The Foghorn - A Celebration

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Peter Curran celebrates the humble foghorn's powerful role in music, literature and film.

The foghorn was invented in 1855 by Robert Foulis, a Scotsman living in Canada who heard the low notes (but not the high notes) of his daughter's piano playing whist walking far from the family's fog-shrouded coastal cottage, thus inspiring the first steam powered fog horn. But beyond the sea, it's 'whale-like' sound has inspired artists, writers and musicians to use the foghorn both as symbol and instrument.

Peter Curran hears from foghorn composer of 'Maritime Rites' Alvin Curran, Jason Gorski, aka The Fogmaster, who used to conduct guerrilla foghorn concerts in the Bay Area of California, and takes a tour of Portland Bill lighthouse in Dorset, with keeper Larry Walker, taking the opportunity to set off an almighty Victorian foghorn. He also joins James Bond film music and future 2012 Olympic theme music composer David Arnold, who tries to digitally recreate the foghorn's cry, and Dr Harry Witchel, who analyses Peter's yearn for the sound as a child.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

The foghorn was invented in 1855 by Robert Foulis, a Scotsman living in northern Canada who heard the low notes (but not the high notes) of his daughter's piano playing whist walking far from the family's fog-shrouded coastal cottage, thus inspiring the first steam powered fog horn. But beyond the sea, it's 'whale-like' sound has inspired artists writers and musicians to use the foghorn both as symbol and instrument.

Peter Curran hears from Foghorn composer Alvin Curran, the 'fogmeister' Jason Gorski who used to conduct illegal foghorn concerts in San Francisco Bay, and takes a tour of Portland Bill lighthouse the set of the almighty Victorian fog horn of Poseidon like qualities.

2011022220110226
2011022220110226

Peter Curran celebrates the humble foghorn's powerful role in music, literature and film.

The foghorn was invented in 1855 by Robert Foulis, a Scotsman living in northern Canada who heard the low notes (but not the high notes) of his daughter's piano playing whist walking far from the family's fog-shrouded coastal cottage, thus inspiring the first steam powered fog horn.

But beyond the sea, it's 'whale-like' sound has inspired artists writers and musicians to use the foghorn both as symbol and instrument.

Peter Curran hears from Foghorn composer Alvin Curran, the 'fogmeister' Jason Gorski who used to conduct illegal foghorn concerts in San Francisco Bay, and takes a tour of Portland Bill lighthouse the set of the almighty Victorian fog horn of Poseidon like qualities.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

20110226

Peter Curran celebrates the humble foghorn's powerful role in music, literature and film.