Made for audiophiles and nature lovers alike, Future Ecologies is a podcast exploring our eco-social relationships through stories, science, music, and soundscapes. Every episode is an invitation to see the world in a new light — weaving together narrative and interviews with expert knowledge holders.
Electrical Storms / Sympoiesis: The Music of Season 4
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3:07We work hard to make sure our music doesn’t just complement our voices, but actually tells a story all of its own. Now that our 4th Season is complete, as per usual, we’ve compiled all the original music that went into it, and we’re releasing it as an album. This year, that album takes the form of two companion volumes.Volume 1: Electrical Storms by Sunfish Moon LightVolume 2: Sympoiesis by thumbugOf course we're not responsible for all the music you hear on our show. We've borrowed tunes from so many truly great artists, often connected thematically or geographically to the content of that specific episode. You can discover each of them, and support their work at futureecologies.net/music— — —We want to hear from you — take our brief listener survey and help make Season 5 the best yet.💖 Join our community: support Future Ecologies on Patreon to access our discord server, an exclusive bonus podcast feed, stickers, patches, and moreVancouver: Join mendel and friends for a PWYC panel on acoustic ecologies, ecopoetics, and biosonification, at the Lobe Spatial Sound Studio Spring Equinox Summit (Saturday March 25 @ 1PM)— — —BTW: we release all of our original music from each season. Previous soundtracks (all PWYC CC-BY-NC-SA):Season 1Season 2Scales of ChangeSeason 3
FE4.10 - Geopoetics
52:03“We need geopoetics because geopolitics necessitate other ways of being… Proposing alternate narratives to the hegemonic ones we are caught in is the work and play of geopoetics.”– Erin Robinsong, Geopoetics in the Mess/MeshEnclosed is the last episode of our 4th season: a sympoietic stream of consciousness; on language, art making, and more-than-human interconnection.Find a transcript, full credits, and citations here– – –We want to hear from you! Please take our brief listener surveySupport our 5th season: Join our community on Patreon– – –The feet are the linkBetween earth and the body. Begin there.The lungs are the link between body and air.The hands, these uprooted feet, are the meansOf our shaping and grasping. Clasp them.The eyes are the hands of the head;its feet are the ears. – Robert Bringhurst– – –With the voices and words of Michael Datura, Astrida Neimanis, Cosmo Sheldrake, Rex Weyler, Robert Bringhurst, Jan Zwicky, David Abram, Megan Gnanasihamany, Stephen Collis, Eric Magrane, Hari Alluri, Nadia Chaney, Kaitlyn Purcell, Khari McClelland, Rita Wong, Jessica Bebenek, Vicki Kelly, Mark Fettes, Marjorie Wonham, and Cecily NicholsonMusic by Cosmo Sheldrake, Anne Bourne, Meredith Buck (as arranged by Vanessa Richards), Jonathan Kawchuk, the Time Zone Research Lab, Emily Millard, Khari McClelland, Ruby Singh, and Nathan Shubert, with field recordings by Julian Fisher.
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FE4.9 - Mountain Legacies
56:12From a distance, mountain landscapes may appear timeless and immutable. Take a closer look, however, and montane ecologies reveal themselves to be laboratories of radical transformation: rocks weather and fall; ecosystems burst into life for brief intervals; tree-lines shift; and wildfires rage. Even the very peaks themselves inch inexorably upwards or downwards with the flow of time.Amidst all the constant, unyielding change that animates the Earth's high places, people have long sought a vantage from which to survey this shifting terrain. Who can resist the romance of a breathtaking, mountaintop view? Or then to imagine what generations past might have seen from the same spot?In the mid 1990s, a small group of scientists in western Canada grew dissatisfied with mere imagining — they wanted to see that change for themselves. And in a forgotten corner of a national archive, they found some very heavy boxes that held a rare promise: an opportunity to look back in time at a landscape scale.– – –For musical credits, select photos, citations, links, and more, click here.Support the show and join our Patreon community– – –Learn more about the Mountain Legacy Project: mountainlegacy.caExplore all the photos and data: explore.mountainlegacy.caMore on land cover classification | Webinar | Deep Dive
Future Ecologies presents: Life in the Soil
