New Leafcutter John Mix for Kit Records/NTS radio.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 | Music!, Radio | No Comments

I’m really proud to have completed a mix for Kit Records who have a show on NTS radio. A very diverse playlist including: Harold Faltermeyer, Ivor Cutler, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty,0.00-2.16 Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer, Bernard Parmegiani, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Palace Music, & Autechre + lots of weird morphing of sounds and finally a new track from me.

You can stream the mix HERE and read the mix notes.

J x.

I’d like you to help me make a massive morse code chorus.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | field recording, Radio | 2 Comments

I’m  making a piece of music for BBC radio 3’s the Verb show and I’d like to assemble a large chorus of people speaking in morse code. I need your help – All you have to do is record yourself speaking the letter ‘Q’ followed by the words:


EDIT: Thanks for all the entries, I’ve started work on the music now so entries are not closed.

if you like you can then follow that with your favourite word beginning with the letter Q.

You can record directly onto your computer by clicking the “Send Voicemail” button which is on the right hand side of the screen >>>>>>>>>

Or you can email me the recording & tell me how you’d like to be credited.

Or record it via your mobile phone or computer directly to soundcloud and share it with leafcutterjohn. Cleck HERE to do it. And please remember to make it DOWNLOADABLE!

I think the show goes out on 24th October.

Many thanks!

J x.

All 3 parts of the epic Leafcutter John interview now online

In what turned into something of an epic interview I think we touched on nearly everything I have done in music and art in the last decade.

It’s split into 3 sections:

Pt I.

Pt II.



Take care,



Memotone & me on BBC radio 1

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 | Music!, Radio | No Comments

Listen to new collaboration, Me & Memotone on the Gilles Peterson BBC radio 1 show: Our track starts around 01:26:00 LISTEN

This is a track that Memotone made out of a load of sounds I sent him. I love his arrangement and the kitchen sink percussion he added! Check out his SITE

It’s only up for a week so be quick kids.


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Kit Downes and Me live on BBC Radio 3 now available to download.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | Live Shows, Music!, Radio | No Comments

Our Late Junction set.

listen, go on…….

Oh and we’ll be playing as part of the City of London Festival with Shabaka Hutchings, John Edwards, and Mark Saunders on the 14th July.

J x.

Chekhov Challenge now on BBC iplayer

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 | Radio | 5 Comments


click pic to listen

Just a quick one to let you know that the BBC programme I took part in recently is now on iPlayer. More info here.

It’ll be there for just under a week. Not sure if you can listen to it outside the UK – anyone?

Click here to listen to the show.


Leafcutter John.

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BBC Chekhov Challenge airs 30th Jan 9:15 BBC Radio 3

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | Radio | 1 Comment


A little while back I received a challenge to make the sound of “A string breaking and decaying sadly” It’s a sound effect direction from Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’. Well after sacrificing several guitar and violin strings and strangling some nice fresh leeks to within an inch of their lives it’s all finished. The sounds and interview material and will be played on BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears on Saturday the 30th January.

I think it stays on iplayer for about a week and I think you can listen to it even if you are outside the UK.

All the best, 

Leafcutter John.

Challenge set by the BBC

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 | field recording, Radio | 1 Comment


Cheeky Checkhov

Cheeky Checkhov

I got a call from an arts unit editor at radio 4 last week who set a very interesting challenge. He is making a programme about the use of sound FX in theater. Particularly a sound cue from Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard:

“the sound of a breaking string which dies away sadly”.

The challenge is of course to try and make this sound. The nice part is that I’ll have time to make and document various approaches which will hopefully make an interesting segment for the show.

All being well it’ll air at the end of January next year, I’ll remind you closer to the time…..

Twaangggggg :-(

Leafcutter John.

Radio News

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 | Radio | No Comments


Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House

Bit of a radio update…. On Wednesday I visited one of my favorite buildings in London. It’s BBC’s Broadcasting House an amazingly ship-like Art Deco beauty a couple of hundred meters from Oxford Circus tube station.  

I was there to record an interview about the recent commission between Shetland poet Jen Hadfield and myself for Radio 3’s poetry show ‘The Verb’ presented by Ian McMillan. The show actually aired last night (Friday 20th) but it’s available to stream here for another week. 

In other radio news the drama / documentry ‘NINA BLACK’ which uses my last album ‘The Forest and the Sea’ for it’s sound FX and music has been shortlisted for the New York Radio Festival and is currently featured on the Third Coast Festival where you can hear the programme. It’s an amazing story of a woman plagued since childhood by complicated neuropsychiatric disorders.

Take care radio lovers,

Leafcutter John x.

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