Cover art for podcast Ashley Elsdon: Recordings

Ashley Elsdon: Recordings

122 EpisodesProduced by Ashley Elsdon: RecordingsWebsite

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 yo… read more

episodes iconAll Episodes

Creaky door

September 26th, 2022


I heard this during a phone call and asked for a recording of it. I really like how creaky it is.

Loud in London

September 16th, 2022


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

September 1st, 2022


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

August 31st, 2022


We took this ferry back from Craignure to Oban I made a recording of the safety warning, which was quite extensive.

The Edinburgh Tram

August 30th, 2022


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 …

Drumming in Edinburgh

August 29th, 2022


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 …

The souls of departed commuters screaming

August 3rd, 2022


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 …

Children playing football

August 2nd, 2022


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 …

A bit more brass band

July 15th, 2022


Some more of the brass band at Sanderstead Horticultural show

The sound of Sanderstead Horticultural Show

July 14th, 2022


This is a recording of just the general ambience from the show.

A brass band at the Sanderstead Horticultural show

July 13th, 2022


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 …

And here is the actual choir

June 26th, 2022


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 …

Half listening to a charity choir from inside Boots the chemist

June 25th, 2022


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 22nd, 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.

More watering in the garden

June 21st, 2022


Another recording of watering in the garden

Watering the garden

June 20th, 2022


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

June 19th, 2022


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

June 18th, 2022


This is another very brief recording from last month. Once again using an Apple Watch to record.

The sound of road repairs (1)

June 17th, 2022


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

April 14th, 2022


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 …

Electric shutters in Southwark

February 3rd, 2022


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 …

A choir singing in Winchester Cathedral

January 24th, 2022


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 …

Taking the train to Winchester

January 24th, 2022


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 …

Metal gates at the allotment

January 18th, 2022


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

January 17th, 2022


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 …

Another train journey

January 14th, 2022


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

January 10th, 2022


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 …

A coffee shop

January 7th, 2022


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

January 6th, 2022


Yesterday I had to make a few journeys on local trains, so I took the opportunity to make some recordings. 


January 5th, 2022


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

January 3rd, 2022


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 …

Vintage engines from 2013

January 2nd, 2022


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 …

Sounds from Kings Wood

December 22nd, 2021


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 …

The rain and the thunder

July 26th, 2021


Thunder is one of my favourite sounds. I recorded this yesterday at home during a downpour. 


June 17th, 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.

Winchelsea Beach

May 18th, 2021


I made this recording yesterday whilst spending a few brief moments on Winchelsea beach. It was beautiful and very peaceful. Just before the heavens …

Walk in the snow

February 10th, 2021


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 …

Making coffee

February 3rd, 2021


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

January 27th, 2021


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 …

The Silent Space at Sheffield Park

July 1st, 2020


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 …

The sound of the fountains at RHS Wisley

June 10th, 2020


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

May 29th, 2020


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

April 7th, 2020


This time from the various appliances inside my living room. 

An electromagnetic recording of my kitchen

April 6th, 2020


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

March 28th, 2020


This was taken back in February at the Troy exhibition at the British Museum.

Things are very quiet

March 25th, 2020


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

March 21st, 2020


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?

January 15th, 2020


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. …

The sound of Surrey Street Market

January 8th, 2020


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 …

The sound of children playing

January 1st, 2020


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

June 30th, 2019


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 …

A brass band playing at the local horticultural show

June 29th, 2019


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

May 8th, 2019


I've recorded here on many occasions, but I like it, and I like markets in general.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

May 7th, 2019


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

May 6th, 2019


Another recording from about 3 years ago. This is the sound of the Thames under Blackfriars Bridge.

Street Drummer in Grassmarket

May 5th, 2019


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

May 4th, 2019


This was a very windy day in 2016 on Lyme Beach. A lovely day though with some great wave.

The fountains at UAL

May 3rd, 2019


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

May 2nd, 2019


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

May 1st, 2019


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 …

A trip along the Victoria line

April 30th, 2019


Another older recording. This was made about 3 years ago along the Victoria line.

The Tram in Porto

April 29th, 2019


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

April 29th, 2019


This is an older recording that I had originally made about 3 years ago.

Quiet bank holiday Monday morning

April 22nd, 2019


I was listening to the bird song punctuated by the occasional car going past and decided that this was a sound worth recording

Walking through King's Cross Station

March 25th, 2019


A busy station with a lot of noise and sounds.

