Body of Songs – Nose Song

Body of Songs is a collection of music inspired by the body’s organs, supported by the Wellcome Trust – artists meet various scientists and physicians who are the peak of expertise in their chosen field to find inspiration for music.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to meet Sam Lee and Kate Bland from Body of Songs to talk about the process of fragrance creation and history of perfumery. The resulting song has recently made an appearance, and it’s utterly enrapturing and haunting.

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Sam says:

“The nose is by far the least understood of all the organs and one of the great of the human science mysteries, This song explores this “archaic nerve” that penetrates our psyche and unconsciousness in magical transportive ways. This original organ has elevated itself to such a lofty position of biological deportment as to become almost unnecessary, yet so rooted in all our judgements socially, sexually, animalistically and atavistically it could be reckoned as the seat of the highest intuition and most advanced of all faculties”

Find out more about the Body of Songs project here.

Forbes Online – January 2015

As part of my role at Penhaligon’s, I often have to answer questions from the press about our fragrances and the creation process. The Trade Routes collection is in the lineup of latest launches from Penhaligon’s – with fragrances inspired by luxurious goods that found their way back to London from around the globe.


Read Penhaligon’s Trade Routes: Perfumes for the Intrepid Traveler on