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THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY - Thames

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Persistence of Sound PS003
Release Year: 2020
Note: eight "pure" field recording pieces captured by IAN RAWES for his LONDON SOUND SURVEY online project, focused on Thames River sites: Tower Bridge (the lifting from inside, north and south side plus machine room), the wildlife of the Allhallows Marshes during day and night, interesting sounds at the docklands, etc.. - mirroring the different sound scopes along the river in a great, often almost musical, way..
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Thames presents diverse sound interactions along the River Thames that surprise with their musicality. As we travel from central London to the rivers furthest estuary, it feels like were travelling back in time. We hear the sounds of nature and industry in competition, from the pitched, quasi-musical sound of Tower Bridge lifting up, to the marsh frogs of Allhallows.

This collection of field recordings by the London Sound Survey brings the Thames to life through sound. Over many years Ian Rawes has made an audio mosaic reflecting this extraordinary landscape, from Tower Bridge to estuarine marshes and a now-lost oil refinery, allowing listeners a unique insight into the experience of these places. Rachel Lichtenstein, author of Estuary: out from London to the sea (Penguin, 2016)

Since 2008, Ian Rawes London Sound Survey has documented the changing sound of the UKs capital through a huge array of new field recordings, capturing every aspect of London life. Ian began making field recordings of London street life partly because he believed the citys rate of change was quickening.

The London Sound Survey went online in 2009 and has grown since to include much sound-related historical material as well as over 2,000 modern-day recordings. As the project has progressed, the soundworld of London has changed, with familiar sounds becoming extinct imperceptibly, never to be heard again.