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Geotag Icon Soundscape: Water in the Sahara

audio, soundscapes posted by on Aug 13th, 2009

One of the biggest joys of recording sounds is that you start to learn to listen. Our whole journey is turning into a (very long) soundwalk. Recording these drips percolating through rocks and dripping down ferns into a little stream at Terjit Oasis, I found myself deeply impressed by the musicality of the water (an impression that was probably amplified by the fact this was the first naturally occurring water we’d heard in our two months in the Sahara, apart from the ocean). One Mauritanian who’d never been to Terjit before said to us: “I never knew this kind of place existed: infinite water, coming down from God.”

Date and time recorded: 09:00 local time, 9th August 2009
Location: Terjit Oasis, Mauritania (view on map)
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Geotag Icon Soundscape: Morning at Terjit Oasis

audio, soundscapes posted by on Aug 13th, 2009

Terjit Oasis, MauritaniaAh, Terjit. On the evening of the day we left Atar, we crawled into Terjit Oasis – almost literally – with broken bikes and suffering bodies (more about all that soon, in the blog). Streams, rockpools (to swim in!), date palms, toads, glow worms, fireflies, cicadas, birds: a feast for our ears and eyes after two months of deserts and cities.

Date and time recorded: 06:50 local time, 9th August 2009
Location: Terjit Oasis, Mauritania (view on map)
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Geotag Icon Pains, trains and automobiles (travels in the heart of the Sahara)

Blog posted by on Aug 6th, 2009

An overnight train journey across the Sahara in an iron ore wagon, a failed attempt at cycling through the desert, paralysing heat and black eyes, and the kindness of a Mauritania we’re just starting to get to know.



Geotag Icon “What on earth are you doing out here?”

Blog posted by on Jul 12th, 2009

The road from Laayoune to Dakhla in Western Sahara is a desolate one, with little in the way of shade or water – but the roads are good, the traffic quieter, the temperatures gentler, and the wind gods are finally smiling on us.