Noise - A Human History

Noise: A Human History, a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

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01Echoes In The Dark2013031820151019 (BBC7)
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What do caves tell us about the mind and beliefs of Neolithic people? With no scientific explanation to hand for the phenomenon of the echo, it was natural to assume it was a spirit voice.

Certain echoes sounded like the galloping hooves of beasts; others like the fluttering wings of birds. These echoes appeared to come from the rocks themselves. They moved, they were uncanny - all this hinting at a 'spirit world' within.

Professor David Hendy from the University of Sussex visits the caves of Arcy-sur-Cure in Burgundy with musicologist Iegor Reznikoff to listen to evidence deep underground next to paintings of bison and birds.

A 30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy begins his 30-part series in the prehistoric cave.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode one of Noise: A Human History, a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

David Hendy begins his 30-part series in the prehistoric cave.

"What do caves tell us about the mind and beliefs of Neolithic people? With no scientific explanation to hand for the phenomenon of the echo, it was natural to assume it was a spirit voice.

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Episode one of

Series Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

What do caves tell us about the mind and beliefs of Neolithic people? With no scientific explanation to hand for the phenomenon of the echo, it was natural to assume it was a spirit voice.

Certain echoes sounded like the galloping hooves of beasts; others like the fluttering wings of birds. These echoes appeared to come from the rocks themselves. They moved, they were uncanny - all this hinting at a 'spirit world' within.

Professor David Hendy from the University of Sussex visits the caves of Arcy-sur-Cure in Burgundy with musicologist Iegor Reznikoff to listen to evidence deep underground next to paintings of bison and birds.

A 30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy begins his 30-part series in the prehistoric cave.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

What do caves tell us about the mind and beliefs of Neolithic people? With no scientific explanation to hand for the phenomenon of the echo, it was natural to assume it was a spirit voice.

Certain echoes sounded like the galloping hooves of beasts; others like the fluttering wings of birds. These echoes appeared to come from the rocks themselves. They moved, they were uncanny - all this hinting at a 'spirit world' within.

Professor David Hendy from the University of Sussex visits the caves of Arcy-sur-Cure in Burgundy with musicologist Iegor Reznikoff to listen to evidence deep underground next to paintings of bison and birds.

A 30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy begins his 30-part series in the prehistoric cave.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

02The Beat Of Drums2013031920151020 (BBC7)
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Words are only one way to communicate - humans have found many more.

Professor David Hendy travels to Ghana to hear the talking drum, a language made of drumbeats that once carried messages through the rainforest like a telegraph signal.

There's also a treasure from the Pitt Rivers Sound Archive - the sound of Bayaka pygmies of the Central African Republic preparing for a net hunt. How do non-verbal sounds carry information and how do they bind us together as a group?

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Humans have found many ways to communicate. David goes to Ghana to hear the talking drum.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode two of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

There's also a treasure from the Pitt Rivers Sound Archive - the sound of BayAka pygmies of the Central African Republic preparing for a net hunt. How do non-verbal sounds carry information and how do they bind us together as a group?

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Singing Wilderness2013032020151021 (BBC7)
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Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores our relationship with noisy nature.

How do we interact with what the American nature writer Sigurd Olsen called 'The Singing Wilderness'?

Hear the Bosavi people of Papua New Guinea sing a 'gisalo' in the darkness of a forest longhouse, and extraordinary recordings from around the world, including musical trees, the bluesy singing of the pootoo bird, and a real frog chorus.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to 'The Singing Wilderness'.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode three of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores our relationship with noisy nature.

How do we interact with what the American nature writer Sigurd Olsen called 'The Singing Wilderness'?

Hear the Bosavi people of Papua New Guinea sing a 'gisalo' in the darkness of a forest longhouse, and extraordinary recordings from around the world, including musical trees, the bluesy singing of the pootoo bird, and a real frog chorus.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to 'The Singing Wilderness'.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores our relationship with noisy nature.

How do we interact with what the American nature writer Sigurd Olsen called 'The Singing Wilderness'?

Hear the Bosavi people of Papua New Guinea sing a 'gisalo' in the darkness of a forest longhouse, and extraordinary recordings from around the world, including musical trees, the bluesy singing of the pootoo bird, and a real frog chorus.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to 'The Singing Wilderness'.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

04A Ritual Soundscape2013032120151022 (BBC7)
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Orkney's Neolithic sites feel like theatre stages, encouraging us to move through them in unfamiliar ways. If the people noticed striking sound effects, they must have been tempted to exploit them. But exploit them how, exactly?

