Sound actions by category: Social 3

Sound action recordings are of sounds designed to affect people, including situations where many make sounds together towards a common goal. Often they're of voices, but they also include sirens, bells, fireworks and more.

Audible Forces 2013 Sounds from three different wind-powered sound art installations at the Audible Forces event in Greenwich Park. 3:40 2013
Finches installation Barbican Finches chatter and set off amplified instruments at Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's Barbican show. 1:45 2010
Organ of Corti sound sculpture A resonant droning sound is heard from within the Organ of Corti sound sculpture outside St Pauls Cathedral. 0:50 2011
Particle Waves Arebyte Gallery Kian Peng Ong's sound installation 'Particle Waves' at Arebyte Gallery, Hackney, east London. 2:30 2014
Rubbing the Unity Stone Wet hands rub the smooth top of the Unity Stone sound sculpture, producing a hollow drone. 1:05 2011
Ships opera Thames Festival Tugs, lightships and other vessels play a musical composition with their horns and whistles. 8:25 2013
Tim Hunkin Novelty Automation The sounds of four arcade-style contraptions in Tim Hunkin's Novelty Automation show. 6:24 2015
Westfield Stratford sound sculpture A sculpture in the Westfield Stratford shopping centre tries to evoke a sense of nature with a soundscape recording. 1:25 2014
Diamond Jubilee gun salute The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire guns on Horseguards Parade to mark the Diamond Jubilee. 2:58 2012
Diamond Jubilee Thames bells A crowd cheers as the Diamond Jubilee flotilla passes by and bells are heard ringing from the leading barge. 2:00 2012

Tim Hunkin Novelty Automation 6:24

Classification: Social > Other events

Recording date: 13 November 2015

Description: The sounds of four arcade-style contraptions in Tim Hunkin's Novelty Automation show in Holborn. First, the Test Your Nerve machine, which features a model dog which drips saliva before lunging forward. Next, the Autofrisk machine with air-inflated gloves patting the sides of the user before two rubber bulbs punch forward at crotch height. Then there's the Pet Or Meat display, in which the fate of a lamb is decided, and finally the Small Hadron Collider pinball machine.

Technical guff: Headworn stereo. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Olympus LS-14 recorder.

Recorded by: IM Rawes

Additional notes: Many thanks to Tim Hunkin for his kind permission in allowing me to record at Novelty Automation. The arcade is at 1a Princeton Street, Holborn and its website is