Running Time:

60 min

Release Date:

January 2013

Recording Location:

Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada


by Mark Brennan

Nova Scotia's, Kejimkujik National Park, its lakes, rivers and forests have been a traditional stopping place for thousands of years for the First Nations Mi'kmaq people of Eastern North America.

To navigate its pristine waterways and walk its forests is to step back in time; an intimate adventure that cannot help but re-connect you to the Earth.

This is a soundscape journey in an approaching spring in the northern deciduous forests of Canada. The sounds of ”Peskowesk”, are sure to awaken you to the possibilities of what it means to connect with wild nature.

Mark comments:

"I traveled by canoe to camp, record and live quietly near the remote Peskowesk Lake in May of 2012 with my fellow wilderness traveler, Graham Kennedy.

"Being there was a magical experience; we had heavy rain and storm force winds for three days, so capturing this soundscape was not only physically challenging, but also pushed my recording techniques to a new level. Eventually the weather calmed, and recording the variable soundscapes of this eco-system became a real joy. I am very happy with this work."

Andrew comments:

"With this recording, Mark captures something special - a sense of space. The album begins quietly, almost silently. You are drawn in to listen attentively for the subtlest of sounds. Gradually the landscape reveals itself - breezes stirring the treetops, the diverse textures of birdsong. I've found this album such an enjoyable listen, and a tribute to Mark's sensitivity as a nature recordist."

Audio sample of this album


Tatuje'ieg, How Old



Across the Tree Tops



Woven by the Wind



The Peskowesk Brook



The Big Hardwood



Wetland near Peskowesk Lake



The West Wind



The Stopping Place






mtugunoqt, Storm


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