A short walk through Borough Market

March 24th, 2019


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 …

Walking around the wellcome collection

March 8th, 2019


Sounds from the cafe and bookshop on the ground floor

Another walk through Surrey Street Market

March 4th, 2019


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

March 2nd, 2019


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

March 1st, 2019


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

February 28th, 2019


Another very still recording inside a City church. St Michael Cornhill is small but very beautiful, and once again, I was enjoying the peaceful …

Peaceful in Southwark Cathedral

February 26th, 2019


Enjoying the peace and stillness in this beautiful building.

Borough Market

February 25th, 2019


On a Friday. Just walking through and enjoying the sound of a busy market at around 11am.

More office atmosphere

February 24th, 2019


The sounds of the office, with some ping pong at the start.

Surrey Street Market

February 23rd, 2019


Another recording here, just wandering through and listening to the voices and sounds of the market.

A busker with a saxophone

February 12th, 2019


Happened upon this guy playing sax.


February 11th, 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.

General atmosphere at the walled garden restaurant

February 11th, 2019


I just liked the sound here so I recorded it but just on my iPhone

The sound of children playing

February 10th, 2019


The sound from a tiny school at play time. 

Accordion player

February 5th, 2019


I was walking by this busker and had to stop to record him.

Another walk through Surrey Street Market

February 3rd, 2019


A brief and somewhat quieter walk through Surrey Street Market today, but also with the tram at the end.

Some more office atmosphere

February 2nd, 2019


Another recording of the atmosphere in the coworking space I use occasionally.

Sounds in the Wellcome cafe

February 1st, 2019


I wanted to record here as they don’t play music so you just hear the ambience of the space. Which I really like.

Short bus ride

January 30th, 2019


Just a quick recording with the anchor app itself. A bus ride.

Another walk through Surrey Street

January 25th, 2019


This time it was a much noisier market, which was good. I even caught the tram going by at the end.

Some office atmosphere

January 24th, 2019


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 …

A walk down Petticoat Lane

January 22nd, 2019


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

January 21st, 2019


A short walk through the market, which was quiet. You can just hear a tram going by at the end.

Just a bus ride

January 20th, 2019


A bus ride at the beginning of the year.

Polesden Lacey

January 19th, 2019


A brief recording from this National Trust property.

Some local demolition

January 1st, 2019


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 …

It's Christmas time, so here's some singing

December 21st, 2018


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 …

The Cybraphone

November 21st, 2018


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 …

The sound of the tram in Croydon

November 20th, 2018


I do like the sound of trams and this one, in Croydon, was coming down a small slope.

The sound inside the National Gallery of Scotland, Caravaggio Exhibition

November 19th, 2018


Another older recording today that I thought would be interesting. I like the sound of galleries and the quiet tiny noises you can hear.

A building site near Kings Cross

November 18th, 2018


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 …

The sound of a pedestrian crossing in Brussels 2016

November 17th, 2018


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 …

Accordion Player on the Tube

November 9th, 2018


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.

The Level Crossing in Reigate

October 9th, 2018


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 …

A sax player under Southwark Bridge

October 2nd, 2018


A really good sax player making some great sounds under South Bridge.

Sounds of Borough Market

October 1st, 2018


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)

Sheffield Football Fans at the Bunch of Grapes near London Bridge

October 1st, 2018


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 …

A pianist Playing at London Bridge Station

September 14th, 2018


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.

A tram ride from Princes Street to Edinburgh Airport

September 3rd, 2018


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.

A piper at Waverley Station

September 2nd, 2018


I thought I'd record this piper, and kept recording as I walked away.

The Royal Scottish Academy - Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage

September 1st, 2018


This was a great exhibition and the sound in the gallery was very peaceful and calm. This is what it sounded like.

The sound of a train at Waverley Station Edinburgh

August 31st, 2018


I just liked the sound of this engine, so I took a short recording of it.

An interesting drummer outside Waverley Station in Edinburgh

August 30th, 2018


I was just walking by and heard this guy drumming with old pots and tins. He was great!

The Steam Clock in Gastown Vancouver

August 29th, 2018


This is a landmark in Vancouver, so I had to make a recording of it.

Inside the Art Gallery of Ontario

August 28th, 2018


I visited the gallery in July. Apart from being just a beautiful place, it has an amazing collection.

A peaceful morning on the canals

August 27th, 2018


Just a lovely peaceful Sunday morning on our canal trip earlier this year.

The Parade at the Schützenfest Kronach

August 18th, 2018


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.

Sound of a Canadian Freight Train Passing By

August 1st, 2018


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 …

Mainly water

April 22nd, 2018


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.

East Somerset Railway

April 8th, 2018


Some brief sounds from the East Somerset Railway as I've always liked trains.

Sounds from Barrington Court in 2016

March 17th, 2018


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.

Sounds from the Beyond the Border Festival in 2016

February 25th, 2018


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 …

Loading ...

Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to Ashley Elsdon: Recordings


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens