Category Archives: radio

Sounds From The Riverbank

It’s been an aquatic couple of week’s on Radio 3’s In Between the ears. This week’s feature offers us the muttered Chinese whispering and drip-dropping of Goodbye Again and Again. It’s an exploration of Xu Zhimo’s ‘Saying Goodbye to Cambridge Again’, a poem that all Chinese children are made to recite at school but few in the UK have heard of. This feature offers you insight into Xu Zhimo, and how fits into the wider landscape of Chinese poetry and at the same time offers an insight into how Chinese visitors see English culture.

A fitting followup to last week’s In Between the Ears: The Odyssey of Eels, a squelchy and muddy slide into of the world of eels. “A moonlit night on the River Parrett; James Crowden waits with secretive netsmen for the elver run. Each spring these tiny creatures, glass eels, wriggle in their millions out of the Atlantic. No one can afford to eat elvers now; they are bought live for restocking Europe’s rivers. James eavesdrops on deals struck behind vans as elvers are sold for hundreds of pounds a kilo.”

Reminds me a little of that giant of watery radio, Roger Deakin’s Cigarette on the Wavney:


The Woman Behind The Wobbulator

A very nice Delia Derbyshire radio documentary. Imagine stumbling across her stash of tapes.

‘The broadcaster and Doctor Who fan Matthew Sweet travels to The University of Manchester – home of Delia Derbyshire’s private collection of audio recordings – to learn more about the wider career and working methods of the woman who realised Ron Grainer’s original theme to Doctor Who. ‘

Shout Out To the Mental Lentil

Rollo Jackson’s Tape Crackers is a great London music documentary no doubt. Just stumbled onto this intro to the film by Jeremy Gilbert from when it screened at the ICA. And it’s definitely worth a listen.

3rd Coast Roast

The countdown to the 3rd Coast Festival is counting down. If you’re not planning on visiting Chicago this year you can always peruse their website…

Welcome To The Third Dimension

Welcome To The Third Dimension

Especially worth checking out are the many short docs entries submitted by bedroom producers, art house pros and acid casualties. Check ’em out then. All come in at under 3 minutes. Good for short. Attention. Spans.

One of the 3 minute docs is about shoplifting. You could root it out on the 3rd Coast website – or you could just listen to an infinitely improved version below. Cheers to Ayatollah Andrew Higgs for the REMIX.

In The Dark at LDF

In The Dark has announced the dates for its listening events at the London Documentary Festival – and the line up looks like this:

Thursday 29th April 
Close Listening of Nina Perry’s Melting Point + Discussion, The Courthouse Hotel Cinema, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £8.00/£6.00 concessions
Friday 30th April
Close Listening of Berit Hedemann’s Little Woman, What Now? + Discussion, The Courthouse Hotel Cinema, 7.30pm – 9.30pm £8.00/£6.00 concessions 
Saturday 1st May 
Discussion: The Rebirth of Radio – Crafted Audio in the Digital Age 3.00pm – 5.00pm (Free)
Close Listening of Chris Brookes’ 
Songs My Mother Taught Me + Discussion, The Courthouse Hotel Cinema, 7.30pm – 9.30pm £8.00/£6.00 concessions 

Is Somalia the last bastion of piracy? No, London is.


it's the day of the droids!


Jungle pirates lurking on the rooftops! Redsands. Ofcom vs electronic music.

The Impact of Electricity on Music

It is all about this.

Episode 5 of The Wire’s series ‘The Impact of Electricity on Music’ has been available on the 3rd Coast Audio Festival for quite a while now since it won the Director’s Choice award a couple of years ago.

Now I’ve tracked down the rest of the series. Some quality radio from  Chris Brookes, Jowi Taylor and Paolo Pietropaolo.