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How to create a singing river?

Tim Larkin: 
I'm working on a Tolkien project based on Lord Of The Rings that has a 
location (Nimrodel) that has a singing river. I'm trying to do something different here. I'd like it to sound as if the river itself has a wonderful singing type voice within it. I've tried morphing, vocoding, mixing, you name it, and nothing has that natural feel to it. 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Rodger Pardee: 
Have you tried dribbling water onto some metal chimes and mixing that sound in as an element? It's not a vocal element itself but it might give you a wet but "musical" bed that would allow you to more easily blend in some vox-type elements. (I'm guessing that so far your voice elements have been "sticking out" from the river sounds in an unnatural way. Something like this might help tie it together. 

Kevin Powell: 
Filters, comb filters, and time-varying comb filters are able to produce watery effects 

Robbie Wood: 
I have been recording a lot of water sounds up here in Idaho. The Salmon River and the Big Wood. By mixing a sound of the Headwaters trickles and adding to that the sound of eddys, surges it creates an almost tickling sound with a lot of variation. Some of the stereo tracks have been pitch shifted down as well 

Edited excerpts from CAS Forum 1999  Message Thread:  Singing River 
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