Ashley Elsdon: Recordings
By Ashley Elsdon: Recordings
Ashley Elsdon: RecordingsApr 02, 2023
The sound of rain
We had some heavy rain, which is a sound I have always enjoyed. So I recorded it with my zoom h2n.
Train to Pontefract Tanshelf
I recorded this on a train from Wakefield Westgate to Pontefract Tanshelf. Only a journey of 20 minutes, but filled with sounds.
Inside the Pallant Gallery Chichester 16 2 23
I was in this gallery at an exhibition on the Sussex landscapes. It was quite good overall, so I thought I'd record a short amount of the sonic landscape in the gallery.
Sound of the river 20 2 23
This is actually three recordings of the river Thames taken in the morning, midday and afternoon on the 20th of Feb.
Broken lift announcement
When you listen to this you might not know what it is. I was walking in to a local station and I heard this. It was actually the lift to the platform. Normally it would announce 'platform' when it gets to the platform, but something was obviously broken and all it was doing was repeating 'pla, pla, pla, pla, pla, pla, pla, pla'. I was in something of a rush so I was only able to grab a few seconds of it, but I thought it was really good.
Recorded with an Apple Watch.
Sounds of the river thames 13 2 23 (morning)
I tend to be in this location once a week and I seem to have fallen into a pattern of standing and looking at the river and recording the sounds there.
A building site near St Paul's Cathedral
I was walking to an event and I could hear this even with noise cancelling headphones on it was so loud. It's only a very short recording, but I thought I'd share it.
Recorded with an apple watch.
A chatty train guard on the train from Reigate
I've met this guard on the train before. He is so helpful and cheerful he makes even the most mundane trip seem good. He was chatting on this trip and I managed to record a little of him
Sounds by the river
I made this recording by the Thames, kind of halfway between London Bridge and Cannon Street. It was a bright day and there were people around and tourist boats coming down the river and building work going on.
It was recorded on an Apple Watch.
Making coffee quite slowly
I got this new espresso maker at Christmas and I've been meaning to try it out for a while now. Today was the day and I decided to record the sound of it, or, to be more precise, the entire process. The very loud sound at the beginning is me grinding the beans.
I recorded this yesterday during what can only be described as a torrential downpour. Which was lovely to hear and even better not to be in it.
Boxing day always seems to be a time for playing games. This was a particularly noisy game called 'pit' and as members of my family were playing it I thought I would record them all shouting.
The mice on the mouse organ
If you can remember Bagpuss the cartoon you will probably remember the mice on the mouse organ. This is their song which I recorded from a Bagpuss toy.
A hand towel dispenser
I was out for dinner and used the bathroom in the pub we were eating in. The hand towel dispenser made an interesting noise, so I recorded myself using it. This is very short, but I hope you like it.
We have had a lot of rain so far this November, and some of it very heavy indeed. I recorded this in a heavy downpour.
You are caller number ...
This is a very short recording I took whilst waiting to speak to my local GP practice, and I'd been on the line for a while before I recorded this.
I heard this during a phone call and asked for a recording of it. I really like how creaky it is.
Loud in London
I recorded this on Monday in the City. The area felt a lot louder than normal for some reason. It is mostly traffic noise, and I have no idea why it was busier and more noisy than I am used to on that day.
The sound of a squeaky lift
This is a very short recording from a hotel lift in Edinburgh. Every time I pressed the button for the floor I wanted it made this sound. A bit like a squeaky toy. I found it hilarious so I had to record it.
The Ferry from Craignure to Oban
We took this ferry back from Craignure to Oban I made a recording of the safety warning, which was quite extensive.
The Edinburgh Tram
The tram from Edinburgh airport to the city centre is an excellent service, and, more than that, it has some lovely noises too. If you listen carefully you can hear a discussion about the smell of muck spreading very early in the recording, and it was very pungent I can tell you.
Drumming in Edinburgh
I was at the Edinburgh Fringe, and, whilst it felt like a smaller festival than it has been in the past, there were still many of the usual features, such as people performing on the street. Either to promote a show, or just to perform.
In this case these performers were promoting a show I think. They were very good.
The souls of departed commuters screaming
Ok, the title of this recording is a little misleading. This is the sound of the tube from Stockwell to St Pancras. The person I was travelling with asked why the tube made this horrible wailing sound, and I replied 'It's the sound of dead commuters screaming'. It was kind of off the cuff, but the sound does make me think of wailing souls.
