A podcast exploring the shape of our world
Through Ecology, Design, And Sound.
Broadcasting from the Pacific Northwest, Future Ecologies is an ongoing series of stories about the land around us.
We examine the ecological processes that define planet earth: how they affect us, how we’ve affected them, and how we can align with them to create vibrant, biodiverse, and resilient societies. We dig deep to reveal that at the core of every “environmental” issue is a human design choice that isn’t static - we’ve made different choices in the past, and, with a little creativity, we can choose differently in the future.
The folx behind the show
On the mic & behind the keyboard, Future Ecologies is a small & proudly independent team.
Producer / Co-Host
Adam is a musician and a practitioner of ecological restoration. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Studies, with a Diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems, from the University of Victoria. In addition to producing and hosting the podcast, he works as the Restoration Coordinator for the Galiano Conservancy on Galiano Island in British Columbia.
Producer / Co-Host
Mendel is a designer, tinkerer, mushroom nerd, and stubborn idealist. Their life has been a series of passion projects with a central theme: the ambition to weave our technological zeitgeist with the widely ignored mutualism of the more-than-human world. As a late-comer to the world of radio, Mendel is delighted to discover a life of meeting knowledge holders, and is honoured to help spread their stories and paradigm-shifting perspectives.
Simone is fascinated by humans and our relationship to both the natural and social world; passionate about environmentalism and de-colonization. Currently a student at UBC, she pursuing a degree in Geography: Environment and Sustainability and First Nations Indigenous Studies while developing stories for Future Ecologies.
Fern is a nature mentor who finds immense joy in encouraging youth to find their own meaningful relationships to the earth and themselves by awakening curiosity, authenticity, and play. She holds a BLAS in Environmental Studies from Quest University Canada and is working towards completing a Diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems from University of Victoria.
Music is a huge part of Future Ecologies. We’ve had the pleasure of showcasing some fantastic musicians, and we’d love you to hear more of their work. Below are just a few. Find the rest here.
Leave is the indie-rock music project of Emma Citrine, David Knights Cowling, Nicole Gilley, and Bryan Michael. Mavens of melancholy reverberations, and lovers of lyrical expression, Leave is an exploration of powerful voices, infectious melodies, and endlessly compelling stories.
Hildegard’s Ghost exists in the realm of the unusual, collecting and disseminating curious sounds at a moment's notice. Each tune a story, they implore you to look into their created ethereal worlds, a marriage of electro-acoustic jazz tinged compositions and improvisations.
Featured on Episode 2.1
Spencer is a Vancouver based musician who releases solo work and commissioned instrumentals under his given name, PORTBOU, and blue mirror. He is a percussionist, baritone choral singer, and ambient musician (mostly piano and field recordings with added effects). Spencer is also one third of the trio Miss Langley whose music can be heard in Bri Proke’s film Shark Week.
The way Kieran Fearing sings and plays piano will break your heart. Mix equal parts scorned lover at the jazz bar & 3AM wanderings in a dimly lit city, add some time to reflect, plus a dash of glitch production by Jonathan Scherk, and the result is the mournful electro-accoustic classic “Repreive”.
Leucrocuta is an electronic music producer and performer living in Toronto. Her music plays in the spaces between synth-pop, post-industrial, ambient, techno. Sleepless and obsessed by post-apocalyptic science fiction, in 2017 she released her debut EP, “when all the animals are dead.” Alone with her machines, she comforted herself with broken sonic sketches and alien landscapes, and in February 2019, she released a full-length experimental electronic album “exorcizes in loneliness” on Lost Angles, a vaporwave cassette label (NOW! Magazine's Best Music of the Week).
Brock James Mayer is an artist and musician working out of Vancouver under their given name and the moniker Valsi. They attempt to offer up sound experiences and the opportunity for an engagement with sound that may find a space between the austerity of the history of melody, harmony and counterpoint, and what could be considered the esoteric qualities of the evocation of sound.
Spesh Pep is a collaborative effort between three singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalists who play a unique style of music described by Adam Huggins as "psychedelic funk-punk". Formed in 2012, Spesh Pep has kept a low-profile but gained a loyal following among those impressed by their instrumental prowess and tight knee-jerk compositions. Spesh Pep released their debut album “Weird Bodied Dancers” in 2014. Followed by 2018's “Like A Volcano”. They continue to record and perform in their homeland of Vancouver.
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