Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 018

Episode 18 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is an uplifting, gospel-tinged special edition of the soul/jazz/fusion specialist music show, from Upper Hale’s own avid collector of vinyl.

Expect tracks from the likes of Kent Schneider, Mary Lou Williams, The Rance Allen Group and Kim Weston, plus The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Terry Callier, Roy Ayers Ubiquity – and a special rendition of The Addict’s Psalm.

Oh Happy Day!

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE017

Episode 17 of Tale Waves – the children’s storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called Foo-Fow’s Funky Factory, set in Pom-Pom Land, and featuring Percy, the Sea Serpent.

The entrance to Pom-Pom Land…

The story is one about hardworking La-Las, a crazy factory, beauty, friendship, love and hope for the redemption of humankind.  Listen out for plenty of graceful swans in this tale.

Foo-Fow – owner of the funky factory. (played, as ever by Gilly Stewart).

Music credits:

Swan Lake (Op.20 – Act 1 Intro), Composer, Tchaikovsky, Performer, European Archive, via MusOpen (in Public Domain)

The Carnival of the Animals (XIII The Swan), Composer, Camille Saint-Saens, Performer, Seattle Youth Symphony, via MusOpen, (through Creative Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Carmen (Entr’acte, Act III), Composer, Georges Bizet, Performer, European Archive, via MusOpen (in Public Domain)

All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk – with thanks.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 6: USRAIL006

Episode 6 is part 1 of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for this part of the journey using the Empire Builder train.

Map to show the Amtrak western long distance routes – Red lines indicate daytime travel, Blue lines night time. Credit: Amtrak website.
Logo of Empire Builder train. Credit: Amtrak website.
Route of the Empire Builder train. Credit: Amtrak website.

This episode of the USA Railway Travelogue begins with Tim arriving at Portland station by taxi.

Name and address plate on the side of Portland’s Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Union Station Portland. Credit: Cachophony. (via CC BY-SA-2.5).
Union Station Portland. Credit: Tim Davies.
Union Station Tower. Credit: Tim Davies.
Portland Station in 1913: not much has changed, apart from the cars. Credit: unknown (Public Domain).
Main concourse, Portland Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Main Concourse, Portland Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ceiling detail, from the concourse at Portland Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim waits for the portion of Empire Builder train to be ready, before boarding to find his luxury ‘roomette’.

Empire Builder – waiting for passengers at Portland. Credit: Tim Davies.
Empire Builder locomotive at Portland. Credit: Tim Davies.
Empire Builder – waiting for passengers at Portland. Credit: Tim Davies.
The seat in Tim’s Superliner Roomette. This, with the seat opposite, converts into the lower bed. The grey coloured shelf (lower left) is just big enough to stand a cabin bag on. Credit: Tim Davies.

The first stage of the this leg is between Portland and Vancouver (Washington), and a fairly industrial area.

Between Portland and Vancouver (Washington). Credit: Tim Davies.
Crossing the Willamette River. Credit: Tim Davies.
Across the Willamette. Credit: Tim Davies.
Oil tanker trucks in the siding between Portland and Vancouver, Washington. Credit: Tim Davies.
Crossing BNSF Bridge 9.6 – opened in 1908. Credit: Tim Davies.
Looking forwards from the front carriage of the train, over the locomotive. The seal wasn’t perfect, and there was a smell of diesel. Credit: Tim Davies.
The historic Arndt Prune Dryer (built around 1898) near Ridgefield in Washington State. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Credit: Ian Poellet. (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0)

The first stop of this leg of the journey is Vancouver, in Washington State.

Vancouver (Washington) railway station. The unique two sided station feature a ‘wye’ – see map section. Credit: jill, jellidonut… whatever (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Map of Vancouver (Washington) Station, by OpenStreetMap, under Open Database License (ODbL) under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0.

The train passes along the Columbia River for much of this stage of the trip, and through the Columbia Gorge.

