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.

Stratford station and Westfield approach 4:24

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Time, date and weather: 1.45 pm, Saturday 2nd September 2017. Sunny, 22°C, wind 4 mph.

Description: Starting outside Stratford station before heading north. Loud hum of a generator serving a cooked food kiosk; hubbub of voices; footsteps; noise of buses and other traffic; a Christian preacher speaks through a PA; another preacher begins to speak through a PA slightly further to the east before switching to a recorded message; people climb the steps to the Westfield walkway above railway lines and Montfichet Road; a loud beep from an electric maintenance vehicle; a reverberant tone to the mass of voices just inside the shopping mall.