London Street Noises – Historical Soundwalk at Beauchamp place

Event details

2020-09-20 10:00
10:00 UTC

An armchair soundwalk in Beauchamp Place – London – on Sunday the 20th of September at 11.00am
Please join our online Zoom meeting at this address – Password: y0Ztn8

Please note that this online meeting will be recorded for future sharing on our Youtube channel. If you do not want to appear on video but still want to attend the event and interact via the audio connection or the chatbox to ask questions, please simply do not switch on your webcam. A Recording Disclaimer will also appear on your screen when the recording starts.

Cost: FREE


In September of 1928 five locations across central London were recorded by a team from Columbia Records led by Commander Daniel and supported by the Daily Mail. The project was prompted by a pressing concern for the impact on health and wellbeing from traffic noise. As well as traffic sounds of the day accompanied by the occasional busker, on the recordings we hear the voice of Commander Daniel who provides an opinionated commentary on the unnecessary noises of the city.

On Sunday the 20th of September at 11.00am, we will host an armchair soundwalk in Beauchamp Place – London through a Zoom online meeting, to talk you through this fascinating project and bring you on a journey on our soundscape time machine. You`ll be able to listen to recordings of different eras and compare them with the live soundscape of the day. Please join using good quality headphones or earbuds for the best listening experience.

Project developed by:
-Aysegul Yildirim, John Drever & Mattia Cobianchi from Goldsmiths University Sound Practice Research Group
-Carmen Rosas Pérez from Heriot-Watt University

Mattia Cobianchi

Mattia Cobianchi

I`m an acoustic and transducer engineer, with a professional life in audio and an academic life in adaptive soundscape composition thanks to a doctoral collaborative award at Goldsmiths University of London. I`m interested in everything related to vibrat...

John Levack Drever

SWS Advisory Board 2021 SWS Grand Jury 2022 SWS Grand Jury 2023

Operating at the intersection of acoustics, audiology, urban design, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound. He has a...

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