Recorded on the banks of the Rapti River in Chitwan National Park, Nepal, this relaxing soundscape features the sounds of Black-hooded Oriole, Red Junglefowl, Striped Tit-Babbler, Magpie Robins, Chestnut-headed Thrush, Greater Coucal, kingfishers and many other bird species, as well as the delicate sounds of dragonflies and crickets from the grasses on the river’s edge.
Usually I spend a lot of time trying to avoid the sounds of human activity on my recordings. In this particular recording, I had placed my microphones in a fairly isolated bend in the Rapti River and left them for an hour or so to capture the sounds of the nearby riverine forest. It was only later on, when listening to the recording through headphones, that I was surprised to hear the gentle sounds of two wooden canoes passing along the river. I think the rhythmic motion of the boatmen paddling complements the natural ambience and tells a story of the local Tharu people living alongside nature.