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Street life 2017

An array of daytime recordings made along street markets and other gathering-places which are pedestrianised by official design or unofficial habit. Playback of each recording is synced to a simple animation plotting the route taken.

Sutton High Street 10:20

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Time, date and weather: 12.50 pm, Saturday 26th August 2017. Sunny, 22°C, wind 6 mph.

Description: Starting at the southern end of Sutton High Street near the junction with Grove Road. Traffic; rattle of a wheeled suitcase; voices of passersby; beeps from the pedestrian crossing at Carshalton Road; footsteps; recorded music from a miniature merry-go-round; a pensioner drives past on a mobility scooter; a loudly clattering metal object of some kind is dragged across the ground; recorded music heard briefly issuing from a shop; a low machine tone grows then recedes; traffic passing along Benhill Avenue and Greenford Road; the market thins out and grows quieter; traffic and pedestrian crossing beeps at the junction with Marshall's Road.