A Sound Map of the River Isar


Echinger Stausee. Copyright: charles kenwright/ kenwrightfineart.com

I´ve started making a sound map of the river Isar. The river flows from it´s source near Scharnitz in the Austrian Karwendel Mountains to where it joins the River Danube in Bavaria, Germany. The idea is to select various places and record the ambient sound. The Isar flows through very differing locations – mountains, rural and agricultural areas, industrial sites, towns and also Bavaria´s capital city, Munich, giving a rich and varied selection of ambient sounds Eventually each location will be online and marked on an Open Street Map. I´ll be posting more recently recorded locations in the next few days. This one is a bird reserve which is next to the Isar – it´s strictly not on the Isar, but it´s part of the general ecosystem. So sit back, close our eyes and listen to the birds and the occasional sound of humans in the Echinger bird reserve. By the way, use headphones if you have them, it sound better.

Gilfklamm, Meran, South Tirol, Italy.


This ravine on the Passer River is part of the Periadratic Seam or Fault, which runs through the Southern European Alps to Hungary. Simply put, the left bank in the photo is Europe and the right, Africa. I was there a couple of weeks ago and both photographed also recorded sound. I used various microphones – 120 degree stereo, shotgun and a hydrophone for recording under water. The photography was done using my trusty Nikon D800 with Lee ND Filters. I´ve mixed the sound into a soundscape and added a couple of shots to make it also visually interesting.

Gilfklamm, Meran, South Tirol, Italy copyright: charles kenwright/ www.openmind-images.com

Gilfklamm, Meran, South Tirol, Italy copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com