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Music From The Lost Worlds II with David Toop

We had so much fun with last year’s ethnographic music special Music From The Lost Worlds (20 October 2011) that we decided to do it all again. This special edition of Adventures In Sound And Music returns to the collection of writer, musician and Wire contributor David Toop, with selections including his personal field recordings of Yanomami shamanism from southern Venezuela in 1978, vinyl and cassettes of Papua New Guinea flying witch music and live beetle jews harp, drum and fife from Japan and Mississippi, ritual flutes from Amazonas and Waka music from Nigeria. We'll also be delving into David's personal trove of Radio 3 broadcasts of ethnographic material from the 1970s – recordings long since lost from the BBC's own archive.

Toop joins Derek Walmsley in the studio to play selections from his formidable collection and to talk about these lost sounds and their place in the modern world. 20 December, 8pm–10:30pm. Tune in online at Resonance FM, or 104.4FM for Londoners.

(Photo of Yanomami shamanism in southern Venezuela by Odile Deleu)