This page introduces the collection of sound map recordings and lists all the areas covered by the daytime sound map. No recordings are linked to directly from this page. The other sound maps on the London Sound Survey are as follows:
Waterways sound map: around 130 recordings made exclusively along London's canals and minor rivers.
Thames estuary sound map: a small collection of recordings made along the estuary from Dartford in the west to Shoeburyness and the Isle of Sheppey in the east.
Andre's London sound map: the start of new collection of recordings featuring work by musician and recordist Andre Louis.
London Unseen sound maps: the start of a series of sound maps featuring anonymised parts of London. Can you guess where they are?
Unlike in the Sound actions section, sound map recordings are typically of ambient noises or atmospheres encountered all over London. It is the place itself which is the primary subject of nearly every sound map recording. They are organised by allocating each one to a grid square about two-and-a-half miles or four kilometers across. 112 grid squares cover the Greater London area.
To present the grid squares on this page, they have been arranged into twelve rows. The rows begin in the north and work down to the south, growing and then diminishing in length to reflect London's shape. The westernmost square appears first in each row. Each grid square has a title made up of some of the areas it covers, for example 'Knightsbridge and West End'. On this page the titles serve as links which will take you to a new page where all the recordings for a given square will appear.
Most recordings have descriptive filenames which work as direct links to the sound files themselves, which are in MP3 format. They range from one to around six minutes in length, with the majority lasting one or two minutes. Some recordings have more abstract-sounding titles, such as 'TQ 2835 9963'. These are the Ordnance Survey co-ordinates for where the recording was made, and each occurrence marks the exact centre of a grid square.
To help navigate this page more quickly, the following links will allow you to jump directly to each row's position on this page:
Hill End, Mount Pleasant. Ducks Hill, Northwood. Pinnerwood Park, Hatch End. Stanmore, Canons Park. Edgware, Mill Hill. Mill Hill, East Finchley. Friern Barnet, Bounds Green. Palmers Green, Edmonton, Tottenham. South Chingford, Higham. Hale End, Woodford. Hainault, Collier Row. Havering-atte-Bower, Gallows Corner. Harold Hill, Brook Street.
South Harefield. Ruislip. Pinner, Rayners Lane. Harrow, North Wembley. Kingsbury, Hendon. Cricklewood, Golders Green. Hampstead Heath, Highgate, Archway. Stroud Green, Seven Sisters, Stoke Newington. Walthamstow, Leyton, Lea Bridge. Leytonstone, Snaresbrook. Ilford, Newbury Park. Chadwell Heath, Crowlands. Romford, Hornchurch. Emerson Park, Upminster. Cranham.
Cowley, Uxbridge. Hillingdon. Northolt, Greenford. Sudbury, Perivale. Wembley, Neasden, Harlesden. Willesden, Kilburn, West Hampstead. Hampstead, Tufnell Park, Camden. Islington, Finsbury, Dalston. Hackney, Stratford, Bow. Forest Gate, West Ham. East Ham, Barking, Ilford. Barking Riverside, Dagenham. Elm Park, Rainham. Hacton, Corbets Tey. North Ockendon.
West Drayton. Goulds Green, Hayes. Southall, Norwood Green. Hanwell, Ealing. Acton, Wormwood Scrubs. Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush, Kensington. Knightsbridge, West End. City, Spitalfields, Waterloo, Borough. Mile End, Isle of Dogs, Rotherhithe. Canning Town, Silvertown, North Greenwich. Beckton, Woolwich, Thamesmead. Thamesmead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere. Rainham and Wennington Marshes.
Longford, Heathrow. Heathrow, Hatton. Heston, Hounslow. Brentford, Isleworth, Richmond. Kew, Mortlake, Chiswick. Fulham, West Brompton, Putney. Chelsea, Battersea, Clapham. Walworth, Brixton, Peckham. New Cross, Brockley, Lewisham. Greenwich, Chalton, Blackheath. Shooters Hill, Plumstead, Falconwood. Bexleyheath, Barnehurst. Erith, Slade Green, Crayford.
Stanwell, Feltham. Hounslow Heath, Whitton, Hanworth. Twickenham, Teddington, Strawberry Hill. Richmond Park, Kingston Vale. Putney Heath, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Common. Balham, Streatham, Tooting. Tulse Hill, Herne Hill, Dulwich. Forest Hill, Catford, Ladywell. Hither Green, Grove Park, Mottingham. Eltham, Sidcup. Bexley, Albany Park.
Hampton Wick, Kingston. Norbiton, New Malden. Wimbledon, Morden, Merton. Mitcham, Collier's Wood, Streatham Vale. Thornton Heath, Crystal Palace, Selhurst. Penge, South Norwood, Beckenham. Bromley, Widmore. Chislehurst, Bickley, Petts Wood. St Mary Cray, Hockenden.
That concludes the list of grid squares for the Daytime sound map.
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