Listening Underwater – Mooloolaba

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Immerse yourself in a world of sound and discover more than 100 aquatic soundscapes across the Sunshine Coast for Horizon Festival 2018.

Listening Underwater uses GPS points to trigger audio based on location and movement and can be experienced anytime during the festival. New sounds will be added everyday and the sounds will evolve and adapt daily during the event, every sound walk will be a different experience.

Listening Underwater reveals the acoustic ecologies beneath the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers across the planet. Looking at the surface of a river or marine ecosystem, it is virtually impossible to detect environmental changes. The impacts of climate change are often visible in terrestrial environments, yet dramatic changes in aquatic ecosystems can go unnoticed simply due to visibility. Listening to hydrophones (underwater microphones) provides access to a non-invasive way of understanding changing aquatic ecosystems.

The featured locations include coastal mangroves in Mexico, frozen rivers in Norway, the iconic Great Barrier Reef and the coastline of Queensland including K’Gari (Fraser Island), a major transitory point for humpback whales on their southern migration.

Listening Underwater is best experienced with headphones.

This project has been supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay is an Australian sound artist, composer and researcher working at the intersection of art, science and technology. She specialises in electroacoustic music, acoustic ecology and emerging fields of biology exploring environmental patterns and c...

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