Slow Radio Broadcast

Brady Marks is a digital media artist whose fascination with sound and concern for our relationship with technology has led her to explore media art and generative soundscape composition. As a graduate of the Interactive Arts program at Simon Fraser University, she was exposed to the World Soundscape Project, Acoustic Ecology and a communication-based framework for sound art. In 2005, she joined the Soundscape Collective at Vancouver Co-operative Radio. In the summer of 2014, Marks developed her interest in slow media embarking on a slow TV-style internet broadcast in collaboration with fellow artist Danielle Gotell.

In 2013, multidisciplinary artist Mark Timmings began to focus his attention on the wetland beside his home on Saturna Island, British Columbia. The initial impetus for the Wetland Project was to heighten his awareness of this environment. It occurred to him that the marsh was a metaphor for the primordial soup constituting the origins of life. He made connections between the activities and vocalizations of the wetland creatures and of his own.

In 2015, Brady Marks and Mark Timmings joined forces to collaborate on the Wetland Project. They realized that the rich soundscape emanating from the marsh is the original form of “background listening.” Soundscapes have the power to “key” our daily routine. Radio, television and internet streams now “bracket the day” with segmented media cycles. They have replaced the natural acoustic environments that once connected us to nature. At a time of growing environmental degradation and estrangement from nature, Marks and Timmings determined that the experience of listening to the wetland soundscape needed to be shared, now more than ever, in the form of an intervention upon the mass medias of radio and internet.

Commenting on the Wetland Project, environmental activist David Suzuki reminds us that, “In cities, we are increasingly isolated from the natural world on which we, as animals, remain utterly dependent for our health and wellbeing. Listening to nature is a necessary part of acknowledging the world around us.”

In Earth Week 2016, recording engineer Eric Lamontagne travelled to Saturna Island to help Marks and Timmings capture the sounds of the wetland. Equipment to make a field recording was set up on a fallen tree at the centre of the marsh. They collected thirty-two continuous hours of data. A twenty-four-hour segment of the recording was selected and processed into a sound loop for broadcast.

Top image: From left to right, Eric Lamontagne, Mark Timmings and Brady Marks make a twenty-four-hour, five-channel field recording of the Saturna Island wetland, April 25–27, 2016. Bottom image: Equipment to make the recording was set up on a fallen tree at the centre of the marsh.

The Wetland broadcast premiered on Earth Day 2017 when Vancouver Co-operative Radio dedicated twenty-seven continuous hours of airtime to the soundscape of the Saturna Island marsh recorded in the previous year. It became the longest continuous radio transmission in Canadian history. Co-op Radio listeners embraced the ambient format which layered their experience of time with the circadian rhythm of the wetland wilderness. The broadcast went global for over a thousand more online listeners. The soundscape was superimposed on vernacular spaces—city buses, hair salons and pubs. Listener feedback was unanimous, positive and enthusiastic.

Brady Marks hosts the marathon Wetland broadcast from the studios of Vancouver Co-operative Radio, April 22–23, 2017. Every half-hour, her discreet program notes and station identification informed listeners about what they were listening to without distracting them from the experience of the soundscape.

Stream the twenty-four-hour soundscape online, in sync with your local time

The Wetland broadcast commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the World Soundscape Project (WSP) by Canadian writer and composer R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University. With Schafer, WSP members Howard Broomfield, Bruce Davis, Peter Huse, Barry Truax and Hildegard Westerkamp initiated the discipline of Acoustic Ecology by studying, through active listening, the relationship between humans and their environment. In the words of composer, radio artist and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp, “learning how to listen and what kind of listener we are in the world … is an environmental question.” She asks us, “How deeply are we engaged with the world through our ears?”

In his 1975 article “FM Radio as Observational Access to Wilderness Environments,” composer, researcher and WSP associate Bruce Davis proposed “wilderness radio” that would broadcast sounds from a remote natural environment to the city. This project would have impacted our relationship to Nature and our conceptualization of radio.

For years man has been pumping his affairs out across the wilderness environment. For once the natural soundscape would be allowed, in its wisdom, to speak back to us.

— R. Murray Schafer, from Radical Radio (1987)
Bruce Davis recording the sounds of a pond at Westminster Abbey, Mission, British Columbia, on the summer solstice, June 24, 1974. Photo courtesy of the World Soundscape Project, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Four decades after it was first proposed, Brady Marks and Mark Timmings are realizing Bruce Davis’s vision. In sharp contrast to the distractive experience of mainstream commercial radio, the Wetland broadcast transforms listeners’ interaction into one of acute perception. It is, to quote Davis, “a radio service which ‘listens in’ rather than ‘broadcasts out.’” Since most natural life forms operate on a twenty-four-hour cycle, or circadian rhythm, the real time aspect of slow radio allows the listener to be engaged in the full spectrum of the soundscape as it occurs. Apperceptions of time are also transformed, from measured time—the tick-tock of clocks—to a lived, fluid time, a “becoming” of time. An incessant enfolding of time upon itself emerges, time upon time upon time, ad infinitum, without interveners that abstract or represent the experience. It is not the measure of time but the “in-between” in time that matters. One could say that, in the Wetland broadcast, clocks are relinquished altogether, that they are replaced by a richer experience of duration. The broadcast slips into a realm of innate knowledge of the shared biological time between the wild marsh beings and ourselves.

