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Sonic Self-Care

Jennifer Lucy Allan creates and considers sonic safe spaces with her guest, academic Mack Hagood. Hear work from composer Daniel Fishkin and violinist Mandhira de Saram.

Noise-cancelling headphones, white noise, and phone apps playing relaxing natural sounds are increasingly ubiquitous. In Mack Hagood’s recent book ‘Hush’ these devices are labelled “orphic media”, referencing the mythical Orpheus who counteracted the fatal song of the Sirens by playing a song of his own, fighting sound with sound to create a safe space.

So, with the growth of technology that allows users to control their environment and practise sonic self-care, how does our relationship to noise, music, and listening change as a result? Mack Hagood is an author, podcaster, and professor at Miami University in Ohio. He joins presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan to discuss his research.

Within tonight’s discussion, hear experiments in music, sound, and listening from composer Daniel Fishkin, violinist Mandhira de Saram, and Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros.

Produced by Jack Howson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

2 hours

Last on

Fri 6 Mar 2020 23:00

Music Played

  • The Deadlians

    I don't wanna ride yer aul one anymore.

    • I don't wanna ride yer aul one anymore..
  • Urs Graf Consort

    Når solen skinner

    • Uva Ursi.
    • Bison.
  • Jennifer Walshe

    Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli, Agnus Dei I

    • A Late Anthology of Early Music.
    • Tetbind.
  • Sven-Åke Johansson

    Etwas Entfernt Vom Mikrofon

    • Schlingerland / Dynamische Schwingungen.
  • Archie Shepp

    Attica Blues

    • Attica Blues.
    • Impulse!.
  • Mandhira de Saram

    Anchor (Barbican Sculpture Court)

    • A3 V.A. - Musicity x Culture Mile.
  • Daniel Fishkin

    Masking Study

    Performer: Anastasia Clarke. Performer: Matt Marble. Performer: Oliver Jones. Performer: Samuel Lang Budin.
    • Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2012.
    • Cryptic Carousel Records.
  • Pauline Oliveros

    Tuning Meditation for massed choirs (Recorded live at the Deep∞Minimalism Festival, St John's Smith Square, 2016)

    • From The Kitchen Archives - New Music New York 1979.
    • Orange Mountain Music.
  • Stephen Shiell


    • Sonance.
    • Linear Obsessional Recordings.
  • Sun Araw


    • Rock Sutra.
    • SUN ARK.
  • Yiota Lydia


    • The Sun is Setting on the World.
    • Death Is Not The End.
  • Keijo & Jarmo

    Old Man's Blues

    • Along the Sun and the Rain.
    • Ikuisuus.
  • Nam June Paik

    Prepared Piano for Merce Cunningham (1977)

    • Works 1958​-​1979.
    • Sub Rosa.


  • Fri 6 Mar 2020 23:00

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