GENERAL SOUND MAPGRIDWATERWAYSESTUARY

Recordings of background atmospheres and incidental noises from all over London. Many form part of a sound grid series recorded at evenly-spaced points across the city, each marking the centre of a square on the map below.

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Above: graphic based on a daytime satellite image courtesy of the Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. Each red grid square is 2.5 miles or 4 kilometers across.

Arsenal station N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 11.30am

Location: Just inside the ticket hall at Arsenal tube station, north London.

Description: Voices and footsteps of people leaving the station and loitering by the entrance, electronic beeps from the ticket barriers, occasional traffic passing along Gillespie Road, announcements over the station tannoy.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Danny Fiszman Bridge N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 12.30pm

Location: Middle of Danny Fiszman Bridge approaching Arsenal stadium, Drayton Park, north London.

Description: Loud sounds of building work with air compressor, drilling, hammering and scaffolding being put up, voices of a group of people walking past on the bridge.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Gillespie Road N5 November 2

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 11.35am

Location: Gillespie Road by junction with Avenell Road, Drayton Park, north London.

Description: Traffic passing along Gillespie Road, birdsong, airplane drone, a man lifts the roller shutter of a shop, a cyclist passes by, indistinct voices and laughter, a crow caws.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Elwood Street N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 11.45am

Location: Elwood Street outside Twyford House flats, Highbury, north London.

Description: Occasional passing traffic, raised voices of teacher and children from a school on the other side of the road, a crow caws, vehicle doors slammed in the mid-distance.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Blackstock Road N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 11.50am

Location: Blackstock Road near junction with Conewood Street, Highbury, north London.

Description: Loud traffic passing close by along Blackstock Road including cars, buses and lorries, a police car goes by while sounding its siren, voices and footsteps of passersby.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Loxford Gardens N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 11.55pm

Location: Inside Loxford Gardens gated housing development, Highbury, north London.

Description: Constant traffic on Blackstock Road, humming and rattling sounds from someone setting up a steam cleaner or pressure washer, airplane drone, distant sounds of building work.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Roseleigh Avenue N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 12.05pm

Location: Roseleigh Avenue near junction with Hamilton Park, north London.

Description: Constant traffic in the distance, loud airplane drone, footsteps, a faint rattling sound made by a repairman working on a house, faint birdsong, someone gets into a van and drives away.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Stavordale Road N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 12.20pm

Location: Halfway along Stavordale Road, Drayton Park, north London.

Description: Airplane drone, sounds of building work in the mid-distance with scaffolding being put up, footsteps, car doors slammed in the street.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Ken Friar Bridge N5 November 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 18 November 2013

Time of day: 12.35pm

Location: On the Ken Friar footbridge immediately north of Arsenal Highbury stadium, north London.

Description: Voices of passersby, a constant machine hum fairly close by, more distant clanging sounds from a building site, rasp of a power tool.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Avenell Road N5 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 2.30pm

Location: Outside Aubert Court flats, Avenell Road, north London.

Description: A car engine idles in a residential street and stops, slamming of doors, voices and footsteps of passersby, music from a nearby flat.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Highbury Park N4 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 3pm

Location: Walking north along Highbury Park from junction with Aubert Park, north London.

Description: Loud constant traffic, voices of passersby.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Gillespie Park N4 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 4pm

Location: Gillespie Park, near Arsenal tube, north London.

Description: Birdsong, distant aircraft drone, banging sounds from nearby railway sidings.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Harvist Estate N7 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 2.10pm

Location: Off Hornsey Road, Holloway, north London.

Description: Youths play basketball in a yard in the middle of the estate, a train rushes past along a viaduct, classical music heard from one of the flats, traffic, voices of passersby.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Highbury Hill N5 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 1.45pm

Location: Highbury Hill near junction with Aubert Park, north London.

Description: Birdsong in a residential street, sounds of builders working on a house, occasional passing traffic.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Holloway Road N7 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 1pm

Location: Walking northwards along Holloway Road, north London, from the junction with Drayton Park.

Description: Constant loud traffic, voices of passing pedestrians, beeping of a road crossing.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Lowman Road N7 April 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 April 2013

Time of day: 1.20pm

Location: Junction of Lowman Road and Annette Road, Holloway, north London.

