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Space is the Place

Jennifer Lucy Allan is joined by jazz flautist Nicole Mitchell for a special on science fiction in music.

Jennifer Lucy Allan travels the spaceways for a Late Junction special on science fiction, with jazz flautist Nicole Mitchell. Mitchell leads the rotating cast of the eclectic Black Earth Ensemble, and is former chairperson of Chicago musicians collective the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). She joins us to select music and discuss the work of science fiction writer Octavia Butler who has been deeply influential on her work. Butler’s visions of time travel, inter-species relationships and an unravelling America, propose radical spaces where social relations can be reimagined and Afrofuturist utopias can take root.

Elsewhere we’ll hear other artists who have been exploring alternative futures. Expect dub legend Scientist meeting the space invaders, Stockhausen’s flying saucer operas, Ursula Le Guin’s imagined languages, and Detroit techno duo Drexciya’s sub-aquatic Black Atlantic society.

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

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Music Played

  • Velimir Khlebnikov

    The Radio Of The Future

  • Black Quantum Futurism


  • Parliament

    Mothership Connection (Star Child)

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Kombination 3 1 (Sternklang)

    Conductor: Karlheinz Stockhausen.
  • Scientist

    Cloning Process

  • Joe Meek And The Blue Men

    I Hear A New World

  • Yochanan & The Sun Ra Arkestra

    Message To Earthman

  • Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E. Harris

    Whole Black Collision

  • Muhal Richard Abrams

    The Bird Song

  • Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program

    Great Black Music

  • Art Ensemble of Chicago

    Dreaming Of The Master

  • Todd Barton & Ursula K. Le Guin

    A Homesick Song

  • clipping.

    The Deep

  • Drexciya


  • Ennio Morricone

    Come Maddalena

    Performer: Vincenzo Restuccia. Choir: I cantori moderni di Alessandroni. Choir: Voci Bianche Di Renata Cortiglioni. Conductor: Bruno Nicolai.
  • Oumou Diabaté

    Song For Mansa Abu Bakr II

  • Louis Barron & Bebe Barron

    Ancient Krell Music

  • Lars-Gunnar Bodin

    The Feeling

  • Lars-Gunnar Bodin

    On He Rushed

  • Meredith Monk & Bang on a Can All-Stars

    Migration (1983)

  • Juliet Robson

    Keplar 36

  • Richard Pinhas

    Duncan Idaho


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