Two guys. Two kayaks. And 2500km to make the Murray River sing. – Scientific friction


If a river could talk, what would it tell you? Get on board and get ready to get wet.

An ambitious adventure, microphones in hand, in a world of sound, science and sonication.

Two guys. Two kayaks. And 2,500 kilometers to paddle along the mighty Murray River.

From its source in the form of a net in the middle of the snowy caps of Mount Kosciuszko in the country of Ngarigo, New South Wales … to the place where it meets the sea in the Coorong in the country of Ngarrindjeri, in South Australia.

At the end, a mission from Meredith Hope to help the controversial Murray speak for himself.


Meredith Hope
Honorary speaker
Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU

Dr Sara Beavis
Environmental geologist and lecturer
Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU

Xavier anderson
Specialized student (graduated in 2021)
Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU

Jason macqueen
Adventure photographer and blogger

Dr Scott St. George
Associate professor in geology
University of Minnesota

Jordyn beazley
Former humanitarian, now a junior journalist at The citizen at the Center for the Advancement of Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

This project was supported by a grant from the Science Journalists Association of Australia

More information :

Can a river sing? ANU researchers say “absolutely” (ANU)

Singing Climate Data: Using Music-Like Sonifications to Convey a Key Climate Recording (Scott St. George)

Helping the River Sing – an innovative approach to communicate about river health

Journalist: Jordyn beazley
Producer and presenter: Natasha Mitchell
Producer: Jo khan
Sound engineer: Brendan O’Neill

Thanks to the Australian National University for the use of Murray River field recordings and sonication pieces:
© The Australian National University ABN 52 234 063 90 (ANU) 2021, represented by the Fenner School of Environment & Society and the School of Music.
Artists: Xavier Anderson, Jason Macqueen, Sebastian Hope and Meredith Hope.
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