33 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

    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
    Nature
    Moroccan 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  
    Fungi
    Amanita
    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 Pole
    Ray Mears 
    Shamanism
    Music 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’.


    THEME MUSIC BY COLIN WILLIAMS


    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:


    Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh
    Black Shuck
    East Anglia
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
    Flag Fen
    Caldicot
    Shamanism
    Saint Christopher
    New Testament
    Bog bodies
    River Styx
    Spanish Water Dog
    Anubis
    Sirius
    Tutankhamun 
    Werewolf
    Dogman Encounters Radio
    Beast of Bray Road
    Jung
    Archetypes
    Jackal
    Osiris
    Sumarian Goddess Bau
    The Omen
    Lycanthrope
    Beowulf
    Grendel
    Scucca
    Hellhound on My Trail
    Robert Johnson
    Delta Blues
    Gospel music
    Caerwent
    Staines
    Leiston Abbey
    Felixstowe
    Gorleston
    Long Island
    Ipswich

    • 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
    29. Ed O’Brien. Earth ~ the album and in nature

    29. Ed O’Brien. Earth ~ the album and in nature

    “There are many songs in the landscape”, says Ed O’Brien, guitarist and member of Radiohead, “it roots you in what it means to be a human being; what are we doing walking on this planet”. In this podcast it’s our delight to have time with Ed as he describes the making of his solo album ‘Earth’ in retreat in mid-Wales, amidst a timeless, rich vein of Celtic tradition, and in Brazil amidst the polyrhythms of insects that are at the heart of samba.


    Landscape, belief, aliveness, quantum physics, spirituality, and reading poetry aloud in the mountains, the interview dances through concepts, connections and contrasts, from a man who continues to be creating contemporary music that is a record of time, place, resonance and emotions. “Nature and landscape are not always easy places to be but you couldn’t feel more alive”.


    Ed O’Brien and ‘Earth’ https://www.eobmusic.com 




    INTRODUCTORY AND INCIDENTAL MUSIC: Colin Williams 


     


    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:


    Led Zeppelin 
    Bon Iver 
    Jack Kerouac  
    Snowdonia
    Radiohead 
    Brazil 
    Oxfordshire 
    Vale of the White Horse 
    Mid-Wales 
    Cambrian Mountains 
    Jay Griffiths - Wild 
    Rhayader 
    River Wye  
    Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass  
    William Blake 
    Dylan Thomas 
    Celtic Nations 
    The Shard 
    Plynlimon 
    Rebecca Solnit - Wanderlust 
    Barry Lopez 
    Aberystwyth  
    Ezra Pound  
    Dead Poets Society 
    Atheism  
    Agnosticism  
    Buddhism 
    Aldous Huxley - The Perennial Philosophy  
    Sufism  
    Kabbalah  
    Hinduism  
    Samba  
    Laura Marling  
    Nick Drake  
    New Mexico  
    Arizona  
    Dehli  
    Rajasthan  
    Bhutan  
    Sámi  
    Aretha Franklin  
    Quantum physics  
    Paul McCartney 

    • 48 min
    28. Gillian Burke ~ storytelling & the light and shade of being alive

    28. Gillian Burke ~ storytelling & the light and shade of being alive

    Gillian Burke is a biologist, TV presenter, public speaker, voiceover artist, writer and mother, and she joins us to discuss how people can relate to, and tell stories of, the human and non-human world. At a critical time for our environment scientists and artists can tell stories, especially when every single person and every single organism has a story to tell, about staying alive.


    With her African, Asian, European, Native American, Oriental and Polynesian ancestry she uses different perspectives is to push past boundaries and discover greater empathy and connection with each other and the world we live in. A passion for science and storytelling reside in the universal themes of defeat and victory, endurance and resilience, the light and shade of being alive.


    Gillian Burke’s website http://www.gillianburkevoice.com


    INTRODUCTORY AND INCIDENTAL MUSIC: Colin Williams 


     


    Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:


    Kenya 
    Nairobi  
    University of Bristol  
    Blow Flies  
    Power lifting
    Cool Earth  
    Professor Wangari Maathai  
    Green Belt Movement Kenya  
    Survival International
    First Nations  
    Celtic  
    Cornwall  
    Beltane  
    Stonehenge  
    Matt Chatfield, The Cornwall Project
    Medieval  
    Druids 

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

geraldffynnon ,

Emotive

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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