Sunday, 2 January 2011

BBC Radio - The Music of the Wires

BBC Radio 4....

Alan Lamb is an artist, biomedical research scientist and composer who has long been fascinated by the vibrating qualities of telegraph wires. As a young boy he was introduced to the music of the wires during walks with his sister and their nanny, who showed the children how to press their ears against a telegraph pole to 'hear the sound of the world'.

Years later, when he was a student on a camping holiday in Mull, Alan pulled into the side of the road and fell asleep in his van. He was woken by an extraordinary sound. It was produced by the telegraph wires overhead as they waxed and waned in the wind. Alan was transported by the sounds and became determined to record their music.

Since then, he has worked with abandoned telegraph wires on several sites across Australia and installed new structures in order to produce and record music from them. Alan has also completed extensive research into auditory perception and developed theories relating to the wire music and its behaviour.

In this programme, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson, who has long been interested in the sounds of the wind, travels to Australia to meet Alan Lamb and some of his colleagues at The Wired Lab Project. He discusses their work and its evolution and records for himself some of the extraordinary music of the wires.

Listen to the programme HERE

The Wired Lab Project


  1. listening to the sounds those wires can make is VERY spooky! shame i can't seem to download the programme

  2. Benn Burt sound designer for Star Wars used wires to create the sound of the blasters.

    Fantastic program by the way!

  3. Thanks for posting - that looks great.

    Chris Watson, prior to his career recording wildlife was in Cabaret Voltaire, some of whose work, like Silent Command, has a distinctly haunted quality I think.

  4. Cool! Alan Lamb's work is unique and it's great to see him getting more exposure.

    I've been lucky to work with him outside Wagga Wagga, see

  5. wired lab website can be found here: