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Explore the sounds of London with this audio tube map

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James Manning

The sound of the Underground: not just a great Girls Aloud song, but also the inspiration for a new interactive map of London by the international Cities and Memory project. ‘The Next Station’ uses field recordings from 55 tube, DLR and Overground stations, collected in collaboration with the London Sound Survey and remixed by sound artists and musicians from London and beyond into a wonky aural record of the capital in 2016.

Work your way around the map and you can listen to tourists and buskers at Covent Garden and Bank, an escaped bear at Paddington, Beethoven at Euston and Oswald Laurence’s old-school ‘mind the gap’ announcement at Embankment. The buzz of Old Street gets a dubsteppy remix and Charing Cross becomes a crunchy noise track, while ‘The Machines of Metropolis roared’ gives the Waterloo & City line a sinister edge. Oh, and the futuristic glide of ‘Power Gateway’ is our new DLR jam.

Explore the sound map via Cities and Memory, or have a gander at our ridiculously comprehensive collection of alternative tube maps.

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