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