Richard King's Sounds of the British Landscape: a playlist
Posted by Richard King
The Lark Ascending explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. Read on for Richard's eclectic soundtrack to the British landscape.
‘She tried to fulfil her space… …..Rejoice because this landscape is alive!’
The sound of women’s voices singing together as they danced on the missile silo at USAF Greenham Common is the music of the early 1980s British Landscape.
Odyshape, the album from which this track is taken, was released four months before the establishment of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp
‘And the anthracite statues of the horses sleep in the fields, and the cows in the byres, and the dogs in the wetnosed yards; and the cats nap in the slant corners or lope sly, streaking and needling, on the one cloud of the roofs.’
Rutter’s anthem uses the language of the Old Testament to illuminate the dark spaces of the undersea, but only Rachel Carson could explain them to us.
‘Like a storm
Being born again
Into the sweet morning fog’
Released weeks before the Castlemorton Rave, Whitsun Bank Holiday, 1992. Played until the generators ran out.