A beautifully crafted piece of sound art that makes you hear the world differently
For Allely, making a nature podcast was also about questioning who misses out in the age of climate crisis. She wanted to remind people that nature should be protected, and not just for the benefit of those who could afford it.
Brain on Nature unfolds like a well-kept secret, revealing why nature feels like medicine in the modern world.
The beauty here is that so much of the story is illustrated with audio, rather than simply retold.
Allely’s keen and lively narration makes the podcast as entertaining as it is informative. I spoke with her to learn more about how the independent podcast came together, and the long journey of her recovery.
Among the more exciting developments has been the introduction of sound designers and musicians to narrative series, taking podcasting into the realms of sound art. Brain on Nature, from the Sydney-based producer Sarah Allely, elegantly charted her own recovery from a brain injury, taking us deep inside her head through field recordings and ambient sound.
By taking listeners on a journey that often reveals intimate conversations with doctors, friends and family members in relation to her recovery process, Allely’s podcast draws the listeners into a world of raw emotion.