Sleepy Commute (Waterloo)

Aug 09, 2016, 09:58 AM

Waterloo and City line reimagined by Trixie Delight.

" The field recording of the Waterloo City train journey reminded me of the peculiar state of half sleep commuters often find themselves in. They are in a stuffy, slightly too warm train that is rocking and swaying. They are worn from work, have their eyes closed, slipping in and out of a light sleep - but are subconsciously listening to the familiar noises of the tracks, until the sound of the train pulling into the station brings them back to life just in time to alight. I tried to describe this dreamlike condition with sound. The little clicks and glitches are the commuters' sleepy thoughts, while the noise of the train is both present as a back ground drone and a wavelike stab into the subconscious, updating on the current location and gently rocking back and forth in echo. I am an experimental musician and mostly work with field recordings. I like to evoke moods with manipulated sounds. My tools are simple: I use audacity to cut, reverse, glitch, pitch and stretch sounds. I then arrange the created snippets in an order that tells a story. All the sounds used in “Sleepy Commute” are derived from the original field recording of a 5 minute train journey. Mixed and mastered by Dental Drill ( at The Patisserie"

Part of our project The Next Station, reimagining the sounds of the London Underground and creating the first ever tube sound map. August 2016 - for more information see