Were these the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular din - or places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation?

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the ritualistic use of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to ancient sounds in Orkney's Ring of Brodgar.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the ritualistic use of sound in episode four of Noise: A Human History - a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Orkney's Neolithic sites feel like theatre stages, encouraging us to move through them in unfamiliar ways. If the people noticed striking sound effects, they must have been tempted to exploit them. But exploit them how, exactly?

Were these the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular din - or places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation?

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the ritualistic use of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to ancient sounds in Orkney's Ring of Brodgar.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Orkney's Neolithic sites feel like theatre stages, encouraging us to move through them in unfamiliar ways. If the people noticed striking sound effects, they must have been tempted to exploit them. But exploit them how, exactly?

Were these the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular din - or places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation?

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the ritualistic use of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to ancient sounds in Orkney's Ring of Brodgar.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

05The Rise Of The Shamans2013032220151023 (BBC7)
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Around the world charismatic individuals claim the ability to change the weather, heal illness and help crops grow. Professor David Hendy explains how sound - and its manipulation - is central to the shaman's power.

David introduces the eerie rituals of Siberian reindeer herders as they summon spirits, before coming closer to home to hear a mysterious singing angel high in the facade of Wells Cathedral.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explains why sound is central to the shaman's power.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode five of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

06Epic Tales2013032520151026 (BBC7)
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In 1933, a young classics scholar called Milman Parry made a journey through the hill villages of the Balkans to record poets and singers. He captured an oral tradition that has all but died out - peasant performers who recited epic tales over days without any form of prompt.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explains how ancient tales were remembered and passed down, and travels to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece to find out what the audience would have made of it all up in the 'gods'.

Featuring archive extracts of traditional stories from the Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, West Africa, and India.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy discovers how epic tales were remembered and passed down.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode Six of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

07Persuasion2013032620151027 (BBC7)
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From Cicero to Martin Luther King, over the centuries, great orators have changed our minds, given us hope, and sent us to the barricades.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex reveals their rhetorical tricks, and explains why President Obama's sharp ear for dialogue is one of his greatest assets as a speaker.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy explores the power of the orator.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode seven of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

From Cicero to Martin Luther King, over the centuries, great orators have changed our minds, given us hope, and sent us to the barricades.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex reveals their rhetorical tricks, and explains why President Obama's sharp ear for dialogue is one of his greatest assets as a speaker.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy explores the power of the orator.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

From Cicero to Martin Luther King, over the centuries, great orators have changed our minds, given us hope, and sent us to the barricades.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex reveals their rhetorical tricks, and explains why President Obama's sharp ear for dialogue is one of his greatest assets as a speaker.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy explores the power of the orator.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

08Babble2013032720151028 (BBC7)
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As the Roman empire grew, the city at its heart sucked in exotic goods, tastes, smells, colours, and - of course - sounds from all around the world. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex asks what we would have heard if we'd visited the city in its heyday and walked its streets - passageways so narrow it was possible for upstairs dwellers to reach out and touch their neighbour opposite.

Bellowing animals, street-hawkers, the babble of a dozen languages, many now dead. Some inhabitants loved this sensory overload, but others ran from it. Where could a rich Roman go to get some peace?

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to the babble of ancient Rome.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode eight of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

As the Roman empire grew, the city at its heart sucked in exotic goods, tastes, smells, colours, and - of course - sounds from all around the world. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex asks what we would have heard if we'd visited the city in its heyday and walked its streets - passageways so narrow it was possible for upstairs dwellers to reach out and touch their neighbour opposite.

Bellowing animals, street-hawkers, the babble of a dozen languages, many now dead. Some inhabitants loved this sensory overload, but others ran from it. Where could a rich Roman go to get some peace?

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to the babble of ancient Rome.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

As the Roman empire grew, the city at its heart sucked in exotic goods, tastes, smells, colours, and - of course - sounds from all around the world. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex asks what we would have heard if we'd visited the city in its heyday and walked its streets - passageways so narrow it was possible for upstairs dwellers to reach out and touch their neighbour opposite.

Bellowing animals, street-hawkers, the babble of a dozen languages, many now dead. Some inhabitants loved this sensory overload, but others ran from it. Where could a rich Roman go to get some peace?

