A journey through the first ever sound map of the London Underground

A journey through the first ever sound map of the London Underground

Is London’s tube network the city’s ‘sonic sewers’ or an iconic soundscape? Do familiar noises keep commuters moving like clockwork? A new interactive map delves into a strange world – one that may get stranger with the new night tube

We’ve seen plenty of alternative maps of the London Underground, from those plotting average rents by station, to those charting life expectancy at every stop. But what about sound? A group of musicians and sound artists have this week launched the first ever interactive “sound map” of the London Underground, capturing the shrieks, grinds and general patter of 55 tube stations across the capital.

It’s a noisy old world down there – from the “mind the gap” announcements to Londoners’ idiosyncratic curses and drunken late night conversations over illicit tinnies. This is precisely what The Next Station project, the work of Cities and Memory and The London Sound Survey, spent three months earlier this year gathering. And as well as capturing the real-life aural experience, sound artists from around the world were then invited to remix and reimagine the field recordings and create an alternative sound map to complement the real one – you can listen to all of them in one interactive feature.

Related: What will our cities sound like in the future?

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Source: Guardian Transport

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