Running Time:

64 min

Release Date:

July 1999

Recording Location:

Uluru & Katatjuta National Park (Ayers Rock, The Olgas)

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As dawn illuminates Uluru, the desert sandhills come alive with birdsong. Fairy wrens, finches, honeyeaters, chats, babblers and tiny diamond doves sing from among the scrub and spinifex grass-covered dunes.

As the morning progresses, cicadas can be heard in the canopies of ironwoods, and the outback winds sigh through the desert oaks.

In late afternoon, as the rock itself begins to glow red with the fading light, fairy martins trill as they fly into their nest caves, and water is heard trickling into secluded Mutijulu waterhole. With nightfall, we hear the gentle sounds of a desert evening.

This recording evokes the natural wonders of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the central Australian deserts known as 'The Red Heart'.

Andrew comments:

"To see the huge bulk of Uluru on the desert horizon for the first time is awe inspiring. To be in the sheltered groves of ironwoods at its massive sandstone base, is equally memorable, especially as the late afternoon sun lights up the rockface a vivid red.

It is easy to understand why both Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta are places of such spiritual significance for the aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people. Having gained their permission to do our recording, we spent nearly two weeks both at Uluru itself and in the surrounding desert country.

This album is a sonic portrait of the area. What I love about this album, is that it features not only the bird and wildlife that abounds, but the actual sounds of the landscape; wind roaring against rock faces, vast canyon echoes and the rippling of water into secluded waterholes.

To be able to capture that with our microphones gives this recording an added dimension; that of the vastness of the central Australian landscape."


Audio sample of this album


Dawn Across Uluru



The Liru Walk



Mala Morning



Wind Sighing Through Desert Oaks



Mutijulu Waterhole



Fairy Martins at Ikari Cave



Kantju Afternoon



Valley of the Winds



Mutijulu Frogs



Desert Twilight


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Customer reviews of this album

I'm sitting in my kitchen in Reading, Berkshire, England looking out at a very rainy grey winter's day & listening to lovely Uluru sounds while I work on the computer. Thank you for your lovely CDs. They help us work happier.

Michelle, UK

I've been to Uluru and Kakadu - I must say the photos are beautiful - you have done such an excellent job of packaging your product. The sounds are just such a pleasure to listen to.

Rob, USA

Breathe deeply, put headphones on, and see what part of your brain and body respond to the frequencies!

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