Cosmo Sheldrake | Musician, composer and producer

This week, we chat to the multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake from his home in Dorset. True to form, he recorded his side of the conversation outdoors in the countryside, so there are quite a few birds and woodland creatures keeping us company throughout this episode. He explains how he records the most intimate, low-level sounds of animals, fungi, rain and even tree sap, and how he goes about recontextualising them in his music. He also tells us all about his musical childhood with his mother, who was trained in Mongolian overtone chanting and who had previously lived and travelled with the pioneering electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.


Links:

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake https://www.amazon.co.uk/Entangled-Life-Worlds-Change-Futures/dp/B084T51RCY/


The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mystic-Spiral-Journey-Soul-Imagination/dp/0500810052


Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music by Dust to Digital https://dust-digital.com/pages/excavated-shellac-an-alternate-history-of-the-world-s-music-1907-1967-tracklist


Smithsonian Folkways (ethnographic recordings and folk from around the world) https://folkways.si.edu/


Listen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ZoAZxQIlWVfH1dsiP5GAV?si=a1187808f9334992


Music featured:

Cuckoo Song (Cosmo Sheldrake, Wake Up Calls)

Teo (Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain)

Wriggle (Cosmo Sheldrake, The Much Much How How and I)

Rich (Cosmo Sheldrake, Pelicans We)


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