As well as helping Andriko Lozowy set up Where is Fort McMurray? on my recent trip to Wood Buffalo, I also went to make some sound recordings of the Oil Sands industrial site.
The Athabasca Oil Sands Project is a controversial energy project that surface mines the largest reservoir of bitumen (extremely heavy crude oil) in existence, located in north-eastern Alberta, Canada.
By mapping the acoustic ecologies of the Athebasca Oil Sands I aim to develop on the work of the ground-breaking 1970’s project Soundscapes of Canada whose objective was to capture disappearing sounds in response to over noise pollution. R. Murray Schafer (pioneer in the field of acoustic ecology) and his peers at the Simon Fraser University undertook an extended field recording tour of Canada. Material collected during that tour forms the basis of a series of radio compositions, each of which treats the Canadian sound environment uniquely.
This sound recording project seeks broaden the scope of the Soundscapes of Canada project by recording the acoustic ecology of an industrial noise zone – the Athebasca Oil Sands Project – a soundscape entirely unique to Canada.
I present my first unedited recordings here (in both .mp3 and .wav) in correspondence with photographs taken by Andriko…
wav: Highway 63