Madness’s autobiography, Space Force on Sky, Erland Cooper
This week in the Cell Block 9 of pop culture: Madness’s hair-raisingly criminal and violent joint autobiography Before We Was We is out in paperback, which is as good a reason as any to revisit it. Was Steve Carell wise to base an entire big-bucks sitcom on Trump’s whim toof creating a Space Force for the US military? And the cosmic sound of Orkney with post-folk mind-massager Erland Cooper. Men about town Justin Quirk and Dan Maier are our guests for the affair. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Erland Cooper is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. The final instalment of his stunning Orkney triptych, "Heather Blether", is available on all streaming services and vinyl now. We talk home, his use of vocal samples, singing, turning out the lights, field recording, live shows, Orkney, myths, Icarus, Heather Blether and uncovering sounds in lockdown London. DONATE TO MUSIC VENUE TRUST: https://saveourvenues.co.ukPlease note this is the audio version of a feature that will be appearing on www.vintagesocietymusic.co.uk Theme Music: "Breakfast Burger" by Snack Villain See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, Bloom invites acclaimed Scottish musician Erland Cooper to tell us about growing up in Orkney, and the way its wildlife and sea-crashed landscape have become part of his music. We meet him in a bird hide at Walthamstow Wetlands in London where there's birdwatchers coming in and out, herons just outside and even a cameo from a kingfisher. For more gardening and nature inspiration, pick up a copy of Bloom magazine from more than 100 global stockists, or online at bloommag.co.uk / @bloom_the_magazine
Musician Erland Cooper hails from the Orkney Islands, a landscape untouched and exposed. Each of Cooper's choices comes with unique stories about his time growing up there. Listen out for one particular highlight of the cacophony of Orkney curlews, produced by each audience member's mobile phone. — In the Wilderness Tracks, writers, artists, scientists and thinkers talk with producer Geoff Bird about six pieces of music that somehow connect them to nature.
Art commentator and curator Kate Bryan discusses her new book ‘The Art of Love’, musician Erland Cooper talks us through his recent album ‘Sule Skerry’ and we meet pioneering artist Frank Stella to discuss his life and work.