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An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.

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An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.

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Love the 3 episodes I CAN get, but often get an error message “episode temporarily unavailable.”

iTunes Ratings

95 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
11
5
5
14

Love it but...

By Johng04 - Feb 11 2019
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How can I access more episodes?

Trouble Downloading

By ShariP714 - Feb 09 2019
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Love the 3 episodes I CAN get, but often get an error message “episode temporarily unavailable.”
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Slow Radio

Latest release on Sep 06, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 8 hours ago

Rank #1: Sounds of the Earth - December

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A montage of music and natural sounds from the Abernethy Forest in the Scottish Highlands, coniferous woodland that is home to chaffinches, wren, willow warblers, mistle thrush, Scottish crossbills and more; we meet an Oscillated Turkey, native to the rainforests of Guatemala; we’ll warm your cockles with the sound of thermal mud pools at Poikili Hot Springs in Papua New Guinea; and from mud pools to marshland – we finish in Louisiana USA with the sound of cicadas and common grackles.

Dec 06 2019

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Rank #2: Rain On A Hot Tin Roof

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An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.

Listen to the sounds of birds, mountain climbing, monks chanting as you go about your day. A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.

Mar 22 2020

28mins

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Rank #3: Divine love of the monastery

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Benedictine monks speak about their experiences of divine love against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery.

This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Dec 20 2018

14mins

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Rank #4: Three Gardens in Trinidad

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Radio 3 transports listeners to Trinidad, just off the coast of Venezuela, immersing them in the sounds of the Caribbean island, with writer and actor Elisha Efua Bartels as a guide.

Through the sounds of three Port-of Spain gardens - her home by the river in Diego Martin, a garden in the lush valleys of St Ann’s, to a house up in the hills, Elisha reflects on the rich tropical sounds of the island. Frogs, hummingbirds, parrots and occasional rainfall form a slowly shifting, vivid soundscape. We pass through cycles of warm sunshine, then heavy tropical rain, each change reflected in the types of calls we hear from the birdlife and frogs. These aren’t rarefied idylls though - on a warm evening parrots noisily flock through, disturbing the peace. Sometimes a radio or the sound of a party drifts up from the valley below; dogs bark, cockerels crow.

Elisha describes the extent to which she’s both sustained by, and living at the mercy of, the wildlife around her – the parrots so loud she can’t hear the TV, the frogs soothing her to sleep at night - and how the sounds evoke a strong sense of 'home' for her.

Mar 08 2019

32mins

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Rank #5: The Sounds of Al-Andalus

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A journey in sound across the lands intimately associated with Al-Andalus, medieval Moorish Spain and Portugal. Starting in Granada at the glorious Alhambra Palace, we hear the running water of the fountains that adorn the palace as well as the sound of modern day Andalusia, with flamenco singer Juan Pinilla. We then move to Alfama and Mouraria in the old Arab quarter of Lisbon, where we hear the melancholic melodies of fado, as well as the trams that transport both tourists and locals around the city.

We then travel south, to Loulé in the Algarve, before crossing the sea to Morocco, and the sounds of the old Medina in Fez. It is the sound of the sea - across which invaders travelled and refugees and exiles escaped - that we end on.

Nov 04 2019

22mins

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Rank #6: An immersive experience of the British countryside

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The sounds of a walk along Offa's Dyke, with Horatio Clare.

Dec 03 2017

14mins

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Rank #7: Bach Walks: Roseburg to Lübeck

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In the fifth of five "slow-radio" walks in which writer Horatio Clare searches for Bach's footsteps - and his ghost - the route takes him from the village of Roseburg along the Old Salt Road to Mölln, and on to the city of Lübeck.

Jul 18 2019

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Rank #8: Midnight at the Oasis

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Kalahari means ‘large thirst’ in the local language and between November and February summer temperatures can reach well over 40 degrees centigrade. To avoid the dry desiccating heat much of the wildlife has adopted nocturnal habits.

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson captures the changing soundscape from dusk to dawn, when you can see very little but hear everything; from the close up sounds of insects to the far-carrying contact calls of spotted hyenas.

Producer Sarah Blunt

Dec 06 2018

31mins

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Rank #9: Slow sheep in Southern Spain

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Writer Chris Stewart takes us to meet some shepherds in the mountains of Alpujarras, plus introduces us to some of his own sheep. Featuring music from Nathaniel Mann.

Jul 01 2018

20mins

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Rank #10: Cattle Blessing on the Burren

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Irish cows make their way up to the winter grazing grounds high above Galway Bay

Jan 24 2019

31mins

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Rank #11: Into the Forest – Sherwood Forest

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Step into Sherwood Forest at night with tawny owls calling to each other in the trees. As daylight comes, a flock of long tailed tits forages through the branches.

Nov 22 2018

16mins

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Rank #12: Monks and meditation

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Benedictine monks speak about how they find focus, against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery.

This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Dec 20 2018

14mins

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Rank #13: The In-Between Land

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The magical North Pennines landscape of deaf shepherd-poet Josephine Dickinson, which is the backdrop to her real and imagined sound world.

May 10 2019

20mins

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Rank #14: Nightingales

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The woods are the setting for a magical late night duet between a musician and a nightingale. Verity Sharp eavesdrops on shakuhachi player Clive Bell and an unseen yet vocal co-performer.

May 27 2018

22mins

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Rank #15: Along the River Severn

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Immerse yourself in this river setting with Petroc Trelawny - with sounds of the Severn recorded along, and within, the flowing water.

May 23 2019

20mins

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Rank #16: Into the Forest - Squam Lake, New Hampshire, USA

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A montage of sounds from the forests around Squam Lake, New Hampshire during the Fall, including the songs of the Carolina wren, red-breasted nuthatch and rufous-sided towhie; a Northern flicker tapping insistently on a tree trunk; red squirrels and chipmunks foraging for food, a pair of loons calling distantly from the misty lake and a barred owl hooting as it begins its nocturnal hunt.

Jan 25 2019

17mins

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Rank #17: Nightingale Nocturne

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Nightingales singing, with musicians responding to them, in the Sussex woods. They are joined under the trees by Clive Bell playing bamboo flute, and by folk singer Sam Lee.
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Jun 11 2019

30mins

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Rank #18: The silence of the monastery

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Monks from Downside, Belmont and Pluscarden Abbeys meditate on the nature of silence, against a background of chant and sounds that evoke the peace and serenity of the monastery.

This episode of Slow Radio was originally podcasted in October 2017. We're grateful to the monks of Pluscarden Abbey for access to their collections of plainsong.

Dec 20 2018

14mins

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Rank #19: Bach Walks

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In 1705, a young composer embarked on an epic journey to meet his musical hero.
Johann Sebastian Bach was just 20 years old when he set out on foot to walk the 250 miles to Lübeck, home to the great composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. Horatio Clare retraces the young composer’s steps in an immersive episode of BBC Radio 3’s Slow Radio podcast.
This episode of Slow Radio is adapted from Bach Walks, a five-part series on BBC Radio 3. For more information and to listen again, visit the Radio 3 website.

Dec 24 2017

24mins

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Rank #20: Into the Eerie

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Artist and cultural geographer Rob St John joins presenter Will Abberley on a walk through the Pennines, untangling the idea of the dark and unsettling impression of eeriness in the English landscape.

Jul 11 2019

14mins

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