Sonic Territories

Sonic Territories projects are centred on listening and sound—sampling sound with and without technology, and creating narratives around sound that reimagine spaces and places of the past, present and future. This body of work evolved from an international (Arts) Territory Exchange collaboration with German artist Didi Hock in 2017 called Fictional Territories #01, where we created a mix of sound ‘sketches’ from movements around our backyards into a sonorous piece of fiction. The result was a territory that can’t be defined, but a definition of territory as an area of creativity, with the territory emerging in the active experience of listening. Other Sonic Territories works can be heard here.

Sonic Territories: Wambuul, 2022 –

UPDATE: Stage 1 received Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding through Orana Arts to get the project started in July 2022

A geophone recording the vibrations at the base of a River Red Gum on the Wambuul/Macquarie River

Sonic Territories: Wambuul is a multi-staged project of audio stories, community events and artworks, centred on the Wambuul/ Macquarie River, taking in Wellington, Dubbo and Narromine. It invites collaboration and participation by other regionally-based artists and the community — as documenters, observers, contributors and storytellers. Each participant takes a thread of the resulting conversation back into their community, in turn further developing the narrative and increasing awareness of the issues impacting the future of the river.

Dubbo-based videographer and artist, Milena Sallustio is working with Kim V. Goldsmith and two artists appointed through an EOI process—Robert Salt and Suzanne Foran, who joined the project in August. READ MORE

Sonic Territories: Galari, 2020 –


Recording sound on the Lachlan River
Capturing the rush of water from a rock-lined creek into the Galari downstream from Wyangala

Sampling sounds (and video) from the headwaters of the Galari/Lachlan River to the Great Cumbung Swamp, Sonic Territories: Galari, Kim V. Goldsmith has been examining at the development of the river from pre-colonial to contemporary times, giving the river a voice in the process.

Acknowledging the ‘politics’ of developing and managing the river today, the project focuses on the connections communities the length of the Galari have to the river (through storytelling), central to finding common ground and envisioning a shared future, that accepts the complexities.

Recording sites have, to date, included Wyangala Dam to Darbys Falls, Oxley and the Great Cumbung Swamp. The project is ongoing (pending funding).

A video capturing sounds and images of the river from Wyangala to the Great Cumbung Swamp was produced in mid-2022, titled Tenuous threads. It’s a finalist in the 60th Fisher’s Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre. These are stills from that video.

Stories of the Galari
Uncle Ray Woods at Tupra Station near Oxley NSW, 4 December 2020


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

This project was 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 Wiradyuri Nation and neighbouring Nations – past and present, for whom the Galari was and is so culturally significant. – Kim V. Goldsmith

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