Sound mapping Tweed’s lapping

Fishing on the banks of The River Tweed in Kelso.
Fishing on the banks of The River Tweed in Kelso.
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Listeners all over the world can now tune in to the sound of the River Tweed, its music and voices, through a new sound map created by international artists.

Recordings that can be heard on the soundmap include electrofishing on the Teviot, interviews with anglers David Mitchell and Ronnie Glass and river experts including Paxton Netting, Tweed Forum and the Tweed Foundation.

The soundmap also includes Borders music from Kirsty Law, Rachael Hales and the Small Hall Band, and environmental recordings made on burns and rivers.

The project is part of Working the Tweed, and features recordings made by some of the project artists, including Jules Horne, James Wyness and Claire Pencak.

The Tweed Sound Map has come from an international collaboration between writer Jules and Berlin-based Udo Noll from global soundmap radio aporee.

Jules said: “radio aporee has field recordings from every corner of the world. You can zoom in on a Google map and hear sounds from that place. It’s very atmospheric. We wanted to give a flavour of the distinctive sounds and voices of the Tweed catchment, to highlight a sense of connection through the river.”

Udo Noll said: ‘The Tweed soundmap is a great example of international exchange and collaboration.

“Listening to the Tweed map gives you a strong idea of the relation between landscapes, nature and the people living there.”

The idea for international contributions to radio aporee came from sound artist John Grznich in Estonia, who has taken part in the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick.

The hope is that the Tweed sound map be built up into an archive of voices and river sounds.

To hear the sound map, go to