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The Blue Mountains

by Andrew Skeoch

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Birdsong echoes up from the depths of a deep gorge in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.

So begins our sound journey through this spectacular landscape, where precipitous cliffs, sheltered gorges and open heathy ridgetops provide habitat for a rich diversity of birdlife. Hear morning birdsong in majestic Blue Gum forests, the evocative calls of cockatoos overhead, Honeyeaters and Silveryes singing ebulliently among the heathlands, and waters flowing in hidden valleys.

What I love about this recording is the sense of space I was able to capture. From the top of sheer cliffs, the far-off sound of Lyrebirds singing on the valley floor, some hundreds of meters below, was clearly audible. Meanwhile a flock of Silvereyes flitted around in front of me, so I was recording immediate and very distant sounds all at once.

This theme recurs throughout the album - hearing near and far - giving not only some delicious acoustic effects, but a real sense of the grandeur of the landscape.

The Blue Mountains is listed for its World Heritage values, and recently the local council announced it would investigate the integration of Earth Law and the Rights of Nature into its future operations and planning - a visionary development.

Discover the secrets of one of Australia's most beautiful regions.


released July 15, 2008

Recording locations:
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales


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Andrew Skeoch Australia

Andrew is a master wildlife field recordist. For over 30 years, he and partner / photographer Sarah Koschak have been documenting the voices of the world's ecosystems and wild creatures. The resulting recordings have been published through their dedicated label: Listening Earth ... more

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