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Last Monday I went to Stockholm on a short trip with work. I am like Des Coulam when it comes to at least two aspects; I rarely leave my recording equipment at home and I enjoy the sounds at railway stations. So I took the chance to record some train related sounds while heading north.

Please use headphones when listening.

The two recordings below are from down by the tracks of the newly re-built central station in Malmö. The first recording, in which you hear an approaching train, is made at a less crowded part of the platform.


When recording the second session I placed myself in the middle of a crowd waiting for an arriving train.


The last recording is made at the rear end of one of the railway wagons on a X2000 (the Swedish fast train) bound for Stockholm. Close to Södertälje something interesting happened while I was recording; the train passed through a number of tunnels that pressurized the space I was standing in, making the hearing on my right ear diminish for a while. This is something that most of you probably have experienced at one time or another. Once at home I listened at the recording from the train and noticed that the pressure probably also had affected the microphone placed in my right ear. You can hear it at about 2:55 into the recording.


Can someone who is more technically oriented please explain this to me?

Geek note: All recordings made with Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50.

One of the things I didn’t know about my grandfather a couple of years ago was that he plays the harmonica. Nowadays I get the opportunity to hear him play about twice a year, usually during Midsummer and Christmas. As he tends to pick up the harmonica without warning to play a song or two I’ve earlier missed the opportunity to record a full song. This Christmas I was prepared.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50


I hope you all have a nice holiday!

Triangeln is yet another mall in Malmö. Located in the central parts of southern Malmö it hosts a whole bunch of shops of different kinds. The layout of the place is pretty messy, even though I’ve been there a lot of times I often tend to get lost when trying to find the shortest way out.

As in Mobilia (see: Public spaces pt. 3: Mobilia) there is an open air dining area that spills out into the mall, the seatings are belonging to a couple of different cafés. At this specific location the ceiling height is very generous which creates an acoustic atmosphere that resembles a very noisy cathedral, light-hearted pop music added to the background. I find this interesting as you somewhat get filled with a devotional feeling in a place dedicated to shopping.

The recording below is made from the second floor of the mall, so I’m elevated a couple of meters compared to the dining area. The very audible background noise, that I didn’t pay attention to while recording, must be coming from the surrounding traffic as well as the loads of people walking around. Once again it hits me how many sounds it is that my brain selectively ignores when visiting familiar areas out in the field.


Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50

Eventhough I really don’t consider shopping malls public spaces, they’re more like privatized space open to the public during certain hours, I do think that they especially in urbanized areas work as social venues.
Being intrested in sounds as I am what often strikes me in shopping malls like these is the owners attempt to control the soundscape. This is in my experience mainly done through architectural design, muzak and advertisements over a PA as well as the constant presence of authority (guards).

Mobilia is a rather small mall in the southern outskirts of central Malmö, containing shops of various sizes as well as a dining area consisting of several restaurants and a café.
The shops encircles the dining area making it a simple task to go straight from eating to shopping and the other way around

I mainly focused on the dining area when recording but also made a soundwalk circling it. The reason for this is that this area is pretty much the only place to sit down in (except a few benches and a small coffee shop at one of entrances) especially if you are a group of people.
As there are several restaurants sharing the same seatings this area is very noisy, you don’t feel relaxed sitting here for a longer period of time.

Dining area

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording.

When walking around the music from the PA blends with different kinds of tunes spilling out from the various shops around you creating a rather chaotic soundscape. The only ways to escape this is by either walking into a shop and get devoured by its own sounds, finding one of the rare quiet spots, using a mp3-player or by leaving the mall.


Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Classic -> Sony PCM-D50

This is what Möllevångstorget in Malmö sounds like after lunch during a weekday. It’s recorded about the same hours as the square in Limhamn (see Public spaces pt. 1) but on a different day. The recording starts with me walking around for one and a half minute, after that I stand still at the same location in the middle of the marketplace.

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording

I really like listening to recordings made at familiar locations as I afterwards often get a totally different sense of the place. When using your ears as an instrument in the field you are selective in choosing what to focus on, you take all visual impressions of a place and combine them with your hearing to get the motion picture in surround sound. But at home, listening to one of these familiar places, all the details that you in field selectively didn’t notice appears. Somehow I get the feeling of deeper tuning into what actually surrounded me, my post-presence gives me all the details that where unnoticeable when being present.

I hope that some of you that are familiar with these public places will sense the same thing even though you won’t be remembering the visual impressions from the specific moments of the recordings.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50

A couple of weeks ago I made this recording down at a small square between two supermarkets in Limhamn. There were two groups of people present that seemed familiar with each other even though they didn’t sit together. So i placed myself between them and recorded this:

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording


I’m working on a small project right now recording different public spaces in and around Malmö, so this recording is the first in a series. I’m interested in finding out if and how the soundscapes differ in different places that perform the same function; being social venues for various groups of people.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50

Yesterday on our way to Karlshamn me and Matilda awaited a connecting train in Kristianstad where we went into this big church close to the train station. There they were rehearsing for an organ concert that were taking place a couple of hours later. I was amazed by the sound that came out of this incredible instrument so i placed myself underneath it and pressed rec. Here’s a short clip of what i got (please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording):

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50

In a couple of days I will upload some recordings I made earlier today at a big substation some hundred meters from where Matilda grew up so check back then.

On my way to and from work I ride my bike through one of Malmös bigger parks called Pildammsparken. On my way home I’ve noticed for several nights now that large numbers of jackdaws and crows gather there to do whatever they do, and when doing whatever they do they make a lot of noise. So today I brought my light setup with me and walked into the park to record them.

Please use headphones when listening to get the most out of this quasi-binaural recording.

The popping noises you hear is the bird droppings landing on the leaves around me. Somehow they didn’t manage to hit me.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50 (low cut filter set to 75Hz to filter away some of the surrounding traffic)