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Andrew Skeoch presentation: Tuesday 23 April 2024

Posted on 22 April, 2024 by Hadley Cole

Our friends at Newstead Landcare Group are hosting a wonderful presentation by local sound recordist Andrew Skeoch on Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 7.30pm at the Newstead Community Centre, Newstead. Newstead Landcare Group have shared the following information about this exciting presentation.

Each morning, primarily in the breeding season, there is a festival of birdsong in the half light before dawn. 

Why? And why specifically at dawn? What can we hear among song choice and repertoires? Why has this global phenomenon of avian life evolved, and what is its purpose? 

We are so excited that Strangways’ local sound recordist and author Andrew Skeoch will be presenting to our group again. Andrew’s talks unfold fascinating insights into how our ecosystems work and how we can relate to them. Drawing on his recordings and experience of dawn choruses from around the world, Andrew compares and contrasts how birds sing at daybreak, finding intriguing patterns of vocalising behaviour among even our most familiar songbirds. His conclusions integrate this phenomenon within wider understandings of the natural world, including ourselves.

Andrew Skeoch in the field.

Over the last thirty years, he has been documenting the sounds of environments around the planet, and through his label ‘Listening Earth’, published over one hundred recordings allowing listeners to immerse themselves in wild soundscapes from around the world. His recordings have been heard in documentaries, installations and feature films such as Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’. 

He has given presentations to audiences ranging from local community and school groups to university students, plus radio features, keynote addresses and a TEDx talk. He is the president of the Australian Wildlife Sound Recoding Group, and on the board of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology. 

When: Tuesday April 23rd at 7.30 pm

Where: Newstead Community Centre, Newstead VIC

All are welcome to attend and gold coin donations would be appreciated. Andrew will have copies of his wonderful book “Deep Listening to Nature” available for sale.

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