Dr Leah Barclay is a multi-award winning Australian sound artist, composer and researcher working at the intersection of art, science and technology. She specialises in electroacoustic music, acoustic ecology and emerging fields of biology exploring environmental patterns and changes through sound. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim internationally by organisations including UNESCO, Ear to the Earth, Al Gore’s Climate Reality and the IUCN. Leah composes complex sonic environments, immersive live performances and interactive installations that draw attention to changing climates and fragile ecosystems. She is currently the director of Biosphere Soundscapes and a research fellow at Griffith University in Australia where she is leading a portfolio of research in acoustic ecology and climate change.


Sounding Zameen

Narmada Prelude

Sounding Zameen is an electroacoustic composition that features short excerpts from each movement of the one hour original score for ZAMEEN, composed by Leah Barclay. Two dancers from one of India’s leading contemporary dance companies, the much lauded Attakkalari – perform an intense, controlled and intricate dance score, inspired by the stories and movement of the community.





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“My recent research began as an exploration of electroacoustic music in ecological crisis and evolved into a complex web of projects harnessing sound to raise cultural, social and environmental awareness …

“These projects have serendipitously taken me across the world, from the backwaters of South India to the centre of the Amazon Rainforest …

“Among the recent examples is Zameen, the first major performance outcome from The DAM(N) Project, a interdisciplinary venture that connects Australian and Indian communities around the common concern of global water security.

“Zameen is a Hindi word meaning ‘land’. It is a word that has become synonymous with the damming of the Narmada River in North India. To date over 30 million people have been internally displaced, and the resulting Indigenous activist movement – the Narmada Bachao Andolan – has become one of the most successful and sophisticated in contemporary history. Within The DAM(N) Project, Zameen is an immersive performance drawing on environmental field recordings, triptych visuals and contemporary dance that pulls the audience into the heart of a remote Indian community fighting for their way of life … ”