The broadcast has the potential to expose interconnections between the creatures in the wetland and people in their homes, vehicles and workplaces as they go about their everyday activities. It operates as an art-intervention upon the medium of radio that promotes environmental awareness, self-reflexivity and activism. Questions arise: When does sound become noise? When does noise become music? How do airplanes and human activities resonate with the natural soundscape? How do I fit into the sonic environment and how does it affect my daily activities? How can I affect change? While tuning into the Wetland broadcast, listeners’ daily routines are re-enchanted by the rich, holistic, unpredictable sounds issuing from the radio.

The Wetland Project is a beautiful, quietly amazing work of micro-post-geographical art that allows us to be wherever we are and somewhere wonderfully natural and real, simultaneously. It’s an experience I wish everyone could have, and I wish there were more experiences like it.

— William Gibson

Listening to the Wetland broadcast is to embark on three layers of experience: “percept,” “affect” and “concept” which strictly correspond to “sensorium,” “body,” and “mind.” In the first instance, the preconscious “percept” engages the subject viscerally; this is followed spontaneously by an “affective” state imprinted on the body; “concepts” are then distilled by the mind. This process is instantaneous. Following this model, applied to the experience of the marsh soundscape, “percepts” transmit via the senses the complexity of wetland life. Here, the “affects” range from relaxation, enchantment and wonder to extremes of fear and astonishment. The sublime power of nature disarms. Immediately, cognition is engaged and “concepts” grip the mind: Bird! Frog! Airplane! Water! Wind!

In this way, art has an inherent potential to emit complex life forces; it has “perceptual,” “affective,” and “conceptual” layers which, in the aesthetic experience of the broadcast, interact with each other intensely. Additionally, two different auditory streams are heard at once: the sounds of the wetland delivered through the radio speakers and the sounds originating in the listener’s immediate physical environment. The result is a concurrently overlapping bipartite soundscape integrated into a single sustained listening experience—a work of art. Radio speakers deliver an augmented reality and become virtual windows opening onto the wetland soundscape. This transformation—from speaker to window—and the primordial, emotional and cultural forces it summons, also shape the piece as art. Following philosopher Martin Heidegger: “the work of art holds open the Open of the world.”

  1. Barry Truax distinguishes between Background Listening, Listening-in-Readiness, Attentive Listening and Distracted Listening in Acoustic Communication, Second Edition (Westport, CT, USA: Ablex Publishing, 2001), 24.
  2. Credit is due to Laura U. Marks for the inspiring title of her book Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (Cambridge, MA, USA/London: MIT Press, 2010).
  3. The concepts of “becoming” and the “in-between” are from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia. A Thousand Plateaus, Brian Massumi, trans. (Minneapolis/London: University of Minnesota Press, 1987), 232–309.
  4. Here, scholar Laura U. Marks reworks concepts by philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari by applying them from philosophy to the aesthetic experience.
  5. Martin Heidegger, “The Origin of the Work of Art,” in Poetry, Language and Thought, trans. Albert Hofstader (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), 45.

Listener Feedback


I will be tuned in to streaming Monday. And have suggested it to family and friends. Thank you for making this work so accessible to so many!!

— Marcia Harter (retired school principal), Kauaʻi, HI

3rd Annual Wetland Project Slow Radio Broadcast in honour of Earth Day. I love this.

— William Gibson (science fiction author), Vancouver, BC

while some toadie’s talking shit, a listening alternative

— Stephen Reese

Today’s soundtrack

— Sam Hollis (writer/marketer), Philadelphia, PA

I’ve been listening to birds, frogs, insects, and the occasional plane all day, and highly recommend it.

— Libbey White, Portland, OR

J’aime avoir les grenouilles et les oiseaux dans mon appartement ...

— Marie-Andrée Charlebois (rédactrice), Gatineau, QC

Very timely (always + increasingly so). Amazing distribution. Congratulations!

— Karen Love (Director of Development, Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC

Glad to hear this becoming an annual ritual. I hope your network expands even more this year.

— Hank Bull (artist), Vancouver, BC

It’s great to see that the Wetland Project is continuing and making the most of these important events!

— Ellie Nixon (Marketing and Communications Officer, Contemporary Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC

Bravo !

— Pierre-François Ouellette (galeriste), Montréal, QC

We’re very excited about this special broadcast! …

— Regina Community Radio CJRT 91.3 FM, Regina, SK

Imagining all stations playing the wetlands and when you’d turn the dial all you’d hear was froggies.

Can’t wait to wake up in the swamp

— Bruce Triggs (host of Accordion Noir, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

If you can’t make it out, let the @wetlandproject take you to special place this weekend. Close your eyes and listen. What is the blackbird saying? Is that a towhee scratching about? Have the frogs laid their eggs yet? Would the salmonberry be in bloom? What can you hear?

— NSF @powderedwaters, BC

Today’s the day to listen to @wetlandproject’s 24 hour stream from ṮEḴTEḴSEN Marsh!

— Jer Thorpe (artist, writer, teacher, Innovator in Residence at Library of Congress), New York, NY

Glorious frog calls going out live

— Mitchell Whitelaw (academic, writer and digital art practitioner), Canberra, Australia

Grenouilles galore !

— Lyne Gareau (professeur), Vancouver, BC

I’m enjoying listening to the sounds of nature on Saturna Island this morning! Very cool and comforting ...

— Robert Timmings (financial planner), Toronto, ON

super fun, thank you!

— Bhuvaneswari (spiritual teacher), La Pêche, QC

Beautiful work! … Happy Earth Day.

— Mary Bunch (Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Arts, York University), Toronto, ON

Congrats on another great edition of the broadcast. It is 9 am here so prime time over there.

— Darren Copeland (Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art), South River, ON

Wetland Project ... listen to the earth’s voice ... pray with her

— Gurprasad Green (communicator), Ottawa, ON

I’m enjoying the soothing wetland sounds as I get some work done this morning, although I keep getting distracted trying to identify the bird calls

— Kristen Martin (ecologist), Edenwold, SK

Earth Day!! Wetland Project is on the radio all day today. 100.5FM and 101.9FM in Vancouver. Check link for which station in your city. Thanks Brady and Mark

— Elizabeth Zvonar (artist), Vancouver, BC

Soothing …

— Lisan Kwindt, Vancouver, BC

A beautiful soundtrack for #earthday, thanks to the @wetlandproject

— Janis Mckenzie (librarian/writer), Vancouver, BC

So nice to listen to “slow radio”

— Amber Goodwyn (Program Director, Regina Community Radio), Regina, SK

Love the green flash punctuating that tremendous trill!

— Lorna Brown (Acting Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC

Congrats on this beautiful project!

— Kathy Kennedy (sound artist/singer), Montréal, QC

Happy Earth Day. I’m so enjoying listening to spring on Saturna as I work away from the sounds of nature! Thank you!

— Joni Cooper

Such a lovely counterpoint to the usual keystone cops media!

— Keith, Salt Spring Island, BC

the sounds of the planes overhead hurt my heart.

— Betty Ann Watt

It’s almost like we are right there on Saturna Island.

— Gabriel Foley (host of The Prairie Naturalist, Regina Community Radio), Regina, SK

Oh, those glorious Redwing Blackbirds. Have a joyful Earth Day.

— Jillian Tebbitt (cultural worker), Victoria, BC

Listening and collage-ing simultaneously. … The dogs love the wetland soundscape very much too.

— Molly Caron (host of Takes a Village, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

I love the 24 hr Wetlands Project broadcasted on @CJSR for earth day! … Seriously, listen here: www.cjsr.coom. It will soothe your soul and freak out your cats.

— Holly, Edmonton, AB

duck taking a bath five minutes ago.

— Michael Pierce, Saturna Island, BC

You: So, what are you doing for #EarthDay

Me: Streaming @Wetlandproject’s soundscape in sync w/my local time zone! Amazing!!!

Listening to the soundscape is both meditation & activism

— Jenni Schine (sound artist), Victoria, BC

#EarthDay should be every day

— K @Thylascene

‘Sounds of a marsh on Saturna Island’ is an auditory gem. …
Give me frogs making frog noises, ducks flapping their wings on water and the sound of small creatures in tall grass and you have my full attention.

— Dave Jamieson (host of The Dave Jamison Show, TSN 1260), Edmonton, AB

I have never appreciated so much having speakers distributed throughout the house. Sales pitches blather about “immersive sound”. Only today do I understand what it means.

— Tony Simmonds, Saturna Island, BC

Just wanted to tell you how incredible it is to hear this ambience again, all day in my house — on this lovely spring like and rainy day!

I find it so very enlivening. What is it that makes this so calming and inspiring — more inspiring btw than any CDs of the highest quality nature recordings. It has to do with the live streaming, I think, the knowledge that this is happening in a place right now at the same time (even though I know it was recorded a few years ago!). I still think the idea of Wilderness Radio should be pursued. Would the CRTC give a licence to something like this? Or could Co-op Radio and any of the other stations have a parallel ‘wing’ for such a regular broadcast?

Anyways, thank you for this marvellous project!

— Hildegard Westerkamp (sound artist/World Soundscape Project member), Vancouver, BC

It is stressing how many motors (planes, boats, ...) can be heard there ... Sound ecology suffers like the rest of our mistreated planet.

— Philippe Pasquier (Associate Professor, Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University), Vancouver, BC

Woodpecker drumming loud. Frogs sing, Wind in trees, Sing Pond. Small earth. Giant sound.

— Nicholas Blomley (Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University), Vancouver, BC

How could I have not noticed until now the whispered notes of the American Robin’s evening song — such a contrast to their clear morning whistles?! Thank you

— Yuriko Hashimoto (environmentalist, GIS analyst), Vancouver, BC

Been some time since I’ve come across something that has captivated me in the way this has. Radio equivalent of Planet Earth.

— Matthew Iwanyk, Edmonton, AB

Happy earth day! Listening with colour … frogs just starting softly. Really lovely. 

Good list of supporting broadcasters. Congrats. Cheeeppp creeekee turppppp whipppp Chic Chic cinthump twiiitt chopchop twipppp eppurrup errup Ruptrupt twittwit whiptrilllii brrrrrrroooo.

— Nancy Angermeyer (photographer), Saturna Island, BC

I have been enjoying your live streaming all day. I am working but feel like I am in the marsh enjoying the calm and serenity of the wildlife and sounds. It is a bit difficult to keep working when all I want to do is lay down, relax and listen.

Is this only available today on Earth Day? Or always?

Love it.

— Jean Deschenes

Visiting the @wetlandproject in the #CyberSwamp!

— Bruce Triggs (host of Accordion Noir, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

¡ Escucha !

— @Rafkatar, Mexico

bullfrogs — need I say more?

— Radio Western listener, London, ON

Hey y’all,

Thanks so much for playing the frogs tonight. What a sweet way to honor Earth Day, and every day. I felt super lucky to be serenaded by them after a long day at work!

With gratitude,

— KALW listener, San Francisco, CA

I loved the bog soundscape again this year — listened all day and loved it all.

— Deborah Gibson, Vancouver, BC

…left me with a nice feeling all day…

— Jess Jackson (host of The Jess Jackson Show, 100.3 The Bear), Edmonton, AB

Such a lovely gift. Thank you, thank you!

— Maria Papacostaki (psychologist), Philadelphia, PA

Congratulations on another great Wetland Project broadcast. In past years I usually listen for some part of the day but especially enjoyed it this year. The sounds and quality of audio was fantastic. Are you on Saturna when running the project?

— Wade Thomas (Audiovisual Technician, Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC

First, gratitude. Kudos to you and to Brady, and to everyone behind the scenes. A marvelous project, a magical experience, which I regret having somehow missed in its first two iterations. I listened, not, I have to say, for the entire 24 hours, but during all of them. This morning, after the first bird signaled — without immediately complete success — the last frog to fall silent, I opened the door and walked out into light that was still dim, but into sound that was vibrant with wakening life. Tears prick my eyes now as I recall it. Thank you!

— Tony Simmonds (architect/builder), Saturna Island, BC

Awesome! Congratulations! For these last 24 hours amazing beautiful piece. Good job you guys.

— Hector Baltazar (Technician, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

I listened to a few hours of the broadcast yesterday, in the morning, midday, and sunset. I really enjoyed the experience and was amazed how the planes stand out so much more away from the city bustle. I was listening so intently that it took me a while to figure out the rhythmic oscillation was coming from my fridge! My only criticism is that the interjection of speech was too frequent, but I understand how that would be important on radio. Maybe once an hour would be better.

Thanks for the meaningful work.

— Ben Bogart (interdisciplinary artist), Vancouver, BC

Congratulations, yesterday was the best radio I have heard in a long time. Radio should be like that all the time. Decluttered airwaves. I listened to Vancouver Co-op Radio and I sat in front of the computer with my eyes closed and I was transported to the marsh on Saturna, my life instantly became calm, it was wonderful. Your Wetlands Project should be in every spa. Eagerly awaiting Earth Day-Wetlands Project Four. Three was amazing.

— Rosemary Armstrong (retired), Mississauga, ON


Just tuning in. Looking forward to mixing the sounds of the marsh with my day.

It’s really cool.

— Bruce Triggs (Accordion Noir host, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

Last year on Earth Day I tuned into this while driving transit around the city. Everyone who boarded the bus felt like they were walking into a sanctuary. Tune into this in whatever time zone you’re in and enjoy the natural sounds recorded on Saturna Island. It's truly amazing.

— Dru Ish (astrologer), Vancouver, BC

Tune in online or to a campus station near you for a special Earth Day live wetland soundscape from Saturna Island, BC.

— New Adventures in Sound Art, South River, ON

Wow. Your project has wings!!  Congratulations.

— Ferron (singer/songwriter), Gulfport, FL

Listen to the EarthDay @wetlandproject 24hr live stream from Saturna Island, British Columbia—currently listening to a dawn chorus of frogs …

— Leah Barclay (sound artist, composer and researcher), Queensland, Australia

… It’s fantastic …

— Angela Rudden, Vancouver, BC

Amazing to see the visual display of colours in concert with the sounds of nature!! The frequencies of the universe ...

— Robert Timmings (financial planner), Claremont, ON

enjoying this. when my puppy Luna heard the sound of frogs she lifted her head in wonder.

— Raffi Cavoukian (singer/songwriter of children’s music), Vancouver, BC

my dog Nicholas pricked ears at the raven’s call. SunRun noise done I’m knitting on Saturna.

— Lisan Kwindt, Vancouver, BC

… Confusing the cats.

— Kath Bennett Bowie, Vancouver, BC

Real audio ecology in real time, not a hokey nature-sounds meditation tape.

— Garth Mullins, Vancouver, BC

Loving the sound of a Saturna Island wetland from @wetlandproject on @coopradio.

— Véronique Noelle (singer/songwriter), Qayqayt/Musqueam land, unceded

For six and a half hours I’ve been continuously elated by listening to the sounds from the Saturna Island wetland on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Thank you! This is absolutely amazing radio. …

Still listening since 6:00 am & I don't want this to ever end. If only there was a way to have this on the air overnight every night instead of the BBC World News! That would be phenomenal. Thank you.

— Danda Panda, Edmonton, AB

I’m listening! Oh so wonderful!

— Maria Papacostaki (psychologist), Philadelphia, PA

… Beautiful.

— Freshwater Alliance, Canada

I am so happy you ran it again this year—that kept me sane last spring and I cherished it

The best cure for all that ails the world

— Kathryn Alexander, Port Moody, BC

earth day perfect soundscape—listen in—this is beautiful.

— Joelle Ciona (project manager), Vancouver, BC

Nice project! Enjoying the soundscape.

— Tanya Hill (writer/editor/digital storyteller), Vancouver, BC

I love what you've created. Thank you.

— Janice Dupuis (interviewer/literacy coordinator/writer), Victoria, BC

my fave bedtime sounds @wetlandproject

— YooGwa (teacher/learner/artist/dancer), K’omoks/Pentlatch Territory

Enjoying your broadcast Brady! You sound like you are speaking from inside Saturna’s wetland!! Beautiful calm voice! Happy Earth Day. Just left a message on Schafer’s phone telling him about the broadcast! It’s very special that you and Mark have been doing/are doing this project! 

— Hildegard Westerkamp (sound artist/composer/World Soundscape Project member), Vancouver, BC

Running my usual Sunday errands I've been listening to the @wetlandproject all day. So beautiful. I wish I could listen to this EVERY day. Is there a download or another way?

— Janis McKenzie (writer/librarian)

This is beautiful. A wetland ecology’s soundscape. Synced to your time zone—happy earth day!

— Christine Lintott (architect), Victoria, BC

Love this, been listening all day—have it on all through the house. Kids think it’s strange but are okay with it. What a great way to share the earth. This makes it a GREAT Earth Day.

— Baudboy

This might be a bit weird but I’m listening to the nature sounds over a trance mix and the overall effect is really cool.

— Beckylunatic (social justice worrier), a basement in Treaty 6

sounds so good … If you want to experience the wonder of the earth, listen live to the soundscape from @wetlandproject now!

— Gwendolyn Reischman, New Westminster, BC

Very cool colour sync with the stream

— Steph, Toronto, ON

Just stumbled on the Wetland Project. Thank you for making my day.

— Emily Smith (fabric artist/educator), Vancouver, BC

Magical sounds that can waken us to our actual roots and hope for a future!

— Mikey

I have been fully enjoying this slow radio. It reminds me of the wetlands near where I grew up.

— Blair Welch, Thunder Bay, ON

i love the woodpecker!!

— Kasia Gradowska, Pitt Meadows, BC

Thanks for the shout out down under! Great sound project.

— The Page, Wollongong, Australia

I have been listening all day. Sounds Great!

— Anju Singh (Program Coordinator, CRES Media Arts Committee), Vancouver, BC

I’m enjoying listening to this station. Thank you for sharing it!

— Lindsay Dobbin (artist/musician/curator/educator), Mi’kma’ki unceded territory

I have enjoyed it. I am surprised with the amount of air traffic that is audible. Can’t seem to hide from it anywhere. Hopefully the birds roll with it.

— Russ Tovey (psychic war survivor/bike dude), Edmonton, AB

Amazing how loud the plane is! Really brings home how much noise pollution we create.

— JJ (writer/advocate), British Columbia

The frogs are making my night!

— Jenni Shine (sound artist/researcher), Lekwungen/WSÁNEĆ Territories

me too!!!! so relentless and fresh and present. FROGS

tuning in Sunday-late but wow! as wonderful as last year

— Milena Droumeva (assistant professor, Glenfraser Professor of Sound Studies, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University), Burnaby, BC

This frog chorus just keeps blowing my mind! It’s amazing. I heard the first few croaks here and there an hour or two ago and thought … oh my gosh is it coming?

— Vanessa Brown (artist), Vancouver, BC

I was wondering what the deal was with the hour of croaking frogs this evening. Good to know what’s up!

