That Time The CBC Aired 10 Hours Of Crickets And Church Bells
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That Time The CBC Aired 10 Hours Of Crickets And Church Bells
For two weeks in 1974, the CBC broadcast ten hours of field recordings from across the country on their flagship show, Ideas. A group of twentysomething composers and an avant-garde acoustic ecologist were trying to capture Canada through sound. On this episode, we ask whether that’s even possible.
May 24, 2017

When a group of composers from the World Soundscape Project put together Soundscapes of Canada, they were trying to redefine how we hear our country. Composer and scholar Mitchell Akiyama questions their pursuit.

You can find some of Mitchell’s music and other projects here.

Listen to the original Soundscapes of Canada recordings. It’s free if you jump through a couple hoops.

 

Here’s an excerpt from R. Murray Schafer’s opera, The Princess of the Stars:

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