Columbia River in the rain – clouds hiding the mountain. Raindrops on the train window, and sadly, the reflection from the upper windows. Credit: Tim Davies.
Columbia River in the rain – clouds hiding the mountains. Credit: Tim Davies.
Columbia River. Rain stopped, clouds breaking. Credit: Tim Davies.
Columbia Gorge east towards the Dalles. Credit: Spenmac. Public Domain.
Columbia Gorge from the Cape Horn trail facing East towards Beacon Rock. Credit: etliebe. Public Domain.

As with other stages of the trip, Tim talks to fellow passengers to find out why they are taking the train, rather than other forms of transport.

En route, the train passes a number of water falls, and the Bonneville Dam.

Multnomah Falls, showing both the upper and lower falls. This is Oregon’s tallest waterfall. Credit: John Fowler (Creative Commons CC BY 2.0)
Bonneville Dam spillway. Credit: Walter Siegmund. (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
Fish ladder at Bonneville Dam. Credit: Eric Guinther (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0).

The mountains en route are stunning.

Mount Hood. Credit: JoJoes123 at English Wikipedia (Creative Commons CC BY 3.0).
Mount Adams. Credit: Walter Siegmund (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

The next stop on the line is a non-staffed station – Bingen White Salmon Station – 60 miles East of Portland.

Bingen White Salmon Amtrak Station. Credit: Hikki Nagasaki (Public Domain).

Continuing on, the train passes a cargo vessel on the Columbia River with a difference – one with a stern paddle wheel.

Stern paddle wheel boat on the Columbia River. Credit: Tim Davies.
Memaloose Island from Highway 84. Credit: NS.Nature.Pictures (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)
Dalles Dam with Lake Celilo. Credit: Unknown. Public Domain.

The train stops at Wishram Station.

Passenger leaving the Empire Builder at Wishram – this conductor was on Tim’s train! Credit: Williamborg (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons).
Mary Hill Museum. Credit: Cacophony. (Creative Commons CC BY 3.0)
John Day Dam – the ‘lift’ from the lock is the largest in the US at 110 feet. Credit: USACE, via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Next stop is Pasco Railway Station, opened in 1998.

Pasco Railway Station. Credit: Allen4names, Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0.

The rain has gone, as the sun sets – from the Empire Builder over the Columbia River – at the end of part one of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim’s journey.

Sunset over the Columbia River. Credit: Tim Davies.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

“The Chrysanthemum”, composed by Scott Joplin, performed by Gerluz, from MusOpen, (available via Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 )

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 5: USRAIL005

Episode 5 of US Railway Travelogue finds Tim Davies in and around Portland, Oregon, after the Coast Starlight leg of his iconic Amtrak trains tour across the USA, and ahead of the Empire Builder leg.

The Pink ‘Gray Line’ Ticket Booth, a few minutes from Tim’s hotel.
The Pink ‘Gray Line’ Trolleys.
Inside the Gray Line Trolley.

Tim ‘hops’ on board one of the trolleys, heading for the stunning, mixed scenery Washington Park.

Portland Parks.
Portland Parks.
The view of areas of prime housing.
Towards Washington Park.
Towards Washington Park.
Washington Park.
Washington Park.
Washington Park.
Discovery Centre in Washington Park.
Washington Park.

The journey brings Tim to a steel bridge which just happens to be the most inter-modal bridge anywhere in the world!

Steel bridge.

Moving along the river brings Tim to the cable car system, and the Tilikum Crossing Bridge.

Cable Car System.
Airborne.
Tilikum Crossing Bridge.

Tim has a chat to one of the Gray Line drivers, and discovers why Portland is called the ‘city of roses‘.

Riverside in Portland.

The next episode – Episode 6 – takes Tim from Portland to Chicago on another of the iconic Amtrak trains – the Empire Builder.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Additional music: from Archive.org is Pink Martini in Concert Episode 868 from La Otra Orilla  (via CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) and Louie Louie by the Troggs (via CC BY 2.5) both with Creative Commons licences.

Celebrating World Radio Day 2018

Tuesday 13th February, 2018 is UNESCO World Radio Day – and we support everything it is seeking to achieve!

The theme this year is “Radio and Sport”.

Through three special shows, Sound Vault is celebrating three particular aspects of this year’s theme – as well as the first anniversary of us announcing the idea for our community-driven podcast network back on World Radio Day 2017.

