Sound and Music Podcast Episode 10: Climate: Place

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Composers Hanna TuulikkiColin Riley and Dai Fujikura share their music and thoughts exploring the importance of place in music. How does the more-than-human manifest itself in the composers’ music, and what does it mean to be composing music in times of the climate crisis? 

From imitating birds to Japanese onomatopoeia, we listen to a song written for a stream in the Cairngorms, music that imitates the freedom and order of birds flying, and how can one make sense of climate grief through sound and movement. Join our CEO Susanna Eastburn MBE and festival director Fiona Robertson (Sound Scotland) for a unique insight into composing. 

Our recommendation at the end is for In Place, a collection of songs by Colin Riley which you can explore fully at 

In this episode, you listened to the following music and sounds: 

Hanna Tuulikki 

  • cloud-cuckoo-island (2016), a solo camera performance by Hanna Tuulikki 
  • Metsänpeiton Alla (Under Forest Cover) (2021), an installation presented at the Helsinki Biennial 2021 exploring climate grief 
  • Deer Dancer (2019), part of an installation presented at Edinburgh Art Festival 2019, the audio is now available on Bandcamp                                                                               

Colin Riley

  • Litanies for the Furness Fells (2018), featuring words by Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson; part of In Place, released by Squeaky Kate Music  
  • Water over Stone (2018), featuring words by Nan Shepherd; part of In Place released by Squeaky Kate Music  
  • Earth Voices: I. Luften (2021), commissioned by and premiered by Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra at Helsingborg Konserthus, Sweden – conducted by Alfonso Scarano

 Dai Fujikura 

This podcast was produced by Michael Umney (Resonance FM) and mixed by Chris Bartholomew, with the theme tune composed by Rob Bentall 

Our heartfelt thanks to the record labels, performers, composers and organisations who allowed us to include excerpts of these recordings on the podcast. 

Episode 1: Time

Episode 2: Inspiration

Episode 3: Taste

Episode 4: Portals

Episode 5: Invitations

Episode 6: Offerings

Episode 7: Distractions

Episode 8: Queerness

Episode 9: Climate: Emergency

Episode 10: Climate: Place

Episode 11: Climate: Activism

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