In March 2018, I spent four days with the team at Earth Lodge recording the sounds of Ulu Muda and exploring its forests. This particular recording captures the sounds of a pristine stream along with calls of birds, gibbons, otters and other wildlife from the surrounding rainforest. The stream was located well away from the logging concessions further south and the crystal clear water flowed down from untouched hill forest. The sounds of this album represent Ulu Muda’s most valuable resources – biodiversity and fresh, clean water.
The tracks on this album have all been extracted from one long continuous source recording and each track blends seamlessly with the next. For more information on the species recorded on the album see the track listing below. This recording is particularly well-suited for relaxation, tinnitus masking or as a sleeping aid.
Conservation Issues: Ulu Muda contains vast lowland & hill rainforests with rich biodiversity. It is also a vital water catchment area for millions of people living in northern Peninsula Malaysia. Although labelled as a ‘forest reserve’, industrial-scale logging concessions are currently active within Ulu Muda and precious habitat is being lost at an alarming rate. Poaching is also a major problem as few, if any resources have been allocated for the protection of wildlife in this area.
Earth Lodge & WWF Malaysia are currently supporting conservation projects with the aim of securing stronger protection and better management of Ulu Muda.