Each of them homes in on a specific sound or set of sounds. The first two were made at the Mudchute City Farm on the Isle of Dogs:
I like pig noises, and Felicity’s vivid recording makes it easy to visualise the bristly, foul-breathed brute rooting around the sty, pig-ignorant of everything but the smells hoovered up by its snout. A rooster crows on the next recording, and it’s the sort of sound that’d go well with a click-on-this wakey wakey Flash button:
Wool-related matters come up regularly on The Domestic Soundscape, and the next two recordings were made in a yarn shop on Globe Road, Bethnal Green. First, the shop’s spinning wheel in action:
Next, a ballwinder. What’s a ballwinder? It’s a device for winding loosely-wound skeins into the tightly-wrapped balls of wool that you see sold in shops.
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From only the creaks, squeaks and rattles in both recordings, you can get a sense of how the ballwinder and spinning wheel work. They have an appealing auditory presence, just like manual typewriters, hand whisks and other devices relying foremost on human muscle-power.