Recordings from my day yesterday.

I had to go to the Social Security office in downtown Brooklyn. I took the 4 Train back into NYC. I feel at home when I hear, “Stand clear of the closing doors please.”.

Julie and I needed to waste some time before we met friends for Julie’s birthday so we stopped by Guitar Center to visit my friend Dan who works there. You can hear some Reggae in the background. I think all music stores around the world sound incredible similar.

My friend Leslie (on the right) needed to get a new piercing so we stopped by one of New York’s famous Tattoo parlors Adorned. I like the song that’s playing. Does anyone know what it is? Buzz buzz!

Time for the celebration so we head to Supper. It’s a great Italian restaurant owned by Frank Prisinzano who became well known in NYC with one of his other spots simply called “Franks”. The food was great but as you can hear it was well loud. My poor musicians ears would have preferred a much quieter place but this is Manhattan on a Friday night.

All the recordings were done on my iPhone using the Griffin iTalk application. You can download and use these recordings for whatever you like. Here’s a download link for the 16bit aiff files. Included is a bonus audio file recorded on the F-train:

NYC Day by Oliver Chesler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at

Related post: Free audio recordings from the Berlin S-Bahn.

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to:

10 thoughts on “Recordings from my day yesterday.”

  1. Tattoo parlour music is Poor Fractured Atlas (All of this useless Beauty) Elvis Costello and The Attractions. Get the app Shazam to discover new music easier. I find that it works about 90% of the time.

  2. I should have mentioned it in my reply but yes I did use it on your recording. I had to use it on the end of it without many background voices speaking. :)

  3. Wow, Oliver… Are you going to field recordings and Elvis Costello!! My congratulations. Some people never change his musical statements and i think that’s really sad. Last days I was thinking in field recordings as some kind of unique portrait. I was listening a lot of Hugh Tracey’s old recordings and was an awesome experience…

    This radio is amazing too:

    Greetings from Barcelona.

  4. I love the field recordings of subways and the like. I’ve recorded a few plane and train journeys around the world on previous trips, which was amusing, but never really ended up in a track like i thought it might. Never heard anything from the USA though. Nice :)

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