34 episodes

the human experience in the non-human world: discussion and experiences on location and in the studio

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the human experience in the non-human world: discussion and experiences on location and in the studio

    35. Tide ~ time & tidings

    35. Tide ~ time & tidings

    A high tide coming
    Will eat the land
    A tide no breakwaters can withstand.
    Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes, Op. 33 Benjamin Britten, libretto Montagu Slater
    On a cold winter's day, we go down to a river that becomes the sea and, in an exploration of the complex human relations with the tide, we go with the ‘ebb and flow’, feel the currents, watch the high water mark and study what gets cast up. We are waiting to see what the tide brings and what it takes away; especially at this time in human history. 
    With music from Colin Williams.
    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
    Peter Grimes
    River Alde 
    Benjamin Britten 
    Moby Duck
    Wild Man of Orford 
    Wadden Sea 
    Just as the Tide was Flowing 
    Isle of Iona 
    Julius Caesar; William Shakespeare

    • 41 min
    34. Extinction ~ loss, hope and redemption

    34. Extinction ~ loss, hope and redemption

    We live in the age of the 6th Mass Extinction; one that is human caused. Yet, amidst all this loss, we are still finding so called ‘Lazarus’ species; creatures that we believe we had extirpated but have been re-found. And some that have not been proven, but many fervently believe are still alive, clinging on to existence away from human gaze and knowledge; ready for a second coming.
    Why are we so reluctant to let go of that which has demonstrably gone? Why do we hold a desperate desire that some creatures are still there, but we didn’t care enough at the time to stop their eradication? In this episode we explore stories of the Tasmanian Tiger, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and others, and wonder why do so many of us ache for natural loss not to be final.
    With music from Colin Williams
    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
    Ivory-billed Woodpecker
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    Cottingley Faeries
    Sixth Mass Extinction
    Yangtze River Dolphin
    Passenger Pigeon
    Honshu Wolf
    Mexican Grizzly Bear
    Tasmanian Emu
    Tasman Starling
    New Zealand Storm Petrel
    Mahogany Glider
    Mountain Pygmy Possum
    Adelaide Pygmy Blue-tongued Skink
    Bridled Nail-tailed Wallaby
    Night Parrot
    Aldo Leopold’s ‘Sand County Almanac’ 
    Darren Rees
    Ghosts of Gone Birds
    BirdLife International
    Carolina Parakeet
    John James Audubon
    Lonesome George
    Natural History Museum, Tring
    Sam Keen

    • 36 min
    33. Sense of scent ~ second nature, beyond words

    33. Sense of scent ~ second nature, beyond words

    Of all the ways we relate to the natural world it could be said that the human sense of smell is by turns our most powerful sense and yet also our weakest link with the rest of Nature. Scents can transport us, can help us form enduring memories, proves the link between our olfactory system and our limbic system.
    The human nose and brain can detect 1 trillion different odours yet we have inadequate language to describe them, often amalgamate them into collective smells (“it smells like a forest”) and struggle to quieten our mind in Nature and become one with the odours. With contributions from Ella Roberts, Sam Lee, Devi Singh and Gina Gow, we attempt to make sense of scents.
    Music from Colin Williams
    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
    Jasmine Tom Robbins Sam Lee NatureMoroccan souk Herb Robert  Peak District Patrick Süskind  Freshwater Mint Meadowsweet  Adam Thorpe Wiltshire Downs  Hiraeth  Cistus Wild Thyme  Cairngorms  Cuban cigar  Fern Schumer Chapman  Balsam Poplar  Tamarack Song  Aldo Leopold  Red Fox Henry Beston  Sagebrush Yellowstone  Western Meadowlark  White Sage  Bay of Fundy Bougainvillaea  FungiAmanita Neroli Rosemary 

    • 44 min
    32. Sam Lee. The Nightingale ~ totem, identity and hope

    32. Sam Lee. The Nightingale ~ totem, identity and hope

    Is song connected to even deeper roots than time and place? Can music and song can bring us closer to the non-human world? Does musical meaning arise from the experience of inhabiting the world and is it shared freely between humans and birds and trees and ‘all our relations’? 
    We explore all this and much more with the wonderful Sam Lee. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, passionate conservationist, song collector and successful creator of live events. Alongside his organisation, The Nest Collective, Sam has shaken up the music scene breaking boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed places and ways folksong is appreciated.
    And he is the author of the acclaimed ‘The Nightingale’, a book about a bird whose presence and reassurance of nature represents an English totemism, a symbol of a visceral relationship with the natural world, myth and identity. Mixing grief, hope and vision for the future, we explore how Nature projects on to us, not us on to Nature.
    Sam Lee website  
    The Nightingale book 
    Old Wow album 
    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
    Jeannie Robertson - MacCrimmons Lament Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Bernard Butler Buzzard Totem  Anthropomorphism  Heron  Kestrel Ornithology  Totem PoleRay Mears ShamanismMusic Declares Emergency  Wembley Stadium  Hans Christian Andersen  J M W Turner  Hawthorn Supermoon  Ecology Solastalgia  Caroline Lucas MP  Benedict MacDonald - Rebirding Monsanto  Siren Calling  Fridays for Future 

