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I love listening to the sound of trains and metros in cities around the world. Each place has it’s own distinct sounding trains and my current home city Paris is no exception.

Back in 2012 I went out to do some test recordings using a pair of Soundman OKM II binaural mics. I headed down towards the river Seine and when I arrived at the Quai de la Rapée station, I stopped to record some train-bys. The trains arrive into the station on a sharp bend as the track turns to cross the Seine over a bridge, giving the soundscape lots of nice metal screeches.

– use headphones for optimised listening experience –

The recording features one of the newly introduced MF 2000 trains pass-by, followed by the soon to be phased out Type MF 67 train (over 40 years old) passing in the opposite direction. A great example of how our soundscapes are constantly evolving, with some sounds soon to be lost forever.

Photo courtesy of Phil Beard (Creative Commons license)