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Sky Songs and Ant Music

Verity Sharp plays sci-fi music for ants, mechanical flirtations from Saint Abdullah and songs for the skies.

Verity Sharp plays music written ‘strictly for insects to understand’ by the Australian artist Eugene Carchesio. He describes his latest release as ‘ant sci-fi’ with most of the tracks clocking in at under a minute and featuring pulsating electronics. We also dip into the new album by the Chicago-based Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble. Written in the summer of 2020 and recorded in the garden behind their studio in a few takes, this was the first time the ensemble had ever played these songs and it captures their excitement to be working together again.

And as the days start to lengthen we look to the skies with a piece for the birds by Iranian-Canadian brothers Saint Abdullah and jazz-inflected throat singing by Tuvan singer Sainkho Namtchylak with her piece ‘Who Stole The Sky’.

Produced by Katie Callin
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

2 hours

Last on

Fri 26 Mar 2021 23:00

Music Played

  • Infant

    damp grale

    • face first in the entangled.
    • mappa.
  • Equiknoxx

    Enter A Raffle Win A Falafel

    • Colón Man.
    • DDS.
  • Princess Nowedonah

    Going Back In Time

    • The Enchanted Spring (An American Indian Legend).
    • Folkways Records.
  • Ivanka Cotrina


    • Anthology Of Experimental Music From Peru.
    • Unexplained Sounds Group.
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


    • Skeleton Tree.
    • Bad Seed Ltd..
  • Gazelle Twin & NYX


    • Deep England.
    • NYX Collective Records.
  • Saint Abdullah

    The Birds Discuss The Journey (feat. John Butcher)

    • Mechanical Flirtations.
    • True Aether.
  • Sainkho Namtchylak

    Who Stole The Sky?

    • Who Stole The Sky?.
    • Ponderosa Music & Art.
  • IR-Indigenous Resistance Sankara Future Dub Resurgence

    When Visions Fall From Sky

    • Civil Disobedience Part 1​/​4.
    • Syrphe.
  • Khalab & M'berra Ensemble

    Skit Guit

    • M'berra.
    • Real World.
  • Hukwe Zawose

    Mhilime magongo

    • Tanzanie - Chants Des Wagogo Et Des Kuria.
    • Inedit.
  • Anne Guthrie

    Variation On Coral

    • Gyropedie.
    • Students of Decay.
  • Richard Greenan

    Topple a River

    • Rehearsing Heat.
    • Kit Records.
  • Josh Hill

    Happy Sounds Listener Submission

  • Andrew Plantagenet Summers

    Happy Sounds Listener Submission

  • Phoebe McIndoe

    Happy Sounds Listener Submission

  • David Bamford

    Happy Sounds Listener Submission

  • Los Zheros

    Para Chachita

    • Peru Maravilloso (Vintage Latin, Tropical And Cumbia).
    • Tiger's Milk Records.
  • Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

    Now (Forever Momentary Space)

    • NOW.
    • International Anthem Recording Co.
  • Eugene Carchesio

    No Place I.XXIV

    • No Place I.
    • Room 40.
  • Katatonic Silentio

    Erupting Soil

    • Bittissue.
    • Biodiversità Records.
  • Lucy Liyou

    for N.

  • Widow's Weeds

    A Whisper In The Woods

    • Revenant.
    • Reverb Worship.
  • Annea Lockwood

    Ground Of Being

    • Ground Of Being.
    • Recital.
  • Thefuries


    • Requiem for Survivors: Counterflows Performance.
  • Robbie Basho

    Priest Spring Jazz

    • Songs Of The Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes.
    • Tompkins Square.
  • Lena Platonos

    I Hide Myself Within My Flower

    • Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.
  • Ailie Ormston & Finlay Clark

    Seeing Daylight

    • Sunflowers Face The Sun.
    • 33 33.


  • Fri 26 Mar 2021 23:00

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