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DAYTIME SOUNDMAP RECORDINGS

Sound recordings featuring Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Kensington

Scrubs Lane waste depot. Location: By the waste depot on Scrubs Lane immediately north of the Grand Union Canal. Description: Constant growling noise made by machinery in the waste depot along with the clatter of various items of rubbish being somehow hurled about; passing traffic on Scrubs Lane; a waste depot worker calls out briefly; the growling noise ceases; a car horn beeps. Duration: 2:50. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 21 May 2017. Time of day: 3pm.

Scarsdale Place W8 July. Location: Eastern end of Scarsdale Place, Kensington. Description: A car engine idles, slamming shut of car doors, voices of a child and adults outside a nearby hotel, footsteps, the electronic beep of a car locking system, passing traffic, wheeled luggage dragged briefly across a pavement. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 4.25pm.

Marloes Road W8 July. Location: Marloes Road by junction with St Margaret's Lane, Kensington. Description: Frequent traffic passing along Marloes Road, a man speaks loudly into his phone while sat in a car opposite, faint voices and footsteps of passersby, a youth rides a skateboard on the pavement. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 4.15pm.

Lexham Gardens W8 July. Location: Eastern arm of Lexham Gardens, Kensington. Description: Traffic, an electronic reverse tone from a delivery lorry, a man cries out briefly, a scrubbing noise from further along the street, airplane drone, indistinct voices and sounds of desultory activity. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 4.10pm.

Pennant Mews W8 July. Location: Halfway along Pennant Mews, Kensington. Description: Constant traffic in the distance, the rush of an aircon unit, noise of a van being unloaded, voices of two women close by. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 4.05pm.

Cromwell Road SW5 July. Location: Cromwell Road between junctions with Earls Court Road and Marloes Road, Kensington. Description: Loud constant traffic on Cromwell Road. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 4pm.

Earls Court Road W8 July. Location: Earls Court Road by Pembroke Square, Kensington. Description: Frequent traffic along Earls Court Road including a bus and heavy goods vehicles, voices and faint footsteps of passersby, music from a car heard briefly and indistinctly. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.50pm.

Pater Street W8 July. Location: Halfway along Pater Street, Kensington. Description: Traffic on Earls Court Road, a car passes by along Pater Street playing music, faint voices in the mid-distance, a front door slams shut, footsteps, the clink of a bottle. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.45pm.

Pembroke Mews W8 July. Location: Pembroke Mews, Kensington. Description: Footsteps and voices of passersby, constant hum of nearby aircon units, car doors slam, faint voices of adults and children at a nearby infants' school, distant traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.40pm.

Pembroke Gardens Close W8 July. Location: Halfway along Pembroke Gardens Close, Kensington. Description: Distant traffic, faint light aircraft drone, noise of a power saw further along the Close, voices of a woman and child heard indistinctly from a nearby house, banging noises. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.30pm.

South Edwardes Square W8 July. Location: Western end of South Edwardes Square, Kensington. Description: Distant traffic, faint birdsong, a van door slams shut, two men talk as they walk by, several tradesmens' vans pass in succession, airplane drone, the noise of a power tool in the mid-distance. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.25pm.

Earls Terrace W8 July. Location: Halfway along Earls Terrace, Kensington. Description: Loud constant traffic on Kensington High Street, the wind stirs nearby foliage, a tapping sound nearby as a workman inspects a drain cover. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.20pm.

St Mary Abbots Place W14 July. Location: Sound end of St Mary Abbot's Place, Kensington. Description: Distant traffic, power tools heard in the mid-distance, faint birdsong, a car reverses slowly into a private garage, indistinct voices heard briefly, slamming of car doors. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3.10pm.

Kensington High Street W14 July. Location: Unnamed new road leading into the 375 Kensington High Street development. Description: Constant traffic on Kensington High Street with emergency services siren at the beginning, bangs and noise of power tools on a large building site immediately to the south, airplane drone, a bell rings briefly. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 3pm.

Pembroke Road W8 July. Location: Pembroke Road about 70 yards west of the junction with Warwick Road, Kensington. Description: Traffic on Pembroke Road and Warwick Road, a van starts up nearby and drives off, shuffling footsteps and voices of passersby, a car door slams. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 2.50pm.

Beckford Close W14 July. Location: North end of Beckford Close, Kensington. Description: Noise of aircon units from offices in the mid-distance, distant traffic with emergency services siren, voices of people in a nearby flat, a metallic clattering sound heard briefly. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 July 2015. Time of day: 2.45pm.