    • 38 min
    31. Black Shuck ~ and the hounds of the liminal lands

    31. Black Shuck ~ and the hounds of the liminal lands

    An archetype, a creature that we impose human ideas, ideals, values and characteristics upon? A real, spectral being, visiting us from the demonic world? Or simply our domestic companion for thousands of years that we have venerated, commemorated and depicted in myriad ways? Hounds have been - and continue to be - all of these for us humans.
    As a denizen of the wild around them, humans have encountered wolves, jackals and dogs dependent upon geography, and those cultures have found ways to bring those relationships into myth, legend, worship, movies and more. In this episode we ponder Anubis in Egypt and the Beast of Bray Road, Robert Johnson’s ‘Hellhound on My Trail’ and the legend of East Anglia’s ‘Black Shuck’.
    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
    Holy Trinity Church, BlythburghBlack ShuckEast AngliaThe Hound of the BaskervillesHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Flag FenCaldicotShamanismSaint ChristopherNew TestamentBog bodiesRiver StyxSpanish Water DogAnubisSiriusTutankhamun WerewolfDogman Encounters RadioBeast of Bray RoadJungArchetypesJackalOsirisSumarian Goddess BauThe OmenLycanthropeBeowulfGrendelScuccaHellhound on My TrailRobert JohnsonDelta BluesGospel musicCaerwentStainesLeiston AbbeyFelixstoweGorlestonLong IslandIpswich

    • 39 min
    30. Ed Parnell. Ghostland ~ In Search of a Haunted Country

    30. Ed Parnell. Ghostland ~ In Search of a Haunted Country

    The power of place, our fascination with what is not human . . . these have been cornerstones of Beneath the Stream since we began. But so too is the power of the human mind, our perceptions, our telling of stories and perhaps, most of all, the telling of stories to ourselves through culture and memory and the tricks and truths we encounter.
    The work of author Ed Parnell is a powerful illustration of all of the above. His acclaimed book Ghostland has been described as “Parnell’s moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.” Ghostland was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley 2020 Award for memoir.
    Speaking in the book of his memories he says, “All of it was real, I think”.
    Ed Parnell’s website https://edwardparnell.com 
    INTRODUCTORY AND INCIDENTAL MUSIC: Colin Williams singing ‘Breaths’ by Sweet Honey in the Rock
    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
    M R James https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._R._James Algernon Blackwood https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algernon_Blackwood Stonehenge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge Garth Marenghi's Darkplace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Marenghi%27s_Darkplace Boston, Lincs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Lincolnshire Holbeach Marsh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holbeach_Marsh New York - Lou Reed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_(album) Fata Morgana https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage) Pilgrim Hospital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Hospital Illustrated London News https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illustrated_London_News The Willows https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Willows_(story) The Danube https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danube Lakenheath Fen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakenheath_Fen_RSPB_reserve Golden Oriole https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_golden_oriole Arthur Machen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Machen Alan Garner https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Garner Weirdstone of Brisingamen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weirdstone_of_Brisingamen The Moon of Gomrath https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moon_of_Gomrath Hemmingford Grey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemingford_Grey Robert Lloyd-Parry http://www.nunkie.co.uk Waterland, Graham Swift https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterland_(novel) The Wash https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wash Jodrell Bank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodrell_Bank_Observatory E F Benson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._F._Benson Borth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borth William Hope Hodgson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hope_Hodgson Folk Horror https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_horror The House on the Borderland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_the_Borderland The Blood on Satan’s Claw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blood_on_Satan%27s_Claw The Wicker Man https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wicker_Man Witchfinder General https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchfinder_General_(film) Psychogeography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychogeography The Blair Witch Project https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blair_Witch_Project Lapwing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_lapwing Bella Lugosi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bela_Lugosi An American Werewolf in London https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Werewolf_in_London Tolkien https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien Harry Potter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter The X-files https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27Oh,_Whistle,_and_I%27ll_Come_to_You,_My_Lad%27 Watership Down https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watership_Down 

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

geraldffynnon ,


Loved the music intro. Also evoked some memories. Thank you.

OutlanderYT ,

A very thoughtful and well produced podcast

I am enjoying this one, although the numbering of the episides seems to have gone a bit wrong. Neil Oliver was (as always) a brilliant guest.

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