Running Time:

68 min

Release Date:

July 2008

Recording Location:

Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales

The Blue Mountains

Birdsong echoes up from the depths of a deep gorge in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.

So begins our sound journey through this spectacular landscape, where precipitous cliffs, sheltered gorges and open heathy ridgetops provide habitat for a rich diversity of birdlife. Hear morning birdsong in majestic Blue Gum forests, the evocative calls of cockatoos overhead, Honeyeaters and Silveryes singing ebulently among the heathlands, and waters flowing in hidden valleys.

Discover the secrets of one of Australia's most beautiful regions.

Andrew comments:

"What I love about this recording is the sense of space I was able to capture. From the top of sheer cliffs, the far-off sound of Lyrebirds singing on the valley floor, some hundreds of meters below, was clearly audible. Meanwhile a flock of Silvereyes flitted around in front of me, so I was recording immediate and very distant sounds all at once.

"This theme recurs throughout the album - hearing near and far - giving not only some delicious acoustic effects, but a real sense of the grandeur of the landscape."

Audio sample of this album

1.

Echoes from the Deep Gorge

11.39

2.

Blue Gum Forest

9.32

3.

The Heathland Dawn

3.37

4.

Birdsong Across the Ridgetops

24.57

5.

Silveryes among the Grevillias
   (with Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos)

5.37

6.

Valley of the Waters

9.00

7.

Nightime Ambience

3.45

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