Situated on a rugged sandstone plateau south of Sydney, Dharawal National Park preserves an ancient landscape of tall eucalypts, heaths, swamps, waterfalls and rockpools. A network of creeks drain crystal clear water from the vast sedgelands and hanging upland swamps in Dharawal.
“Dharawal” is an example of a ‘vanishing soundscape’ due to the pervasive effects of man-made noise pollution. Aircraft and highway noise penetrate into even the most secluded pockets of the park, and this album is a collection of shorter recordings captured between the interruptions. Sometimes multiple shorter cuts of five minutes or less had to be overlapped to create a track free of distant engine noise. I compiled this album to ‘re-create’ a soundscape which existed in a much purer form just some decades ago.
The album features native bird song along with the sounds of light rain falling on the bushland, a flowing creek, and water trickling down the side of an embankment in a secluded valley. Species recorded include: Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, White-eared, Tawny-crowned and New Holland Honeyeaters, Beautiful Firetail, Grey Shrike Thrush, Crimson Rosella, Rufous Whistler, Southern Emu-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Pilotbird, Pied Currawong, White-browed Scrubwren, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Yellow Robin and various cicadas and other insects.
|1.||Bushland Rain (featuring White-eared and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Beautiful Firetail, Grey Shrike Thrush, Crimson Rosella and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo)||[15:04]|
|2.||Dharawal Creek (featuring Grey Shrike-thrush, Crimson Rosella, Southern Emu-wren, Rufous Whistler and Variegated Fairy-wren)||[13:04]|
|3.||Hidden Valley (featuring Pilotbird, Pied Currawong, White-browed Scrubwren, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Yellow Robin and insects)||[10:06]|