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.

About the project

This is a collection of recordings I'm making in the latter half of 2017. They feature the daytime atmospheres of those markets, squares and pedestrianised streets which people tend to treat as destinations in their own right, instead of just a means to get from Archway to Balham. To be included, a place has to be in a built-up area, mostly or entirely open to the sky (which usually rules out shopping centres), and where driving a vehicle isn't allowed by design or decree, or else is made predictably very difficult by the volume of pedestrians.

Street life depends on social interaction, whether it's between friends, family members, acquaintances, buyers and sellers, or strangers. Self-absorbed activities like solitary jogging don't count. There must be an interest in the presence of others, even if it may not always be a benign interest.

At the time of writing (12 September) there are more places lined up which you can't yet see on the map. They include parts of Bromley, Brixton, Whitechapel and elsewhere. But I don't know every corner of London, so if you've a good suggestion for somewhere to record, then drop me a line through this site's contact email or my Twitter account @LondonSounds.