Two guys. Two kayaks. And 2500km to make the Murray River sing – Science 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 snowcaps of Mount Kosciuszko in Ngarigo country, NSW … to its meeting point with the sea in the Coorong in Ngarrindjeri country, South Australia.

And in 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 of geography
University of Minnesota

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

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

More information :

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

Making Climate Data Sing: Using Music-Like Sonics to Convey a Key Climate Record (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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