Colin Drury on a sound idea

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THE RIVER DON ENGINE, KELHAM ISLAND MUSEUM, ALMA STREET:

This is thought to be the most powerful working steam engine in the world – and that means it creates a unique noise. “It’s loud and fierce,” says Martin,“and you won’t hear anything else like it. That makes it special.”

SHEAF STREET WATER FEATURE: “Stop and listen to it,” says Martin, of the feature, outside Sheffield Railway Station. “The rushing water reflects the trains. It has that clackety-clack sound.”

STEEL FOUNDRIES AT NIGHT: The city’s steel factories are sound-proofed to prevent noise pollution but they still create an ambient drone. “In Pitsmoor at night,” says Martin, “you can still hear the sounds coming up from the valley. It’s amazing.”

SHEFFIELD SUPERTRAM: “I’m not sure where I’m going to record the tram yet,” says Martin. “But it’s a very distinctive, rushing sound.”

Kelham Island Museum 30th Anniversary .

Kelham Island Museum 30th Anniversary .