Geoff Sample


Francis Crick – Life Itself

Edward Grey – The Charm of Birds
Research on use of the term ‘dawn chorus’, for which this is the earliest instance I can find.

John Webster – The White Devil 
First time I’ve read it since playing Flamineo in 1989.

Grimms Fairy Tales 
Revisiting, looking for themes of bird symbolism and aurality.

Listening to:

Dakha Brakha

Fun Frequency – Chronicles of Decay

Petra Haden’s a-capella series


State of Happiness

Random outdoors stuff on YouTube e.g. Fandabi Dozi’s Overnight Survival as a 17th Century Highlander

Working on:

Fact Liverpool remote collaboration with Daniel Thorne

Culture in Quarantine BBC commission ‘a birdsong garden’

Chapter for Mike Collier’s (ed) book, The Dawn Chorus: songs of time and place

Contribution to the Urban Tree Festival

Developing a proposal with poet Katrina Porteous for audio pieces for a sculpture trail on the Northumberland coast

Remastering my audio guides and CDs from 1990s

Considering the phonological syntax of starling song. (extract)

Geoff Sample is a field recordist, natural history author and sound artist, with a special interest in birdsong and the cultural history of hearing music in nature. 

Geoff Sample