Children playing football
I had a few moments and took a walk around a small park in London, listening to the sounds of people, dogs etc. As I was walking there was a bunch of children playing football. I think it was organised, at least as much as that gets. But it was a pleasant sound, so pushed record on my watch.
I hope you enjoy it, even though it is brief.
A bit more brass band
Some more of the brass band at Sanderstead Horticultural show
The sound of Sanderstead Horticultural Show
This is a recording of just the general ambience from the show.
A brass band at the Sanderstead Horticultural show
A brass band at the Sanderstead Horticultural show. This local event has been postponed for a couple of years for obvious reasons, so it was great to see it return.
And here is the actual choir
If you listened to the previous recording this will make sense. This is the choir I could hear from inside the pharmacy. They were singing for a charity, but I couldn't tell you which one sadly.
They were quite good.
Half listening to a charity choir from inside Boots the chemist
I was aware that they were there, not far from the automatic door, and every time it opened you got a burst of this really quite lovely singing.
Over the weekend we had some heavy rain and I decided to record it using my Zoom H2n. You can hear that the rain tapers off, but it was a good downpour.
More watering in the garden
Another recording of watering in the garden
Watering the garden
As we have been having a spell of hot weather I have been watering the garden. I thought I would make a little recording of it.
A cranky lift
I recorded this using my Apple Watch in the lift at one of the offices that I work in. It makes a lovely grinding sound.
More road repairs
This is another very brief recording from last month. Once again using an Apple Watch to record.
The sound of road repairs (1)
I recorded this last month as I was walking by some road repairs. The only recorder I had to hand was my Apple Watch. So I used that. It's only a very short recording, but I hope you enjoy it.
A bit of a storm
This was actually recorded a little while ago, in March actually, but I've only just got to uploading it. Also, you might notice that I say that the recording is an hour long. Well the original was, but it was too big to upload so I cut it down to something a bit more manageable.
Electric shutters in Southwark
Before I tell you about this recording it is worth explaining that I have changed the format of the podcast. Now there's a little introduction (spoken) from me and some intro and exit music too. I will probably experiment with the format over time, but please let me know if you like it, or hate it, or anything in-between.
This is a recording that I have tried to get for about three weeks now. It is of some automated window shutters in Southwark (London). But every time I either miss it, or there is too much other noise for it to be a worthwhile recording. This one is not perfect, but it is the best so far, even though it is quite short. I expect to try again though!
I hope you enjoy it.
A choir singing in Winchester Cathedral
I recorded this at Winchester Cathedral on the 22nd of January 2022.
The natural reverb of the building contributed to the beauty of the singing, but made the introduction a little difficult to hear, and that is certainly apparent on the recording.
I hope you enjoy this.
Taking the train to Winchester
This is short part of a longer recording of a train journey to Winchester over the weekend. Having reviewed the whole recording I thought that just the first couple of minutes was worth posting.
The train itself was much more noisy than the local trains I normally find myself on, which is why I thought I would record it.
Metal gates at the allotment
This is another recording from last weekend at the allotment. I liked the sound that locking and unlocking the gates made, so I recorded it. This is only a short recording, but I find it quite satisfying.
At the allotment
This recording was made over the weekend at the allotment. The site sits between two railway lines, which is why you can hear the sound of trains quite frequently. It was around the middle of the morning on Saturday and very quiet up there, which is normal at this time of year.
I like this recording, I hope you will too.
Another train journey
This is a recording of another local train journey. It was around 8pm in the evening and there were very few people on the train so most of what you hear is just the announcements and the sound of the train itself.
The Sound of Bristol Cathedral Bells
I was in Bristol over the weekend and of course took my recorder with me. I heard the bells from the hotel and took the opportunity to record a few minutes. I hope you like it.
A coffee shop
I missed a train and had a half hour to kill, so I spent it in a coffee shop I had never been in before.
Journeys on trains
Yesterday I had to make a few journeys on local trains, so I took the opportunity to make some recordings.
I got this for Christmas and I like the sound it makes, so I made a short recording of it.
Some sounds from Deptford Market
This is another old recording that I found recently. These three recordings were taken in the market near the station and outside the Albany. These were recorded back in 2017. I hope you enjoy them.
Vintage engines from 2013
I was going through some old audio files and I found this recording of some of the cars in the vintage car rally from 2013. Some parts of this are great. There are some really interesting sounds in there.
Sounds from Kings Wood
Kings Wood is a very old, if small wood. It is only a few miles from where I live, so, today, I walked there and spent some time trudging around and occasionally stopping to listen. When I did stop and listen I recorded these sounds.
There are four clips from different parts of the wood. The third is a recording of me walking through leaves and mud.
