Stationary DLR train Beckton. Location: Beckton Docklands Light Railway station, east London. Description: Humming, droning noises inside a stationary DLR train, automated platform announcements. Duration: 2:45. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 29 December 2014. Time of day: 3.45pm.
Asda entrance Beckton. Location: Outside the Asda supermarket, Tollgate Road, Beckton. Description: Constant clattering of shopping trolleys, voices of shoppers as they pass in and out of the supermarket, beeping from hole-in-the-wall cash machines, footsteps, distant traffic. Duration: 3:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 29 December 2014. Time of day: 3.30pm.
Northern outfall sewer Gallions Reach. Location: By the Thames at Gallions Reach, Docklands, east London. Description: Distant traffic, echoing sound of water trickling and slashing around in the outfall sewer immediately beneath the mic position, a plane takes off from London City Airport, a pulsating mechanical hum, a crow caws. Duration: 2:29. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 March 2014. Time of day: 2.30pm.
Woolwich foot tunnel. Location: Mid-way along the Woolwich foot tunnel running underneath the Thames. Description: Rumbling echoing sounds in the Woolwich foot tunnel on a Saturday afternoon. Occasional footsteps of pedestrians, a man approaches playing music on a mobile phone or small radio. Duration: 2:30. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 9 March 2013. Time of day: Mid-afternoon.
Albert Basin Docklands. Location: By the Thames at the gates to the Albert Basin, Beckton/North Woolwich. Description: A strong wind blows and causes metal fittings to clatter against nearby flagpoles. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 May 2012. Time of day: Noon.
Creekmouth Barking. Location: Creekmouth Open Space, by the Barking Creek flood gate. Description: A strong breeze stirs bullrushes; to the immediate north, sounds of heavy machinery from factories and scrapyards. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 4 November 2009. Time of day: 12.30pm.
TQ 4419 8067. Location: OS reference 4419 8067. This point was in the middle of a mysterious industrial estate surrounded by a high fence, hence unreachable. The recording was made around 450 feet due east, on a track by the river. Description: Cries of birds over the Thames and faint wind noise - very quiet. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 18 March 2009. Time of day: 10.30am.
Woolwich ferry. Location: On the ramp leading to the Woolwich ferry, south side of the Thames. Description: Sounds of car and lorry engines turning over as the Woolwich ferry docks at the south side of the Thames. Cries of seagulls, which are then echoed in the wailing of a siren as the ferry gates are raised. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 12 February 2009. Time of day: Early afternoon.
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