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.

Guests:

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

Dr Sara Beavis
@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
@jasemacqueen
Adventure photographer and blogger

Dr Scott St. George
@scottstgeorge
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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