Artist Stitches Together A Soundscape Of London
The London Sound Survey is a project devoted to picking up and combining noises found from all over London
A picture says a thousand words, but the sounds of London register subtle shades and tones missed by a photograph. As a result, Ian Rawes created the London Sound Survey website where over 60 hours of 2,000 recordings of various locations from all over London are stored, creating a living soundscape.
Rawes first thought of this idea back when he was a storeman at the British Library Sound Archive.
The sounds found on the website vary from those collected at a noisy clothes market to ones found at a train station. The website has a general sound map of London with various grids. Clicking on a numbered grid opens a media player where the name of the grid square is given, the date and time of the recording are listed, along with a description of the sounds, who recorded them and any additional notes.