Clayoquot, Morning On The Kennedy River

by Mark Brennan



On Vancouver Island there is a bio-region that encompasses a large part of the Western side of the island near Tofino. This region is known as Clayoquot. Back in the 1980's and 1990's the area was fought over between logging companies and environmentalists who wanted to see the area protected. Much of the region contains old growth forests and after almost 1000 arrests around Kennedy Lake, and many more thousands protesting, a large part did eventually become protected. I remember watching these protests on TV, as did much of the world and it was quite a profound few days in May of 2014 in which I got to experience the place for myself.

The recordings come from the high elevations of Clayoquot, around the Kennedy River and near Clayoquot Provincial Park. The Kennedy River makes its way down from the mountains into Kennedy Lake and eventually the ocean. It is an important salmon spawning river. Throughout the hour long album you can hear the rivers presence, it is hard to escape the sound of it's many rapids and falls.

The First 3 tracks are quiet and contemplative, perfect for quiet meditation, recorded on the edge of a tiny lake at 4.30am, you get a real sense of the space you are listening too. The final 3 tracks come from an area near the Kennedy River, up much higher in elevation, we find ourselves in a canyon, listening to Clayoquot wake up. The album is a celebration of this incredible bio-region.


released May 30, 2014



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Mark Brennan Nova Scotia

Canadian Visual artist & Nature Recordist, Mark Brennan's, interest in wild places has led him on a path of self discovery. As a landscape painter, naturalist & nature recordist his travels have taken him to Wilderness areas across Canada. From Banff National Park to the windswept coastlines of Labrador, his relationship with nature has deepended over time & with it - his work in wild nature. ... more

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