Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chris Watson and Sir David Attenborough in conversation

Calls of the Wild: 
Chris Watson and Sir David Attenborough 
in conversation


From 29 May to 5 September 2010, co-producers Sound and Music and Forma presented Chris Watson's sound installation Whispering in the Leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens, part of Kew's Summer Festival. Chris Watson is a renowned sound recordist and BAFTA winner for his work on the BBC documentary The Life of Birds. In this video he talks to long-time colleague Sir David Attenborough about their experiences sound recording in the wild. The talk was held on 10 August at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and was kindly chaired by Richard Ranft, Head of the British Sound Archive.

Here you can download various tracks, including contributions to the Touch Samplers which are now out of print - note: please open in a separate tab by right-clicking or control clicking the link
The Dawn Chrorus from BBC Tyne
Jesmond Dene

from Sonic Streams [FACT 2007]
Wild Song at Dawn - Listen | Download
Recorded at Springfield Park, Liverpool, 16-19th May 2007

from Touch Sampler 00 [Touch # T_ZERO_0, 2000]
Friday the 13th - Listen | Download
The fall had ruptured his spleen. It took the Land Rover nearly seven hours to reach the George lV hotel, they were desperate, but to late... The feast took place and later the musicians played on the very roof where Nickifi had last spoken to the traitor Dris before he was murdered by the daughters of The Magrha. Friday 13th Sept. 1996. Ouarzazate, Morocco.
A Celebration - Listen | Download
"Leopards stalk the rocky highlands of Ethiopia, and a young boy nervously watches over his family's small herd of goats and roots around the hillside with his olive root stick...
A Blessing - Listen | Download
...A small swarm of bees are disturbed and gather around the boy's head - King Lalibela is discovered"

from Touch Sampler 3 [Touch # T_ZERO_3, 1998]
Out of Our Sight - Listen | Download
Motionless anticipation, along the dry sandy banks of the Zambesi a Mozambique nightjar is sucking in all the remaining light.

from Touch Sampler 2 [Touch # T_ZERO_2, 1997]
Guanacaste - Listen | Download
Dry tropical rain forest, Costa Rica, 0615h 9th April 1995. Kenya 0210h 1st March 1996.