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Antwerp Central Station Field Recording

Four minutes in the main hall of Antwerp Central Station in late August. The space is gorgeous to look at too!

White Cliffs of Dover

Another of those nature walks I do. If you’ve heard one, you’ll know that listening is a waste of your time. 1 August, 2012, and we’re walking from…

Being stopped in my tracks on Hampstead Heath Extension

Out for a wander with newly thrown-together microphone windshields to test, nearly leaving the Heath, where the National Grid has works underway on requiring temporary traffic lights on…

I wanted to settle down here

A radio feature, a travelogue. A version of an RTÉ Doc on One that I never made – despite help and support from them and Russell Finch, I…

Joyous or sad

Generalising, but: features producers love radio that brings joy. A bit of a laugh. Comparative “outsiders” – writers, musicians, listeners – are moved more highly by desperately sad, gut-wrenching…

Some listening

Catching up on more than a day of unheard listening is taking some time. It’s easy to go for the guaranteed hits – WireTap before work on a…

Off to Leipzig – Future of Radio in the Digital Age

Weeee! Off to Leipzig today, for the EBU/Prix Europa/Leipziger-Medienstiftung Think Tank on Radio in the Digital Age. Lots of good (and short) thought pieces to read on it…

The best of the 70s

Commercial radio has been thrown into fearful angst this as key players realised there is a rival technology capable of bringing the 1970s vividly to life. Thirty one…

Sod off, insecure old radio people, with your “theatre of the mind”

Radio has a weight around its shoulders – baggage from the previous generation. The grandees of today (and most of their teachers) went through an era in their…

Radio format and podcast fatigue

The cool kids don’t listen to This American Life anymore. That sweeping statement isn’t accurate, but has more of a ring of truth to it in Europe than…

2011 in Inverse Proportion

Technique: grab some stuff from the Raw Audio folder, all from 2011; line it up; export. Voila!

Raven Wood on the Winter Solstice

Went off to Raven Wood today. It’s an interesting place, coniferous woodland on sand dunes, with the Irish Sea on one side and reclaimed mudflats on the other….

Berlin Flagpoles

First lunch break from the Prix Europa, on the Sunday, I crossed the road and made a couple of wee recordings. It was lovely!

Hearing Voices is Meditation

I spent a sunny hour in autumnal Green Park yesterday with a keen and experienced practitioner of Yoga. And I spent an hour ironing shirts today while listening…

My Batteries Ran Out in the Rose Garden

I didn’t notice for a moment – in the rain, with the bird, the dog, and the plane.