Heralds Of Rain

Language  Flemish

Duration 7min.

Topic people and nature

Subtitled in Lithuanian

For ‘City of Fables’ we scouted six people in the city of Bruges, each of them with a remarkable story about an encounter with an animal. These interviews are the starting point for six pieces in which the animals get a voice of their own throughout the episode. In Celtic and other animistic traditions, an encounter with an animal is never without meaning. We used this as a red thread throughout the episodes. We subsequently connect to the wisdom and playfulness brought by a running deer, a dead fox, a love bird, a bee and a bunch of frogs. The animals get the final say. We chose to send in the second episode of the podcast: ‘Heralds of Rain’. You first hear an elderly couple who speak about the frogs in their pond and how they communicate with them. Along the way the frogs take over.

Interview, script, text, voice Eva De Groote
Editing, bruitage, field recording, music Ruben Nachtergaele
Special thanks to Herman, Jacqueline and Sara Prové for their frog story
Translation Birutė Avižinienė
Subtitles Adomas Zubė

Animation Emilija Juzeliūnaitė

Awards 'Heralds of Rain' won the FearLess Audio prize at HearSay International Sound Arts Festival 2021 in Ireland.

Ruben Nachtergaele, Eva De Groote

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Ruben Nachtergaele after training as an architect took on several shapes as a sound artist and musician. As a composer and performer of electro-acoustical music, Ruben has collaborated with several live arts companies such as C.R.E.W. , Stevie Wishart, Ultima Thule and Tuning People. A recent solo performance is the audio ritual ‘Dust to Dust’.


Eva De Groote is a writer and audiomaker. Together with Ruben Nachtergaele she forms Audiobrewery Selkie, creating sound works in the form of podcasts and audio-experiences. In ‘Eardoor’ people living in the same street were portrayed, it turned out they had more in common than presumed. In ‘City of Fables’ remarkable encounters between people and animals are revealed.