Podwalk 008 Oxford St to Greek St (Soho)

Berwick St Market

Meanwhile, in another part of London…

…rumour has it that Adam Curry was doing a sound-seeing tour in London yesterday too but here’s my perspective on a lovely spring day in the West End of London, walking from the Selfridges end of Oxford St, down South Moulton St, along Brook St and the bottom of Hanover Sq to Regent St and then cutting through the Carnaby St Maze to Marshall St, Broadwick St, Berwick St Market, round into Old Compton St and along to Maison Bertaux in Greek St where I was meeting my old mate Rufus for a cup of tea.

Pictures to go along are on Flickr tagged as podwalk008



6 thoughts on “Podwalk 008 Oxford St to Greek St (Soho)”

  1. Thanks Mark, of course when you’re here you can just give me a call and ask me “where was that public toilet you walked past, again” or “I’m looking for that erotic gherkin, but I can’t find it anywhere” and I’ll put you on the right track!

  2. Really enjoyed this podwalk Lloyd. Haven’t come across this before (until you mentioned it at the networking event), and hadn’t seen Flickr before – excellent accompaniment to the walk. Good that you’ve taken the trouble to describe the photos on Flickr too.

    The only other thing I thought might add interest to the podwalk might be a link to a streetmap, to follow your journey. In the absence of that I dug out my A-Z.

    As a matter of interest, what device were you recording on?

  3. Hi Stuart – glad you enjoyed it. For one of the earlier walks, I actually estimated OS co-ordinates for each photograph and used them in tags in Flickr. So if you look at the pictures tagged podwalk003 you’ll see a North tag and a West tag – with the idea that you could then build an application on top to pick these up. I hadn’t thought of doing anything as simple as just linking each one to the map, or even just putting in a link for the start!

    For the recording, I use a portable minidisc player, I’ve just upgraded to one of the new Sony Hi-MD Walkmans (a MZ-NH700 to be precise) which has a 1GB disk and from which you can transfer audio digitally through a USB cable.

    It’s a bit annoying in that you have to use Sony’s own very slow software to do the transfer and then convert it out of the proprietary format in order to edit, but a lot quicker than what I used to have to do which was to take an analog line from my old minidisc into the line-in on my sound card and re-record in real time (wish you hadn’t asked now, don’t you?)

    My mic is an old tie-clip one that I had lying around (someone gave it to Janice to use as a pick-up for her ukulele) it has a little battery operated pre-amp and I think sounds good enough out in the street. I monitor the sound on my usual walkman ear-buds. To most people I think I look like I’m talking into a hands-free set. I then do very little editing once it’s on the PC – just top and tail it with a little fade so that you don’t just suddenly get me shouting in your earhole, add a little compression and encode as an mp3.

    If you liked this, you might like to try Bicycle Mark, who’s doing something similar in Amsterdam http://www.bicyclemark.org/blog

    With your film interests you might also try looking for vlogging (video blogging) – I like Steve Garfield at http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/

    The other related area that’s new is ourmedia.org which is very slow at the moment ‘cos it’s just opened, but it hopes to be an archive of all sorts of grass-roots media type stuff.

    Happy Easter surfing!

  4. On equipment I should also say that other people use hard-disk or flash-based mp3 players such as the iRiver for recording and get perfectly good results (and an easier life when it comes to PC transfer!)

  5. I am sadly all too interested in the pros and cons of different recording media. It’s an issue for me in recording audio interviews for research purposes – aiming for the best quality recording to make transcripts easy to produce. I use an Olympus DM-1 – it records to SmartMedia cards, and uploads v. quickly via USB to a PC in a proprietary compressed format (which then quickly converts to WAV for easy editing and sharing). The DM-1 and similar Olympus models have a small following in the qualitative research world. I’ve always resisted using minidiscs for the reason you cited – Sony’s (previously) unhelpful decision not to permit fast uploading of files via USB.

    I had wondered whether people did the video equivalent of blogging, so will follow up your suggestion. It’s obviously a bit more intrusive than mumbling into a tie clip mic – more obvious that you are recording something.

    Ourmedia.org looks like it could be a good thing. I’ll have a browse.


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