I haven't managed to post a lot of sounds this year. But I plan to change that going forward. In part because I want to record more and to use that as a way of remembering my friend Ian Rawes. He was an inspiration to me and a prolific field recorder.
He is greatly missed.
The rain and the thunder
Thunder is one of my favourite sounds. I recorded this yesterday at home during a downpour.
After too many days of baking hot weather we got some rain, and it made a nice sound too. So I set my recorder to capture it for a while. I hope you enjoy it.
I made this recording yesterday whilst spending a few brief moments on Winchelsea beach. It was beautiful and very peaceful. Just before the heavens opened.
Walk in the snow
Taking my normal morning walk in the mornings but on the 8th there had been snow, and, as I was walking the snow started again. I love the stillness that snowfall brings. I also enjoy the crunch of it underfoot.
I hope you'll enjoy this recording.
I got a new coffee bean grinder, which inspired me to record the entire process of making a cup of coffee from start to finish.
Just a walk to the shops and back again
Whilst we are all in lock down again finding interesting sounds is not that easy. Everyday sounds are all around us and sometimes comforting, sometimes not.
This is just me walking to the shops and back again. But I thought I would publish it, if for no other reason than to start publishing this podcast again.
The Silent Space at Sheffield Park
Sheffield Park was wet yesterday, but even so it was lovely to walk around it. I ventured into a part of the park that I've never been in before. It was so peaceful and restful. I recorded just a minute of it with my iPhone as I didn't have my zoom recorder with me.
The sound of the fountains at RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley is open again. I went for a walk around this lovely garden and recorded some of the fountains there. You'll find 3 distinct clips in this episode.
I hope you enjoy the sounds.
Birdsong in the morning
Some morning birdsong from my lockdown world. Quieter than it has been for years, but not for much longer I'm afraid.
More electromagnetic recordings
This time from the various appliances inside my living room.
An electromagnetic recording of my kitchen
Something a little different. I thought I'd record the electromagnetic sounds of the various appliances in my kitchen. Some interesting sounds I think. You might agree, you might not.
The sound of the British Museum
This was taken back in February at the Troy exhibition at the British Museum.
Things are very quiet
Given everything that's happening in the world I have noticed how much quieter the environment is, and that bird song has noticeably increased. Which is lovely. Here's a few minutes of where I live.
Rotary lawn mower
I was mowing the grass at paths at the allotment and I thought that the mower made a quite nice sound. So, of course, I recorded it. Sadly only briefly. Because I had to get on with actually mowing the grass!
Is that really a Christmas Carol?
This recording was taken a week before Christmas in the Whitgift Shopping Centre in Croydon. There was a school singing in the middle of the centre. So I stopped to listen, and then they started singing this, which I didn't think was terribly Christmassy, but then, what do I know? Apparently nothing.
The sound of Surrey Street Market
Another recording of Surrey Street Market. This one taken a few days before Christmas. It wasn't a weekend though, hence it isn't as busy as it could be. I hope you enjoy it.
The sound of children playing
I love the sounds of children playing happily. This recording was made recently and is a sound that always lifts my mood. So I thought I'd share it with you.
Electromagnetic Trips: Part 1 - Train Journey to London Victoria
This is a little different. I recently purchased a device called an "Ether". The device converts the electromagnetic spectrum to audible sound. It can make for a quite interesting experience. This recording is of my journey to London Victoria station. It's about 20 minutes long.
At times the audio is quite interesting, and others not so much so. This really is an experiment, and one I'll be repeating when I've found more electromagnetically interesting environments to record.
A brass band playing at the local horticultural show
I really love this annual local event. It's a lovely community focus, and they always have a brass band.
A walk through Surrey Street Market
I've recorded here on many occasions, but I like it, and I like markets in general.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
I think that this is some kind of grinding stone for flour or something. I noticed it at the Weald and Downland open air museum near Chichester just before Easter. It is a lovely place, and I'd thoroughly recommend it.
Sound of the Thames under Blackfriars Bridge
Another recording from about 3 years ago. This is the sound of the Thames under Blackfriars Bridge.
Street Drummer in Grassmarket
And another 3 year old recording. This time from Edinburgh. It was during festival time, and this guy was really good.
The Waves at Lyme Beach
This was a very windy day in 2016 on Lyme Beach. A lovely day though with some great wave.
The fountains at UAL
If you know these fountains you'll know that they work on a fluctuating rhythm. They make a really interesting sound.
This was recorded in March 2016.
Building Site Near Kings Cross
And another older recording from 2016. This was just the sound of a building site that I enjoyed listening too.
