Oversound: The Sound of the Overground
The London overground is South East London’s link to the Tube network, though strictly speaking it’s not really really the Tube, as it’s not part of the London Underground. It used to be called the East London line, which was a consolidation of a steam line that opened in 1869 and stretched from New Cross/Gate to Whitechapel and shut in 2007. When it reopened in 2010 the ‘East London line’ was no more than a bleak and distant memory, with the core service stretched from New Cross all the way to Highbury and Islington in the north and Crystal Palace in the south, under the guise of the all-new Overground. But it’s not the Tube, it’s more or less just a collection of overground metro lines that ring the west, north and east of London. End of history lesson, lets look at the present and into the future.
The Overground is a link between north and south London’s ‘creative hubs’, New Cross and it’s surrounding neighbours are now within easy reach of the tentacles of Shoreditch’s marketing and PR barricudas as much as Dalston has been for the last five years. Is that a good thing? I suppose if you like your local shops and pubs overpriced because they have recently been refurbed as ‘botique’ or in some way proclaiming ‘authenticity’ then yes, you will be very happy.
So with all this excitement you are going to need a decent soundtrack to drown out the nonsensical tales of First Thursdays and Last Fridays which is where this project, Oversound, comes in. Oversound has taken ten producers and had them each create a track between one stop along the journey. However it’s not that simple, the Oversound curator, Rossaitken, has taken field recordings on the walk between each stop and it is these sounds which form the basis of the artists compositions, which in turn last the length of one stop, a digestion of your surroundings.
After boarding the train at your chosen start point, start the playlist when the train begins moving. At the end of each track, you will hear a beep. When you hear the beep, pause the track until the train stops at the next station and wait until the train begins moving before pressing play in order to start the next track. Doing this will ensure that you hear each track in combination with the correct portion of the journey.
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