Running Time:

65 min

Release Date:

March 1994

Recording Location:

Mootwingee National Park, outback NSW.

Rockpool Reflections

Imagine yourself in the Australian outback - a tranquil desert waterhole is overhung by graceful gum trees, and the spring air is filled with birdsong.

Andrew weaves this inspiration into his restful music.

Featuring the gentle plucked strings of the lute, along with harp and flute, and accompanied by a tapestry of beautiful birdsong, this album evokes a natural ambience.

(Music for the lute, with birdsong from the Australian outback.
Composed, played and recorded by Andrew Skeoch)

Andrew comments:

"This is the only album in our catalogue that contains music.

It was originally recorded in 1993, and released the following year. It was a very early project for us, and our first experience of recording nature sounds. The music was composed on the lute during camping trips to the outback, and the natural soundscapes were recorded at Mootwingee National Park, in the far west of New South Wales, Australia.

Shortly after completing it, we chose to concentrate solely on creating the pure nature albums that have remained our focus since. Nevertheless, we have found many listeners enquire about this unique album, so we continue to make it available."

Listening notes for this album

Read about how we began Listening Earth and recorded this album

Audio sample of this album


Part 1:



Morning at Homestead Creek (soundscape)



Wedgetails (Sarah's Pavan)






Reflections in the Rockpool



The Echidna's Wanderings



Wagtail Antics (with Jane Belfrage; harp)



Shared Secrets



Hidden Gorge



Part 2:



Awaiting the Dawn (soundscape)



From Afar (with David Brown; shakuhachi)



Morning Star






Infinite Sky (with Jane Belfrage; harp)



Heartland (Red Rocks, Blue Sky)






The Homeward Path (Pavan VI by Alfonso Ferabosco, 16th century Italian)


This album on our blog

Listening Earth - Our Early Years, pt.1

We were there for nearly two months; trekking, exploring, photographing, recording the music - and most importantly, discovering the local birdsong and how to record it. I clearly remember one of o...

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Mp3 is a universal audio format, playable on iPods, computers, media players and mobile phones.

Mp3 is a compressed format, allowing smaller filesizes, offering faster download times and requiring less storage space on players, but at some expense to the audio quality. Many listeners can't really hear the difference between mp3 and full CD-quality audio, and hence its convenience has lead to it becoming the default option for audio.

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