Sounds Like Home

I’ve been having a lovely old time exploring and listening to the British Library’s wonderful UK Sound Map, a huge online archive of ambient recordings made all over the country.

They range from the sublime…

…to the (slightly) ridiculous…

…to the Larkin-esque…

and the Morrissey-esque.

This one gives me my own personal Proustian rush.

Being a sentimental old expat I’ve found it quite a wistful experience at times and it’s pleasing to know there are British people out there who think that things like “a lonely office” and “a damp Friday afternoon” are worth recording because they are part of the nation’s character. What a miserable bunch we are.

In the same spirit, some songs that also wistfully evoke places and things.

Download: Walking In The Park — The Clientele
Download: Swallow Song — Vashti Bunyan
Download: Coney Island— Van Morrison



  1. Mondo says:

    On a very similar theme, watch out for a mix from me later this week, built with countryside sounds

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  3. davyh says:

    Not sure how that happened: bloody computers. I’m still at the usual place. You happened upon my secret back up site: shhh, you ain’t see me, right?

  4. davyh says:

    or ‘seen’, even.

  5. LondonLee says:

    Mum’s the word

  6. ally says:

    oh ta ever so for this – i can feel an evenings worth coming on

  7. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

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