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Lost in Amsterdam Centraal

Amsterdam CentraalToday we’re deep inside the cavernous Amsterdam Centraal train station, serving destinations all over Europe. The station opened in 1889, designed by Pierre Cuypers, who also designed the Rijksmuseum.

We wait on platform 15b, the furthest platform, for a train to the airport, recording the announcements and comings and goings of trains in this impressively reverb-laden soundscape.

For the reimagined version, we’ve drenched the platform sounds with five or six tracks of shimmering, reverby guitars, that give way to a synth pulse and lead part. Over the top of this, processed sounds of platform announcements, hissing brakes and the clatter of arriving trains dance across the stereo field.

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Memory version: