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.

Palace Gardens, Enfield 5:30

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Time, date and weather: 11.50 am, Saturday 12th August 2017. Partly overcast, 20°C, wind 12 mph.

Description: Starting from the western entrance to the Palace Gardens shopping precinct on Church Street. Traffic noise which recedes quickly; reverberant voices and footsteps of shoppers and their children in the precinct; a rushing sound made by a floor-cleaning machine; a loud electronic beep from somewhere; occasional noise of wheeled shopping baskets; a charity fundraiser tries to gain the recordist's attention; helicopter noise; traffic on Church Street and the beep of the pedestrian crossing; a small child wails; voices of stallholders and shoppers in Enfield Market.