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Bedford Square

Bedford Square

5-Feb-2009

"Bedford Square Garden is in the Bloomsbury district of the Borough of Camden in London, England. It is a private park requiring a key to enter and exit.

Contact microphones were attached to the fence surrounding the park. The resulting field recording is not altered other than some equalization. The primary sound is the gate shutting as key holders enter and exit. The fence faintly transmits other ambient sounds of pedestrians and traffic surrounding the park. Most people don’t have keys and simply sit surrounding the park, leaving it empty most of the time.

Recorded in July, 2008. Steve Bates currently lives in Montréal, Canada where he is an MFA candidate in Studio Arts at Concordia University. He works on music, radio, and installation projects with an specific interest in experimental forms of organizing sound as improvisation and as composition.

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