Occasional posts on subjects including field recording, London history and literature, other websites worth looking at, articles in the press, and news of sound-related events.

10 December 2009

London Sound Survey on Lost Steps/Resonance FM

LAST MONDAY I was invited into the Resonance FM studios to talk about London Sound Survey for the weekly Lost Steps program. Nick Hamilton and Malcolm Hopkins, the producer and presenter, couldn’t have been better hosts. The program will be broadcast in February 2010, and I’ll bung up a reminder here nearer the date.

When Nick Hamilton got in touch by email, he included a link to the Lost Steps website. Here’s the succinct description of Lost Steps from the home page:

Over the weeks, Malcolm Hopkins will be inviting a spectrum of invited guests to discuss and appreciate aspects of London literature and culture we seldom get to hear about, seldom reaches the mainstream media, and is often neglected as time passes by. London’s history is steeped with obscure and often clandestine references.

At the time of writing this, there’s twelve half-hour broadcasts to listen to on the site, and I’m still working through them. They are fascinating – much better than anything you’ll hear about London on any of the BBC or commercial radio stations. Here are just a few: Andrew Whitehead on classic London literature; Niall McDevitt on William Blake’s London; Kevin Pearce on London’s obscure and transient music scenes; Matt Hayes, publisher of the magazine Smoke: A London Peculiar; Clive Bloom on the Tottenham Outrage of 1909; and John Constable on the Crossbones prostitutes’ graveyard in Southwark.

Nick also has more radio work on his semi-detached website, including a great series of broadcasts made in and around Hackney titled Foot & Mouth. Malcolm is manager of Housman’s bookshop, one of the few remaining independent bookshops in London and (in my opinion) one of only three good things left on the whole of Caledonian Road in north London, the others being KC Continental Foods and The Den pub.