BBC Radio 3 Late Junction: Fungi Power with Merlin and Cosmo Sheldrake

In der Woche der COP26-Klimakonferenz erforscht Verity Sharp mit ihren Gästen, dem Mykologen Merlin Sheldrake und dem Musiker Cosmo Sheldrake, sowohl die klanglichen Eigenschaften als auch die Fähigkeit von Pilzen, Kohlenstoffemissionen zu bekämpfen.

As well as a special performance of an interspecies collaboration between Cosmo and some mushrooms, they both join Verity to discuss the relationships between fungi and climate health, with particular focus on the differing sound properties, polyphony and network structures found within the fungus kingdom.

Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and writer, and the author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. His main interest is in mycology and fungi, including research explorations into mycelial networks, resonance and polyphony, as well as relationships between humans and non-human organisms.

Cosmo Sheldrake is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a passion for the natural world. His latest album Wake Up Calls uses field recordings of birdsong, mostly from endangered British birds, in order to draw people’s attention to the polyphonic soundworlds that surround us, as a reminder not to take any of these creatures and the music that they make for granted.

Elsewhere in the programme, Verity continues to play that fungi music – with tracks inspired by, related to and created from mushrooms. They will be dispersed amongst artistic representations of climate crises from fire to species loss, deforestation, melting icebergs and a track that highlights the temporal overhang of it all, from the Dutch pianist Louis Andriessen.

Produced by Rachel Byrne
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3



1 Puce Mary – Red Desert

2 Cosmo Sheldrake – Dawn Chorus

3 John Cage – A Valentine Out Of Season

4 Mr Mibbler & Anja Garbarek – Anja Garbarek meets Mr Mibbler

5 Stuart Chalmers – Fire

6 Balraj Singh Samrai & Farah Ahmad Khan – Planet​-​People​-​Power

7 OWERÁ – Xondaro Ka´aguy Reguá

8 Icebreaker – De Snelheid

9 Pamela Z – Echolocation

10 Thomas Tallis – Spem In Alium

11 Babenzele Pygmies – Women Gathering Mushrooms

12 Nick Lyon – Painted Wolves Singing Ritual

13 Albert Ayler – Wizard

14 Cosmo Sheldrake – Chthonic

15 Ben Chasny – Water Dragon

16 Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi

17 Dreamcrusher – FEVER

18 Galya Bisengalieva & Moor Mother – Kantubek (Moor Mother Remix)

19 The 1975 & Greta Thunberg – The 1975

20 Mira Calix – a mark of resistance

21 Australian Art Orchestra – Nunguryu Nunguryu (feat. Daniel Wilfred, Aviva Endean & Peter Knight)

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