Leah Barclay courtesy the artist.

Leah Barclay courtesy the artist.

Taking over the world, one river at a time

River Listening from Source to Sea with Leah Barclay
Floating Land: Point to Point, 2019
Foreshore Park, Boreen Point Parade
2.30 – 4pm, 12 October 2019

Dr Leah Barclay’s interdisciplinary collaboration ‘River Listening’, is taking over the world, one river at a time. Initially developed through an ANAT Synapse residency in 2014, the project’s latest iteration rendition/exposition ‘River Listening from Source to Sea’ features in the biannual event Floating Land: Point to Point celebrating art and the environment

Featuring sound walks and kayak tours exploring the river in new ways, every tour will be a different experience onsite. Listeners can also engage online with live streams from the Noosa Everglades and sound maps on the new River Listening website launching next week.

Book the limited capacity tours here

The project is supported by Australia Council and was initially developed through an ANAT Synapse Residency


More 2019 highlights in the ‘River Listening’ expedition :

World Listening Day
18 July, 2019

A global live stream with hydrophones in the Brisbane River, Noosa River and Mary River in Queensland, Australia for World Listening Day 2019. The project is broadcasted 90-minute underwater soundscapes at various times across four days including dawn and dusk to capture the diversity of freshwater ecology.

Find out more about the project here


Awarded Australian Council Grant
May, 2019

The Australia Council grant will fund ANAT Synapse alumnus Dr Leah Barclay’s ‘River Listening from Source to Sea: Towards a Live Sound Map of Australian Freshwater Ecosystems’, which will result in a portfolio of outcomes including an interactive website and mobile application designed to understand the biological and cultural diversity of river systems in Australia through sound.

This project will work directly with remote and regional communities along the Fitzroy River (WA), the Mary River (QLD) and the Murray River (VIC / SA). The team will record and map each location and engage with diverse knowledge systems through interdisciplinary workshops exploring the soundscapes of the river from source to sea through hydrophone recordings and local soundscapes.

In a world-first, the catchment-to-coast design of this project will investigate gradual changes in river soundscapes through mapping expeditions led by indigenous custodians and facilitated by artists and scientists who have pioneered the use of sound as a non-invasive tool for monitoring river health.