— Oleg Chubarov, Edmonton, AB

I love these frogs … very soothing and reassuring and mesmerizing …

— Lisan Kwindt, Vancouver, BC

Listening to frog4frog sounds of Saturna Island on the radio, part of Wetland …

— Stacey Ho (artist/curator/writer), Vancouver, BC

My music partner and I were just singing and playing guitar along with the @wetlandproject and (as promised by the whispering @coopradio announcer) it really “was” dramatic when the frogs started up. Lovely.

— Janis McKenzie (writer/librarian)

Bye bye froggies … Hello owl

— Bruce Triggs (Accordion Noir host, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

I’ve been enjoying especially the bird calls/sounds since this morning ... thanks for calling to our attention! A lovely EarthDay gift!!!

— Karen Pidcock (music educator), Kaslo, BC

Have had the radio on all day and night for the wetland sounds. Loved having this soundtrack in our house today!

— Lauren Marsden (artist/director), Vancouver, BC

Congrats … this is such a great project

— Barbara Cole (Executive Director, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects/Curator of Outdoor Art, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC


— SoundCamp (art collective), London, UK

Thank you … for sharing this most peaceful soundscape.

— Sally Livingston (Council of Canadians member), Montreal, QC

Wow the wetland soundtrack made life so much better yesterday! Was transported. Got my parents to tune in, too. Awesome

— Helena Krobath, Vancouver/Mission, BC

Congratulations and Thank you for yesterday. I sat at my kitchen table with my eyes closed and just listened. It was so soothing, almost spiritual. I was immediately transported to a blanket beside your pond. It was just what I needed. Last weekend we had a devastating storm that has decimated our waterfront parks, waves have taken our shoreline, vegetation and trees, there is no sign of spring yet, it’s very disheartening. Today on my walk in the park to catch the sunrise I was saddened to see the way people left the park, they were enjoying the park, on earth day and left all their garbage making no attempt to put it in containers provided. All of us who cherish, and respect this earth and wonder at this place we call home and want to leave it in good condition for who comes after us are we loosing the battle. Thank you again, it was wonderful.

— Rosemary Armstrong, Mississauga, ON

My family and I listened to your Wetland soundscape the whole day on the Earth Day via Vancouver COOP Radio’s Broadcast a couple weeks ago. We enjoyed the broadcast so much and have been trying to research if it is possible for us to purchase CDs (or any other types of soundtracks for it).  We would appreciate very much if you could lead us to any possible venues where we could purchase and enjoy the fabulous sounds often. Thank you for your assistance and keep up the great work.

— Catherine Hoy, Vancouver, BC

Throughout the past few months my family and I have been enjoying the 24-hour soundscape you made that aired on co-op radio! … The day it aired there was a furry of texts among friends all checking in to relay what animals were singing at different given times. I’m hopeful you’ll be able to air more soundscapes like this one soon!

— Samantha Miess, Vancouver, BC

Congratulations to you, Brady and everyone involved. We had great listener feedback … People tuned in from Russia and California during our improv music session with the wetland creatures. Everyone involved on our end said it was an amazing experience.

— Tina Flank (Station Manager, CILU Radio), Thunder Bay, ON

Our listeners LOVED the broadcast and we look forward to the 2019 edition :)

— Meagan Miller (News Coordinator, CJSR Radio), Edmonton, AB


Been listening off and on all day long! … so simple and so profound, to listen to the earth noises on Earth Day! What strikes me is how much ENERGY is coming out of all these birds, singing their hearts for hours and hours. Really makes me respect and love them … if that makes sense. Thank you so much. Looking forward to hearing the night chorus of the tree frogs … its outside my door too because we have a small marsh next to my house!

— Leigh Field, Saturna Island, BC

… tuned into non-stop wetland on Co-op radio. I can’t tell inside from outside. Very peaceful.

— Ellen McGinn (poet), Vancouver, BC

This is awesome! …

Remarkably, I can feel my stomach relax in the same way it does when I’m actually out in nature (I’m not, I’m at home near a busy Skytrain line). And, it almost feels like some kind of intervention when I turn on a device (the radio) that I somewhat unconsciously seek to keep my mind distracted and it refuses to comply by providing me with … slowness.

Thanks for bringing something so special to the airwaves!

— Leela Chinniah (Director of Programming Administration, Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

What a gorgeous dawn chorus to wake up to! Congratulations on an amazing project, and I appreciate the reference back to the WSP and Bruce’s Wilderness Radio concept.

— Barry Truax (composer/World Soundscape Project member), Vancouver, BC

The Saturna Island Wetland Project created by Mark Timmings [and] Brady Marks … went live on their website recently ( and it’s become my favourite ‘radio station.’ It brings to reality a proposal that Bruce Davis of the World Soundscape Project published in the journal Alternatives back in 1975 called “FM Radio as Observational Access to Wilderness Environments.” … The idea was deceptively simple: to ‘listen in’ to a wilderness soundscape, instead of ‘broadcasting out’ into it.

