Dr Leah Barclay, Dr Simon Linke & Dr Toby Gifford
River Listening is a research collaboration between Dr. Leah Barclay and the Australian Rivers Institute to explore the creative possibilities of aquatic bioacoustics and the potential for new approaches in the management and conservation of global river systems.
The project involves listening labs, field recording, sound maps, performances and installations to experiment with virtual technologies and community engagement in understanding river health and aquatic biodiversity.
This exclusive sound installation for the Mary River Festival features compositions and improvisations based on hydrophone recordings from four Queensland river systems: the Brisbane River, the Noosa River, the Logan River and the Mary River.
The installation explores the value of listening to rivers in our current state of ecological crisis.
Come and listen to the sounds of rivers and meet the artists and scientists collaborating on this project who are recipients of a prestigious 2014 Synapse Residency from the Australian Network for Art and Technology.