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy listens to the babble of ancient Rome.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

09The Roaring Crowd2013032820151029 (BBC7)
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'And the crowd roars...'

The London Olympics were a reminder of the barrage of sound that we noisy humans can make when we get together. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to one of history's great amphitheatres - the ruins of the Roman Colosseum - to explain the power of the crowd: how it showed approval and what happened when it was displeased.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy considers the visceral impact of a stadium full of noisy humans.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode nine of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

'And the crowd roars...'

The London Olympics were a reminder of the barrage of sound that we noisy humans can make when we get together. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to one of history's great amphitheatres - the ruins of the Roman Colosseum - to explain the power of the crowd: how it showed approval and what happened when it was displeased.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy considers the visceral impact of a stadium full of noisy humans.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

'And the crowd roars...'

The London Olympics were a reminder of the barrage of sound that we noisy humans can make when we get together. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to one of history's great amphitheatres - the ruins of the Roman Colosseum - to explain the power of the crowd: how it showed approval and what happened when it was displeased.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy considers the visceral impact of a stadium full of noisy humans.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

10The Ecstatic Underground2013032920151030 (BBC7)
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Christianity was just one of several cults that sprang up in ancient Rome. So the sound-world of the first Christians probably wasn't filled with the subdued voices, measured singing and solemn prayers that would later echo through the medieval churches and cathedrals of Western Europe. It was more Eastern in flavour - or more pagan.

Professor David Hendy explores the ecstatic soundscapes of underground house churches in ancient Rome.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy eavesdrops on the private lives of early Christians.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Episode ten of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Christianity was just one of several cults that sprang up in ancient Rome. So the sound-world of the first Christians probably wasn't filled with the subdued voices, measured singing and solemn prayers that would later echo through the medieval churches and cathedrals of Western Europe. It was more Eastern in flavour - or more pagan.

Professor David Hendy explores the ecstatic soundscapes of underground house churches in ancient Rome.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy eavesdrops on the private lives of early Christians.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Christianity was just one of several cults that sprang up in ancient Rome. So the sound-world of the first Christians probably wasn't filled with the subdued voices, measured singing and solemn prayers that would later echo through the medieval churches and cathedrals of Western Europe. It was more Eastern in flavour - or more pagan.

Professor David Hendy explores the ecstatic soundscapes of underground house churches in ancient Rome.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy eavesdrops on the private lives of early Christians.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

11The Bells2013040120151102 (BBC7)
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The peal of the church bell was one of the most dominant features in the medieval soundscape. Every time it rang out, religion's hold over the secular world was signalled loud and clear.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits one of the oldest church bells in the UK and argues the sound's power lay in ancient, pagan associations.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy explores how the sound of the bell carries religion out into the world.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

The Bells: Episode eleven of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

The peal of the church bell was one of the most dominant features in the Medieval soundscape. Every time it rang out, religion's hold over the secular world was signalled loud and clear. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits one of the oldest church bells in the UK and argues the sound's power lay in ancient, pagan associations.

Series producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode eleven of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

The peal of the church bell was one of the most dominant features in the medieval soundscape. Every time it rang out, religion's hold over the secular world was signalled loud and clear.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits one of the oldest church bells in the UK and argues the sound's power lay in ancient, pagan associations.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy explores how the sound of the bell carries religion out into the world.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

The peal of the church bell was one of the most dominant features in the medieval soundscape. Every time it rang out, religion's hold over the secular world was signalled loud and clear.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits one of the oldest church bells in the UK and argues the sound's power lay in ancient, pagan associations.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy explores how the sound of the bell carries religion out into the world.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

12Tuning The Body2013040220151103 (BBC7)
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In the Middle Ages, sound played a key role in the battle between Good and Evil. There were horrible sins of the tongue - idle words, boasting, flattery, lying and blaspheming - as well as sins of the ear, such as eavesdropping and the seduction of devilish words. The ears were the gateway not just to the body, but also to the soul.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the importance of sound to Medieval morality.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explains how sound played a part in the medieval battle between good and evil.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Tuning the Body: Episode twelve of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode twelve of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the Middle Ages, sound played a key role in the battle between Good and Evil. There were horrible sins of the tongue - idle words, boasting, flattery, lying and blaspheming - as well as sins of the ear, such as eavesdropping and the seduction of devilish words. The ears were the gateway not just to the body, but also to the soul.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the importance of sound to Medieval morality.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explains how sound played a part in the medieval battle between good and evil.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

