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London Subterraneous

Produced by Call & Response with sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard, London Subterraneous is a 27-channel Ambisonic sound installation that reveals the hidden sounds of London’s forgotten underground water system.

For this project, special microphones were used to record the sound of London's underground waterways. Accessed through a series of “stink pipes” that connect London's familiar terrestrial environment to a lesser-known complex network of sewers and rivers below. The towering, hollow pipes, now rusting fixtures dotted across London were erected as safety valves to vent excess toxic gases along a newly built Victorian sewer network. Originally built in 1860’s these steel structures allow us to connect through our past and eavesdrop on the capital’s underground world. The resultant sonic experience is a portrait of the soundscape below ground and through the pipes themselves.

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