— Barry Truax (composer/World Soundscape Project member), Vancouver, BC

… had the Wetland Project on all day yesterday and when our dinner guests arrived we kept it on throughout the evening. Everyone loved being immersed in that gorgeous bird- and frog-cacophony of sounds. Somehow the world seemed like a better place. Thanks!

— Karen Love (Director of Development, Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC

I enjoyed the broadcast and website all day from 7 am to 10:30 pm … Thank you for your work to bring this to completion. It’s amazing how it feels like yesterday we were out there in the forest hauling my mic arrays, cart, and batteries.

Brady, is it true that this was the longest continuous broadcast of a recording? What authorities do we alert to get into Canada’s record books? You had the most perfect level and tone balance for your 30-minute announcements, they never brought me out of the experience and were always a welcome injection. I was often surprised that another 30 minutes were up. Awesome.

Mark, I think the website implementation was perfect. Gabrielle’s visualization was a nifty background for those running tweets. It’s fun to hear about different people’s reactions from around the world, I know that it was played in Mexico and Italy by friends of mine. I especially love that it’s a continuing live stream. How will you keep it in sync with the time changes. ... how long will you keep it live? 

Thanks for inviting me to be part of something special and unique.

— Eric Lamontagne (sound recording engineer for the Wetland Project), Victoria, BC

This is such a great idea ... I am stuck inside all day today & to have my apartment full of wetland sounds is transformative.

— Allan Jensen (founding member of Vancouver Co-operative Radio), Vancouver, BC

I think, and others who heard it through the day (including of course my cat), thought it was marvellous—and blended in a most interesting way with the spring bird sounds from around our house, since I had the window open much of the time, and we live near the Rideau River. Did you tape the day? A great idea into the future for Earth Day, possibly even from different sources, e.g. a forest meadow, or mountain valley.

— Susan McMaster (poet), Ottawa

It was so beautiful. I had it on for 24 hours and yesterday I did again!  If I didn’t have to go out I’d have it on right now … What an immense and lovely project.

— Deborah Gibson, Vancouver, BC

I can’t tweet but I am in the wetlands via my radio! Your little wetland is in Oaxaca at this moment.

— Marnie Fleming (curator), Toronto, ON/Oaxaca, Mexico

For most of the day, at home and in my car, I have been enjoying the birds, etc. from Saturna on Co-op Radio. … What a treat. They should do this more often. And amazing that they refer to Bruce as now having his wilderness dream come true. Oh yes, this takes me back. I’ve been recommending it to many. At the farmers market this morning, I told a young woman, who provides me with wonderful almond milk, that I used to be associated with Murray and the Soundscape group. Now I’m a grey hair!

— Joan Henderson, Vancouver, BC

As a hardcore greenie, I immediately knew what the cacaphony I came home to in place of my weekly reggae show was all about, and I have to hand it to you and your masterstroke move—one that only VCR [Vancouver Co-op Radio] could conceive, though I have to admit I enjoyed it together with some dub tunes to make it even more enjoyable. …

— Joel Ornoy (business manager), Vancouver, BC

I have met various people who have been totally enthusiastic about the 24-hour wetlands broadcast. Congratulations to what seems to have been a very successful project! …

Your broadcast has certainly highlighted that this kind of “wilderness radio” may now be possible. Have you thought of repeating this next year as a live broadcast? … Thanks for all you did. It is marvellous!

— Hildegard Westerkamp (sound artist/composer/World Soundscape Project member), Vancouver, BC

En voyant/écoutant ce que vous faites avec ce petit marais, j’ai pris la résolution d’aller discuter avec un voisin de notre lac des mesures à prendre pour conserver le marais dont il est propriétaire. Malheureusement il utilise ce très beau lieu pour faire de la motocross l’été parce qu’il est sec!! Bonne suite dans ton projet à multiples facettes.

— Marie-Jeanne Musiol (artiste), Gatineau, QC

This is really a great project! Congratulations Brady and Mark. 

Let this go Viral, Google that! Let the wetlands invade all those crummy caffeine-driven radio stations. Then invade TV and do so without images … who needs them now! Transmit those sounds to the furthest reaches of the Galaxy so that whoever is out there waiting may know that there is intelligent life on this fucked up beautiful planet. 

Strong work Brady! Good for you Mark!

— Chris Welsby (filmmaker/artist), Gabriola Island, BC

Just wanted to say that I love all of the things that are going on with this project.

— Jer Thorpe (artist/writer/professor at New York University’s ITP program/co-founder of The Office for Creative Research/National Geographic Fellow), New York, NY

I so loved the Wetland Project and I listened to it all day and parts of the night. The frogs were my favourite! They went crazy at one point. It was intense!

— Char Hoyt (artist), Vancouver, BC

The Saturna Island Wetland Project was such a wonderful project to listen to this past April. We had it on all day long for a couple of days and began to sense the passing of the day through what we heard. It was a delicious experience.

— Nur Intan Murtadza (musician)/Yves Candau (dance artist), Burnaby, BC

It’s like being there with you!! … Thank you so much.

