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The Rest Is Noise

Verity Sharp splinters the barrier between noise and quiet, playing pieces which probe the pregnant pause, the hushed tone and the deafening silence.

Verity Sharp listens to the silence in an increasingly noisy world with two hours of music that straddle the divide between noise and quiet. We play pieces that probe the pregnant pause, the hushed tone and the sounds you hear when you are paying attention. We flirt with the emergency tape with tracks from a new compilation called Now That’s What I Call Silence, a home for artists who were rejected by streaming platforms for being “too silent” and feature Japanese Gagaku artists who cherish the idea of ‘ma’, a silence which gives form to composition. We remember the analogue noise of the cassette with Argentine band Reynols who released an album solely comprised of amplified slabs of tape hiss.

Elsewhere Verity plays the French cellist Leila Bordreuil who composes in silence, the data corrupted noise of Brazilian artist Cadu Tenorio and the electronic undertow of Irish musician Maria Somerville.

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

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Music Played

  • Daniel Levitin

    Anticipation (feat. Jonathan Rundman)

    • A Call For Silence.
    • Sonic Arts Network.
  • Henry Koek


    • Xperimental Vocalism vol I.
    • A NEW HAI.
  • Robin Richards

    Gefail Yr Ynys

    • Castel EP.
    • PRAH Recordings.
  • Arvo Pärt


    • Kanon Pokajanen.
    • ECM Records.
  • Omar Shooli

    Hab Isii (Hug Me)

    • Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972​-​1991).
    • Analog Africa.
  • Morton Feldman & John Tilbury

    Intermission 5

    • All Piano.
    • LondonHALL ‎.
  • Maria Somerville

    All My People

    • All My People.
  • The Beach Boys

    The Little Girl I Once Knew (45 Version)

    • Good Vibrations - Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Alvin Lucier

    I Am Sitting In A Room

    • I Am Sitting In A Room.
    • Lovely Music, Ltd..
  • Prince Jammy

    Martian Encounter

    • Prince Jammy Destroys The Invaders....
    • Greensleeves Records.
  • Whistling Arrow

    Whistling Arrow

    • Whistling Arrow.
    • God Unknown Records.
  • Tadashi Tajima

    Yamagoe (Beyond The Mountain)

    • Japan: Master Of Shakuhachi.
    • Network Medien.
  • Lea Bertucci

    Wind Piece

    • Resonant Field.
    • NNA Tapes.
  • People Like Us

    Cage Silenced

    • A Call For Silence.
    • Sonic Arts Network ‎.
  • Bodies That Matter

    Mains Hum

    • Silber Records.
  • Cadu Tenório

    Pelagea noir roleplay

    • Corrupted Data蝶とクジラ.
  • Sandy Denny

    Here In Silence

    • A Boxful Of Treasures.
    • Fledg'ling Records.
  • Danny Clay & Matt Atkins


    • An Index of Textures.
    • tsss tapes.
  • Andaleeb M. Wasif

    KAB TEHRAY GA DARD-E-DIL KAB RAAT BASAR HOGI (When Will This Ache Abate, My Heart, When Will My Night End?)

    • Andaleeb M. Wasif.
    • Little Axe Records.
  • Primitive Motion & Anthony Burr

    Breath Of Light Remains

    • Breath Of Light Remains.
    • Room40.
  • Reynolds


    • Reynolds tapes.
  • Leila Bordreuil


    • Headflush.
    • Catch Wave Ltd..


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