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  1. David Attenborough - World Music Collector

    David Attenborough reveals a side of himself that nobody knows, as a collector of music from all over the world. We hear the stories that surround it, and the music itself.

    One of David Attenborough’s first projects was ‘Alan Lomax - Song Hunter’, a television series he produced in 1953-4. The famous collector of the blues and folk music of America gathered traditional musicians from all over Britain and Ireland and, for the first time, they appeared on television. David loved the music, the people and, inspired by Lomax, he became music collector himself.

    From the start there was a connection between wildlife and folk culture broadcasting: BBC natural history staff shared an office, and equipment, with colleagues busy recording traditional songs, tunes and stories. Soon after ‘Song Hunter’ Attenborough began travelling the world for the series ‘Zoo Quest’. This time the hunt was for animals, captured live for London Zoo. The series also looked at the culture of local people and if he came across music Attenborough recorded it. In Paraguay he met some amazing harp players and recorded what became the series’ signature tune. This started a craze. Remember Los Trios Paraguayos?

    Wherever he went to make programmes David Attenborough recorded musicians. When the lads carrying the crew’s baggage in New Guinea started singing, he taped them. He recorded songs in Borneo longhouses, drumming in Sierra Leone, gamelan music in Java, Aboriginal didgeridoo players and palace music in Tonga.

    Attenborough gave the music to the BBC and it has sat, unheard, in the Sound Library ever since. Now he listens again to recordings he made half a century ago. He reveals the memories and stories they evoke, and his delight in the music.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p067sqpm

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  2. Paper Radio : The Cosmic Frequency

    Paper Radio. Stories that talk. A creative audio fiction and non-fiction podcast from Australia and New Zealand.

    Before the likes of Skype and Twitter, curious people built and operated amateur ‘ham’ radios in order to connect with other curious people around the world.

    The Cosmic Frequency tells the story of Maggie Iaquinto, an American-born Australian who forged a unique relationship with the Russian cosmonauts aboard the space station Mir.

    http://www.paperradio.net/am/the-cosmic-frequency

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  3. RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Calligraphers’ Song

    A radio documentary about different ways of seeing the Book of Kells.

    ‘The Calligraphers’ Song’ was first broadcast on 15th April 2002.

    Produced by Lorelei Harris.

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-calligraphers-song.html

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  4. RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Balloon in Brosna

    Sunday 24th May 2009, 7pm

    Con was born in Brosna, Co Kerry in 1925. Every year the village of Brosna holds a festival in his honour.

    Con’s life story has a Rabelaisian quality to it. Apprenticed as a blacksmith - a trade with no future he points out - he left for the promise of London at an early age. There he worked as a ganger for Murphy for ten years, tunnelling beneath the streets of the city, before becoming a publican.

    His 14-year tenancy of The Balloon in Chelsea passed into London folklore. The Balloon was renowned as a place that rarely closed for business - pushed by a policeman on one occasion Curtin defined his opening hours as from January until December.

    He played music on the Topic album, Paddy in the Smoke, recorded in London in the 1960s and regarded by many as the finest live recording of traditional music ever made.

    Musically Curtin is defined by Sliabh Luchra and by his time in London. Brosna is - for him - the place that music comes from and his life has been defined by that music and the people he met through it. Con Curtin was one of the last of his kind: a natural storyteller.

    Con passed away in April 2009.

    Producers: Peter Woods and Liam O’Brien.

    (First broadcast July 2005)

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/the_balloon_in_brosna2.html

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  5. DocArchive: Where Are You Going?

    Catherine Carr charts the course of one day in the lives of many people, making many different journeys across the globe. By simply asking "Where are you going", she unearths the painful, the poignant and the downright bizarre.

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