Julian was commissioned by the London Transport Museum to provide a complete audio identity across the entire museum following a £22 million refurbishment and extension.
Individual exhibits were brought to life through dramatic audio “plays” performed by a large cast of actors, with specially composed soundscapes providing atmospheres reflecting the last three centuries. Songs from the 19th Century were re-arranged and recorded to add colour to the period displays.
Original recordings were made of many of the museum’s unique vehicles and trains and access granted to hidden parts of the underground to capture unique sounds which were then used as rhythmical elements within the compositions.
A full surround sound system was installed across the galleries and within the exhibits to allow high quality and focused playback of the numerous soundtracks.
A number of soundtracks can be reviewed in the audio player.
1. Entrance – a piece to bridge the environments of the street and the galleries
2. 20th Century – a multichannel soundscape covering the 20th Century Galleries
3. 19th Century – a multichannel soundscape covering the 19th Century Galleries
4. Jolly Young Waterman – by Charles Dibdin, was written for his opera The Waterman and is used in the Thames Story in the 19th Century Gallery
5. Who’s For The Bank – by GW Hunt a music hall song from 1865 played in the horse transport section
6. A Bricklayer’s conversation – recreated for the Cut and Cover model depicting construction of The Underground
7. From The Horses Mouth – an amusing “conversation” between two pairs of horses from the buses and the trams, each pair talks disparagingly about the other and pass bitchy comments back over their shoulders.
Design – RAA
Design – Conran
Project Management – Fraser Randal
Project Management – Kate Petty
Head of Systems & Infrastructure – Rob Lansdown
Audio Design – Martin Pilton
Solo Tenor – Alex Pidgin (Jolly Young Waterman)
Vocalist – Roger Brasier (Who’s For The Bank)
Piano – Jill Jarman
Writer – Nick Wilton
London Transport Museum
Peter Cook RAA