Protected Sounds

Posted by Matthew Snead

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Protected Sounds is a sound walk in four parts from East to South-West London.

Do it when and how you like; daytime, evening, on your own, as a group, mid-week, weekend, there are no rules, and there is no guaranteed outcome.

A narrative may or may not unfold.

There is one track per location. Download them all and visit each address in turn, listening to the respective track.

Part 1 (5 min 13)
New Inn Yard
Shoreditch
London
EC2A 3AA

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Begin at the Curtain Road end of New Inn Yard. Walk into New Inn Yard and take the first left. Continue to the end, then turn left at the end of the road to bring you back onto Curtain Road. Turn left again and finish at the starting point.

DOWNLOAD PART 1 MP3

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Part 2 (8 min 06)
The Waldorf Hotel
Aldwych
London
WC2B 4NA

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Stand across the road and look at the hotel from the top of the steps at India Place.

DOWNLOAD PART 2 MP3

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Part 3 (5 min 03)
Kennington Lane
Vauxhall
London
SE11 5HY

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Circle the area around the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Kennington Lane via Goding Street and the Spring Gardens at the rear of the pub.

DOWNLOAD PART 3 MP3

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Part 4 (9 min 47)
Battersea Park
Battersea
London
SW11 4NJ

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The Grand Vista Terrace is situated south of the Peace Pagoda. Sit on the purple bench on the left hand side at the bottom of the steps, facing the water feature, or lie on the grass nearby.

DOWNLOAD PART 4 MP3

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August 20th, 2005 | Residents, Matthew Snead

1 comment

This project took me all over the place, both literally and metaphorically. Sitting across the road from the Waldorf Hotel, watching it like some stalker or private detective, the sounds pull you up into the rooms, along empty corridors, even down through the concrete slabs of the pavement, between pipes and air vents, into the tunnels and chambers of the London Underground.

Innocent passers-by suddenly become scripted, stepping onto the city’s film set. Agendas and ulterior motives abound. What’s in that woman’s handbag? What did she pick up on the top floor of the hotel? Is she now heading for Vauxhall? Did she - like you make her way here from the East End?

I recommend this. It offers a surreal collection of experiences. You’ll find yourself in two places at once and walk through walls like a proper London ghost.

Comment by Baz
Tue 11 October, 2005
@ 9:44 pm