International Airspace: Songs for the Dead

On this month’s show we’re celebrating Mexico’s Día de Muertos with an entire show dedicated to music for the dead. From the funeral dirge to voodou ceremonies, we explore songs and sounds across the world that help us commune with the deceased.

Thanks for Hannah, Dana, Pame, Jimena and my beloved Mexico City family for all the help and inspiration for this month’s show.

Show tip:
The last track, Allen Toussaint’s funeral procession, is an extended field recording for this upload. I suggest listening to this track with headphones on. As the person recording wanders through the second line and the tempo picks up, you can hear various instruments and voices coming in and out of focus. Listen closely and you can really hear each mourner playing their heart out for Mr Toussaint 🙂

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Posted on: November 6, 2016

International Airspace: Another Country

After an eight-month break International Airspace returns to London Fields Radio, welcoming a new year with an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, blues and cross-cultural electronica.

This month features music from Cuba all the way to Mongolia including Laurie Anderson, the Rajasthan Express, Robbie Basho, Nina Simone and LV.

Image of Mongolian landscape by artist Daesung Lee.

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Posted on: January 24, 2016

International Airspace: ECM – Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence

This month we dig through the archives of the legendary independent record label ECM, in a two-hour special dedicated to the unique sounds and recordings released through its hugely influential 45 year history. Broadcast January 2015.

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Posted on: April 9, 2015

The Golden Form, Vol. 3: Christmas Special

In a special Christmas episode of The Golden Form we are joined by the actress Liz Chan reading from W. H. Auden’s poem For The Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio alongside highlights from Bach’s sacred masterpiece The Christmas Oratorio conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011