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Wildlife Disco : 2017

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Project Date 2017
This project is linked with this show Radio Warblers
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Wildlife Discotheque...

came about when Soundart Radio co-founder Chris Booth ( DJ Wetherspoon ) suggested to Nathan Carter ( extrastereo ) and Tony Whitehead ( Radio Warblers ), who both have shows on the community radio station, that there might be interest in a club night that made good use of all the vinyl wildlife recordings we have between us.

These recordings had been gathered over many years from the overgrown, neglected and wilder corners of local charity shops, record fairs, and car boot sales. The discs plot a crackly history of nature sound and the pioneers who spent hours in the field with cumbersome gear and an ear for sound and song.

All the big names are there :-

  • Ludwig Koch of course, the Don, the father of wildlife sound recording.
  • Eric Simms, represented by the Woodland Birds BBC release, part of their very collectible Wildlife Series.
  • Victor Lewis and his “Bird sounds in Close Up” discs.
  • John Burton and David Tombs on the “British Wild Birds in Stereo”.
  • Sture Palmer and the voice of Jeffrey Boswell on the epic multi-disc “Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe”.
  • Roger Payne’s classic “Songs of the Humpbacked Whale” from 1970.

Alongside these, many lesser known names and releases too. There are Myles North’s recordings on the “Witherby’s Sound Guide to British Birds”. Lawrence Shove’s delightful recordings for the Shell Nature Record series, many from the Wildlife Disco’s home county of Devon. On Ray Goodwin’s “A Gloucestershire Wildlife Tapestry” there’s the sounds of dung beetles flying in cow pats and Roman snails eating lettuce. On “British Wild Mammals and Amphibians” there are screaming rabbits, whining squirrels and whistling otters.

Then there are the fish records with grunting Pollack and aggressive Haddock ... and the parakeet training records ... and Sparkie Williams the champion talking budgie. And Johnny Morris. On the night, these were accompanied by a selection of vinyl marginalia carefully selected to sound good amongst the hedgerows, woodlands, fields, shores, and oceans.

grunting Pollack and aggressive Haddock


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Sound effects vinyl, including BBC Sound effects 7inch singles intended for BBC productions. Regional accents records, of which we had a number. Spoken word and poetry albums. Primitive Electronics / Electro-acoustic / Experimental discs from the 60s/70s. Some Exotica. Some children’s albums. Some easy listening.

"I've been to stranger events. But not many" - Newcastle, September 2017

Tony Whitehead, who hosts the monthly Radio Warblers hour on Soundart Radio said: “Not knowing if there was an audience for such an eclectic, and obscure mix of sounds we were pleasantly surprised when our first night attracted a crowd. Not a huge crowd admittedly, but an appreciative bunch who filled the room, sat, chatted, drank local ale and cider, listened and had a good time. I didn’t notice dancing, but we did have a couple of requests.”



  •     Noise
  •     Experimental
  •     TV Themes
  •     Modern Composition
  •     Choral
  •     Orchestral
  •     Avant-Garde
  •     Electronica
  •     Meditation
  •     New Age
  •     Christian
  •     Psychedelic
  •     Acoustic
  •     Folk
  •     Soundtrack
  •     Original Score
  •     Vocal
  •     World
  •     Minimalism
  •   Events
  •   Improvisation
  •   Dartington
  •   Totnes
  •   South Devon
  •   Sound Recording
  •   Artist
  •   Tape & Cassette
  •   Vinyl
  •   Community Radio
  •   Radio Art
  •   Heritage
  •   Oral History
  •   Young People
  •   Sound Art
  •   Animals
  •   Art
  •   Educational
  •   Entertainment
  •   Folklore
  •   Learning
  •   Music
  •   Nature
  •   Outdoors
  •   Space
  •   Science
  •   Modernism
  •   Field recording
  •   Documentary
  •   Sound
  •   River Dart
  •   Birdsong
  •   Wildlife Recordings

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