern Studies

    Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

    • The Folklore Of Plants Volume 1.
    • Folklore Tapes ‎.
  • Jennifer Reid

    Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)

    • The Folklore Of Plants Volume 1.
    • Folklore Tapes ‎.
  • Aphex Twin

    T69 Collapse

    • Collapse.
    • Warp Records.
  • Angharad Davies

    Brocade

    • Brocade.
  • Jlin

    Unorthodox Elements

    • Autobiography (Music from Wayne McGregor's Autobiography).
    • Planet Mu.
  • Roger Roger

    Rhapsodie In Green: Effluves

    • De La Musique Et Des Secrets Pour Enchanter Vos Plantes.
    • Tchou Éditeur.
  • Leveret

    Sylvia's Serenade / Blew Bell Hornpipe

  • Jack Wilkins

    Red Clay

    • Windows.
    • Mainstream Records ‎.
  • Fran & Flora

    Geamporales (feat. Linde Timmermans)

  • La Leif

    Chanctonbury Ring (feat. Ndella)

    • The Nest.
    • The Lumen Lake.
  • Om Buschman

    Prima Kalimba

    • Tropical Drums Of Deutschland.
    • Music For Dreams.
  • Hiroshi Sato

    Kalimba Night

    • Orient.
    • Wewantsounds ‎.
  • My Silence

    I Didn't Dream Last Night (feat. Sharon Van Etten)

    • It Only Happens At Night.
    • 482 Music.
  • Reza Jacobs

    Vocalise For Neema

    Performer: Gregory Oh. Performer: Ben Grossman. Singer: Neema Bickersteth.
  • Emmylou Harris

    Roses in the Snow

    • Roses In The Snow.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
  • David Edren

    Leaves Of The Telegraph Plant

    • Music For Mimosa Pudica & Codariocalyx.
    • Earth.Rope.Pot.Plant ‎.
  • SOPHIE

    Whole New World/Pretend World

    • Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides.
    • Transgressive Records.

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