Cetaceans are the Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. These wondrous mammals have swum our planet’s Oceans for some 50 million years.

Cetaceans were at home in Planet Water before we renamed it Planet Earth.

A global phenomenon of ancient stories, myths and legends relate a remarkable interspecies love affair between Man and Cetacean, a continuous cultural, mystical and spiritual promise since our beginning.

From a time before memory to this very moment, there has been a profound connection between humans and Cetaceans, a mysterious and much celebrated bond, likely fundamental to our and the world’s continued existence.

Within these myths, legends and history of mankind runs a recurring theme-

From time to time, at certain crucial turning points in our cosmic odyssey to self-awareness, there has occurred a cyclical, mystical, mysterious and remarkable communion with the beings of the seas.

Whenever this has happened, a resulting spark of inspiration has illuminated the ensuing phase of the civilising process, only to fade gradually from conscious memory, blending with the chatter of myriad other myths and legends - until the next time - now.

The record of our inspiriting communion with cetaceans, this space contact between the two great intelligent mammalian races sharing this unique blue speck, is deeply encoded in these myths, legends, art and anecdotes, poetry and literature, handed down for many generations.

Cetaceans embody our most potent archetypal connection with Nature, our Creator.

Creation stories of many ancient peoples tell how Humans were once born of Whales or Dolphins.

Whales and dolphins are the ancestors of the ancestors

Whales and dolphins are revered the world over

As we pass through the current crisis of civilisation, tossed about in the creative chaos of the cusp between ages, a door of perception is opening again, driven by new knowledge, new insights and the new medium of modern communication.

Once again Cetaceans present themselves, as they always have, to assist us.

These ancient mythic tales take on dramatic new meaning as science begins to plumb the depths of the Cetaceans’ meaning and significance.


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Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales is an album for general release, leading to an interactive human/cetacean performance.

A journey through the ancient and profound relationship between Man and cetaceans, the whales, dolphins and oft forgotten porpoises.

The Sounding is a collective creative talent of musicians, producers and DJ’s who have found a mutual admiration, love and commitment for and to cetaceans.

The Sounding was formed by a group of friends to share the stories of Man’s long and intimate relationship with cetaceans.

The myths, legends and stories old and new, come from all over the world and are expressed in the music of Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales.

The Sounding is a part of Mirthquake Limited, an organisation dedicated to articulating this remarkable phenomenon, in music, film, live performance,
along with Mirthquake Productions Ltd. and Mirthquake Foundation, a UK based registered charity,

This common cause resulted in The Sounding coming together to record their debut album Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales.

The album is an uplifting blend of dance, jazz, chill-out and ambient vibe.

The Sounding seeks to bring the beauty and importance of these magnificent beings back to the forefront of our collective consciousness.


      THE BAND


Based in the West Country, The Sounding are Dave Grier (Engineer, Producer, DJ) Kevin Lloyd (Producer, DJ) Ian Middleton (Producer, DJ) Max Middleton (Music Director, Keyboards) and Napier Marten (Producer, Creator).

Napier Marten has dedicated his life to ‘Seeking Cetaceous Insight’ between mankind and cetaceans. Leaving his old life behind, he hasput his words into action by pursuing this understanding through travel, film making (Whale Dreamers 2006), live performance and Mirthquake Foundation.

Max Middleton’s talent on keyboards and in composition has seen him work with many great artists including Jeff Beck, Beck, Bogartand Appice,
Hummingbird, George Martin on the soundtrack of Sergeant Pepper, The Bee Gee’s, Peter Frampton, Kate Bush, Chris Rea and the late John Martyn among others.

Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales also features some of the UK’s most established session musicians including Dick Pearce (Flugelhorn), Kate Shortt
John McKenzie to name a few. The album was engineered by Dennis Weinreich at Sensible Music in London.

Dave Grier

Ian Middleton

Kevin Lloyd

Napier Marten

Max Middleton


· Work focusing on creative, cultural and environmental initiatives, emphasising First Nation peoples’ current and historical connection with cetaceans.

· Exploring and manifesting the profound and ancient relationship between man and cetaceans, and the role of this relationship in revitalizing and restoring our fractured harmony with nature.

· Endeavours directly or incidentally benefitting the lives and safety of cetaceans

· First Nation groups whose cultures are historically based and dependent on relationships with cetaceans

· Initiating educational and entertainment projects which bring further understanding and knowledge of cetaceans

· Improving public awareness of the issues involved in the health of the oceans, environment and associated human issues

· Support other registered charities or individuals that promote the welfare of cetaceans

 The next chapter of our evolutionary saga is here…

...the sheer volume and deep richness of these magnificent legends and tales…

…is Mirthquake Foundation, bringing the once and future story of our dance of consciousness with the advanced, benign intelligence inhabiting the oceanic vastness of our shared spaceship Earth.



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