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Surface Tension, Sound Map of the River Lea; Rob St John; 2014

Surface Tension, Sound Map of the River Lea; Rob St John; 2014
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"Surface Tension is a field recording, photography and writing project by Rob St. John exploring pollution, life and biodiversity along the River Lea in East London."


It was commissioned in Summer 2014 by the Thames 21 charity for the ‘Fixing Broken Rivers‘ project as part of the Love the Lea Campaign, which raises awareness and takes practical action to improve water quality of the rivers of the Lea Catchment.


"My sound map of the River Lea.  Recorded using binaural microphones and hydrophones in August and September 2014.

Includes parakeets and footballers on Hackney Marsh, pondweed photosynthesising, chiffchaffs singing at Cheshunt, plenty of crickets and grasshoppers, endless aeroplane and car noise, lots of moorhens, a dredger underwater at Trinity Wharf, rehearsals for an Olympic Park ceremony (and kids splashing in the fountains), lots of cyclists, runners and houseboaters, a swan landing at my feet, and lots of trains passing.


Have an explore."


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