Click on each show title below to take you to the individual podcast in the Sound Vault: Voices series:-

“A Kick In The Family” – Gilly Stewart.

In “A Kick In The Family” by Gilly Stewart, we will be looking at the power of sport to reconnect people with their cultural heritage, and at the same time, explore gender stereotypes.  Being adopted, Gilly decided to track down her birth family in the 1980s, only to discover that her paternal grandfather was part of a footballing family, who played for West Bromwich Albion, and was capped for England.  She thinks it might explain why she always wanted to join in with the college football team – but was thwarted in less enlightened times when it came to gender and sport;

For the love of basketball.

In Campaign Slam Dunk”, sixth form student Michael Chacko reflects on the civic role sports provision can play in local communities, and how the activism of a few friends helped bring about change at the grassroots in his local community in Yateley, in Hampshire, in the UK. The inspiration of sport has helped shine a light on, and encourage democratic participation;

View from the pressbox at Wimbledon for the match against Northampton Town.

In “Fan’s Eye Radio”, lifelong grassroots football fan Kevin Rye looks at the growing phenomena of fan-driven radio and podcasting at the more grassroots level in football. He speaks to two of those leading the way, at Radio WDON (for fans of supporter-run Wimbledon), and at FCUM Radio (for fans of supporter-run FC United of Manchester).  Such operations mirror the explosion in fan podcasting in the professional game too.

As well as the three special shows, Sound Vault is holding an ‘Open Studio’ on the day at its base, at Farnham Maltings in Surrey, between 11am and 3pm, to mark and celebrate World Radio Day, and encourage more people to get involved.

Fan’s Eye Radio (World Radio Day 2018): Voices 004

In a special podcast for World Radio Day 2018 called Fan’s Eye RadioKevin Rye takes a look at the exponential growth in fan-driven radio and podcasting at a more grassroots level in football.

Fan engagement campaigner/consultant, and Wimbledon fan, Kevin Rye.

Some stations are run by volunteers; some have emerged into full-time operations, but either way, they can guarantee a more diverse range of voices are heard when it comes to our football clubs.  They can offer a matchday online operation, as well as connecting a wider group with content for fans from across the world.  Some have become so polished, they can even provide content for mainstream broadcasters.

Radio WDON’s matchday nerve centre.

Kevin interviews Mikey T of Radio WDON (at supporter-run Wimbledon) and Ben Hughes of FCUM Radio (of supporter-run FC United of Manchester) for an insight into the growth of such grassroots stations.

View from the pressbox at Wimbledon for the match against Northampton Town.

As well as such initiatives at the grassroots of the games, fans of bigger clubs are also ensuring a more diverse range of voices are being heard using fan-run podcasts too.

View of the stadium – for now – at Wimbledon. Photo Credit: Kevin Rye.

Kevin Rye started going to football matches at the age of five when Wimbledon FC first entered the League in the 1970s.  Decades later, he was part of the Wimbledon Independent Supporters’ Association (WISA) which tried to save, and then resurrected Wimbledon’s favourite club – AFC Wimbledon as it became.  In his professional life, he has worked for many years, helping supporters and clubs to build better relationships.

Kevin is a Sound Vault contributor, and lives locally in Surrey.

This podcast is one of three special shows made for Sound Vault to mark World Radio Day 2018.  The theme this year is ‘Radio and Sports‘, and in particular, issues associated with diversity in sports coverage, coverage of traditional and grassroots games, and helping people reconnect with their cultural heritage.

Sound effects credits:

Whistle from SpliceSound, via Freesound (under CC0 1.0 Public Domain)

Others self recorded at the match – and from www.freesfx.co.uk – with thanks.

Campaign Slam Dunk (World Radio Day 2018): Voices 003

In a special podcast for World Radio Day 2018, sixth form student Michael Chacko reflects on the importance of sport to our cultural and civic life by sharing the story of why he and a group of friends decided to launch – and how they won – the campaign for a basketball court in their local community in Yateley, Hampshire.

For the love of basketball.

A keen sports player – whether football, badminton or basketball for example – he used insights he gained in part as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament between 2015-2017 as he helped mobilise the campaign to secure a new sporting civic resource.

