Between the Ears is a Music programme.

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Between the Ears

A radiophonic sound journey of Parisian brutalism by composer Iain Chambers, composed entirely from recordings of the buildings featured. Paris is well known for its historic architecture: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomph, and the endless rows of apartment buildings built by Hausmann in the 19th century. But beyond the historic centre lie a series of alternative Parisian cities, built from concrete during the 1960s and 70s. This lesser-known concrete Paris creates a surprising journey around the Boulevard Périphérique, the ring road that contains the historic centre of Paris. These alternative Parises were built after the Second World War, when the need to provide mass accommodation was counterbalanced by the desire to protect the historic centre. So a multi-polar solution was found, and the administrations beyond the Péripherique - many of them Communist - set to work commissioning architects to reimagine the city. We visit buildings at Ivry-sur-Seine designed by Jean Renaudie and Renée Gailhoustet; Bobigny, by Oscar Niemeyer; and Créteil, by Gérard Grandval.

Genre: Music

Running Time: 45 minutes (approx)

When is Between the Ears next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio 3 February 28th, 6:45pm. See more...

Main Cast

Image for Fiona ShawFiona Shaw
Sebastian Baczkiewicz
Joby Waldman
Victoria Ferran
Monica Whitlock
Richard Hollingham
Pejk Malinovski
Stuart Russell
Jessica Marlowe
Stephen Coates
Anastasia Kirillova
Maja Daniels
Jonathan Bonicci
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
Rhiannon Armstrong
Mandeep Singh
Laurence Grissell
David Stenhouse
Robert Crawford
Hannah Dean