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Ashley Elsdon: Recordings

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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

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Walk in the snow

February 10th, 2021

22:25

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

6:43

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

17:36

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

1:16

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

2:03

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

8:58

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

2:24

This time from the various appliances inside my living room. 

An electromagnetic recording of my kitchen

April 6th, 2020

1:46

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

4:29

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

Things are very quiet

March 25th, 2020

3:21

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

1:05

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

2:32

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

2:10

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

3:31

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

19:01

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

1:47

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

2:25

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

0:26

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

1:22

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

Street Drummer in Grassmarket

May 5th, 2019

1:58

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

0:58

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

2:29

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

2:22

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

8:29

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

4:15

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

The Tram in Porto

April 29th, 2019

4:43

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

9:19

This is an older recording that I had originally made about 3 years ago.

Quiet bank holiday Monday morning

April 22nd, 2019

2:22

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

2:29

A busy station with a lot of noise and sounds.

A short walk through Borough Market

March 24th, 2019

3:20

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

6:35

Sounds from the cafe and bookshop on the ground floor

Another walk through Surrey Street Market

March 4th, 2019

2:05

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

2:32

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

9:09

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

2:22

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

8:43

Enjoying the peace and stillness in this beautiful building.

Borough Market

February 25th, 2019

3:33

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

More office atmosphere

February 24th, 2019

6:38

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

Surrey Street Market

February 23rd, 2019

2:01

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

A busker with a saxophone

February 12th, 2019

3:19

Happened upon this guy playing sax.

Rain

February 11th, 2019

3:01

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

1:20

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

The sound of children playing

February 10th, 2019

3:01

The sound from a tiny school at play time. 

Accordion player

February 5th, 2019

2:00

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

Another walk through Surrey Street Market

February 3rd, 2019

1:57

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

4:02

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

Sounds in the Wellcome cafe

February 1st, 2019

6:04

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

1:59

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

Another walk through Surrey Street

January 25th, 2019

3:33

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

17:20

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

3:15

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

2:51

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

10:35

A bus ride at the beginning of the year.

Polesden Lacey

January 19th, 2019

0:26

A brief recording from this National Trust property.

Some local demolition

January 1st, 2019

1:37

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

2:18

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

0:35

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

0:38

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

5:27

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

2:22

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

1:13

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

1:26

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

3:45

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

2:51

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

Sounds of Borough Market

October 1st, 2018

3:06

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

3:03

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

1:48

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

29:30

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

1:20

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

2:08

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

0:30

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

1:51

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

2:09

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

Inside the Art Gallery of Ontario

August 28th, 2018

3:06

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

2:06

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

The Parade at the Schützenfest Kronach

August 18th, 2018

16:19

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

8:05

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

5:44

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

1:43

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

Sounds from Barrington Court in 2016

March 17th, 2018

1:50

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

16:04

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 …

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