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Life in the City

Episode 24 of 30

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 18 April 2013

Life in the City: Episode twenty-four of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

As cities grew, next-door's noise became increasingly hard to escape. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, noisy world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early twentieth century.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


Noise retold by Matthew Herbert

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The head of the New Radiophonic Workshop retells the Noise series using only the sounds.

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