A podcast on traveling the world in soundscapes.
- Sun, 10 Dec 2017
15 Early Mornings in Yangon
For the last Episode of the season, I'm excited to share a recording I made in Myanmar. This was my first time visiting Burma, and I must say the country is quite different than I expected. Yangon reminded me a bit of it's next door neighbor Thailand. The people are polite and kind, but the streets of Yangon are busy, filled with vendors, and a bit remiscent of India as well.
Today we'll enjoy those busy street sounds from a crowded early morning market in Yangon Myanmar's Chinatown. The vendors are selling all kind of exotic and unfamiliar fruits and vegetables as well as hunks of meat straight from the animal. The street is already crowed and bustling by 6am when this Recording was made. Later you'll hear monks walking by, speaking into megaphones (04:15) and a line of young monks chanting (05:45) as they walk down the street in a line.
- Sun, 03 Dec 2017
14 The Silence of the Countryside
Today’s episode is a tranquil soundscape from the countryside of Portugal. I recorded those near Torres Novas a little town north of Lisbon. There are early morning soundscapes mingled with some thunderstorms and a nightly concert of croaking frogs.
- Sun, 26 Nov 2017
13 Late Night Thunderstorms
Today we're headed back to Nepal, to a little village called Bandipur.
I stayed for a few nights at a cozy family run guesthouse which sat atop a hill. The view from there was magical. From my balcony I had a panoramic view of the lush green valley surrounding me (filled with trees, birds, and an entire bustling eco system).
At night i would wake up to the sounds of thunderstorms descending down from the mountains. This is a recording of one of those nights.
- Sun, 19 Nov 2017
12 A stroll through the Medina in Tanger
This episode is a mix of the sounds I collected while walking through the medina in Tanger, Morocoo. It's a shop owner playing old vinyl records, the local kid gang playing on the streets, and of course the call for prayer (recorded from one of the many rooftops).
- Sun, 12 Nov 2017
11 Birdsounds from Morocco, India and Nepal
When going through my archives the other day I noticed how many of my Field Recordings, both in the City and out in the Countryside have the sounds of animals in them. Birds take center stage and are especially prominent and lively in today's recordings.
In this Episode I put together a mix of Recordings with Bird Sounds from Morocco (01:25) India (04:10) and some very strange Nepali (13:52) Birds.
- Sun, 05 Nov 2017
10 Religious Surround Sound
While exploring Kathmandu, one of the guesthouses where I stayed was cornered by 3 Tibetan Monasteries. Luckily I am an early riser, because each day, as the sun rose, the monks would begin their daily meditation with drums and horns. And sunrise means between 5-6 o'clock in the morning.
These are the sounds I recorded back then and am sharing with you today.
- Sun, 29 Oct 2017
09 Walking through a Bazar in Morocco
In this Episode we will walk through a Bazar in the beautiful old Medina of Fes in Morocco.
- Sun, 22 Oct 2017
08 Flamenco in Granada
Granada is a magical and amazingly lively place. People love to go out for dinner, enjoy tapas, and laugh and spend time with their friends. The beautiful and quaint streets and taverns are brought to life by wandering street musicians that receive free food in exchange for performing.
One night I stumled upon a flamenco performance on a little square in the old town. In this Episode I share four pieces from this evening.
- Sun, 15 Oct 2017
07 Village Music in Nepal
Eager to get away from the grit of Kathmandu I took a bus south to a tiny village called Pharping. It's a quiet town with only a few small shops, local restaurants and two or three guesthouses. Despite that, I was surprised by how lively the town is during the day. Especially on the main square. These country people really seem to enjoy music, so here is what i captured.
- Sun, 08 Oct 2017
06 Street Music in Kathmandu
Back to the streets of Boudhanath in eastern Kathmandu, Nepal. Lots of buddhists and tibetan refugees live here, so it kinda became a pilgrimage place. In this episode there are sounds of a couple of old men playing music in a garage (02:15), a streetmusician with a makeshift violin (08:38), and a group of blind men and women doing karaoke on a little sidestreet (14:10).
- Sun, 01 Oct 2017
05 A walk around the Phewa lake in Nepal
Today's episode is going to be peaceful. An early morning walk around the beautiful Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal. The city has yet to awaken, whereas nature already has.
- Sun, 24 Sep 2017
04 Tibetan Monks debating in Nepal
For 6 months now I am travelling. India, Nepal, Malaysia, over to Thailand and now I am in Myanmar. This Episode was recorded while I was staying at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal. On Friday evenings the Monks would gather to debate and proof their knowledge of the Dharma. Listen to this lively sounds in the northern hills of Kathmandu.
- Sun, 17 Sep 2017
03 Music in the Streets of Lisbon
Music I encountered while strolling through the vibrant and narrow streets of Alfama and Bairro Alto in Lisbon.
- Sun, 10 Sep 2017
02 Thunderstorms in a Monastery in India
While Backpacking in the North of India I ended up in a staying in a Tibetan Monastery on the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The rooms where cheap and it was beautifully nested in the woods while giving a stunning view over the valley
As it was late spring, Monsoon was about to start and often I awoke to the roar of the thunderstorms from the mountains above, I took out my microphone and this is what you can hear in this episode.
- Sun, 03 Sep 2017
01 Religious Music in India
On our first Episode we will go to the North of India, visit a group of old men chanting in a tiny temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Further North in Rishiskesh we hear an old Sadhu, who's dedication is to sing "Hare Krishna Hara Rama" every single day in a chapel at the side of the road.
- Sun, 27 Aug 2017
00 Welcome to Sunday Silence
Welcome to an ever evolving journey around the world.
For the last two years I am on the road. Travelling not with a mapped out plan in my head, but with a recorder in my hand.
I love to sit and listen through my headphones when the ambience is transformed to stereo by my recorder.
Sound has the unique way of reaching our minds, transmuting mental barriers, 'teleporting' us to a place we have never been before.
Every place, a restaurant, a local bus or even a quiet room has a unique voice by itself. We recognize it unconsciously, but active listening allows us to merge with it.
I welcome you to join me on this Journey from Silence to Sound.
New Episodes every Sunday.