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 has put 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.


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.. 

Our quest is to bring awareness to all, be they continents, countries or peoples, to the importance of interconnection between all things. To respect, redefine and relearn what it means to be truly human. To protect our planet and know that from time immemorial our connection to cetaceans was one of mutual reverence and love, of respect and power. 


Mirthquake Foundation supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

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