A music geek has been transcribing the sound of closing doors on the London Underground

14 August 2019, 17:02

Music geek transcribes the sound of closing doors on the London Underground
Music geek transcribes the sound of closing doors on the London Underground. Picture: Getty / Tiny Concerts

By Siena Linton

A composer has been travelling London, turning Tube timbres into intricately transcribed musical miniatures

To most, the beeping noise of closing train doors is nothing short of a nuisance. To some, however, the sound of the underground is a symphony in disguise.

One composer has been travelling around London, transcribing the sounds that they hear in day-to-day life. Their Twitter account ‘Tiny Concerts’ was launched earlier this month and already features three short pieces each dedicated to a different line on the London Underground.

Watch them in the video below...

The first snippet, ‘Prelude in C sharp minor’, is a transcription of the opening and closing door sounds on the London Underground’s District line. It opens with a 6/8 motif, before a cheerfully chirruping semiquaver passage accompanies the closing doors.

The Piccadilly line’s ‘Bagatelle in B major’ is a panic-inducing stream of manic semiquavers in a minor second interval, while ‘Allegretto in G flat major’ (dedicated to the Victoria line) is a cheerful little waltz in 12/8.

We can’t wait to see what they do next – a subterraneous symphony, perhaps? Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s something we can all get onboard with.