Treetop walkway Kew Gardens. Location: Kew Gardens, south-west London. Description: Recorded while walking a circuit of the Treetop Walkway in Kew Gardens, south-west London. The walkway is about 60 feet/18 meters high and surfaced in perforated sheet metal which makes the clattering sounds you can hear as people walk over it. The planes are bound for Heathrow a few miles to the west. Duration: 3:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2013. Time of day: 4pm.
River Brent barge shed. Location: Disused barge shed by the Commerce Road industrial estate, Brentford. Description: Echoing sounds inside the barge shed, with calls of ducklings, a plop as the mother duck dives underwater, aircraft drone, hammering in distance. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 6 August 2011. Time of day: 6pm.
River Brent Glaxo HQ. Location: By the GlaxoSmithKline offices near Boston Manor Park, west London. Description: Constant sound of machinery at the side of the office building, faint rush and splash of an ornamental water feature that runs into the Brent, loud traffic with siren. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 6 August 2011. Time of day: 5.50pm.
River Brent under the M4. Location: Under the M4 motorway near Boston Manor, west London. Description: Muffled sound of traffic passing along the motorway overhead, a coot calls, faint jingling from a chain as a walker approaches with his dog. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 6 August 2011. Time of day: 5.30pm.
Great Conservatory Syon House. Location: Inside the Great Conservatory at Syon House, Brentford Description: Visitors walk through the Great Conservatory, jet planes fly overhead bound for Heathrow, a constant hum from a small wall-mounted transformer. Duration: 2:46. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 August 2010. Time of day: 2.45pm.
TQ 1647 7688. Location: OS grid reference TQ 1647 7688. Quaker's Lane, a broad alleyway running off London Road near the junction with Spur Road. Description: Vehicles pass along London Road, a few dozen yards away. Aeroplane drone and voices of children walking along Quaker's Lane, who pause then run past the sound recordist, who is in motionless 'living statue' mode. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 May 2009. Time of day: 1.30pm.
Brentford boatyards. Location: Brentford boatyards at the mouth of the River Brent. Description: Arc-welding equipment, drilling sounds from further away, honking of Canada geese, indistinct cries and shouts from boatyard workers, and airplane drone. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2009. Time of day: 11.00am.
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