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What does running sound like? What do you hear when you run? What do you listen to when you run? How do the sounds of traffic, snippets of conversations by passersby mix/re-mix with what you are playing on your ipod/walkman (‘runman?’), or what you hear in your internal dialogue? What is your killer running song? Which pieces fuel your run? What rhythms move you? How are the pieces similar or different in their tempo/beat/tone/genre? What is your theme song? What is the running theme song of your life? How does the human voice affect your movement? How does the spoken word affect your gait? This was the playlist for music streamed at the inaugural #r3fest 2014.
PLAYLIST NOMINATED BY:
Susie Chan: ‘I tend to listen to loud guitar music. It changes recently it’s been Free by Twin Atlantic because of lyrics’.
Collectif Totem: Apple Jelly’s Control. ‘All the pace and the energy to run faster and further!’
Simon Cook: ‘I don’t listen to music when running but Fly by Ludovico Einaudi always seems to capture the rhythms, emotions and experiences of running whenever I hear it so would be my favourite running song.’
Running With Kenyans author and Guardian writer Adharanand Finn: ‘I don’t really have one. I never run to music, and don’t sing to myself. I quite like Eminem’s Lose Yourself pre-race, though’. With that, #r3fest is no longer child-friendly and enters ‘adult’ zone forever…
Paul Faulkner: ‘Techno, Drum n Bass, Rock n roll. Anything that is a source of rhythm and energy.’ (Hence I’ve selected a Tricky number.)
Kris Grint: ‘I don’t currently listen to music when running but for this I would choose ‘Don’t Look Back’ by American band Kylesa. This is a pretty anthemic song, even though it’s in the heavy metal genre. The chorus, ‘keep moving, don’t look back’, is almost a cliché but it really works when trying to convince yourself to keep running!’
Russell Hitchings: ‘Anything by Alphabeat. Works well with the endorphins. Seems similarly joyful and guileless to running about the place just for the fun of it.’
Amelia Johnstone and Peter Hathaway: ‘We don’t listen to songs but we sing songs sometimes, we like Whose Pigs Are These. It works well in a round and you can change the lyrics as you go!’
Alan Latham and Anson MacKay: both vote for Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machines. (A case of great minds sing alike? Or is this a ‘Geography thing’? Calls for a research paper [or two]).
Because of this, and because Alan is a Curator of this Festival, he is nominating a second song, Let There Be Rock by the Drive-By Truckers. For Alan, the song conjures a feeling of abandonment that he feels when he runs, which is reminiscent of a youthful, carefree freedom.
Dr Jacqueline Allen-Collinson, HART Research, the Health Advancement Research Team at University of Lincoln: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin.
Researchers at HART Research, the Health Advancement Research Team at University of Lincoln: ‘And totally non-PC, but perhaps Whitesnake with Fool for your Loving; great beat.’
Kris Grint: I don’t currently listen to music when running but for this I would choose ‘Don’t Look Back’ by American band Kylesa. This is a pretty anthemic song, even though it’s in the heavy metal genre. The chorus, ‘keep moving, don’t look back’, is almost a cliché but it really works when trying to convince yourself to keep running!
Live Marianne Noven: ‘I don’t ever listen to music whilst I run but when I run with my sister we sometimes sing Eye of the Tiger, punching the air with our fists’.
Andrew Filmer: Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now and Catatonia’s Road Rage. (‘I’m also partial to bit of Bon Jovi …’).
Vybarr Credgan-Reid: Remorse Code – Richard Hawley. Ten minutes of a soothing baritone, with a long, slow, cyclical rhythm for longest and slowest of roads.
Paviter Singh: Malachite by Jakob.
Kay Tabernacle: Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins.
Kai Syng Tan: Autobahn by Kraftwerk: ‘I play this in my head. In 2012 I ran my half PB by playing in my head Glenn Gould’s rendition of Beethoven’s slow movement of the Emperor over and over again.’
Alan Latham and Kai Syng Tan (one of the privileges of running a festival is the ability to nominate more than 1 favourite running song): Run Run Run by Velvet Underground, since that’s also the name of our Festival, and we both love the magnificently marvellous Lou Reed.
Collectif Totem: Control by Apple Jelly. ‘All the pace and the energy to run faster and further!’
Guy Watts/Streetscape: Tiesto’s Just Be. ‘It’s fast paced and has amazing lyrics that make me run faster’.
Gavin Wheedon: Hoppipolla, by Sigur Ros. ‘Evokes a triumphant mood I can only dream of in my own running endeavours’.
Gregg Whelan: enjoys the dynamic notes of Disco Compilation by Serafina Steer, although he also ‘very rarely run with music these days, it’s too dangerous around here’… (Sounds dangerously exciting….)
Community-Gardens-Consultant Richard Wright perhaps unsurprisingly, nominates Sowing The Seeds of Love. ‘The song makes me happy. Can’t get it out of my head!’
THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT PLAY MUSIC WHILE RUNNING:
Allen Abramson: ‘When I run, I’m non-musical!’
Penny Andrews: ‘100m ain’t got time for tunes. Though Jump by Van Halen is good for long jump prep.’
Josey Field: ‘I prefer to run in peace – no music, no interruption’.
James Steventon: ‘Ideally I prefer to run without music and let the rhythm come to me.’
Jo Volley (who prefers to look out for oak apples to use in her artwork).
Yow Siew Kah.