— Berdhanya Swami Tierra (spiritual teacher), Wakefield, QC

J’écoute les petits oiseaux et le vent dans les branches. Tout à l’heure un hydravion est passé. … Merci pour ce cadeau exceptionnel.

— Marie-Andrée Charlebois (rédactrice), Gatineau, QC

Congratulations. This is a brilliant coup.

— Stephen Morris (musicologist), Saturna Island, BC

What a lovely way to start the morning!! Thank you for this reminder on Earth Day!

— Daina Augaitis (Chief Curator/Associate Director, Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver, BC

Yes, loving it. Especially interesting with sound of pouring rain in background. I’m in Portland. Now that I’m listening I don’t feel like I can leave the house :) I’m supposed to drive home midday but realize I won’t be able to keep listening. I’m in a dilemma :)

— Loren Smith, Bend, OR

At 5:30 am I heard the American Robin on Co-op, singing bravely between country and some other music station! As Representative of Redwing Blackbirds Everywhere …

— Jillian Tebbitt (cultural worker), Victoria, BC

I’m listening, but I don’t tweet!  It’s wonderful! Amazing how many planes fly over this little island, isn’t it.  Civilization. … sigh … Thanks for this!

— Patti Fraba, Saturna Island, BC

Thank you … it’s wonderful!  And my cats kept looking around for all the birdies!

— Joan Hoskinson (financial planner), Thunder Bay, ON

I am thoroughly enjoying your recorded wetland sounds.  So delightful!  Thank you for doing this.

— Robyn Quaintance, Vancouver, BC

The best Earth Day programming I’ve ever heard! I learned a lot and found it calming, exquisite and enjoyable. I’m wondering if you have a CD that I can purchase so I can have these sounds accessible to me again. [transcription of a telephone message]

— Valerie, Vancouver, BC

I am so enjoying a morning of listening …

— Sharon Schermbrucker, (soprano in Elektra Women’s Choir/director of Saturna Island community choir), Vancouver/Saturna Island, BC

I have been listening and it’s great background music. I meditated to it this morning. Very “virtual.” It was like living my life but not actually being there. … Great event.

— Nancy Angermeyer (photographer), Saturna Island, BC

J’ai écouté presque toute la journée ... calmant et fascinant d’entendre tant d’activité même le soir!!! Félicitations pour ce joyeau!

— Yolande Morin (photographe), Vancouver, BC

Listening right now and at various times throughout the day. Sounds really magical. … Now on the car radio. Wetland in motion!

— Hank Bull (artist), Vancouver, BC

It was a great experience to tune into the project at home, in the car (unfortunately I was driving on Earth Day) and have the wetland project follow me through the day. Wonderful! And I liked Brady’s comments/insights/voice throughout too. We want it to continue all year round! Congratulations.

— Melanie O’Brian (Director/Curator, Simon Fraser University Galleries), Vancouver, BC

J’ai écouté les gazouillis, grenouillis et autres voix des marais le 22, presque tout le temps.

— Emmeline Debay (artist), Gatineau, QC

BRAVO! pour le Wetland Project. Quel travail extraordinaire!

— Marie Pérusse, Quebec, QC

Congrats on your Earth Day project! I listened to the marsh sounds as I was reading one evening.

— Joni Low (curator), Vancouver, BC

I listened to your beautiful recording on Earth Day. The quality of sound is really excellent. Congratulations on this special project.

— Karen Henry (Public Art Planner, City of Vancouver), Vancouver, BC

I tuned in that morning, and heard the broadcast and quite enjoyed it.  Good work!  What a great project, and at a time when paying attention to the environment is more important than ever.

— Cindy Richmond (editor), Vancouver, BC

Thanks for sending the link! I can’t wait to hear more. Love that you will be broadcasting a full day cycle of sound!

— Véronique Noelle (singer/songwriter), Vancouver, BC

What a timely and beautiful project. If there is something like it to be done on Gabriola, count me in!

— Andreas Kahre (artist/designer), Gabriola Island, BC

I’m just listening to wetlandproject now. Beautiful, and will take with me to play when I travel.

— Geoffrey Farmer (artist), Vancouver, BC

this is GREAT!!

— Nancy von Euw (performance coach/actor), Burnaby, BC

Wonderful honouring of Earth Day and a joy to listen to!

— Nancy Gerber, Saturna Island, BC

I LOVED this broadcast!!! When can we hear it again? THANK YOU! I listened to many many hours of it. Sign me up to help with future projects if I can contribute anything!

— Marion P. Cox, Maple Ridge, BC

I put on the @wetlandproject livestream (of the sounds of a marsh) & the cat came running to the window looking for the birds she can hear.

— Aven, Sudbury, ON

Loved the Wetland Project link—I will be playing it quietly (and surreptitiously) in my office a lot.

— Karen Hasselfelt (Cultural Planner, City of Vancouver), Vancouver, BC

Are you listening? Yep!

— Sandra Koochin (retired teacher), Saturna Island, BC