Coverage on the campaign at the time in the local News & Mail.

Although born in the UK, Michael has Indian and German parents, which has given him a personal angle on diversity issues.

Hold the front page! Ben, Michael & James make the cover of the local News & Mail at the time of the campaign.

Michael – aka ‘Chack’ – is a founding Sound Vault contributor, and a 6th form student in Yateley, Hampshire.  He made a four part history of rap for Sound Vault, ‘Tracks with Chack‘.

This podcast is one of three special shows made for Sound Vault to mark World Radio Day 2018.  The theme this year is ‘Radio and Sports‘, and in particular, issues associated with diversity in sports coverage, coverage of traditional and grassroots games, and helping people reconnect with their cultural heritage.

Sound effects credits:

Whistle from SpliceSound, via Freesound (under CC0 1.0 Public Domain)

Additional self-recorded – and from www.freesfx.co.uk – with thanks.

A Kick In The Family (World Radio Day 2018): Voices 002

In a special podcast for World Radio Day 2018, children’s storyteller Gilly Stewart discovers the part that football has played in her own family’s cultural heritage when she tells the story of making the difficult decision to track down her birth family in the 1980s, only to discover her paternal grandfather, Tom Perry (and two of his brothers) played for West Bromwich Albion in the 1890s.

“That’s him!” Gilly’s grand-father, West Bromwich Albion’s Tom Perry.

Gilly believes it might go some way to explain why she was so keen to join the boys’ football team at college for a kick-about, but with diversity less embraced on the pitch than it is today, deliberate fouling to keep her off the pitch, and her own concern to stay ‘injury-free’ for her other love, dancing, meant she had to give up the football.

Storyteller Gilly Stewart.

If Gilly had been born today, might she have been more likely to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and play at Wembley, but for West Bromwich Albion FC Women?

Gilly is a founding contributor at Sound Vault, and lives in Farnham, Surrey.  Her regular podcast is called Tale Waves.

This podcast is one of three special shows made for Sound Vault to mark World Radio Day 2018.  The theme this year is ‘Radio and Sports‘, and in particular, issues associated with diversity in sports coverage, coverage of traditional and grassroots games, and helping people reconnect with their cultural heritage.

Sound effects credits:

Whistle from SpliceSound, via Freesound (under CC0 1.0 Public Domain)

Crowd noises from paulw2k, via Freesound (under Creative Commons CC BY 3.0)

Others from www.freesfx.co.uk – with thanks.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 016

Episode 16 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – our soul/jazz/fusion music show is an ‘African Rhythms‘ special.  Following the recent death of Hugh Masekela, show is intended to honour the great man, as well as some of the music of these genres from the continent.

As well as Hugh Masekela, the show features tracks from the likes of Letta Mbulu, Manu Dibango and Fela Kuti, as well as Oneness Of Juju, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, and Matata.

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE016

Episode 16 of Tale Waves from the mind of Gilly Stewart is a story called Tree Runners – a wonderful story of fantasy, unknown beings and enchantment, told to regular host Hetty Tale Waves by our guest storyteller, Daisy Serkel.

Tale Waves creator meets fan ‘Mini Star Lily Unicorn’ as they sit in on the recording of this episode of the podcast.

The story is set in a fantasy forest deep within the Sprinklebourne Valley, where you can find the two tallest trees in the world – and many fantastical characters.

Credits:

Music:

Clair de Lune, composed by Claude-Achille Debussy, performed by PMG Projects, and available under Creative Commons/Public Domain.

Prelude a l’Apres Midi d’un Faune, composed by Claude-Achille Debussy, performed by Columbia University Orchestra, available from MusOpen (via CC PD 1.0).

La Boheme (Aria: Che Gelida Manina, Act1, No. 6), composed by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Jacques Potter, available via MusOpen (via CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

Bullets and Bayonets, composed by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band, available via MusOpen (via CC PD 1.0)

La Mer (De l’Aube a Midi Sur la Mer), composed by Claude Debussy, performed by US Air Force Band, available from MusOpen (via CC PD 1.0).

Sound Effects:

Hunting horn: thanks to Benboncan via Freesound (under CC NY 3.0).