In the Middle Ages, sound played a key role in the battle between Good and Evil. There were horrible sins of the tongue - idle words, boasting, flattery, lying and blaspheming - as well as sins of the ear, such as eavesdropping and the seduction of devilish words. The ears were the gateway not just to the body, but also to the soul.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the importance of sound to Medieval morality.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explains how sound played a part in the medieval battle between good and evil.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

13Heavenly Sounds2013040320151104 (BBC7)
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Worshipers in the Middle Ages would have been struck not just by the visual spectacle of great churches and cathedrals, but also by their sound. Medieval churches in the west had very different acoustics to the low-roofed, wattle and daub homes where most of their congregation lived.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how preachers and singers created sounds that fitted these holy spaces beautifully, from Romanesque churches to the musical pillars of Hampi, and an extraordinary 16th century experiment in stereo in St Mark's in Venice.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David explores how medieval singers and preachers adapted to the acoustics of holy places.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Heavenly Sounds: Episode thirteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Series producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode thirteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Worshipers in the Middle Ages would have been struck not just by the visual spectacle of great churches and cathedrals, but also by their sound. Medieval churches in the west had very different acoustics to the low-roofed, wattle and daub homes where most of their congregation lived.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how preachers and singers created sounds that fitted these holy spaces beautifully, from Romanesque churches to the musical pillars of Hampi, and an extraordinary 16th century experiment in stereo in St Mark's in Venice.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David explores how medieval singers and preachers adapted to the acoustics of holy places.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Worshipers in the Middle Ages would have been struck not just by the visual spectacle of great churches and cathedrals, but also by their sound. Medieval churches in the west had very different acoustics to the low-roofed, wattle and daub homes where most of their congregation lived.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how preachers and singers created sounds that fitted these holy spaces beautifully, from Romanesque churches to the musical pillars of Hampi, and an extraordinary 16th century experiment in stereo in St Mark's in Venice.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David explores how medieval singers and preachers adapted to the acoustics of holy places.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

14Carnival2013040420151105 (BBC7)
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Feast days in Medieval Europe were noisy affairs - the streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of a Somerset town where a church ale got out of hand and the party went on for eight weeks. Then, as now, being raucous in the streets was a way for the dispossessed to make themselves heard - and revelry could easily tip into revolt.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy tells the story of a medieval street party that lasted for eight weeks.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Carnival: Episode fourteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Feast days in Medieval Europe were noisy affairs - the streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of a Somerset town where a church ale got out of hand and the party went on for eight weeks. Then, as now, being raucous in the streets was a way for the dispossessed to make themselves heard - and revelry could easily tip into revolt.

Series producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode fourteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Feast days in Medieval Europe were noisy affairs - the streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of a Somerset town where a church ale got out of hand and the party went on for eight weeks. Then, as now, being raucous in the streets was a way for the dispossessed to make themselves heard - and revelry could easily tip into revolt.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy tells the story of a medieval street party that lasted for eight weeks.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Feast days in Medieval Europe were noisy affairs - the streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of a Somerset town where a church ale got out of hand and the party went on for eight weeks. Then, as now, being raucous in the streets was a way for the dispossessed to make themselves heard - and revelry could easily tip into revolt.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Prof David Hendy tells the story of a medieval street party that lasted for eight weeks.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

15Restraint2013040520151106 (BBC7)
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The 16th and 17th centuries brought a new emphasis on self-discipline in every day life - and with it a revulsion against noise of every kind. City authorities banned singing and feasting from public squares and tore down maypoles, while town-dwellers raised petitions against noisy neighbours. Spitting, snorting and breaking wind - once part of everyday life - were now a cause for wrinkled noses and dismay.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex cocks a genteel ear to the polite sound-world of the 16th and 17th centuries.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

New codes of conduct in the 16th and 17th centuries outlawed noise of every kind.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Restraint: Episode fifteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries brought a new emphasis on self-discipline in every day life - and with it a revulsion against noise of every kind. City authorities banned singing and feasting from public squares and tore down maypoles, while town-dwellers raised petitions against noisy neighbours. Spitting, snorting and breaking wind - once part of everyday life - were now a cause for wrinkled noses and dismay. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex cocks a genteel ear to the polite sound-world of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Series producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode fifteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

16Colonists2013040820151109
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Settlers arriving in America in the 17th century decreed the songs and sounds of native American Indians to be barbaric and wild - bloodcurdling hollering that might presage the most brutal of deaths.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the colonial politics of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

How settlers interpreted the sounds and songs of native American Indians.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Colonists: Episode Sixteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.

Produced by Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode Sixteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Settlers arriving in America in the 17th century decreed the songs and sounds of native American Indians to be barbaric and wild - bloodcurdling hollering that might presage the most brutal of deaths.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the colonial politics of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

How settlers interpreted the sounds and songs of native American Indians.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Settlers arriving in America in the 17th century decreed the songs and sounds of native American Indians to be barbaric and wild - bloodcurdling hollering that might presage the most brutal of deaths.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the colonial politics of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

How settlers interpreted the sounds and songs of native American Indians.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

17Shutting In2013040920151110 (BBC7)
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In the 18th century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys or 'wynds' separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex squeezes in among them, and explains how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Professor David Hendy explains how cramped conditions led to a brutal massacre of cats.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Shutting In: Episode seventeen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the eighteenth century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys or 'wynds' separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex squeezes in among them, and explains how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats.

Produced by Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode seventeen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the 18th century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys or 'wynds' separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex squeezes in among them, and explains how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Professor David Hendy explains how cramped conditions led to a brutal massacre of cats.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

In the 18th century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys or 'wynds' separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex squeezes in among them, and explains how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Professor David Hendy explains how cramped conditions led to a brutal massacre of cats.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

18Master And Servant2013041020151111 (BBC7)
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Grand town houses in the 18th century seemed to promise privacy. But in fact they offered anything but - the family home often included not just parents and children, but also elderly relatives, unmarried sisters, paying lodgers, and the nosiest neighbours of the lot, the servants.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex eavesdrops on the whispers, gossip and scandal of the 18th century house, and tells the salacious tale of John Burt, a navy captain from Canterbury, who took his young wife Harriet to court for impropriety - on the evidence of his cook.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Professor David Hendy eavesdrops with the servants in an 18th-century home.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Master and Servant: Episode eighteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Grand town houses in the eighteenth century seemed to promise privacy. But in fact they offered anything but - the family home often included not just parents and children, but also elderly relatives, unmarried sisters, paying lodgers, and the nosiest neighbours of the lot, the servants.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex eavesdrops on the whispers, gossip and scandal of the eighteenth century house, and tells the salacious tale of John Burt, a navy captain from Canterbury, who took his young wife Harriet to court for impropriety - on the evidence of his cook.

Produced by Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

19Slavery And Rebellion2013041120151112 (BBC7)
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Many slaves would have heard the sounds of home for the last time as they waited at Ghana's Gate of No Return to be herded onto a ship to the new world. Far away on the Carolina plantations, they were expected to be quiet or to sing to demonstrate contentment with their lot.

But in 1739, one of the largest and most violent revolts in American history took place - and for a brief time the slaves were anything but silent.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of the Stono River revolt.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explores the history of slavery through sound.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Slavery and Rebellion: Episode nineteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Many slaves would have heard the sounds of home for the last time as they waited at Ghana's Gate of No Return to be herded onto a ship to the new world. Far away on the Carolina plantations, they were expected to be quiet or to sing to demonstrate contentment with their lot. But in 1739, one of the largest and most violent revolts in American history took place - and for a brief time the slaves were anything but silent.

Produced by: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode nineteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Many slaves would have heard the sounds of home for the last time as they waited at Ghana's Gate of No Return to be herded onto a ship to the new world. Far away on the Carolina plantations, they were expected to be quiet or to sing to demonstrate contentment with their lot.

But in 1739, one of the largest and most violent revolts in American history took place - and for a brief time the slaves were anything but silent.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of the Stono River revolt.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explores the history of slavery through sound.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Many slaves would have heard the sounds of home for the last time as they waited at Ghana's Gate of No Return to be herded onto a ship to the new world. Far away on the Carolina plantations, they were expected to be quiet or to sing to demonstrate contentment with their lot.

