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A LIFE IN SOUND

The Diary of a Nature Sound Recordist

SEASON 1 

THE DIARY OF A NATURE SOUND RECORDIST

This series aims to take listeners on an epic and intimate journey through the natural world, all through the medium of sound and at the same time we want to enable a rare glimpse into the life of a man who recorded everything you’re about to hear, one sound at a time. Martyn Stewart has spent his lifetime on a mission: to record the natural sounds of our planet. It’s a story that will take us from a council estate in Birmingham England and ultimately take him to every corner of the planet. From Belize to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, from Denali to the Galapagos, to some of the most inhospitable locations geographically and politically. He will be attacked by lions and crocodiles, arrested in Japan for filming the annual dolphin slaughter and then find himself in long periods of isolation, in remote corners of the world waiting for 30 seconds of a that perfect sound. This is ultimately a love story – dedicated to our natural world and to the people who spend their lives aiming to give it a voice.

First 3 episodes coming April 22nd 2024

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EPISODE 1 - THE BEGINNINGS 

For over 50 years, Martyn has travelled the world, microphone and recorder in hand (and insect repellent nearby). It’s a solitary, driven passion that he dates to his childhood “fascination” with the fauna and flora around him in the suburban Midlands. It’s his dedication, however, that ultimately resulted in him being renowned as the David Attenborough of sound. In this episode we go back to where it all first began.

Launching Earth Day 2024

EPISODE 2 - AROUND THE WORLD

To introduce ‘A life in Sound’, Martyn circumnavigates the globe through 7 major themes. We’ll explore the sounds of his youth, what it is to feel Awe, Close calls in the Masai Mara, Activist encounters in Taiji, sounds he didn’t expect to record like the heartbeat of a tree, moments that almost got away from him… and all the way back to LOVE.

Launching Earth Day 2024

EPISODE 3 - AN ACTIVISTS JOURNEY

Since Martyn began his epic journey, 75% of the landscapes and soundscapes that he’s recorded have vanished, been silenced, or suffered significant degradation. Since the age of 8 years old, he has been an activist. Fighting to safeguard the natural world. This episode will take us from

Launching Earth Day 2024

EPISODE 4 - THE ARCTIC WILDLIFE REFUGE

The Arctic Wildlife Refuge is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth and home to a wide range of wildlife, including iconic species such as polar bears, caribou, Arctic foxes, muskoxen, hundreds of migratory birds, and many others. It also supports diverse habitats, from coastal lagoons and wetlands to alpine tundra and boreal forests. Throughout its history, it has also been the subject of debates and controversies, particularly regarding proposals for oil and gas development within its boundaries. Martyn takes us back to one of his favorite places and reflects on the importance of Wilderness in our world.

Releasing April 30th 2024

EPISODE 5 - AUSTRALIA

Cape tribulation and the Daintree forest in Australia are one of Martyn's favorite places on earth. There is not a time you are not immersed in sounds, be it day or night. Birds and insects give way to amphibian choruses at night. Thunderstorms and rain showers complete the orchestra. Cape Tribulation can be found in Queensland Australia and is one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. We'll revist Martyn's time in Australia, meet some of his favorite characters along the way.

Releasing May 7th 2024

* SPECIAL - !!**!! CANCER

In 2021, Amanda learned that Martyn had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. This started a far deeper partnership between the two of them and one that ultimately aimed to ensure Martyn’s legacy continues far beyond his lifetime. In this episode they confront the topic of death and ultimately Life.

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