Running Time:

79 min

Release Date:

February 2015

Recording Location:

Viruá National Park, Roraima, Brazil

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Campinarama - The Unheard Amazon

by Juan Pablo Culasso

The Amazon is certainly one of the most impressive wild places in the world.

Many soundscapes from the Amazon basin are recorded in dense rainforest, with its high canopy, humid air and abundant mosquitos! This album however, is completely different. It will take you to an unexplored area of this forest. Welcome to the Campinarama, the unheard Amazon.

The Campinarama region is located north of the equator in the state of Roraima, Brazil. These recordings were made in Viruá National Park, an area that is currently closed to the public for conservation purposes.

The Campinarama looks like an open prairie, composed of riverine gallery forest, palms, grassy areas, and wetlands. Here are found very different bird species than the rainforest - kingfishers, tinamous, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, and many waterbirds.

In these five tracks, you are invited you to connect with this relatively unknown place.

Juan comments:

Most of this album was recorded in the same location, from sunrise to sunset. Thus it represents a kind of acoustic time lapse. I especially enjoy tracks 3 and 5; the echoes of thunder and finally the extremely delicate sound of rain, make this album the most significant for me to date.

Audio sample of this album


The Amazon Awakes









Night Falling



The Amazon Sleeps


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