But in 1739, one of the largest and most violent revolts in American history took place - and for a brief time the slaves were anything but silent.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of the Stono River revolt.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

David Hendy explores the history of slavery through sound.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

20Revolution And War2013041220151113 (BBC7)
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Paris 1789: Politics moves out of the palaces and into the streets - as the hushed voice of court diplomacy gives way to the angry howls of the crowd.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces the noises of revolutionary Paris, before travelling to the USA to explain how an 'acoustic shadow' helped the Confederate forces launch a surprise attack during the American Civil War. Also, there's the eerie sound of the 'rebel yell'.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

The soundscape of civil conflict in 18th-century Paris and 19th-century America.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Revolution and War: Episode twenty of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Produced by Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

: Episode twenty of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Paris 1789: Politics moves out of the palaces and into the streets - as the hushed voice of court diplomacy gives way to the angry howls of the crowd.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces the noises of revolutionary Paris, before travelling to the USA to explain how an 'acoustic shadow' helped the Confederate forces launch a surprise attack during the American Civil War. Also, there's the eerie sound of the 'rebel yell'.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

The soundscape of civil conflict in 18th-century Paris and 19th-century America.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Paris 1789: Politics moves out of the palaces and into the streets - as the hushed voice of court diplomacy gives way to the angry howls of the crowd.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces the noises of revolutionary Paris, before travelling to the USA to explain how an 'acoustic shadow' helped the Confederate forces launch a surprise attack during the American Civil War. Also, there's the eerie sound of the 'rebel yell'.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

The soundscape of civil conflict in 18th-century Paris and 19th-century America.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

21The Conquering Engines: Industrial Revolution2013041520151116 (BBC7)
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The Conquering Engines - Industrial Revolution: Episode twenty-one of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Henry David Thoreau is one of history's great listeners. His classic work Walden is dense with descriptions of the natural sounds he discovered when he swapped his Concord home for a simple cabin in the woods. But his peace was disturbed by a noise that presaged the age to come: the snort of the iron horse.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explains how the sounds of nature gave way before the industrial din.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.

Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Prof David Hendy explores how the sounds of nature gave way to the industrial revolution.

Henry David Thoreau is one of history's great listeners. His classic work Walden is dense with descriptions of the natural sounds he discovered when he swapped his Concord home for a simple cabin in the woods. But his peace was disturbed by a noise that presaged the age to come: the snort of the iron horse.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explains how the sounds of nature gave way before the industrial din.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Prof David Hendy explores how the sounds of nature gave way to the industrial revolution.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

22The Beat Of A Heart, The Tramp Of A Fly2013041620151117 (BBC7)
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In the early years of the 19-century, new technology allowed people to hear sounds that had always existed - but below the threshold of normal human perception.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of medicine's listening revolution: the discovery of the stethoscope.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Medicine's listening revolution in the 19th century with the discovery of the stethoscope.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

The Beat of a Heart, the Tramp of a Fly: Episode twenty-two of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the early years of the nineteenth century, new technology allowed people to hear sounds that had always existed - but below the threshold of normal human perception. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of medicine's listening revolution: the discovery of the stethoscope.

: Episode twenty-two of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

23The New Art Of Listening2013041720151118 (BBC7)
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In the 18-century, musical performances were a relaxed affair. Most audience members were so busy chatting, flirting and eating they didn't do much listening at all. But then came the era of grand concert halls.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how the Victorians stopped shuffling and learned to hush.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor David Hendy explores how the Victorians learned to listen all over again.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

The New Art of Listening: Episode twenty-three of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the eighteenth century, musical performances were a relaxed affair. Most audience members were so busy chatting, flirting and eating they didn't do much listening at all. But then came the era of grand concert halls. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how the Victorians stopped shuffling and learned to hush.

: Episode twenty-three of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the 18-century, musical performances were a relaxed affair. Most audience members were so busy chatting, flirting and eating they didn't do much listening at all. But then came the era of grand concert halls.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how the Victorians stopped shuffling and learned to hush.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor David Hendy explores how the Victorians learned to listen all over again.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

24Life In The City2013041820151119 (BBC7)
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As cities grew, next-door's noise became increasingly hard to escape.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, noisy world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early 20th-century.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor David Hendy follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Life in the City: Episode twenty-four of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

As cities grew, next-door's noise became increasingly hard to escape. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, noisy world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early twentieth century.

As cities grew, next-door's noise became increasingly hard to escape.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, noisy world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early 20th-century.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor David Hendy follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

25Capturing Sound2013041920151120 (BBC7)
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Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale and 9/11 answerphone messages.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

How recording technology made it possible to catch the fugitive moment.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Capturing Sound: Episode twenty-five of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale and 9/11 answerphone messages.

