A-Z of the[sounds of London] Underground [150th]

Ben Phaze è un Engineer of the London Underground as well a music producer and DJ so he has been making use of his acces to explore the Tube, seeking out sounds, unusual recording spaces and inspiration for music. You may recognize a lot of the sounds sush as trains, annoucements and ticket gates, but some are less familiar.

C. Dickens Dog and Pot [in Southwark]


A new sculpture was officially unveiled at the corner of Union Street and Blackfriars Road, on the last day of the Charles Dickens bicentenary. As a 12 year old boy, Dickens used to walk past a statue of a dog and pot over a shop as he went to work (yes, work), vowing to one day go back to school and make something of himself. He later immortalised it in his autobiography: My usual way home was over Blackfriars Bridge and down that turning in the Blackfriars Road which has Rowland Hill’s chapel on one side, and the likeness of a golden dog licking a golden pot over a shop dooon the other.

Busker [it could be you]

Busker.jpg[Roba X Musicisti]London Underground operates a busking licence scheme and, with spare pitches being as rare as hen’s teeth, when they come up, competition is stiff. There are around 200 active licensed buskers currently on the scheme, plying their trade on 37 pitches in 25 different stations. Over 150 licences will be available to successful applicants following the auditions.Applicants need to be over 16, and should email busking@tube.tfl.gov.uk by 1 February 2013. The licence is free.

London Tube 150 OrSono


Today we are celebrating the 150th [Orsono] of the London underground, opened on 10 Jannuary 1863 the first stretch measured six (6) kilometers (nearly four miles) and ran between Paddington (Bishop’s Road) and Farringdon Street. It was, on the face of it, a stupid idea. Running trains, and steam trains at that, in tunnels underneath the London streets. in 1862, The Times described it as an ‘ insult to common sense’ and it was probably right. But London underground turned out to be one of the great engineering feats of modern times, the world’s only steam-driven underground railway and the first electrified undeground railway. More posts will follow …  HAPPY OR SONO.