Sonic Territories: Galari

Recording sound on the Lachlan River

Giving the river a voice

Sampling sounds (and video) from the headwaters of the Galari/Lachlan River to the Great Cumbung Swamp, Sonic Territories: Galari builds a sonic narrative about the development of the river from pre-colonial to contemporary times.

Acknowledging the ‘politics’ of developing and managing of the river today, the project focuses on giving the river a voice and the connections communities the length of the Galari have to the river (through storytelling). This project and the resulting works aim to share visions and hopes for the future of the river in all its complexity.

Recording sites have, to date, included Wyangala Dam to Darbys Falls, Oxley and the Great Cumbung Swamp. The project currently requires funding to continue.

Timeline (for planning purposes)

STAGE 1: the CORRIDOR project residency and research, August + October 2020
STAGE 2: Reconnaissance and research, November 2020 – February 2022
STAGE 3: Field recording trips along the river and story gathering – February 2021 – February 2022

Have you got a story to tell about the river? Contact Kim about sharing your story.

This project has been made possible thanks to a 2020 residency at the CORRIDOR project.

As I travel the length of the Galari/Lachlan River, from the headwaters near Breadalbane to the Great Cumbung Swamp near Oxley, I pay my respects to the Elders of the Wiradjuri Nation and neighbouring Nations – past, present and emerging, for whom the Galari was and is so culturally significant.