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Ashley Elsdon: Recordings

Ashley Elsdon: Recordings

By Ashley Elsdon: Recordings
I've been taking field recordings for years, and decided that I want to make them available to anyone who was interested in listening. For the most part this podcast will be made up of recordings I've made that I've enjoyed of found interesting. Occasionally there will be a some music too. I hope you enjoy it.
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Ashley Elsdon: Recordings

Creaky door
I heard this during a phone call and asked for a recording of it. I really like how creaky it is.
September 26, 2022
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.
September 16, 2022
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.
September 01, 2022
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.
August 31, 2022
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.
August 30, 2022
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.
August 29, 2022
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.
August 03, 2022
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.
August 02, 2022
A bit more brass band
Some more of the brass band at Sanderstead Horticultural show
July 15, 2022
The sound of Sanderstead Horticultural Show
This is a recording of just the general ambience from the show.
July 14, 2022
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.
July 13, 2022
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.
June 26, 2022
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.
June 25, 2022
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.
June 22, 2022
More watering in the garden
Another recording of watering in the garden
June 21, 2022
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.
June 20, 2022
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.
June 19, 2022
More road repairs
This is another very brief recording from last month. Once again using an Apple Watch to record.
June 18, 2022
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.
June 17, 2022
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. 
April 14, 2022
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.
February 03, 2022
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.
January 24, 2022
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.
January 24, 2022
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.
January 18, 2022
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.
January 17, 2022
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.
January 14, 2022
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.
January 10, 2022
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.
January 07, 2022
Journeys on trains
Yesterday I had to make a few journeys on local trains, so I took the opportunity to make some recordings. 
January 06, 2022
I got this for Christmas and I like the sound it makes, so I made a short recording of it.
January 05, 2022
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.
January 03, 2022
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.
January 02, 2022
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.
December 22, 2021
The rain and the thunder
Thunder is one of my favourite sounds. I recorded this yesterday at home during a downpour. 
July 26, 2021
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.
June 17, 2021
Winchelsea Beach
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.
May 18, 2021
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.
February 10, 2021
Making coffee
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.
February 03, 2021
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.
January 27, 2021
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.
July 01, 2020
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.
June 10, 2020
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.
May 29, 2020
More electromagnetic recordings
This time from the various appliances inside my living room. 
April 07, 2020
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.
April 06, 2020
The sound of the British Museum
This was taken back in February at the Troy exhibition at the British Museum.
March 28, 2020
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.
March 25, 2020
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!
March 21, 2020
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.
January 15, 2020
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.
January 08, 2020
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.
January 01, 2020
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.
June 30, 2019
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.
June 29, 2019
A walk through Surrey Street Market
I've recorded here on many occasions, but I like it, and I like markets in general.
May 08, 2019
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.
May 07, 2019
Sound of the Thames under Blackfriars Bridge
Another recording from about 3 years ago. This is the sound of the Thames under Blackfriars Bridge.
May 06, 2019
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.
May 05, 2019
The Waves at Lyme Beach
This was a very windy day in 2016 on Lyme Beach. A lovely day though with some great wave.
May 04, 2019
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.
May 03, 2019
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.
May 02, 2019
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.
May 01, 2019
A trip along the Victoria line
Another older recording. This was made about 3 years ago along the Victoria line.
April 30, 2019
The Tram in Porto
This is a recording from about 4 years ago. Made in the city centre at Porto in Portugal.
April 29, 2019
A short trip on the number 38 bus
This is an older recording that I had originally made about 3 years ago.
April 29, 2019
Quiet bank holiday Monday morning
I was listening to the bird song punctuated by the occasional car going past and decided that this was a sound worth recording
April 22, 2019
Walking through King's Cross Station
A busy station with a lot of noise and sounds.
March 25, 2019
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.
March 24, 2019
Walking around the wellcome collection
Sounds from the cafe and bookshop on the ground floor
March 08, 2019
The sound of making a cup of green tea this morning
Just making tea and enjoying the sound.
March 07, 2019
Bus ride in Croydon
Just a regular bus ride
March 06, 2019
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.
March 04, 2019
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.
March 02, 2019
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.
March 01, 2019
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.
February 28, 2019
Peaceful in Southwark Cathedral
Enjoying the peace and stillness in this beautiful building.
February 26, 2019
Borough Market
On a Friday. Just walking through and enjoying the sound of a busy market at around 11am.
February 25, 2019
More office atmosphere
The sounds of the office, with some ping pong at the start.
February 24, 2019
Surrey Street Market
Another recording here, just wandering through and listening to the voices and sounds of the market.