: Episode twenty-five of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale and 9/11 answerphone messages.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

How recording technology made it possible to catch the fugitive moment.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale and 9/11 answerphone messages.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

How recording technology made it possible to catch the fugitive moment.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

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Shell Shock: Episode twenty-six of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

The rumble of artillery bombardment in Northern France could be heard as far away as Kent during the First World War. Up close in the trenches, soldiers experienced a sonic onslaught that continued night and day: howling shells, the machine gun's rattle, and the screams of injured men.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Soldiers in WW1 experienced a sonic onslaught. Prof Hendy considers life under bombardment

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

: Episode twenty-six of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

The rumble of artillery bombardment in Northern France could be heard as far away as Kent during the First World War. Up close in the trenches, soldiers experienced a sonic onslaught that continued night and day: howling shells, the machine gun's rattle, and the screams of injured men.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Soldiers in WW1 experienced a sonic onslaught. Prof Hendy considers life under bombardment

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

The rumble of artillery bombardment in Northern France could be heard as far away as Kent during the First World War. Up close in the trenches, soldiers experienced a sonic onslaught that continued night and day: howling shells, the machine gun's rattle, and the screams of injured men.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Soldiers in WW1 experienced a sonic onslaught. Prof Hendy considers life under bombardment

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

27Radio Everywhere2013042320151124 (BBC7)
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In the early days, listening to radio was a magical, uncanny experience. Voices arrived out of thin air from hundreds of miles away. In time, the radio became a trusted part of family life - and by the 1930s and 40s, the perfect medium for propaganda, as Joseph Goebbels recognized.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the seductive power of the disembodied voice.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4

Radio seemed like magic to begin with, then the Nazis exploited its darker powers.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Radio Everywhere! Episode twenty-seven of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

In the early days, listening to radio was a magical, uncanny experience. Voices arrived out of thin air from hundreds of miles away. In time, the radio became a trusted part of family life - and by the 1930s and 40s, the perfect medium for propaganda, as Joseph Goebbels recognized.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the seductive power of the disembodied voice.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson
Producer: Matt Thompson

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

28Music While You Shop, Music While You Work2013042420151125 (BBC7)
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Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers how music has been used to soothe us, cheer us, and make us productive over the past 100 years.

Featuring extremely rare recordings of wartime episodes of the much-loved BBC series, Music While You Work.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

David Hendy considers how music has been used to soothe, cheer, and inspire us.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Music While You Shop, Music While You Work: Episode twenty-eight of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers how music has been used to soothe us, cheer us, and make us productive over the past hundred years. Featuring extremely rare recordings of wartime episodes of the much-loved BBC series, Music While You Work.

A Rockethouse Production for BBC Radio 4.

29An Ever Noisier World2013042520151126 (BBC7)
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The 20th century brought attempts to distinguish between 'necessary' and 'unnecessary' noise. In New York, the authorities tried to clean up Coney Island fairground, banning barkers from using megaphones and targeting street sellers, newspaper boys, and buskers. But the volume of modern life has risen inexorably.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to Ghana's capital, Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe its streets as a visceral shock, and introduces an elegiac recording of the wild soundscape we've lost, captured by the celebrated naturalist, Bernie Krause.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Prof Hendy travels to Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe it as a visceral shock.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

An Ever Noisier World: Episode twenty-nine of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

The twentieth century brought attempts to distinguish between 'necessary' and 'unnecessary' noise. In New York, the authorities tried to clean up Coney Island fairground, banning barkers from using megaphones and targeting street sellers, newspaper boys, and buskers. But the volume of modern life has risen inexorably.

Producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse Production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to Ghana's capital, Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe its streets as a visceral shock, and introduces an elegiac recording of the wild soundscape we've lost, captured by the celebrated naturalist, Bernie Krause.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

30 LASTThe Search For Silence2013042620151127 (BBC7)
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20190628 (BBC7)
20190629 (BBC7)
: The final episode of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the noisy modern world, silence has become an ever more desirable - and fashionable - state. We read books about it, go on retreats to find it, and soundproof our living and working spaces in its name. But when we have it is it what we want?

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the modern quest for quiet and asks whether what really makes us humans happy is a little noise.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.

Assistant producer: Cathy FitzGerald.

Producer: Matt Thompson.

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Silence has become an ever more desirable state. But when we have it, is it what we want?

The Search for Silence: The final episode of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Conclusion of the 30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the modern quest for quiet and asks whether what really makes us humans happy is a little noise.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.

Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history.