Yawning sound (male): thanks to Fortyseven203 via Freesound (under CC0 1.0)

All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 4: USRAIL004

Episode 4 of US Railway Travelogue finds Tim Davies continuing onto the second part of the San Francisco to Portland leg of his trip on the first of the iconic Amtrak trains he is taking, recording the sights and sounds of ‘The Coast Starlight‘.

Route of The Coast Starlight.

With the train running about half an hour late, this episode picks up at a station called Chemult.

Chemult Station. Credit: Eubene.
Chemult Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Chemult Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

As well as the sights and sounds, Tim manages to speak to a few of the passengers to discover why they are using the train, rather than other forms of transport available, such as flying.

After a while, the train crosses through the Cascades mountain range, and eventually some 22 tunnels – as well as some beautiful scenery.

The Cascades. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Cascades. Credit: Tim Davies.
Hamlet in the Cascades. Credit: Tim Davies.
Town in the Cascades. Credit: Tim Davies.
Town in the Cascades. Credit: Tim Davies.

As the train continues to pass through breathtaking views, Tim chats to another passenger, Bob, about what brings him to the train, and about how the scenery compares to back home in Colorado.

Willamette River. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lookout Point Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lookout Point Lake dam. Credit: Tim Davies.
Agriculture along the Willamette Valley. Credit: Tim Davies.
Agriculture along the Willamette Valley – even a road with painted markings! Credit: Tim Davies.
Agriculture along the Willamette Valley. Credit: Tim Davies.

The train eventually makes it to Eugene, Oregon – named after the town’s founder.  It is the western-most town on the Amtrak system.

Eugene Station South.
Eugene Station sign. Credit: Tim Davies.
Stopped at Eugene for air. Credit: Tim Davies.
Stopped at Eugene for air. Credit: Tim Davies.

Heading out of Eugene, the train passes a significant number of freight yards.  Tim steals an opportunity to talk to CJ who looks after the ‘Parlour Car‘ on the Coast Starlight, about what the job entails, and how he got the job.

North of Eugene. Credit: Tim Davies.

Onwards, to Albany.

Albany Station sign. Credit: Tim Davies.
Albany Station. Credit: Loco Steve.
Albany Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

Next stop Salem – an impressive, mansion-like station.  The city is famous for being home to Kettle Foods – the people behind the famous Kettle Crisps!

Salem Station. Credit: Ron Reiring.

The train then passes through the Oregon City area.

Logs on the move, south of Oregon City. Credit: Tim Davies.
Oregon City paper mills. Credit: Tim Davies.
Oregon City paper mills. Credit: Tim Davies.

This leg of Tim’s journey came to an end in Portland.

Union Station, Portland. Credit: Tim Davies.
At Union Station, Portland. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim Davies and Sound Vault would like to thank Amtrak who have helped make the recording of this podcast possible, and all of the crew of The Coast Starlight on this trip who made it so memorable.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 3: USRAIL003

Episode 3 of US Railway Travelogue finds Tim Davies taking the first part of the San Francisco to Portland leg of his trip on the first of the iconic Amtrak trains he is taking – ‘The Coast Starlight‘.

The Amtrak logo. Photo credit: Tim Davies.

The episode begins with Tim at the bus stop in San Francisco’s financial district, where he waits to take the bus out to Emeryville Station where the train journey begins.  It gives Tim a chance to set the scene on the journeys ahead, and in particular, ‘The Coast Starlight‘.

Waiting at the bus stop in San Francisco.
The Coast Starlight – the train for this leg of Tim’s journey.
A Coast Starlight train from August 1985.
Emeryville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

Some of the interior aspects of the train as described by Tim during the Travelogue:

Pacific Parlour Car, Coast Starlight. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside the Pacific Parlour Car. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cinema, Lower Level, Pacific Parlour Car. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim documents passing through Martinez, Davis Street, Sacremento, Chico, Redding and Dunsmuir  stations during the night.  While not awake, he takes care not to miss out marking of passing through them.