February 23, 2019
A busker with a saxophone
Happened upon this guy playing sax.
February 12, 2019
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.
February 11, 2019
General atmosphere at the walled garden restaurant
I just liked the sound here so I recorded it but just on my iPhone
February 11, 2019
The sound of children playing
The sound from a tiny school at play time. 
February 10, 2019
Accordion player
I was walking by this busker and had to stop to record him.
February 05, 2019
A short bus ride
Just on the bus
February 05, 2019
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.
February 03, 2019
Some more office atmosphere
Another recording of the atmosphere in the coworking space I use occasionally.
February 02, 2019
Sounds in the Wellcome cafe
I wanted to record here as they don’t play music so you just hear the ambience of the space. Which I really like.
February 01, 2019
Sounds at Liverpool Street Station
A brief recording
February 01, 2019
Short bus ride
Just a quick recording with the anchor app itself. A bus ride.
January 30, 2019
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.
January 25, 2019
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.
January 24, 2019
Noisy at the Science Museum London
It's always a noisy place.
January 23, 2019
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.
January 22, 2019
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.
January 21, 2019
Just a bus ride
A bus ride at the beginning of the year.
January 20, 2019
Polesden Lacey
A brief recording from this National Trust property.
January 19, 2019
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.
January 01, 2019
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.
December 21, 2018
The Cybraphone
A short recording of the Cybraphone in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland. It's quite an interesting machine and it makes a variety of sounds. Here's what the NMS site says about it: "Meet Cybraphon, the moody autonomous robot band in a box created by Edinburgh-based artist collective FOUND. Just like a real band, the diva-like Cybraphon scours the internet for reviews and comments and celebrates or sulks depending on what it finds." Check out their site here:
November 21, 2018
The sound of the tram in Croydon
I do like the sound of trams and this one, in Croydon, was coming down a small slope.
November 20, 2018
The sound inside the National Gallery of Scotland, Caravaggio Exhibition
Another older recording today that I thought would be interesting. I like the sound of galleries and the quiet tiny noises you can hear.
November 19, 2018
A building site near Kings Cross
This is another older recording that I thought I'd post. The building site was quite noisy, but the main percussive sound drew me into listening and then recording.
November 18, 2018
The sound of a pedestrian crossing in Brussels 2016
I found a bunch of old recordings and decided that I'd podcast a few of them. This one was from a visit to Brussels. I really liked the sound of the pedestrian crossings there.
November 17, 2018
Accordion Player on the Tube
You often get people busking through the tube (underground trains) in London, but I'd never seen an accordion player there before, so I had to get a quick recording. He wasn't bad either.
November 09, 2018
The Level Crossing in Reigate
This is a sound I've been meaning to record for a long time. This recording is about 3.45 long. The level crossing closes at around 1:10 and then later, after the 2 minute mark you can hear the train leave. It's a GWR diesel.
October 09, 2018
A sax player under Southwark Bridge
A really good sax player making some great sounds under South Bridge.
October 02, 2018
Sounds of Borough Market
Borough Market is one of my favourite markets in London, and I'm pretty sure that a lot of other people feel the same way as it was packed on Saturday (29th September)
October 01, 2018
Sheffield Football Fans at the Bunch of Grapes near London Bridge
I was out for a day and decided to make some recordings. I heard some singing near London Bridge and followed it to The Bunch of Grapes pub. They were Sheffield fans. It was all fairly good natured though.
October 01, 2018
A pianist Playing at London Bridge Station
I was about to get a train home when I heard this pianist who was just playing in the middle of the station. It was very lovely, so I recorded some of it and just paused to enjoy it.
September 14, 2018
A tram ride from Princes Street to Edinburgh Airport
The tram is an excellent way to get from the centre of Edinburgh out to the airport. It's cheap and quick and comfortable. Here's my journey.
September 03, 2018
A piper at Waverley Station
I thought I'd record this piper, and kept recording as I walked away.
September 02, 2018
The Royal Scottish Academy - Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage
This was a great exhibition and the sound in the gallery was very peaceful and calm. This is what it sounded like.
September 01, 2018
The sound of a train at Waverley Station Edinburgh
I just liked the sound of this engine, so I took a short recording of it.
August 31, 2018
An interesting drummer outside Waverley Station in Edinburgh
I was just walking by and heard this guy drumming with old pots and tins. He was great!
August 30, 2018
The Steam Clock in Gastown Vancouver
This is a landmark in Vancouver, so I had to make a recording of it.
August 29, 2018
Inside the Art Gallery of Ontario
I visited the gallery in July. Apart from being just a beautiful place, it has an amazing collection.
August 28, 2018
A peaceful morning on the canals
Just a lovely peaceful Sunday morning on our canal trip earlier this year.
August 27, 2018
The Parade at the Schützenfest Kronach
I was lucky enough to be at the Schützenfest in Kronach last weekend and watched and recorded the parade which was like nothing else I've seen.
August 18, 2018
Sound of a Canadian Freight Train Passing By
I was recently in Canada and travelled from Toronto to Vancouver by train. When a freight train goes by the passenger train has to stop and wait for it to pass before it can continue. This can take a while as the freight trains can be 2 miles long. This is a recording of the freight train passing by from inside the cabin.
August 01, 2018
Mainly water
This episode has water sounds from Wales. To be more specific from Llantwit beach. All sounds were recorded using a Zoom H2N recorder in 2016.
April 22, 2018
East Somerset Railway
Some brief sounds from the East Somerset Railway as I've always liked trains.
April 08, 2018
Sounds from Barrington Court in 2016
Some sounds recorded at a National Trust building in 2016. It had a long gallery at the top of the building and the wind made a really interesting sound there.
March 17, 2018
Sounds from the Beyond the Border Festival in 2016
These are a couple of field recordings from the Beyond the Border storytelling festival in 2016. The festival itself runs every 2 years, and 2016 was an excellent event. These recordings are from the end of festival procession. The picture was taken on Llantwit beach on the same weekend.
February 25, 2018