A walk through Green Park
Another older recording from around 3 years ago. This was made in Green Park in the West End of London. It was a bright day in February 2016 and a pleasant walk with not too much wind.
A trip along the Victoria line
Another older recording. This was made about 3 years ago along the Victoria line.
The Tram in Porto
This is a recording from about 4 years ago. Made in the city centre at Porto in Portugal.
A short trip on the number 38 bus
This is an older recording that I had originally made about 3 years ago.
Quiet bank holiday Monday morning
Walking through King's Cross Station
A busy station with a lot of noise and sounds.
A short walk through Borough Market
I like the sounds of markets and Borough Market is a lovely place, although it isn't quite as old fashioned as it used to be. Even so, it's got some interesting sounds.
Walking around the wellcome collection
The sound of making a cup of green tea this morning
Bus ride in Croydon
Another walk through Surrey Street Market
As you can probably tell, I like the sound of markets, and as this one is fairly local I visit reasonably regularly.
The atmosphere in St Paul's Cathedral Cafe
A brief visit to this landmark. I enjoyed the noisy general cafe atmosphere with an occasional hint in the background of the choir from the cathedral itself.
St Mary's Le Bow - A Harpsichord
Another City Church. However, this time there was a harpsichord player rehearsing in the church, which made a very special sound in that space.
St Michael Cornhill
Another very still recording inside a City church. St Michael Cornhill is small but very beautiful, and once again, I was enjoying the peaceful atmosphere there.
Peaceful in Southwark Cathedral
Enjoying the peace and stillness in this beautiful building.
On a Friday. Just walking through and enjoying the sound of a busy market at around 11am.
More office atmosphere
The sounds of the office, with some ping pong at the start.
Surrey Street Market
Another recording here, just wandering through and listening to the voices and sounds of the market.
A busker with a saxophone
We had a sudden downpour the other day. The rain was so heavy and was rather lovely to hear, so I stopped to record it for a few minutes.
General atmosphere at the walled garden restaurant
The sound of children playing
The sound from a tiny school at play time.
A short bus ride
Another walk through Surrey Street Market
A brief and somewhat quieter walk through Surrey Street Market today, but also with the tram at the end.
Some more office atmosphere
Another recording of the atmosphere in the coworking space I use occasionally.
Sounds in the Wellcome cafe
Sounds at Liverpool Street Station
Short bus ride
Another walk through Surrey Street
This time it was a much noisier market, which was good. I even caught the tram going by at the end.
Some office atmosphere
This was more of an experiment rather than anything else. I wanted to hear what it was like to listen to my environment through the medium of my field recorder.
It was an interesting experience, and quite different to just sitting there in the environment itself. Having the recorder as an interface into the sounds around me made me experience them in a very different way.
Noisy at the Science Museum London
It's always a noisy place.
A walk down Petticoat Lane
Although there isn't much left of it really, but it was on my list of market streets to visit in London, so I did. Sadly there wasn't a huge amount to record, but it's ticked off my list now.
A walk through Surrey Street Market
A short walk through the market, which was quiet. You can just hear a tram going by at the end.
Just a bus ride
A bus ride at the beginning of the year.
A brief recording from this National Trust property.
Some local demolition
I thought I'd begin this year with a sound I recorded in December. It was in the local park which backs on to an old car showroom site. The site is being redeveloped and the large car park is now being pulled down, or at least it was. Now it's gone.
This was the sound of it being pulled down.
It's Christmas time, so here's some singing
I was passing through a local shopping centre and heard this. A bunch of school children singing some kind of Christmas song. So I took a quick recording of it.
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The sound of the tram in Croydon
The sound inside the National Gallery of Scotland, Caravaggio Exhibition
A building site near Kings Cross
The sound of a pedestrian crossing in Brussels 2016
Accordion Player on the Tube
The Level Crossing in Reigate
A sax player under Southwark Bridge
Sounds of Borough Market
Sheffield Football Fans at the Bunch of Grapes near London Bridge
A pianist Playing at London Bridge Station
A tram ride from Princes Street to Edinburgh Airport
A piper at Waverley Station
The Royal Scottish Academy - Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage
The sound of a train at Waverley Station Edinburgh
An interesting drummer outside Waverley Station in Edinburgh
The Steam Clock in Gastown Vancouver
Inside the Art Gallery of Ontario
A peaceful morning on the canals
The Parade at the Schützenfest Kronach
Sound of a Canadian Freight Train Passing By
This is a recording of the freight train passing by from inside the cabin.