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Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett are two sound artists and musicians passionate in their interpretation of the environment through sound. Their creative works are derived from original recordings and research of habitat. Barwon Listening focuses on sensing the Barwon River in Victoria, Australia. Exploring the river from their kayaks, using hydrophones and other recording devices, Bandt and Hallett track the River from the Otways to the estuary where freshwater meets saltwater. How many species of fish, eels, underwater insects, seagrasses, crustaceans and birds are having dialogues we can’t usually share? Many little-heard sounds will be uncovered and woven into new sonic creations: what does it feel like to be in the sound world of a mangrove, a seal, a pelican? This is a project for continued observation and reflection of the river, sensed through sound and the act of listening in place. Science and art eclipse through the magic of sound.
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Listen to the River from the Kayak - commentary & sounds
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Recording Freshwater Sounds
Recording Saltwater Sounds
Saltwater /Freshwater. New collaborative work Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett.
Live streamed performance interpreting two regions of the Barwon River, a post industrial Freshwater site at Fyansford 3227 and a remnant river estuary at Barwon heads, 3218. Both sites have been degraded by human activity and worse is at hand with tourism and housing developments between these two places. Both are affecting the future of Barwon River health.
This new premiere was sounded via zoom from two different locations during lockdown, Waurn Ponds and North Fitzroy on land, through the ether of a national conference Field Trip, so we can hear the creatures that are still there during Covid up until August 2020.
What underwater dialogues can you hear? Keep listening to this site closely, for presence and absence of aquatic marine life above, below and in the mud through our hydrophone recordings. More artworks soon collaborating online across 4 postcodes. The river is missing us too. Come with us on these listening adventures.
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