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THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY: TEXT ONLY

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LONDON LIFE IN SOUND

Welcome to the London Sound Survey, a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of places, events and wildlife in the capital. Historical references too are gathered to find out how London's sounds have changed.

WHAT'S ON THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY: EXISTING TEXT-ONLY SECTIONS

SOUND ACTION RECORDINGS

Stereo recordings of sounds designed and made to have an impact on other people, and also of events where there's a main focus of attention. Includes traders' cries in London markets, voices of officialdom, hustlers, buskers, pub singalongs, carnivals and parades.

DAYTIME AND NIGHTTIME SOUND MAP RECORDINGS

Stereo recordings of ambient sounds all across London, including a grid series of recordings made at regular points on the map. From woodland and suburban streets to steam museums and night-time West End crowds.

WATERWAYS SOUND MAP RECORDINGS

Recordings collected along London's canals, lesser rivers and streams and made into a pastiche of the London Underground map. Man-made noise, the calls of wildlife and the restless voice of water passing through culverts, weirs and channels.

THAMES ESTUARY SOUND MAP RECORDINGS

Recordings made along the Kent and Essex shores of the Thames estuary, as well as further inland, capturing the sounds of industry, wildlife, marshland, and towns from Dartford to Sheerness.

RICHARD BEARD'S HACKNEY WILDLIFE

High-quality urban wildlife recordings made by Stoke Newington- based recordist Richard Beard. This addition to the original London wildlife section features birdsong and the calls of some other animals from Abney Park, Walthamstow Marshes and elsewhere.

ABOUT THE SITE AND CONTACT DETAILS

A page with a brief explanation of the objectives of the London Sound Survey, a description of the licensing conditions applying to the site's recordings and other materials, and email contact details.

GRAPHICS-BASED SECTIONS FOR WHICH TEXT-ONLY VERSIONS ARE SCHEDULED

LONDON WILDLIFE

An older wildlife site section mainly consisting of birdsong recordings made by Stuart Fisher in parts of south and east London. There are also some recordings by Ian Rawes of dawn choruses and bat sonar.

LITERARY REFERENCES TO PAST LONDON SOUNDS

A collection of descriptions and references to sounds drawn mainly from primary sources such as autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict. The earliest accounts date from the 11th century.

1930s and 1940s BBC RADIO ACTUALITY

The sounds of 1930s and 1940s London from old BBC radio broadcasts, digitised for the first time from their original 78 rpm transcription discs. Featuring street entertainers, auctioneers, fortune tellers and much more. Reproduced by kind permission of BBC Worldwide. This section will likely be the last to be converted to a text-only format because direct links to the sound files cannot be used. Some form of embedded and accessible media player will be needed instead.

MISCELLANEOUS PAGES

Text-only versions are to follow for the site's blog pages, and for a page listing several makes of microphone which can be worn in the ears or otherwise attached to each side of the head, a technique often termed 'binaural recording'.

GRAPHICS-BASED SECTIONS FOR WHICH TEXT-ONLY VERSIONS CANNOT BE MADE

ALL-IN-ONE LONDON MAP

The London Map combines many of the recordings from the Sound Maps and Sound Actions sections into a single interface. Historical map layers, including First Series Ordnance Survey and Booth's Poverty Map, give a background to the modern-day sounds of London. The section includes around 600 map images, graphically-driven forms of user interaction, but relatively little text.

HISTORICAL LONDON MAPS

The London Sound Survey strongly supports the cause of recycling, and so the historical maps which have been cut up and used in the All-in-one London Map are here put back together. They're presented as a small number of very large images which site visitors can zoom into and inspect.

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM OTHERS

"Perhaps the most ambitious and comprehensive approach to sound mapping I've yet to see. An all-around wonderful site!" Jim Cummings, Acoustic Ecology Institute.

"An excellent and deep site." John Ptak, Ptak Science Books.

"It's the quality of these stereo recordings that gives it the edge." Transpontine blog.

"The warmth of something well-made. There is so much to hear and consider." The Domestic Soundscape website.

"A beautifully crafted labour of love." Londonist website.

DIRECT LINKS TO THE THREE LATEST RECORDINGS TO BE ADDED

Northern outfall sewer Gallions Reach. Grid square: Beckton, Woolwich, Thamesmead. Time: 2.30pm. Added on: 01 April 2014.

Cheap hotel central London. Grid square: Knightsbridge, West Endf. Time: Midnight. Added on: 01 April 2014.

Thames in full spate Twickenham. Grid square: Twickenham, Teddington, Strawberry Hill. Time: 12.40pm. Added on: 26 March 2014.

THE LATEST HISTORICAL REFERENCE TO BE ADDED

In every street, carts and Coaches make such a thundring as if the world ranne upon wheeles: at everie corner, men, women, and children meete in such shoales, that postes are sette up of purpose to strengthen the houses, least with justling one another they should shoulder them downe. Besides, hammers are beating in one place, Tubs hooping in another, Pots clincking in a third, water-tankards running at tilt in a fourth.

When: 1606. Author: Thomas Dekker. Added on: 21 January 2014.

That concludes the London Sound Survey home page.

MAIN SITE SECTION LINKS: TEXT VERSIONS

Sound actions. Sound maps. Wildlife. About and Contact.

MAIN SITE SECTION LINKS: GRAPHICS VERSIONS

Home page. London map. Sound actions. Sound maps. Wildlife. Historical. Blog. About. Say hello.

The London Sound Survey 2014. A Creative Commons Licence applies to all site content except where stated otherwise.