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European exotica, electronica and Musique con Crète

Musique concrète from Crete, songs inspired by forests and a sonic reinterpretation of a film by the Black Audio Film Collective from 1986.

This week the After Dark Zone on Radio 3 explores the magic and the myths of forests. Expect Bulgarian celebrations of bursting foliage and Fairport Convention’s take on Flowers of the Forest, an ancient Scottish song commemorating the defeat of James IV in 1513.

Elsewhere we've musique concrète from Crete, or ‘Musique Con Crète’ if you will, from a new electroacoustic project by Greek musician Tasos Stamou. Stamou visited the island over the course of three summers, collecting field recordings, performing with local musicians, producing electronic compositions and gathering old tapes from the region. The resulting work is a sound collage which pays homage to the ancient music of the area via the electronic tape experiments of the late 1950s.

Also on the menu; raucous gypsy jazz by the Cimbalom Brothers, two Hungarian brothers who play the cimbalom, a type of stringed instrument similar to the hammered dulcimer and a sonic reinterpretation of a film by Eastman of the Black Audio Film Collective called Handsworth Songs. This pioneering arts collective was based in East London from 1983 to 1998 and was formed in response to the civil disturbances in Brixton in the early 80s.

Produced by Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Pirin Ensemble

    Vila sei gora (A Forest Burst Out Into Leaves)

    • Bulgarian Folk Ensembles and Songs.
    • Balkanton.
  • Vicktor Taiwò

    Subducta. Psalm 69

    • Joy Comes In Spirit.
  • Cimbalom Brothers


    • Testvériség.
    • Fono.
  • East Man

    Divide & Conquer (Handsworth Songs)

    • Handsworth Songs.
    • White Label.
  • Puce Mary

    Red Desert

    • The Drought.
    • PAN.
  • Ricardo Dias Gomes

    1 2 3 Nenéns

    • Aa.
    • SDZ.
  • Lubomyr Melnyk

    Son of Parasol

    • Fallen Trees.
    • Erased Tapes.
  • Basement 5

    Paranoiaclaustrophobia: Dub

    • In Dub.
    • Island Records.
  • Τάσος Στάμου

    Ballad of the crippled Gipsy/ Vasiliki /Pirates /A Call

    • Musique con Crète.
    • Discrepant ‎.
  • Alexandra Nicolas

    Coco Fulero

    • Feita Na Pimenta.
  • Michele Mercure

    A Little Piece

    • Beside Herself.
    • RVNG.
  • Fairport Convention

    Flowers Of The Forest

    • Full House.
    • Island Records.
  • Teresa Winter


    • What The Night is For.
    • The Death Of Rave.
  • Merlin Nova

    You're On Your Own

    • Protect Your Flame EP.
    • Blank Editions.
  • Bas Jan

    Instant Nostalgia

    • Instant Nostalgia.
    • Lost Map.
  • Mountain Man

    Stella / AGT

    • Magic Ship.
    • Bella Union.


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