Bang & Olufsen's Sound Matters podcast presents a special showcase at Denmark's Heartland Festival.


From 31 May through 2 June, Bang & Olufsen's Sound Matters podcast presents a special showcase of audio works at Denmark's Heartland Festival, looking at – and listening to – the worlds of sound, design and craft. Find the full programme below.




Sound is all around us. Even when we think it’s silent there’s some small noise that alerts us to activity – it is one of the most important human senses. But, strangely enough, sound and its history has generally been ‘overlooked’ in favour of its neighbouring sense, sight. The selected podcasts try and place sound at the centre of human experience, to understand how it affects us and moves us emotionally, brings us calm, or disrupts our ways of thinking about and understanding our world.


Name: Sound Matters – “Invisible Music of Copenhagen”
Producer: Tim Hinman, Third Ear/Bang & Olufsen

Overview: Sound Matters is Bang & Olufsen’s own award-winning podcast. This first episode in our current series – The Sound Of The Cities – discovers the world’s (possibly) oldest home sound system in the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, and the echo-chamber-like acoustics of the Round Tower.


Name: Here Be Monsters – “Hypnosis Of Hunger”
Producer: Jeff Emtman, Bethany Denton, KCRW

Overview: Subtitled, “the podcast about the unknown” HBM features a broad array of different subject matter, but all driven by nuanced and atmospheric sound design. This episode explores weight-loss hypnotherapy, specifically the sessions recorded onto cassette tape for the host, Bethany, in her youth. 


Name: The Light In The Attic Podcast – “Spooner Oldham”
Producer: Light In The Attic Records

Overview: Lovingly put together by Seattle-based Light In The Attic – probably the best and most active reissue labels in the US-of-A today – this series features overviews of artists released by the label. This episode looks at the career of Dewey Lindon “Spooner” Oldham, a legendary session musician who played keyboards on Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman”, Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally”, Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved a Man” and many other classics.


Name: Song Exploder – “Arcade Fire: Put Your Money On Me”
Producer: Hrishikesh Hirway

Overview: Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, revealing the detailed stories of how they were made. In this episode, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler takes apart “Put Your Money On Me,” from their 2017 album Everything Now, breaking down how the influence of Marvin Gaye, Harry Nilsson, and ABBA helped shape the song.


Name: Radiolab – “Super Cool”
Producer: WNYC Studios

Overview: Subtitled “Investigating a strange world”, Radiolab’s shows cover a large amount of different topics, but all focused on high quality sound design storytelling. This episode meets the legendary sound designer and film editor Walter Murch (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now among many others). Here, Radiolab joins Murch and a team of scientists on a journey through super cool science (as in the temperature, not attitude).


Name: Benjamen Walker’s Theory Of Everything – “Utopia (part i)”
Producer: Benjamen Walker, Radiotopia

Overview: Theory of Everything plunges listeners into a sonic whirl of art, journalism, fiction, interviews, and “exploding pipe dreams”. In this mini-series, ToE explores the current state of utopian thinking, with a few personal touches.


Name: Lost Notes – “Louie Louie: The Strange Journey of the Dirtiest Song Never Written”
Producer: David Weinberg, KCRW 

Overview: An anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. This episode charts the life of one of the world’s most ubiquitous rock n’ roll anthems, from the lengthy FBI investigation into the song lyrics through its innumerable cover versions.


Name: The Kitchen Sisters Present – “Prince and the Technician”
Producer: Davia Nelson, Nikki Silva

Overview: The Kitchen Sisters Present features lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission – deeply layered stories lifted up by field recordings and music. This episode tells the story of Susan Rogers, Prince’s sound technician, and how she moved to Minneapolis to help upgrade his home recording studio as he began work on the album and the movie Purple Rain, then ended up as his sound engineer for many of his classic tracks and albums.




From new ‘disruptive’ tech to how we try to plan our ever growing urban areas, design is an increasingly important field of work – almost a philosophy in how that type of thinking must now address new, massive and complex areas of human endeavour. These podcasts are about the practice, application and most importantly, the culture of design.


Name: 99% Invisible – “The Laff Box”
Producer: Roman Mars, Radiotopia
Overview: 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. This episode is all about canned laughter, and the rise and ultimate fall of the laugh track.


Name: Sound Matters – “In Search Of The Missing Sound”
Producer: Tim Hinman, Third Ear/Bang & Olufsen

Overview: Sound Matters is Bang & Olufsen’s own award-winning podcast. This episode looks at – and listens to – digital audio compression: If you’re under thirty then you’ve probably listened to more music in a compressed digital format than anything else – and that’s fine, right? Well, actually, there are audiophiles out there obsessed with realistic, high fidelity sound reproduction, and they think otherwise.


