Social Tapes- Hewangmiao / Tian 'E Zhou | 社区音乐备忘录- 何王庙/天鹅洲
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This journey begins along the Yangtze River bank near Hewangmiao with the sounds of shipping and transport barges then slowly winds inward along the banks of the lake. The group ends in the middle of a tree farm on the island in the middle of the reserve. Tian'ezhou begins with the sound of a goose farm across a lake near the reserve. Within the reserve, you stand along the bank listening to geese in the distance. Celebration music possibly for a wedding is carried by the wind from the other side. It starts raining while on a resting metal boat that is used to explore the lake on better days. Water laps and frog choruses eminate from all around. The album finishes at the sluice that connects Tian'ezhou to the Yangtze river.
The Hewangmiao and Tian'ezhou Nature Reserves are located in Hubei, China and are home to about 60 Yangtze Finless Porpoises. The lakes provide a refuge for the porpoises away from the large boats, dredgers and other dangers of the Yangtze river.
The shores of the reserves are mostly lined with tree farms to help curb erosion but also serve as home to many chatty birds. Beyond the line of trees are farm lands that have been there for generations. At Hewangmiao, cattle and horses graze along the shores and bathe in its cool waters. People fish and harvest wild flowers while the sounds of motorized vehichles run along the busy service road. At the quiet shores of Tian’ezhou, the sound of its namesake can be heard in the air as the honks of geese and swans are heard over lapping waters. Celebratory fireworks are always heard in the distance.
Water management programs at both sites ensure that the quality of wildlife and human population both benefit from a healthier ecosystem of the area. With the controlled openings of sluice gates, flooding can be controlled, water from the Yangtze can refresh the waters of the lake, and fish populations of the lake can be let into the Yangtze to provide food for its other native species.
While there are an estimated 1,040 porpoises that live along the Yangtze river and its lakes, the population has been in a steady state of decline and it is estimated that the porpoise could be extinct within a generation at its current rate. The WWF Finless Porpoise project is part of a comprehensive freshwater program that aims to improve the overall state of the Yangtze by creating solutions that establish a balance between humans and nature so that we can thrive and grow together.
We worked with WWF China to find out more about the finless porpoise program and the nature reserves. Their advice and information were invaluable to the realization of this album.
For more news and information about the Finless Porpoise project please visit https://bivouacrecording.postach.io/post/wwf-hewangmiao-tian-e-zhou-finless-porpoise-infographic
All audio recorded on location in Hubei, China in April of 2015 and 2016.
Special thanks: Yiqing and Zhang Xinqiao WWF Wuhan, Holly McKinlay WWF UK, and Mustafah Abdulaziz.
All recordings © Bivouac Recording
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