Stratford Road W8 February. Location: Stratford Road opposite junction with Radley Mews, west London. Description: Voices and footsteps of passersby emerging from a cafe and a health club, traffic in mid-distance, airplane drone, slamming of car doors. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.30pm.

Pembroke Square W8 February. Location: South side of Pembroke Square, west London. Description: Distant traffic, a man sweeps the street, power tool noise from a nearby house renovation, slamming of car doors in the square, indistinct voices, helicopter drone, squawking of a ring-necked parakeet. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.05pm.

Pembroke Road W8 February. Location: North side of Pembroke Road near junction with Pembroke Villas, west London. Description: Loud traffic passing close by, airplane drone, footsteps of a passerby, a hissing sound from a compressor or pump, a car pulls up outside flats opposite and a man gets out, faint voices. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.10pm.

Logan Place W8 February. Location: Logan Place, west London. Description: A car drives past, airplane drone, distant traffic, faint sound of sawing, a quiet machine hum. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.15pm.

Lexham Mews W8 February. Location: Lexham Mews, west London. Description: Airplane drone, sounds of activity from a house close by, a bird flies overhead, a crow caws, traffic in mid-distance, voices of an approaching couple. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.20pm.

Lexham Gardens W8 February. Location: West end of Lexham Gardens, west London. Description: Distant traffic, clattering noises from street cleaners at work, faint sound of a power tool, airplane drone, a dustcart drives by. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.25pm.

Iverna Gardens W8 February. Location: North end of Iverna Gardens, west London. Description: Distant traffic noise from Kensington High Street, airplane drone, footsteps from occasional passersby, hammering, a man empties a litter bin, brief whistling, faint voices. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.40pm.

Edwardes Square W8 February. Location: North side of Edwardes Square, west London. Description: Faint airplane and helicopter drone, birdsong, a group of three men talk among themselves as they pass by. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 1.55pm.

Allen Street W8 February. Location: Allen Street at junction with Scarsdale Villas, west London. Description: Airplane drone, birdsong, vehicles pass along Allen Street, more distant traffic, faint sounds of street cleaners at work, constant aircon hum. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2015. Time of day: 2.35pm.

Adam and Eve Mews W8 April. Location: Adam and Eve Mews off Kensington High Street, west London. Description: Fairly quiet auditory scene with traffic passing along Kensington High Street 2–300 yards to the north, voices of people sitting on a roof terrace overlooking the mews. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 21 April 2013. Time of day: 3.40pm.

Lexham Gardens W8 April. Location: North side of Lexham Gardens, west London. Description: Fairly quiet auditory scene with a jogger running past, the door of a house slams shut, faint voices, a child at play in the private fenced-in gardens, birdsong, occasional traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 21 April 2013. Time of day: 2.25pm.

Warwick Gardens W8 April. Location: Warwick Gardens near junction with Pembroke Gardens, west London. Description: Traffic rushes along Warwick Gardens, a police car passes while sounding its siren, faint footsteps as someone crosses the road. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 21 April 2013. Time of day: 1.40pm.

Abingdon Road W8 April. Location: Junction of Abingdon Road and Abingdon Villas, west London. Description: Voices and clattering sounds from a nearby restaurant, occasional passing traffic, slamming of car doors, a taxi drives off. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 21 April 2013. Time of day: 3.15pm.

Kensington High Street W8 April. Location: Kensington High Street near junction with Abingdon Road, west London. Description: Loud traffic with buses and cars close by, voices and footsteps of passersby. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 21 April 2013. Time of day: 1.15pm.

Antiques arcade Portobello Road. Location: Inside an antiques arcade off Portobello Road, west London. Description: Atmosphere recorded inside one of the antiques arcades off Portobello Road. The arcade consists of a warren of passageways lined with traders' booths. The recording starts and ends with the bustle of the street outside. In between are the voices of the traders and their customers, and a man tries out a violin before deciding whether to buy it. Duration: 2:40. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 February 2013. Time of day: 3.15pm.

Holland Park voices. Location: Near Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington. Description: Voices of clusters of people out in the sunshine in Holland Park. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 18 August 2012. Time of day: 4.15pm.

Shepherds Bush Market voices. Location: Shepherds Bush Market, west London. Description: Voices of shoppers and stallholders recorded while walking southwards through the market. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 28 July 2012. Time of day: 1pm.

Shepherds Bush Westfield voices. Location: Westfield shopping centre, Shepherds Bush, west London Description: Voices and footsteps of Westfield shoppers, faint clattering noises from nearby cafes and restaurants. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 28 July 2012. Time of day: 1.30pm.

