Recorded at 11:15pm on a Wednesday night in Southend-on-Sea, at the top of the High Street, standing on the “compass rose” facing the Odeon Cinema.
The chatter you hear are small groups of people coming out of the cinema from the last show then, what I’d been trying to record, gulls. There were two of these, straight out of central casting, establishing the location, wheeling about over the London Road and calling. Plus, as it was late, you also get that eerie thing of seeing them, grey in the night sky, illuminated by stray light streaming upwards catching their undersides. The traffic noise is from Queensway, the A13 junction where it meets with the A127.