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Bristol Sounds

The “Bristol Sound” or “trip hop” as branded by the media, conjures sensory associations of smoked sounds, dark scents and heavy thumping beats. This unique sound evolved in Bristol, one of United Kingdom’s most racially diverse cities in South West England, in the 1980s and 90s when the genre developed.

Bristol Sounds – presented by Sam Downie, is a popular Factual Entertainment Music Documentary Radio and Podcast series, that started in 2001 when Podcasting was in its infancy. The episodes in-detail, describe the musicians and music behind the now infamous Bristol music scene. that documents the people, the music, and “the sounds” of Bristol, England.

It was first broadcast on both BCFM and Ujima Radio, then Radio Active in Wellington, New Zealand and then picked up briefly on BBC Radio. It also became popular on the iTunes chart in Podcasts in 2005 for a short while.

Bristol Sounds continues today, via archives of episodes, radio shows and the odd DJ sets (listen to the podcasts below).

Bristol Sounds is supported by

There’s even more episodes to listen to, on Mixcloud.

Sam Downie’s TECH:CASTS

Unique Technology interviews told with authenticity, from Apple Computer and it’s users, to creatives and the people who built and designed the technology and apps we use today. Sam Downie brings over 20+ years of being a Apple user and 20 years of radio presenting and production to this informative series. If you’ve heard him before you know what to expect… engaging interviews, commentary, guests. If you haven’t heard him, then welcome to Sam’s look at all things tech.

“Reporting from the UK, the USA and around the world, this is Sam Downie’s TECH:CASTS – Give it a listen!”

Selected Episode: Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois, was a popular actor in the USA who was well known for playing Odo  a fictional character in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In late 2019 Rene died. Here I play tribute to a wonderful actor and friend, in this archived interview from 2008.  I interviewed Rene at his home in Burbank, Los Angeles – where we talked about acting, Star Trek DS9 and his own creative art work.

Selected Video Interviews

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