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Ghosts in the Machine

Occult phenomena, musical mediums and a live beetle jew’s harp: Verity Sharp plays music to call up the spirits.

Verity Sharp summons the sound of Victorian spiritualists and musician mediums thanks to a new release on the Sub Rosa label that plunders the audio archives of the paranormal. With archives in mind, we also have a piece from the BBC’s music library that features a live beetle jew’s harp, recorded in northeast New Guinea. The recording was made using a live beetle tied to a small splinter of wood and held to the mouth, and buzzes at a constant pitch to form a drone underneath the player.

Plus music for the autumn in July: Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor joins forces with the Dutch jazzers Rembrandt Frerichs Trio on a new release called It’s Still Autumn.

Produced by Alannah Chance
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Janet Hodgson

    Voice Produced By Janet Hodgson During A Trance [Enfield, England, January-February 1978]

    • Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology Of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol. 1.
    • Sub Rosa ‎.
  • Michael O Shea

    Anfa Dásachtach

    • Michael O Shea.
    • Allchival.
  • Cath & Phil Tyler

    Broad Is The Road That Leads To Death

    • The Song​-​Crowned King.
    • Ferric Mordant Records.
  • Laura Jurd

    Companion Species

    • Stepping Back Jumping In.
    • Edition.
  • LISTEN WITH MOTHER - NOLA YORK, ALISON MCMORLAND, TONY AITKEN

    Live Beetle Jew's Harp

  • Leslie Flint

    Leslie Flint And The "Voice" Of Oscar Wilde

    • Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology Of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol. 1.
    • Sub Rosa ‎.
  • City & i.o

    Anxiety Object

    • Spirit Volume.
    • PTP.
  • KOKOKO!

    Tokoliana

    • Fongola.
    • Transgressive Records ‎.
  • Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson

    Woman In The Dunes

    • Crop Circles.
    • Relative Pitch Records.
  • Etienne Nbozo & Raymond Doko

    Ndio

    • Centrafrique: Musique gbáyá: chants à penser.
    • Ocora.
  • Normil Hawaiians

    Slaves

    • What’s Going On.
    • Upset The Rhythm.
  • Normil Hawaiians

    Louise Michel

    • What’s Going On.
    • Upset The Rhythm.
  • Normil Hawaiians

    Big Lies

    • What’s Going On.
    • Upset The Rhythm.
  • Jack Sutton

    Jack Sutton And The "Haunted Airfield" [Norfolk, England, c. 1980]

    • Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology Of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol. 1.
    • Sub Rosa ‎.
  • Langham Research Centre

    The Undersized Shadow

    • Tape Works Vol. 1.
    • Nonclassical.
  • Doug & Jack Wallin

    Two Ghost Stories

    • Family Songs And Stories From The North Carolina Mountains.
    • Smithsonian Folkways.
  • Kayhan Kalhor

    Dusk: Introduction

    • It’s Still Autumn.
    • Kepera Records ‎.
  • Kemper Norton

    halan 1

    • brunton calciner.
  • Unknown

    The Th. case of Reverend W.S. Irving and T. Besterman [Switzerland, April 16, 1967]

    • Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology Of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol. 1.
    • Sub Rosa ‎.
  • Laura Cannell & Polly Wright

    Help Me To Salt Help Me To Sorrow

    • Sing as the Crow Flies.
    • Brawl Records.
  • Danny Pedler & Greg Russell

    Down and Deeper

    • Field & Dyke.
  • Unknown

    The S Case (Germany 1968)

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