Let the Calm Wash Over You as This Dam Opens Its Spillway for the Very First Time

By Bryan Menegus on at

Behold the majestic Banja Dam in Albania. It’s a huge hydroelectric project that hit a big milestone over the weekend—its reservoir reached over 550 metres above sea level. To release some of the excess water, dam operators opened the spillway for the very first time and filmed the event from the air. The dang thing just keeps. On. Going.

Starting from just past the dam itself, the camera slowly backs off and up until we’re hundreds of feet above, watching as miniature waves roll over one another. Something about it is intensely calming—grounding even. Maybe it’s humanity’s attraction to the life-giving properties of water...Or maybe it’s just a unique scenario that doesn’t need too much examination.

While the opening of Banja’s spillway is sans-soundtrack, I’d suggest something on the relaxed, instrumental side, like Nujabes, Whitewoods, or Clams Casino. Or do your own thing, I’m not a cop.