Martinez Station.
Davis Street Station.
Sacramento Station. Credit: Randwick.
Chico Station. Credit: Greg Bard.
Redding Station: Credit: Oakshade.
Dunsmuir Station. Credit: Kasuga Huang

The following morning, a beautiful sunrise, and a sensational view of wooded hills was awaiting Tim when he awoke.

Hills in the early morning, Dunsmuir-Klamath. Credit: Tim Davies.
Hills in the early morning, Dunsmuir-Klamath. Credit: Tim Davies.
Travelling through the hills at breakfast time. Credit: Tim Davies.

The train departed Klamath Falls around 8.15am. The town was established in 1867, the station built in 1916.

Klamath Falls. Credit: Tim Davies.
Klamath Falls Station: Credit: Steve Wilson.
Klamath Falls back in 1930.
Klamath Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.

Soon after, Tim strikes up a conversation with a fellow traveller, hoping it might be someone local who can tell him something about the USA today, only to discover it is a fellow rail enthusiast doing a ten day tour – from Basingstoke in Hampshire in the UK – not far down the road from Tim’s hometown of Wrecclesham.

Mount Mcloughlin.
Map of the area around Klamath Falls – courtesy of Google Maps.

Part two of this leg of the trip will follow next week in Episode 4 of the US Railway Travelogue.

Tim Davies would like to thank Amtrak with their assistance in making this podcast series possible.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

World Radio Day 2018 at Sound Vault: one year on…

Sound Vault is marking World Radio Day 2018 on Tuesday 13th February by making three special shows using the Day’s theme of “Radio and Sports”, and in particular, issues associated with diversity in sports coverage, coverage of traditional and grassroots games, and helping people reconnect with their cultural heritage.

With the day being the 1st anniversary of Sound Vault revealing its launch plans back on World Radio Day back in 2017, it will also be throwing open its doors for an ‘Open Studio’ event.  The special shows are:

A Kick in The Family

Storyteller Gilly Stewart – West Bromwich Albion in her genes.

Children’s storyteller Gilly Stewart discovers the part that football has played in her own family’s cultural heritage when she tells the story of making the difficult decision to track down her biological family in the 1980s, only to discover her paternal grandfather (and two of his brothers) played for West Bromwich Albion in the 1890s.  She believes it might go some way to explain why she was so keen to join the boys’ football team at college for a kick-about, but with diversity less embraced on the pitch than it is today, deliberate fouling to keep her off the pitch, and her own concern to stay ‘injury-free’ for her other love, dancing, meant she had to give it up.  If Gilly had been born today, might she have been more likely to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and play at Wembley, but for West Bromwich Albion FC Women?  Gilly is a founding contributor at Sound Vault, and lives in Farnham, Surrey.

Campaign Slam Dunk

Campaigning basketball fan, Michael Chacko.

Michael Chacko reflects on the importance of sport to our cultural and civic life by sharing the story of why he decided to launch – and how he won – the campaign for a basketball court in his local community in Yateley, Hampshire. Although born in the UK, Michael has Indian and German parents, which has given him a personal angle on diversity issues.  A keen sports player – whether football, badminton or basketball for example – he used insights he gained in part as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament between 2015-2017 as he mobilised the campaign to secure a new sporting civic resource.  Michael – aka ‘Chack’ – is a founding Sound Vault contributor, and a 6th form student in Yateley, Hampshire.

Fans’ Eye Radio

Fan engagement campaigner/consultant, and Wimbledon fan, Kevin Rye.

In Fans’ Eye Radio, Kevin Rye takes a look at the exponential growth in fan-driven radio and podcasting at a more grassroots level in football.  Some stations are run by volunteers; some have emerged into full-time operations, but either way, they can guarantee a more diverse range of voices are heard when it comes to our football clubs.  They can offer a matchday online operation, as well as connecting a wider group with content for fans from across the world.  Some have become so polished, they can even provide content for mainstream broadcasters.

Kevin Rye started going to football matches at the age of five when Wimbledon FC first entered the League in the 1970s.  Decades later, he was part of the Wimbledon Independent Supporters’ Association (WISA) which tried to save, and then resurrected Wimbledon’s favourite club – AFC Wimbledon as it became.  In his professional life, he has worked for many years, helping supporters and clubs to build better relationships.  Kevin is a Sound Vault contributor, and lives locally in Surrey.