Description: Voices and footsteps of pedestrians in a residential street, a train rushes past in the distance.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Nags Head indoor market 2:23

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 October 2012

Time of day: 4pm

Location: Seven Sisters Road, Holloway.

Description: Recorded while walking around the indoor market arcades. Music from a record stall, voices of stallholders and their customers.

Technical guff: In-ear binaural stereo. Soundman OKM II Classic/Studio mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Holloway Road car boot sale 5:25

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 13 October 2012

Time of day: 2.45pm

Location: Just off Holloway Road near junction with Seven Sisters Road.

Description: Voices of stallholders and their customers recorded while walking around the boot sale.

Technical guff: In-ear binaural stereo. Soundman OKM II Classic/Studio mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: EQ correction for inadvertently switching on the bass roll-off switch on the Soundman powering unit. Brief wind noise.

Highbury Fields voices 1:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 22 July 2012

Time of day: 5.45pm

Location: Highbury Fields, Islington, north London.

Description: Voices from a large number of people out enjoying the sunshine in Highbury Fields. Recorded while walking across the open space.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x DPA 2006C mics, Sound Devices MixPre-D preamp, Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Chapel Market Islington 1:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 9 April 2012

Time of day: 3.20pm

Location: Walking eastwards along Chapel Market, north London.

Description: Few stalls or shops are open on a wet Easter Monday. Vehicles, banging sounds from a stall being dismantled, shuffling footsteps and voices of passersby.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. Sound Professionals MS-TFB-2 mics and Sony PCM M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Outside Dalston Kingsland Road station at lunchtime 11:15

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 19 July 2011

Time of day: 12.20pm

Location: Kingsland High Street, Dalston, east London.

Description: Busy street sounds from a static recording spot with passing traffic, voices of market traders, street sellers and passersby.

Technical guff: Mono. iPhone with internal mic.

Recorded by: Shane/thehandthatclaps

Additional notes: Many thanks to Shane/thehandthatclaps for sharing this recording via SoundCloud. Listen to more of his field recordings at thehandthatclaps, featuring sounds from London and India.

Regents Canal De Beauvoir Town 1:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 9 July 2011

Time of day: 11.40am

Location: Near Baring Street, De Beauvoir Town.

Description: A canal narrowboat motors past, hissing noise from a car wash nearby, bird calls.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x DPA 2006C mics, Sound Devices MixPre-D preamp, Sony PCM M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Regents Canal City Road Basin 1:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 2 July 2011

Time of day: 5.25pm

Location: City Road Basin, east of Angel Islington, north London.

Description: Voices of men calling to each other across City Road Basin, sound of narrowboat's engine, traffic, birdsong.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x DPA 2006C mics, Sound Devices MixPre-D preamp, Sony PCM M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Bookmakers Bethnal Green Road 2:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 20 February 2010

Time of day: 3.15pm

Location: Inside a bookmakers on Bethnal Green Road, east London.

Description: Racing commentators' voices from TV channels in the bookmakers, while customers talk among themselves.

Technical guff: Head-worn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Edirol R09-HR digital recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Ridley Road market 6:34

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 28 November 2009

Time of day: 3.30pm

Location: Ridley Road market, Dalston, east London.

Description: Recording made while walking slowly eastwards along the whole length of Ridley Road market. Stallholders' voices and cries, music from stalls and small shops.

Technical guff: Head-worn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Edirol R09-HR digital recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

TQ 3231 8447 1:00

Grid square: Islington, Finsbury, Dalston

Recording date: 11 July 2009

Time of day: 11.30am

Location: OS grid reference TQ 3231 8447. Arran Walk, Canonbury.

Description: A street in a housing estate. A woman walks past, talking on her mobile phone. A crow caws, distant sounds of a bottle bank being emptied, a man cycles past, footsteps.

Technical guff: Stereo. Audio-Technica BP4025 mic and Fostex FR-2LE recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

About sound map recordings

Sound map recordings fall into two kinds, shown by the filenames they're given.

A sound grid recording has a filename beginning with the letters 'TQ', followed by eight digits. These are the Ordnance Survey co-ordinates for where the recording ought to be made. Each is part of a regularly-spaced series of recordings covering London. More about them, including graphics showing the resulting city-wide patterns of sounds, can be found on this page.

Other recordings have more descriptive filenames and these are simply of curious or distinctive sounds heard in different places.