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29. Ed O’Brien ~ in nature, writing the album ‘Earth’

29. Ed O’Brien ~ in nature, writing the album ‘Earth’

November 8, 2020

“There are many songs in the landscape”, says Ed O’Brien, guitarist and member of Radiohead, “it roots you in what it means to be a human being; what are we doing walking on this planet”. In this podcast it’s our delight to have time with Ed as he describes the making of his solo album ‘Earth’ in retreat in mid-Wales, amidst a timeless, rich vein of Celtic tradition, and in Brazil amidst the polyrhythms of insects that are at the heart of samba.

Landscape, belief, aliveness, quantum physics, spirituality, and reading poetry aloud in the mountains, the interview dances through concepts, connections and contrasts, from a man who continues to be creating contemporary music that is a record of time, place, resonance and emotions. “Nature and landscape are not always easy places to be but you couldn’t feel more alive”.

Ed O’Brien and ‘Earth’ https://www.eobmusic.com 

INTRODUCTORY AND INCIDENTAL MUSIC: Colin Williams 

 

Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:

Led Zeppelin 
Bon Iver 
Jack Kerouac  
Snowdonia
Radiohead 
Brazil 
Oxfordshire 
Vale of the White Horse 
Mid-Wales 
Cambrian Mountains 
Jay Griffiths - Wild 
Rhayader 
River Wye  
Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass  
William Blake 
Dylan Thomas 
Celtic Nations 
The Shard 
Plynlimon 
Rebecca Solnit - Wanderlust 
Barry Lopez 
Aberystwyth  
Ezra Pound  
Dead Poets Society 
Atheism  
Agnosticism  
Buddhism 
Aldous Huxley - The Perennial Philosophy  
Sufism  
Kabbalah  
Hinduism  
Samba  
Laura Marling  
Nick Drake  
New Mexico  
Arizona  
Dehli  
Rajasthan  
Bhutan  
Sámi  
Aretha Franklin  
Quantum physics  
Paul McCartney 

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