- Choosing a windy day.
- Planes. The day I was there the plane noise was pretty minor. However flight paths change all the time so there’s no guarantee that this won’t be a problem.
- Kew Gardens is pricey to get into (£13.90).
One alternative I’ve found to Kew, if these problems make it an unsuitable location, is Winkworth Arboretum in (or near) Guildford. This could solve the problem with plane noise (it can’t be worse than West London, surely?!) and is cheaper (£6.20, though you’ll pay more for travel).
I’ve been mentioning my intentions for a recording meetup to a few people for quite a while now but haven’t had a chance to really give it much thought……until now!
I was having a quick scan of the internet the other day looking for interesting ideas for Echo Space, this month’s sound collecting theme. My first thought was to find out about the Woolwich and Greenwich foot tunnels under the Thames but as far as I can tell from online comments these tunnels are closed for refurbs at the moment.
If they are, it’s a shame because I know the tunnels sound great. A Chris Watson workshop I signed up to a few years back went around this part of London. I didn’t make it in the end due to my first son turning up but I did hear some of the results (Uncannily, I also missed Chris’ subsequent workshop last year in Kew Gardens because of my second son arriving on the scene! The lengths my wife will go to to stop me going out recording…..!):
(Apologies to Juan Gil and Tom Lawrence if i’ve misunderstood the licensing terms of the audio and image. I’ve taken it as a typical creative commons agreement: i.e. usage is ok if non-commercial and author-attribution is given, but obviously I’ll remove them immediately if there’s any issues with that).
Anyway, if I’m wrong and these are open then it’d be great to go and get our own recordings if anyone’s interested. However, if they are closed then there’s always that glamorous London destination, The Rotherhithe Tunnel, which I’ve seen described online by a non-soundie as ‘an acoustic hall of mirrors’. Bingo!
The tunnel’s right near to some nice pubs on the river so perhaps we could meet up at one of them and then have a quick recording sortie into the tunnel (don’t personally fancy walking right the way through it!) before returning to one of the pubs for a couple more jars. Let me know if you’re interested; leave a comment here or DM me. I finish my current film project next week so from then until early May is best for me. One thing’s for sure – if no-one comes I ain’t going down that tunnel by myself!