Listening to the Northern Lights

United States Air Force photo of Northern Lights at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska by Senior Airman Joshua Strang.


What’s it take to produce a radio piece that doesn’t have conflict, tension, or some universal we all can relate to?

Well, some of the storytelling components that help make up for those missing elements are great sound, an interesting character, a good talker, and an unusual location. Barrett Golding’s “Listening to the Northern Lights” has all of these elements and that’s what makes the piece work — that and Barrett’s excellent production values.

Whisk yourself away for a few minutes and listen to the Northern Lights.



PS – Check out Barrett’s other work at

For other stories about nature, try the Nature Stories Podcast. And, one of my favorite environmental recording artists is Bernie Krause. He’s produced several CDs of “biophonies” — biological symphonies — and written some books on environmental field recording. Plus, Bernie produced a cool CD of music composed entirely of sampled animal sounds. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention R. Murray Schafer and the World Soundscape Project. Okay, that’s enough for now.


  1. One Response to “Listening to the Northern Lights”

  2. By Megan on Dec 19, 2008

    Saltcast really inspires me to start storytelling again. Thanks!

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