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Listening to the Northern Lights

From: The Kitchen Sisters
Series: Lost & Found Sound
Length: 08:32

Natural Radio -- the sound of earth's magnetic field.

990326 Natural Radio recordist Steve McGreevy was in Canada last year for the Northern Lights: not to see them, but to hear them. You can do that, if you have the right equipment. And Steve's got a van full. Producer Barrett Golding introduces us to Natural Radio -- the sound of earth's magnetic field. Like the auroral lights, Natural Radio effects tend to be stronger around the spring and fall equinox, and near the earth's poles. So whenever Steve gets a chance, he heads north, into the wilderness, away from electrical interference, where the listening is best. There's a double CD of Steve's Natural Radio recordings called "Electric Enigma," put out by Dutch East India Trading.

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Natural Radio recordist Steve McGreevy was in Canada last year for the Northern Lights: not to see them, but to hear them. You can do that, if you have the right equipment. And Steve's got a van full. Producer Barrett Golding introduces us to Natural Radio -- the sound of earth's magnetic field. Like the auroral lights, Natural Radio effects tend to be stronger around the spring and fall equinox, and near the earth's poles. So whenever Steve gets a chance, he heads north, into the wilderness, away from electrical interference, where the listening is best. There's a double CD of Steve's Natural Radio recordings called "Electric Enigma," put out by Dutch East India Trading.

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I've long been a fan of Stephen McGreevy's wonderful recordings of the songs of the earth's magnetic field. It's wonderful to actually hear him talk about the history and technology behind his evocative recordings of whistlers and growlers. Fantastic stuff!

Broadcast History

NPR's All Things Considered on 3/26/99.

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