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DAYTIME SOUNDMAP RECORDINGS

Sound recordings featuring Hampstead, Tufnell Park and Camden

Pancras Square fountains. Location: Recorded while walking slowly northwards across Pancras Square near Pancras Road, Kings Cross. Description: Voices of people sitting outside the bars and restaurants lining Pancras Square; footsteps; occasional clatter of cutlery; noise of the tiered fountains in the square. Duration: 1:47. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 14th October 2017. Time of day: 4.30 pm.

Kings Cross Square. Location: Kings Cross Square, outside Kings Cross station, Euston Road. Description: Voices, footsteps, station announcements from the Kings Cross station building, a skateboarder leaps and propels himself around the square, traffic growing louder. Recorded while walking from west to east across the square. Duration: 2:34. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 12 February 2015. Time of day: 7pm.

Queen Marys Gardens Regents Park. Location: Regents Park. Description: Continual rumble of distinct traffic, birdsong close by and calls of waterfall further away, footsteps on a path, indistinct voices heard briefly. Duration: 3:35. Recorded by: Jonathan Prior. Recording date: 14 February 2013. Time of day: 4:20pm.

Fountain Regents Park. Location: The Broadwalk, Regent's Park. Description: Close-up recording of a fountain, indistinct voices of adults and a child heard in the background. Duration: 3:00. Recorded by: Jonathan Prior. Recording date: 14 February 2013. Time of day: 4.05pm.

Boating lake Regents Park. Location: Regents Park, central London. Description: Ambient recording of the boating lake in Regents Park from a footbridge. Duration: 4:00. Recorded by: Jonathan Prior. Recording date: 14 February 2013. Time of day: 4.45pm.

Kings Cross station. Location: Kings Cross station. Description: Recording made while walking through the station from the Pancras Road entrance to the York Way entrance. Voices and footsteps, announcements, rumble of trains' engines. Duration: 2:55. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 October 2012. Time of day: 4.20pm.

Somerstown voices. Location: Chalton Street, Somerstown, north London. Description: Recorded while walking northwards along Chalton Street: voices of shoppers, market stallholders and people sitting at tables outside two cafes. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 17 August 2012. Time of day: 12.50pm.

Alexandra Road estate Camden. Location: Alexandra Road estate, South Hampstead/Camden, north London. Description: Recording while walking westwards through the Alexandra Road estate. Children playing on the walkway, a man fixes a windowframe with a power tool, a mother calls her child in, passing trains and aircraft drone. Duration: 3:10. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 22 July 2012. Time of day: 4.15pm.

Euston Station Plaza. Location: The plaza on the south side of Euston railway station. Description: Footsteps and rattle of wheeled luggage, bystanders' voices, a station announcement, distant traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 24 February 2012. Time of day: 6.50pm.

Regents Canal Camden. Location: Near the Oval Road bridge, Camden. Description: Faint cries of seagulls, distant traffic, a train heads north from Euston station. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 15 July 2011. Time of day: 7.20am.

Regents Canal London Zoo. Location: By the Regent's Canal next to the Snowdon aviary, London Zoo. Description: A magpie chatters, background traffic, calls from birds in the Snowdon aviary. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 15 July 2011. Time of day: 7am.

British Library at 8am. Location: Third floor of the British Library at St Pancras. Description: Cleaners and kitchen staff tidying up and preparing a coffee machine. Clatter of chairs being moved, descending tone of the coffee machine, air conditioning. Duration: 1:01. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 February 2011. Time of day: 8am.

Chalton Street Somerstown. Location: Chalton Street near junction with Polygon Road. Description: Yells of children from a nearby school, a crow caws, workmen pull a trolley along the road, a man talks in a nearby flat. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 14 February 2011. Time of day: 2.30pm.

Camley Street Natural Park. Location: Camley Street Natural Park, overlooking the Regent's Canal. Description: Rushing of water from the canal locks to the north, traffic, a train passes, faint birdsong and honking of geese. Duration: 1:30. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 14 February 2011. Time of day: 1.30pm.

Camden Lock. Location: By Camden Lock on the Regents Canal, north London. Description: A pleasure cruiser slows to pass under the footbridge leading to Camden Market, faint of cries of seagulls, bystanders' voices. Duration: 2:29. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 December 2010. Time of day: 3pm.

Double Six cafe Euston. Location: Double Six cafe, Eversholt Street, Euston. Description: Hissing of the Still water boiler, sounds of plates and cutlery, customers' voices. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2010. Time of day: 11.30am.

Swiss Cottage Library. Location: Swiss Cottage public library. Description: Constant, deep humming of air conditioning, faint voices and other sounds inside the library, traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2010. Time of day: 2pm.

Camden Town Library. Location: Camden Town public library, Eversholt Street. Description: Fairly quiet library ambience with occasional voices of staff, a child's voice, bangs of doors opening and closing, faint air conditioning sound and traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2010. Time of day: Noon.

Stables market Camden. Location: Walking through the Stables market, Camden Description: Women working at Thai and Vietnamese food stalls try to encourage passersby to sample small trays of noodles and curry, loud music from a CD stall at the market entrance. Duration: 2:23. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 March 2010. Time of day: 4.15pm.

Pembroke Arms Primrose Hill. Location: Pembroke Arms pub, Primrose Hill, north London Description: Saturday afternoon ambience inside the Pembroke Arms pub. Loud conversation from all around in a busy, high-ceilinged pub. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 March 2010. Time of day: 3.30pm.

At St Pancras International. Location: First Capital Connect platforms, St Pancras International train station. Description: A train leaves from the First Capital Connect platforms for Bedford at about 17.20 on 30/12/09 and then various announcements are heard - recording ceases abruptly when your recordist realises that he has 3 minutes to race up three stories to the East Midlands Trains platforms to catch his train ... Duration: 1:22. Recorded by: Ben Cripps. Recording date: 30 December 2009. Time of day: 5.20pm.

Squirrel monkeys London Zoo. Location: Inside the monkey enclosure at London Zoo, Regent's Park. Description: Thin, high-pitched squeals of black-capped squirrel monkeys and some rustling sounds as they climb around a bush to get a better look at the recordist. Duration: 0:35. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 November 2009. Time of day: 11am.

Reptile house London Zoo. Location: Inside the Reptile House at London Zoo, Regent's Park. Description: Footsteps and echoing voices of children and adults inside the Reptile House. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 November 2009. Time of day: 12 noon.

Hyacinth macaws London Zoo. Location: By the Parrot House, London Zoo, Regent's Park. Description: Throaty squawking and croaking of Hyacinth macaws as they clamber around the wire mesh of their aviary. Deeper, echoing calls of unseen macaws from inside a building to the rear of the aviary, and high-pitched trilling of starlings, which have invaded the parrots' home in large numbers. Duration: 1:11. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 November 2009. Time of day: 10.30am.

Camden High Street. Location: Parkway, Camden High Street, and Camden tube. Description: Sounds of Saturday night revellers: shouts and conversations, a scooter buzzes past, music from shops and nightclubs, a bottle clatters down some steps at Camden Underground station. Extracts edited together from a longer recording. Duration: 2:32. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: November 2008. Time of day: 10.30pm.

TQ 2835 8447. Location: OS reference TQ 2835 8447. Behind Hardington Flats at top of Belmont Street. Description: Distant traffic, a warehouse door slams, pigeons cooing, a phone rings in a nearby flat. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 17 February 2009. Time of day: 2.30pm.

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