In the latest movie from our Designed in Hackney Day, designer Dominic Wilcox speaks about Sounds of Making in East London, a vinyl recording of atmospheric urban noises.
Above: vinyl cutting machine that engraves music onto discs
Dominic Wilcox recorded the sounds of 21 craft and manufacturing processes in east London onto a 10-inch vinyl record to be sold as an alternative Olympic souvenir. The designer spoke about the project at the Pecha Kucha event at our Designed in Hackney Day on 1 August, explaining his surprise at hearing excerpts of his project on a Japanese radio station.
Above: tuning a bell at Whitechapel Bell Foundry
"I thought about what's unique about east London: so we don't have the big buildings like the west do but we have lots of makers," said Wilcox.
Above: illustrations by Clare Mallison
The sounds he recorded include the tuning of a bell at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the oldest manufacturer in Britain and makers of the bells at St. Mary-le-Bow church and Big Ben.
Above: cooking at a Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland Road, Dalston
Audio clips of illustrator Clare Mallison drawing "rosemary and chicken with sweet potato" and the cooking and eating of Vietnamese food at a restaurant on Kingsland Road in Dalston also feature on the vinyl.
Above: London's only maker of press knives for cutting leather
Wilcox struggled to his explain his intentions at the restaurant, and says that "after much confusion and me not leaving the restaurant, they let me in and I had fried frogs legs and fried goat".
Above: a factory that makes bespoke spectacles
Wilcox illustrated the front of the sleeve with pictures of the items he recorded and hand wrote descriptions about them on the back, which he explained "took nearly as long as the whole project" to scribe without mistakes.
Above: pie-making on Broadway Market
Above: packaging of air-curing rubber Sugru
Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which was one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices.
To find out more about the other discussions from Designed in Hackney Day, see our highlights reported here. See more stories about design and architecture from Hackney here.