Audio tour to air on Resonance FM

January 7, 2014
by matthewgreen

The Coffeehouse Audio Tour will ride the airwaves in January and February on Resonance FM, who are going to serialise it in 7 x 15 episodes, beginning on Friday 10th January at 3.45pm.

The award-winning Resonance FM (which Londoners can find at 104.4 FM and everyone else, online) is London’s foremost arts broadcaster. It carries every conceivable kind of audio production from the informative to the avant-garde, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Although it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea (they once, after all, broadcast the sound of ice melting for half an hour) it’s a refreshing alternative to the BBC’s more formulaic output, favouring bold and imaginative programming.

The Coffeehouse Tour episodes will play every Friday at 3.45pm and be repeated each Monday at 8.45am, making this a perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee. Over eight weeks, it will be revealed how the smoky, convivial coffeehouses of 17th and 18th-century London made the modern world.

If you’re impatient to hear the tour, you can watch a video excerpt here or buy it from the shop page with a hand-drawn treasure-island style map for £5.49. That’s less than half the price of a live tour and you don’t even have to brave the freezing-cold streets of London; it can equally be enjoyed as a transportive audio documentary from the comfort of your own home.

The Coffeehouse Audio Tour is an aromatic blend of history and drama, lightened by the milk of an immersive historical soundscape, sweetened by song, and brewed up with a double-shot of freshly-roasted research.  

It vividly recreates what it would have sounded like to walk through a city awakening to its own sense of creativity and global power as coffee blazed a trail through the hallowed streets of the ancient City.

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