‘Open Studio’

In addition, Sound Vault will hold an “Open Studio” on World Radio Day (Tuesday 13th February) between 11.00am and 3.00pm to enable those who have yet to discover online radio to drop by, listen to the three new “Radio and Sports” shows (which will form part of the ‘Sound Vault: Voices’ podcast’) and discover more, as well as volunteer to get involved in making programmes.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 015

Episode 15 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – our specialist soul/jazz/fusion show is a film soundtracks special.

Expect tracks from Willie Hutch, Roberta Flack, Grant Green and Burt Bacharach, plus Booker T. and The M.G.s, Johnny Pate, Gordon Staples, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, and Quincy Hayes – plus an appearance from the classic Pearl & Dean theme tune.

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE015

Episode 15 of Tale Waves is the story of Custard Duckling, as told to regular podcast presenter Hetty Tale Waves by fictional painter, Branston Bristlebrush.

Custard Duckling – as imagined by Gilly Stewart.

It is the tale of an amazing experience, when what was staring out at the artist from the easel, literally flew out from the page to create a quite magical experience.

Music credits:

“The Carnival of the Animals – VII – Aquarium,” Composed by Camille Saint-Saens, Performed by the Seattle Youth Symphony, via CC BY-SA 3.0 from MusOpen.

“Gymnopedie No. 1,” Composed by Erik Satie, Performed by Edward Rosser, via Public Domain Mark 1.0 from MusOpen.

“Preludes, Op.28 – No. 15 Raindrop,” Composed by Frederic Chopin, Performed by Jeanette Fang, via Public Domain Mark 1.0 from MusOpen.

All other sound effects from www.freesfx.co.uk with thanks.

 

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 2: USRAIL002

Episode 2 of US Railway Travelogue from Tim Davies brings us the sights and sounds of San Francisco before he embarks of the first leg of his journey by Amtrak trains, on The Coast Starlight from Emeryville Station.

Known as “The City By The Bay“, San Francisco has been the inspiration behind many classic hits, most capturing a particular movement and lifestyle some fifty years ago:  Tony Bennett’sI Left MyHeart In San Francisco;”  Scott McKenzie’sSan Francisco;” The Flowerpot Men’sLet’s Go To San Francisco;”  and Eric Burden & The Animals’San Franciscan Nights“.  (You can see YouTube clips to each at the bottom of this post).

Tim seeks to capture a little of the essence of the city that is known for its steep hills; its large ‘Chinatown’; for Alcatraz; its cable cars; and its diverse and cosmopolitan population.  San Francisco is the 13th most populous in US, apparently the fittest in the US, and renowned for its progressive political culture.  Small businesses with less than 10 employees are said to make up approx. 85% of all city business establishments.

The photos below follow the audio of the Travelogue on the podcast as it progresses.

View from the 25th floor of the Hilton Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.

After the flight, and train trip documented in Episode 1, Tim headed for his hotel – the Hilton in the financial district of San Francisco, next door to Chinatown.  As the view from his room in the photo shows, he was staying on the 25th floor.

On Day 3 of his journey, Tim heads down to Pier 39 for a tour of the bay by boat.

Pulling away from Pier 39. Credit: Tim Davies.
View of the city from the Bay. Credit: Tim Davies.
On the Bay, with the Oakland Bay Bridge behind. Credit: Tim Davies.
View of the Golden Gate Bridge. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Golden Gate Bridge. Credit: Tim Davies.

The boat trip passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, out into the Pacific, and then back into the bay, past Alcatraz.

The Golden Gate Bridge close-up. Credit: Tim Davies.
Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Pacific beyond the Golden Gate Bridge. Credit: Tim Davies.
Alcatraz. Credit: Tim Davies.
Alcatraz. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Golden Gate from Alcatraz. Credit: Tim Davies.
Alcatraz from afar. Credit: Tim Davies.
Alcatraz. Credit: Tim Davies.

After the boat trip, Tim decided to take a “hop-on, hop-off” bus tour – the blue route as show on the map below, so that he could see the city from  double decker bus.

