My walk this week is along the London Embankment from Tate Britain to Tate Modern. The route is a melting pot of people from everywhere and a multitude of sounds ranging from the lapping of the River Thames following the passage of river boats, to music and talking and footsteps and skateboards and birds and more and more.
But the soundscape was not cacophonous, the streets and walk-ways were (mostly) not overcrowded. While I was amazed at the place, the people, the buildings, the river activity, I was not overwhelmed or oppressed by them. Thinking about the bigger picture and the numbers of . . . of everything, can be overwhelming, but I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. Perhaps that is because it was so different to what I am used to and, maybe more importantly, I was going to be able to leave it behind me at the end of my visit.
Embankment Walk Soundscape
London is full of nature as well as concrete, as proved by my walk last week in St James’s Park and by the trees lining the river embankment. This is also reflected in the complex aural jigsaw of the soundscape for the walk.
Click the play button above and then the first image to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.