RELAXATION

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SOUNDS OF THE OUTDOORS

AiH Field Recordings

Here are a collection of sound recordings from the Art in Hospital artists that we hope you'll find uplifting and relaxing. Included are sounds of waves lapping on the shoreline, birdsong, cats purring and the humorous snuffling of pigs feeding. 

Press play above to listen to some sounds recorded by Maria Doyle.

Press play above to listen to recordings of a snowy winter walk by Belinda Guidi.

Billy cat purringBelinda Guidi
00:00 / 02:03
Pigs feedingBelinda Guidi
00:00 / 02:53
SnowBelinda Guidi
00:00 / 01:04
MudBelinda Guidi
00:00 / 01:02
Colour photograph of a low sun shining through trees and a pale blue sky. By Rebecca Wilcox
Morning Bird MedleyRebecca Wilcox
00:00 / 05:54

Above audio and photograph, Rebecca Wilcox.

Ducks and Heron on lakeDaisy Richardson
00:00 / 01:31

Above audio and photograph, Daisy Richardson

Above video and audio of baby blue tits and crows, Daisy Richardson.

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BBC MUSIC MEMORIES

Browse sounds of the decades from the 1940s. "This website is designed to use music to help people reconnect with their most powerful memories. Evidence shows that music can help people - including those living with dementia - to feel and live better. Create a playlist and take part in our survey to help us discover the nation’s favourite music memories."

memory radio.tiff

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KONCH POETRY PODCAST

Sonnet, by Dante Alighieri, translated by Kenneth Koch, read by Carol Rhodes.

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OSCAR PETERSON

HYMN TO FREEDOM

Hymn to Freedom

Live in Denmark, 1964. Oscar Peterson on Piano Ray Brown on Bass Ed Thigpen on Drums

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MARTHA ARGERICH

PLAYING RAVEL

Maurice Ravel 'Jeux d'eu' originally telecast July 31, 1977

Martha Argerich Ravel Gaspard de la nuit I. Ondine

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PAULINE OLIVEROS

and the meditative practice of

Deep Listening

In these episodes from the 'Meditation Talk Show: Radiance', the musician, composer and educator Pauline Oliveros discusses her life and work and the meditative practice of Deep Listening that she developed in the 1970's.

There is the opportunity to practice one of Oliveros' Deep Listening meditations, guided by the artist herself in the first episode of Radiance above.

 

"Oliveros is a senior figure in contemporary American music. Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently given the 2012 John Cage award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is a Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.

Pauline Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening," which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics.

Oliveros is also the founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer."

paulineoliveros.us

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HOAR FROST

Written and performed by Art in Hospital artist Daisy Richardson and Simon Shaw.

hoar frost (1)Daisy Richardson and Simon Shaw
00:00 / 01:21
This painting depicts bright lines emanating from a lower central point, they are in pale turquoise and white colours and look almost like glass or bright light beams.

Image by Daisy Richardson

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'IN THE OPEN'

SOUND PIECES

Image designed by Maeve Redmond.

Image designed by Maeve Redmond

This Common Guild (Glasgow) project comprises six new works by Glasgow-based artists Luke Fowler, Lauren Gault, Ashanti Harris, Sulaïman Majali, Duncan Marquiss, and Margaret Salmon, each working from different points of reference and experience to explore geographies, histories and globally linked emotions, with Glasgow’s parks, green spaces, and other walking routes of the city in mind.

CLICK HERE for the project website.

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EMAHOY TSEGUÉ-MARYAM GUÈBROU

Born in 1923, in Ethiopia, Emahoy grew up in one of the country’s most privileged families. She and her sister were the first girls to be sent abroad for their education – she remembers travelling by train, aged six, from the highlands of Addis to the port of Djibouti then onwards by boat to Marseille, en route to a Swiss boarding school. That’s where she first encountered western classical music. She took piano and violin lessons and turned out to be a special talent.

(The Guardian)

Courtesy of Fikre Selam Entertainment

CLICK HERE for an article about Emahoy's fascinating life. And HERE for a BBC Radio 4 programme about her.

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DAVID FOSTER WALLACE

David Foster Wallace‘s 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College, is a timeless trove of wisdom. The speech was made into a thin book titled This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Text image reads "The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day."

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY

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ALICE COLTRANE 

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PATRICIA BRENNAN

Patricia Brennan - "Solar", a free improvisation on vibraphone (in studio) Jan 6 2021

Patricia Brennan in action recording "Solar" at Samurai Hotel recording studio in Queens, NY back in August 2018. During the second day of recording, Patricia recorded a series of free improvisations on marimba and vibraphone.

https://www.valleyofsearch.com/

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Royal Academy

A slow look: Oriana Reinagle’s ‘Study of trees

Enjoy five blissful minutes of mindfulness and art with this guided meditation.

Study of Trees drawn with pencil on cream woven paper

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Old & New Folk Mix