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.

Petticoat Lane 7:07

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Time, date and weather: 10 am, Sunday 10th September 2017. Sunny, 16°C, wind 12 mph.

Description: Starting at the junction of Middlesex Street and Bishopsgate. Traffic; a plastic bucket is knocked over; a stallholder speaks briefly to people looking over the goods on his stall; clatter of wheeled luggage; voices and footsteps of passersby; squeak of clothes-hangers on rails; stallholders' cries; tinny sounds from battery-powered toys on a stall; rushing noise from an air-conditioning units or fume extractors; rustle of carrier bags; a man whistles briefly; recorded music plays from two stalls in succession; clatter of a shop shutter being raised; a radio plays from a stall; the market thins out and grows quieter.

Comments: My first ever 'proper' recording was from Petticoat Lane in April 2008, and you can listen to it here in the Categories section. As in 2017, this was made while walking the length of Middlesex Street on a Sunday morning. It seemed like a good idea at the time to edit the original recording down from seven or eight minutes to around two minutes, thus concentrating on the market traders' cries. Between then and now there have been some changes: the market seems to become a little less busy and the leather goods sellers, who were in a covered space near the southern end of the market, have gone. One of my favourite traders' cries is that of the battery seller in the 2008 recording but, sadly, he doesn't seem to be around any more either.