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.

Hounslow High Street 4:47

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Time, date and weather: 1 pm, Saturday 5th August 2017. Partly overcast, 17°C, wind 12 mph.

Description: Starting at the western end of the High Street near the junction with Staines Road. Noise of an electric saw from a nearby butcher or fishmonger; traffic noise from Staines Road; loud airplane drone; voices of passersby; footsteps; a Christian proselytiser preaches from a soapbox; a child cries; music from a stall; a market trader raises a cry for strawberries; syrupy recorded music from a stall selling personalised bracelets; customers negotiate with a stallholder; a busker plays a guitar; another busker sings and plays a guitar.