Bus Tour Map of the city. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim’s final trip of the day had to be on one of the city’s cable cars.

At the cable car terminal. Credit: Tim Davies.

After the cable car trip, Tim was ready to collect himself together, and his baggage from the hotel, ready to catch a coach out to Emeryville Station, where he will board the first of the great Amtrak trains of this journey – in Episode 3!

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Maple Leaf Rag, composed by Scott Joplin, performed by Stefano Ligoratti, (available via CC BY 3.0) from MusOpen.

 

Music inspired by San Francisco:-

 

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 014

Episode 14 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a Soulful Deep House special edition of Sound Vault’s soul/jazz/fusion specialist music show from Upper Hale’s finest.

Expect tracks from the likes of Mr. Fingers, Nuyorican Soul, Hi Fi Mike and Kenny Bobien, not to mention Ferry Ultra, Deep Sensation, and Jon Cutler.  Enjoy – we’re going deep!

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 1: USRAIL001

Episode 1  gets Tim Davies’ US Railway Travelogue underway after the Introductory Episode at the end of 2017.  This first episode features the London to San Francisco leg of the trip by air.

Photos from BA Terminal 5. Credit: British Airways library.

The podcast begins with the Tim waiting for his taxi to take him to London Heathrow Terminal 5, before heading off on the eleven hour flight to San Francisco.

Inside Heathrow Terminal 5. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Heathrow Terminal 5. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Heathrow Terminal 5. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Heathrow Terminal 5. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Heathrow Terminal 5, looking out. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim endeavours to capture the soundscape of navigating check-in, and picking up his pre-booked currency for the trip, before boarding.  His voice, both knowledgeable and inviting, serves to ensure the listener feel like they have a special boarding pass for the trip.

The view from inside Terminal 5: Credit: Tim Davies.
The view from inside Terminal 5: Credit: Tim Davies.
The seat for the eleven hour journey – BA’s World Traveller Plus seating: Credit: British Airways library.

Once on board, you can hear part of British Airways In flight safety video – produced in association with Comic Relief.  You can find the full video which you can hear in the podcast here:-

Tim captures take-off, travelling on a British Airways A380 plane, and passing on some additional information about sights and sounds which may have passed you by – or you may not have had an opportunity to sample.

A BA A380 prepares for take-off. Credit: British Airways library.
A BA A380 flying high. Credit: British Airways library:

He records what it feels like above the clouds, looking down on the icebergs and mountains covered with snow, before finally landing in San Francisco on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon.

Mountains of Greenland. Credit: Tim Davies.
Mountains of Greenland. Credit: Tim Davies.
San Francisco on arrival. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim gets his first whiff of a train – the BART system – the Bay Area Rapid Transport system in this episode.  In future episodes, Tim will travel on such iconic Amtrak trains as ‘The Coast Starlight‘, ‘The Empire Builder‘ and ‘The California Zephyr‘.

Outside San Francisco Terminal building. Credit: Tim Davies.
San Francisco Airport BART Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

In future weeks, Episode 2 will cover Tim’s adventures in San Francisco; Episodes 3 and 4 the first of Tim’s journeys on the famous Amtrak trains (this one, The Coast Starlight), and Episode 5, Tim’s stop in Portland, Oregon – before the Travelogue continues onwards across the USA in future episodes.  We trust you enjoy your journey!

Photos from throughout the trip during subsequent episodes, as well as additional images, will be added to the podcast’s own Pinterest board.

You can listen to the original Intr,oductory Episode of US Railway Travelogue where Tim explained what he hoped to get out of the journey, and the reasons behind the podcast by clicking here.

Tim would like to give his thanks to the crew of BA 287 on 23rd September 2017 who made his journey so enjoyable.  He would also like to give his thanks to Amtrak and British Airways for all their assistance in making the production of this podcast possible.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

British Airways theme: “Flower Duet” from Opera Lakme; Composer, Leo Delibes; Performed by Mosaica; (available via CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) from MusOpen.

Artwork credit for main logo:

Loco Steve (Attribution-ShareAlikefreesf 2.0 Generic, CC BY-SA 2.0 Licence – see here)