'Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place' is a two-year AHRC-funded project that brings together artists, musicians, academics, environmentalists and the public at sea between Liverpool and the Isle of Man to reflect on some short stories of Malcolm Lowry(1909-57) in relation to increased care for our oceans.
Through these podcasts, you will hear comment, new ideas, strange sounds, beach cleaning, poetry, children's voices and moments of calm as we all try to find a new audio language for thinking about the amount of plastic in our seas. Our podcasts are intentionally collaged to open up new spaces for shared thinking - see www.malcolmlowry.com for further information.
Some of the contributors you'll hear throughout the series include Alan Dunn, Helen Tookey, Bryan Biggs, The Art Doctors (Liz Stirling and Alison McIntyre), Cian Quayle, Rob Keith, Roger Cliffe-Thompson, Louise K. Wilson, Jessica van Horssen, Joey (aged 5), The Beach Buddies (Isle of Man), Olga Munroe, BAAD ACID, Michael Ridge, Band of Holy Joy / Bad Punk, Chris Watson and members of the public during the ferry crossings between Liverpool and Isle of Man.
Podcast number 1 introduces the project and is based on a 30-minute mix that was first broadcast during COP26 in Glasgow as part of the AIR radio project. You'll hear recordings from sailings between Liverpool and Isle of Man in September 2021, beginning with naively trying to explain the problem to a five-year-old whilst playing Lego, before floating through orcas recorded in Telegraph Cove near Vancouver, the Isle of Man Beach Buddies, readings from Lowry’s texts and his use of Frere Jacques as a refrain that echoes the ship’s engine, visions of impending capitalist ruination of the oceans, instructions for emergencies, Maccy-D’s litter, Fluxus Drip Music, superheroes vs everybody, Traa-dy-liooar (Manx for ‘time enough’), and the concept of salvage – what can or cannot be saved.
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