‘Ear of the Edgeland’ is a series of podcasts that takes an explorative and alternative look at Norfolk. The first episode features naturalist, Mark Cocker and writer, Jean McNeil as they observe the landscape whilst on the 12:36 train from Norwich to Great Yarmouth. Also featured is new music by Surlingham based duo The Happy Couple (David Ross and Judith Goodman) which was recorded in Surlingham church. Accompanying the music are beautiful binaural field recordings made by Ollie Hall and Richard Fair.
On the 7th May 2019 we visited a bird hide overlooking a resplendent Breydon Water to record author and curator, Sarah Lowndes in conversation with Yarmouth-based painter, Bruer Tidman for Epsiode 2; ‘Breydonsound’. The conversation is punctuated with glorious music from artist and musician, Jason Parr (whose sound sculpture ‘Vibrational Smile Generator’ was shown at last years Yarmonics). It also includes field recordings of Breydon Water, Burgh Castle and from under Breydon bridge, made by Richard Fair and Oliver Payne.
The third episode in the series finds us back on the rural railways, from Norwich to Lowestoft. Commissioned by Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 'Sebaldsound' acts as a complimentary audio piece to the 2019 exhibition 'Lines of Sight' about the artist W G Sebald. In this episode 'Lines of Sight' curator Nick Warr talks to artist and academic Guy Moreton about the landscape, Sebald's life and work, whilst travelling on part of the journey featured in Sebald's much revered book 'The Rings of Saturn'. Sebaldsound includes the music 'Increasingly Absorbed In His Own World' and 'When the Dog Days Were Drawing To An End' composed by The Caretaker for his album 'Patience (After Sebald)'.
We’re extremely grateful to Water, Mills and Marshes: the Broads Landscape Partnership for funding episodes one and two in series, and for Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery for commissioning the third. You can listen and subscribe via iTunes here or stream directly from Soundcloud below.