GENERAL SOUND MAPGRIDWATERWAYSESTUARYANDRE'S LONDON

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.

Arnold Road E3 October 2:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 7 October 2013

Time of day: 4.50pm

Location: Arnold Road west of the railway viaduct, Bromley-by-Bow.

Description: Noises of sanding or grinding and hammering from garages along Arnold Road, voices of men working in the garages, a car drives past, aircraft drone.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

British Street E3 October 2:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 7 October 2013

Time of day: 4.40pm

Location: British Street opposite the surgery, Mile End.

Description: Mile End Road traffic, aircraft drone, occasional sounds from nearby flats lining British Street, faint footsteps and voices.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Brokesley Street E3 October 2:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 7 October 2013

Time of day: 4.35pm

Location: Brokesley Street at junction with Mile End Road.

Description: Loud traffic passing along Mile End Road, voices of passersby, a nearby shopkeeper pulls apart cardboard packaging, a woman's jewellery jingles as she walks past.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Victoria Park in September 4:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 24 September 2013

Time of day: 9.35am

Location: By the Burdett-Coutts memorial, Victoria Park, Hackney.

Description: Rumble of distant traffic, two Heathrow-bound planes fly overhead in succession, voices of children from the playground of a primary school.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x DPA 2006C mics, Sound Devices MixPre-D preamp, Edirol R09-HR recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: Thanks to Nick Hamilton.

Mare Street Hackney 1:29

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 20 October 2012

Time of day: 3pm

Location: Mare Street north of Hackney Central station.

Description: A bus drives past, voices and footsteps of passersby, faint music from shops.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Dredger on River Lea 1:15

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 11 November 2004

Time of day: 11am

Location: River Lea, Bow.

Description: Noise of the dredger at work, hammering, calls of a coot.

Technical guff: Stereo. Equipment unknown.

Recorded by: Richard Beard

Additional notes: Many thanks to Richard Beard for sharing this recording.

Regents Canal Victoria Park 1:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 9 July 2011

Time of day: 11am

Location: By the Regent's Canal at Victoria Park, Hackney, east London.

Description: Loud birdsong from nearby trees and buddleia bushes, traffic in background, a bicycle passes making a noise on loose concrete paving slabs.

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 Cambridge Heath Road 1:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 9 July 2011

Time of day: 11.20am

Location: Under the Cambridge Heath Road bridge crossing the Regent's Canal, Hackney, east London.

Description: Passing footsteps, traffic from Cambridge Heath Road, calls from a coot, voices and sounds from a nearby building site, joggers run past.

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 Wennington Green 1:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 9 July 2011

Time of day: 10.20am

Location: By the Regent's Canal at Wennington Green, east London.

Description: Noises and voices from a building site, a man jogs past with a dog on a chain, distant traffic.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x DPA2006C mics, Sound Devices MixPre-D preamp, Sony PCM M10 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Yarn shop spinning wheel 0:14

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 26 August 2010

Time of day: Not known

Location: Prick Your Finger yarn shop, Globe Road, Bethnal Green.

Description: Squeaking and rattling of a spinning wheel in use.

Technical guff: Stereo. Edirol R09-HR digital recorder, internal mics.

Recorded by: Felicity Ford

Additional notes: Many thanks to Felicity Ford for sharing this. Visit The Domestic Soundscape blog for more of her sound recordings and writings on sound art, field recording, and wool-related matters.

Yarn shop ballwinder 0:14

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 26 August 2010

Time of day: Not known

Location: Prick Your Finger yarn shop, Globe Road, Bethnal Green.

Description: Creaking sound of a ballwinder, a device for turning a loose ring or 'hank' of yarn into a tight ball.

Technical guff: Stereo. Edirol R09-HR digital recorder, internal mics.

Recorded by: Felicity Ford

Additional notes: Many thanks to Felicity Ford for sharing this. Visit The Domestic Soundscape blog for more of her sound recordings and writings on sound art, field recording, and wool-related matters.

Bethnal Green Library 2:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 5 June 2010

Time of day: 1pm

Location: Bethnal Green Library, Cambridge Heath Road, east London.

Description: Sounds of library staff going about their work, a child laughs, air conditioning hum, visitors typing at computer keyboards.

Technical guff: Head-worn stereo. 2 x MM-HLSO/Sennheiser MKE-2 mics and Edirol R09-HR digital recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: Many thanks to Richard Bolt and the staff at the Bethnal Green Library

Idea Store Bow 2:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 29 May 2010

Time of day: 11am

Location: Idea Store Bow public library, Roman Road, east London.

Description: Faint voices of library staff and readers, footsteps, an alert tone sounds briefly, a staple gun clicks once.

Technical guff: Head-worn stereo. 2 x MM-HLSO/Sennheiser MKE-2 mics and Edirol R09-HR digital recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: Many thanks to Richard Bolt and the rest of the library staff at the Idea Store Bow.

Hackney Central Library 2:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 10 April 2010

Time of day: 12.30pm

Location: Inside Hackney Central Library, Mare Street.

Description: Ambience inside Hackney Central Library. Occasional bangs and coughs, voices, electronic beeps; to the left a man scribbles with enthusiasm onto a pad of paper.

Technical guff: Head-worn stereo. 2 x MM-HLSO/Sennheiser MKE-2 mics and Edirol R09-HR digital recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Roman Road market 2:10

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 20 February 2010

Time of day: 2.45pm

Location: Roman Road market, Hackney, east London

Description: Voices of shoppers and stallholders recorded while walking westwards along Roman Road street market.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Olympic construction site 1:30

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 2 November 2009

Time of day: 1.15pm

Location: On the Greenway elevated path, near Pudding Mill Lane.

Description: Great din of earth movers, dumper trucks and machinery from all around at the 2012 Olympics construction site.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Hertford Union canal 1:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 2 November 2009

Time of day: 2pm

Location: On the towpath of the Hertford Union canal, beneath the Cadogan Terrace bridge.

Description: Loud traffic noise from the A12 bridge over the canal, rushing of water from nearby lock gates.

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

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

Pellici cafe Bethnal Green 2:23

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 2 October 2009

Time of day: 12:30pm

Location: Inside Pellici's cafe, Bethnal Green Road, east London.

Description: Lively, noisy atmosphere inside this popular traditional cafe. Hollow-sounding drone of the coffee machine, voices of customers and cafe staff, clattering of plates and cups, a member of staff asks an old man what he wants for lunch.

Technical guff: Stereo. Sonic Studios DSM-6S/EH mics and PA-3SX preamp, Edirol R09-HR digital recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: None.

TQ 3627 8447 1:00

Grid square: Hackney, Stratford, Bow

Recording date: 17 February 2009

Time of day: 3.20pm

Location: OS reference 3627 8447. East end of Victoria Park Road.

Description: A moped and other larger vehicles pass close by, faint birdsong from Victoria Park.

Technical guff: Head-worn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics. Olympus LS-10 digital 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.