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A sound-rich storytelling show that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how thoughts, feelings and behaviors transform in the dark.



Topics range wildly, encompassing a unique and surprising exploration into the darkness.

Episodes are released monthly. Independently produced by Vanessa Lowe since 2014.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 1.2K Ratings

A sound-rich storytelling show that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how thoughts, feelings and behaviors transform in the dark.



Topics range wildly, encompassing a unique and surprising exploration into the darkness.

Episodes are released monthly. Independently produced by Vanessa Lowe since 2014.

    Introducing Twenty Thousand Hertz

    Introducing Twenty Thousand Hertz

    Hey there - it's Vanessa. I'm hard at work on a brand new episode of Nocturne to be released in a couple of weeks. But in the mean time, I wanted to let you know about another show that I think you'll really like. So, I decided to feature an episode here in the Nocturne feed.

    This story comes from Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. The episode is called Sonic Bubbles, and it's about how humans have shaped our sonic environment.

    Twenty Thousand Hertz has also done episodes about the music in human speech, spy messages on the radio, and the sounds of other planets. Subscribe to Twenty Thousand Hertz, right here in your podcast player, and enjoy Sonic Bubbles now.

    A new episode of Nocturne is coming your way soon.

    • 25 min
    Erosion

    Erosion

    Astronomer James Lowenthal gave a TEDx talk in 2016 warning that with the availability of cheap LED lights, light pollution around the world was about to get much worse very quickly. Little did he know that there was a much bigger threat to the night sky right around the corner.

    • 41 min
    Elemental

    Elemental

    Dvora has interacted with elemental spirits since she was a child.  She's learned to set boundaries, so as not to be attacked or taken advantage of. Sometimes the elementals just want to talk, sometimes they need help,  and sometimes they're the ones offering help.

    Nocturne is having a 30 day special offer on https://www.Patreon.com/nocturnepodcast ! Sign up to become a supporter at the $5 level or above and get all the existing benefits (including Night Light bonus episodes), AND I will send you a treat bag with Nocturne stickers and some other cool stuff.

    • 29 min
    3-2-1!

    3-2-1!

    Danny's first skydiving experience set him on course to do something that most people would never dream of doing, something that for most people would actually be seriously terrifying, and for good reason.



    This story is about something that is dangerous, illegal, and I don't recommend it, AT ALL.



    Nocturne is having a 30 day special offer on https://www.Patreon.com/nocturnepodcast ! Sign up to become a supporter at the $5 level or above and get all the existing benefits (including Night Light bonus episodes), AND I will send you a treat bag with Nocturne stickers and some other cool stuff.

    • 32 min
    The Red Flower

    The Red Flower

    Clustering around the warmth and power of a campfire, it feels like the edges of people get softened - we speak and listen to each other differently - there's a deepening that doesn't happen in many other settings. What use to be the norm, is now a special treat -  gazing into the embers, listening to the mesmerizing crackle, and telling our own secrets and stories in the night.

    • 27 min
    Through the Fog

    Through the Fog

    There are only 6000 tule elk left in the world, all of them found in California. Some of them roam along the coastal hills of Point Reyes National Seashore, an area that is also occupied by cattle and dairy ranches. To protect grazing land for cows, some of the elk are confined by high fences. But as drought worsens, and the elk are cut off from food and water, large numbers of them are dying. A band of activists have been trekking through the fog, in darkness, to try to help them.

    *The initially released version of this episode was revised on the same day of its release.







     







    Through the Fog Credits

    Nocturne is produced by Vanessa Lowe.



    Music



    Nocturne theme music by Kent Sparling



    Additional music:



    Kent Sparling 



    Find more information about Jack Gescheidt.



    Sounds of the nighttime water drop were recorded by Tony Sehgal, for his film, "Dying of Thirst at Point Reyes National Seashore".



    More information on the issues related to the tule elk and cattle operations at Point Reyes National Seashore:

    www.pacificsun.com/death-by-design-how-the-national-park-service-experiments-on-tule-elk/

    www.abc7news.com/tule-elk-deaths-protest-endangered/10838764/



    https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/nature/tule_elk.htm



    www.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/09/13/point-reyes-protest-calls-out-park-service-over-tule-elk-water-supply/



    www.abc7news.com/tule-elk-deaths-protest-endangered/10860141/

    www.ptreyeslight.com/article/elk-activists-stage-protest-ranch-land

    www.ptreyeslight.com/article/true-boom-and-bust-fenced-herd-shrinks-drought

    www.ForElk.org



    www.IDAusa.org



    Episode art by Magdalena Metrycka



     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

SpikeTzu ,

Love

This podcast is absolute audio beauty. Immersive. Wonderful.

anitapod ,

Beautiful

Surrounds me like a cool night fog

My Hand Is A Miracle Worker ,

Thank you!

Such a wonderful podcast.

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