Good friend and talented artist, Robin The Fog of Howlround, has recently created this spooky alternative soundscape of Embankment station in conjunction with citiesandmemory.com‘s first ever “Sound Map” of the London Underground. It captures the often creepy and eerie essence of late night tube travel wonderfully. Check it out:
– Robin The Fog on the making of “Embankment:”
“The ‘melodic’ part of the piece was constructed largely from a small part of the original recording, the high-pitch squeak of a train entering the station on the District line platform. This sound was dubbed onto tape, cut into a loop, stretched across the studio and then played back at different speeds to create different pitches. The slight fluctuations in pitch you’ll hear is the tape loop snagging on various items of furniture. Additional parts of the piece were made by recreating the original journey between platforms and making new recordings. Despite parts of the final track having a very saturated feel, I like to think the subject matter remains unmistakable. Even though the sounds were very brief and recorded on the platform, it feels as though you’re on a train in a tunnel travelling under the Thames (which is appropriate, given Embankment’s location). I suppose I was trying to evoke the impact the Underground had on my imagination during rare trips to London as a youngster with its soundtrack of distant subterranean rumbles and sudden unearthly screeches. I’ve been trying to make music that evokes that world ever since!
Embankment is part of Cities And Memory’s project The Next Station, re-imagining the sounds of the London Underground and creating the first ever tube sound map. For more information see www.citiesandmemory.com/thenextstation