Regents Canal Little Venice. Location: West side of Little Venice, north of Paddington. Description: A narrowboat's propeller churns the water as the boat makes a turn, background traffic with emergency services siren. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 15 July 2011. Time of day: 6.15am.

Grand Union Harrow Road. Location: By the footbridge between Harrow Road and Kensal Road, west London. Description: Constant traffic on Harrow Road, music from a cafe by the canal, a man talks loudly on his mobile phone, sound of hammering in the distance. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 June 2011. Time of day: 2.30pm.

Grand Union Westway. Location: Under the Westway a short distance east of the Great Western Road, west London. Description: Constant, loud traffic from the Westway overhead, a curious hollow tone sounds briefly from 0:22, source unknown. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 June 2011. Time of day: 2.45pm.

Grand Union Westbourne Green. Location: By Westbourne Green Open Space, west London. Description: Voices of children from Westbourne Open Space and of drinkers at The Waterway pub on the opposite side of the canal, birdsong, traffic passing along the Westway. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 June 2011. Time of day: 3pm.

Pink Floyd Westfield. Location: Westfield shopping centre, Shepherds Bush. west London. Description: Echoing interior ambience with hubbub of shoppers' voices, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here plays over a PA before fading out to make way for a more blandly upbeat tune. Duration: 2:35. Recorded by: Michael Gallagher. Recording date: January 2011. Time of day: Not known.

Hammersmith Library. Location: Hammersmith public library, Shepherd's Bush Road. Description: Constant tapping on keyboards by visitors using the library's computers, faint voices and other sounds within the library, traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2010. Time of day: 4pm.

Grand Union Canal Kensal Green. Location: By the Grand Union Canal, opposite Kensal Green cemetery. Description: Brief aircraft noise, birdsong from trees flanking the canal, occasional calls from ducks, distant traffic. Duration: 1:34. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 6 February 2010. Time of day: 1.30pm.

Notting Hill pub 1984. Location: A pub near the Notting Hill Carnival area. Description: Pub ambience with a group of men discussing buying football tickets. Duration: 0:55. Recorded by: Cameron McNall. Recording date: August 1984. Time of day: Not known.

Maison Souss Shepherds Bush. Location: Inside Maison Souss, an Algerian-run coffee shop overlooking Shepherds Bush Green. Description: A man opposite stirs his tall glass of coffee, staff and customers' voices in conversation, sounds of the coffee machine, an oscillating hum from the air conditioning system. Duration: 1:06. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 15 August 2009. Time of day: 9.45pm.

Shepherd and his flock. Location: Inside the 'Shepherd and his flock' pub on Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush. Description: Laughter, voices and recorded music playing inside this small pub. A man orders drinks from the barmaid. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 15 August 2009. Time of day: 9.15pm.

Portobello Road. Location: Portobello Road, west London. Description: "A walk through the Portobello Road street market in London, summer, 2004. Lots of crowd noise, a street vendor at the beginning ("'ave a look!"), a train passing overhead in the middle of the clip, and a number of people talking as they passed me. Many of them were talking Russian, for some reason. Music from a vendor's boom box in the background of the last half." – barredowl Duration: 2:47. Recorded by: barredowl. Recording date: Summer 2004. Time of day: Not known.

North along Portobello Road. Location: Walking north along Portobello Road, reaching the Westway by the end of the recording. Description: A man sings briefly, footsteps and voices of passersby, music from bars and nightclubs, metallic clattering from men clearing away market stalls near the Westway, occasional traffic. Duration: 2:19. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 June 2009. Time of day: Around 11pm.

TQ 2439 8067. Location: OS grid reference TQ 2439 8067. Lansdowne Road, near junction with Lansdowne Rise. Description: A residential street of large houses. Traffic in the distance, and sounds from a building site further down the road, and a noise like brakes squealing from somewhere else. A car passes nearby along Lansdowne Rise. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 June 2009. Time of day: 3.30pm.

Shepherds Bush market. Location: Shepherds Bush market, walking due south from Uxbridge Road. Description: Traffic sounds from Uxbridge Road recede and shoppers are heard thanking a stallholder. Electronic noises from a toy stall, a Hammersmith and City line train passes along the viaduct which bounds the west side of the market, then indistinct background sounds. A quiet day at the market. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2009. Time of day: 2.00pm.

Westfield shopping centre. Location: Westfield shopping centre main hall, Shepherds Bush Description: Walking through the main hall of the new Westfield shopping centre, a sentimental pop song plays over a PA and recedes, replaced by music coming from inside shop units and the voices and footsteps of shoppers. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2009. Time of day: 1:00pm.

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