The sounds of the suburbs: Britain is a quieter place, The Independent

Posted: December 15, 2011 in Art, News
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The hiss of steam has been replaced by the burblings of automated public address systems.

Britain is a quieter place according to a study of the sounds of cities and suburbia compiled by the UK public.

The audio has been kept at the British Library from the 1940s to the present day.

The study concludes that new technology, the lost art of whistling and pedestrianisation have rendered the British urban soundscape more peaceful.

It also revealed the chirp of sparrows, cheerful whistling and the hiss of steam engines have been replaced by the discordant bleep of supermarket tills, and the territorial calls of grey squirrels.

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