34:18In this episode, Anja and Matthias go on an underground safari through the hidden jungle of the soil. We hear from Diana Wall about a tiny worm that is so tough it survives in Antarctica. Richard Bardgett introduces us to collembola, also known as springtails. Stefan Scheu and Maddy Thakur reveal which animals are considered the “wolves of the soil”, and Kate Scow delves into bacterial communities. How do all these organisms work together as a system?Find more episodes of Life in the Soil wherever you get your podcasts, or at rilliglab.org/podcast/For some incredible soil microfauna photography, see Andy Murray’s Chaos of DelightCatch up on our own treatment on soil carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture: on FE4.8 — Ground Truthing
Future Ecologies presents: Hot Farm
29:44Our latest episode — on soil carbon and regenerative agriculture — could never have fit everything that needs to be said on the topic. So, we're leaning on a couple of other podcasts that we think you'll love. First up, we're running an episode from Hot Farm, from our friends at the Food and Environment Reporting Network. It's all about what farmers are doing (or could be doing) to take on the climate emergency. In this episode you'll hear about a novel grain that farmers are starting to grow, and that could be part of the solution. This is Hot Farm part 3: "Is Kernza the Grain of the Future?" Find more episodes of Hot Farm wherever you get your podcasts, or at https://thefern.org/podcasts/hot-farm/ Catch up on our own treatment on soil carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture: on FE4.8 — Ground Truthing https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-8-ground-truthing
FE4.8 - Ground Truthing
50:55Can we sequester our carbon and eat it too?For the first time in 4 seasons, we're discussing natural climate solutions, and in particular, regenerative agriculture. Joining us is agrologist and fellow podcaster, Scott Gillespie (of Plants Dig Soil) to get into the nitty gritty of farming for soil carbon — its promise, possibility and feasibility.———Support Future Ecologies (pay what you can >$1/month) @ futureecologies.net/patrons 🌱 — Get access to our delightful discord server, early episode releases, an exclusive podcast feed for bonus content, and more:Find a full list of citations, and a transcript for this episode: futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-8-ground-truthing
We Walk the Earth: podcasting through connection with Mendel Skulski
1:37:56We Walk the Earth is a podcast that explores creativity, curiosity, and cultural evolution through personal conversations, and the occasional sonic journey.In this episode, Mendel and Sergio discuss podcasting, art, music, hope, and lots more besides. We hope you enjoy this peek behind the curtain into the making of Future Ecologies, and Mendel's unfiltered inner monologue.— — —Subscribe to We Walk The Earth wherever you find podcasts, or get in touch at wewalktheearth.orgCatch the upcoming Future Ecologies release right now on our Patreon: patreon.com/futureecologies
Live event: Oct 21st at Lobe Spatial Sound Studio (Vancouver)
1:22On Friday October 21st, Lobe Spatial Sound Studio in Vancouver will present an immersive re-arrangement of our most recent episode, FE4.7 — Phase Change. You may have heard the episode before, but we guarantee that you haven't heard it like this.Lobe Studio is one of only three of its kind in the world, featuring a holographic 4DSOUND engine — this room goes well beyond surround sound.Doors @ 7:00pmEpisode @ 7:15pmQ&A w/ Mendel @ 8:30pmTickets (pay what you can) and more info: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/future-ecologies-phase-change-in-4dsound-tickets-431292386137
FE4.7 - Phase Change
57:34A story of memory, ghosting, and fire: how we can change the place we call home, and how it too can change around us.Another version of this story, along with many other works of art, can be found in the pages of Fire Season II– – –💖 Support Future Ecologies: join our community on Patreon at futureecologies.net/patronsYou'll get exclusive bonus content, access to one of the best discord servers out there, stickers, patches, early episode releases, and more! Find credits, citations, transcript, photos, and more at futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-7-phase-change
FE4.6 - An Island Unto Itself
53:50What does it mean to live on an island? Is it to be independent from, or inexorably dependent on the rest of the world? And when the ecosystem's physical limitations are so clearly circumscribed, do people behave more "environmentally"?In this episode, we visit Adam's home island of Galiano, and find out just how big its ecological footprint really is.– – –Explore the full One Island, One Earth report (and interactive map)💖 Support Future Ecologies: join our community on Patreon at futureecologies.net/patronsYou'll get exclusive bonus content (like a blooper reel from this episode and extended interviews), access to one of the best discord servers out there, stickers, patches, early episode releases, and more! Full credits, citations, transcript, and lots more at futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-6-an-island-unto-itself