On one of the hottest days of the year in the UK we decided to take a trip down to Chadwell Heath anti aircraft gun site. The site is positioned in the middle of a huge field with no shade. The heat was unbearable and the majority of recording we wanted to do was outside of the buildings. I stuck at it and 5 bottles of water later we got all the sounds we needed to record. At this location there was a good amount of steel doors. Each door has it's own unique tone and sound. In total we managed to record a good 20 different doors. Chadwell Heath anti aircraft gun site has easy access. You can cross the field next to McDonald's and walk straight in through the open front gate. In the video below you can see how easy it is to access the site and have a look around.
The location we visited today was in Chadwell Heath and served as an Anti Aircraft Gun Site. In the video below we walk the entire site and document every accessible building on the site. The site is disused and left to decay. It's quite a popular spot with easy access for graffiti artists and photographers to access. If you are careful it's a relatively safe place to explore. Some of the building have berry bushes growing around them and make accessing them hard. Most of the walk ways are free of bushes and can be used to access the buildings.
Purpose Of Visit
The purpose of these kinds of visits is mainly to record audio. We record everything from metal doors to paint canisters. We record such sounds to add into our location recording VST's and kontakt samplers which can be download here. This particular location recording session is for a new sound design library of sounds intended for film and tv as well as other media outlets. We'll be recording at various different locations over the coming months in order to accumulate a vast range of unique sounds to include in our library.
About Chadwell Heath Anti Aircraft Gun Site
The substantial remains of a World War II anti-aircraft battery with pits for eight guns in two groups of four and associated structures. The buildings are in an isolated spot and have been subject to vandalism. The former quarry is being restored, including the land levels around the gun site and this is due for completion at the end of 2017. Its future is being discussed with the Local Authority, the landowners (the Crown Estate) and Historic England. A feasibility report, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was completed in 2015 to explore options and investigate the potential of the site.