The senses: Sound, Part 2 of 5

This programme is part of the series The Senses
In England, artist Francis Barraud painted his brother’s dog Nipper listening to the horn of an early phonograph during the winter of 1898. Victor Talking Machine Company began using the symbol in 1900 (© Wikipedia)

This second part of a “Siren Song” special series looks at our sense of sound. How would we communicate without speech and laughter even in the digital age? What is a modern-day movie without its soundtrack? And where would we be without music? Rhythm, drums, thunder, gun-shots, bombs, growls, footsteps, screams — all of the sounds we need to hear and recognise in order to survive. Even our word for “absurd” means basically “unheard of”.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: September 12, 1996

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