Badass Geomorphology

      In 2015, American geomorphologist Jonathan D. Phillips published a peer-reviewed journal article entitled Badass Geomorphology, a manifesto for geoscientists to engage in a research style receptive to contraventional wisdom, and an approach to studying landforms and landscapes that can be appreciated both artistically and scientifically. Central to Phillips’ thesis is that landforms... Continue Reading →

Bouschet & Hilbert – Metamorphic Earth

A sunny, cold Thursday afternoon, late December 2016, Charleroi, Province de Hainaut, Belgium. We have travelled to see the Metamorphic Earth exhibition by Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert, with a music score by Stephen O’Malley, whose work in minimalist drone, and curation of the Ideologic Organ record label, I’ve followed closely for a decade or... Continue Reading →

Land of Singing Waters

Conceptually the idea for these recordings was to trace the River Till from its watershed on the Border Ridge downstream to the Till gorge and its confluence with the River Tweed - taking in the step-pool stream flowing through Hen Hole, steep gravel-bed rivers, the Hethpool Linn waterfall and the large alluvial floodplain of the... Continue Reading →

Johannes Malfatti – Surge

A surge is a phase of rapid ice flow triggered by changes in conditions at the bed of a glacier. Time between surge events is termed the quiescent phase by glaciologists – an apt inspiration for ambient, minimalist composition. Time is central to Surge. The music is composed of one long piece - 57:39 minutes... Continue Reading →


Geosounds is the blog of Dr Varyl Thorndycraft, a geomorphologist and geography lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London. The blog aims to explore different ways of thinking about, and experiencing, landscape through science, music, sound recording and landscape art. A list of Varyl's scientific publications can be found here and his field recordings can be... Continue Reading →

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