Situated on a rugged sandstone plateau south of Sydney, Dharawal National Park preserves an ancient landscape of dry eucalypt forest, heath, swamps, waterfalls and rockpools. A network of creeks drain crystal clear water from the vast sedgelands and hanging upland swamps of the Dharawal plateau.
“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.