Name: Reply All – “Long Distance” and “Long Distance, Part II”
Producer: Gimlet Media

Overview: Reply All is a podcast about technology and the internet. Not about learning to code or designing a blog, but rather about all the weird and wonderful things that happen there, and its sometimes bizarre and dark culture. In this two-part episode, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake – he calls one of the show’s hosts, leading to a thrilling adventure down a rabbit hole of scams, and illegal call centres in India, and worse.
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Name: Waking Up with Sam Harris – “In Search Of Reality”
Producer: Sam Harris

Overview: Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, and author who mixes tech together with philosophy and social thinking in a way that’s great for newbies and experts alike. In this episode Harris speaks with Sean Carroll about our understanding of reality, consciousness, the many worlds view of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, free will, and much more.


Name: The Skylines Podcast – “Fallen Empires”
Producer: Jonn Elledge, CityMetric

Overview: A podcast about the politics and workings of cities might sound, well, specific. Skylines definitely has a niche topic starting point, but it humorously investigates how our cities, where so many of us increasingly live, connect with a multitude of topics and cultures. This episode looks at Brexit and how a joke campaign to make London an independent city state got a little out of control.


Name: The Habitat – “This Is The Way Up”
Producer: Gimlet Media

Overview: On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The Habitat is their story.


Name: Ctrl Alt Delete – “Be More Pirate”
Producer: Emma Gannon

Overview: Author Emma Gannon explores the internet, social media, feminism, creativity, life, careers and everything in between. This episode features Sam Conniff Allende, author of Be More Pirate on the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’ as agents of change, leadership and social innovation. 


Name: Design Matters – “David Spergel”
Producer: Debbie Millman

Overview: The variety of Design Matters subjects shows just how expansive the practice of design is now, and how far its thinking impacts on our world. Writers and journalists, musicians, film makers, advertising executives and more. This episode features astrophysicist David Spergel talking dark matter, the universe and why data is where the findings are truly found.




Nothing happens in our world without craft – no matter the level of expertise and training, from novice to master, craft is central in realising all the innovative ideas and designs out there. This strand features a small selection of the more interesting shows that approaches the making of things from the point of view of the creator and their craft. 


Name: Sound Matters – “Nature Recording”
Producer: Tim Hinman, Third Ear/Bang & Olufsen 

Overview: Sound Matters is Bang & Olufsen’s own award-winning podcast. This episode listens in on the craft of field recording – the capturing and recording of the sounds of our natural world, featuring recordist Chris Watson and sound artist Jana Winderen.


Name: Longform – “Ta-Nehisi Coates”
Producer: Longform, The Atavist

Overview: Longform features interviews with some of today’s leading writers and journalists, focusing on the art and craft of good storytelling and reportage. This episode features the influential American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on his start in journalism, interviewing President Barack Obama, writing Black Panther, and more.


Name: The Writers Panel – “TV Under Trump”
Producer: The Nerdist

Overview: Created by seasoned writer and producer Ben Blacker, The Writers Panel hosts informal panel discussions with leading writer talents in TV and film about their craft. This episode covers the ups and downs of crafting stories in the time of Trump.


Name: This American Life – “Meet The Pros”
Producer: This American Life, WBEZ Chicago

Overview: A legend among radio and podcast enthusiast, contemporary podcasting, if not non-fiction narrative itself would not be the same without This American Life. This episode is about pros and their crafts, with one segment visiting the crafts department at Martha Stewart Living magazine.


Name: How I Built This – “Jimmy Wales”
Producer: Guy Raz, NPR

Overview: The craft of making a business, and the stories behind some of the world's best known companies and organisations. This episode tells the story of Jimmy Wales and the website he started back in 2001, Wikipedia.


Name: How Did This Get Made? – “The Disaster Artist”
Producer: Paul Scheer 

Overview: The podcast that takes apart bad movies, and, well, asks how in the world they ever got made to start with. This episode features a discussion around ‘the greatest bad movie ever made’, The Room, which in turn spawned the Seth Rogen and James Franco vehicle of the title.


Name: Vogue Podcast – “Tom Ford”
Producer: Condé Nast

Overview: Hosted by fashionista journalist legend André Leon Talley, the Vogue podcast covers many aspects of fashion, including interviews with many designers about their work. This episode features fashion designer Tom Ford speaking about his film work, and the craft of fashion design, in a chatty and informal way.


Name: The Culture Crush – “Open Casting”
Producer: Culture Crush

Overview: The Culture Crush covers the work of many of the highest profile creatives and craftspeople working today, from the point of view of their art and craft. This episode features a discussion about the craft of photography and street casting with documentary photographer André D. Wagner



Heartland Festival at Egeskov Castle, Egeskovgade 22, 5772 Kværndrup, Denmark. Thursday, May 31 – Saturday, June 2, 2018. Full festival info here


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