Extraction fans – low level cyclical whirrr.
playback > > Musak – AOR style audio backdrop centred upon coffee bar.
Coffee machine and clatter of cups, saucers, glassware. People are working here. Polish girls and Asian boys.
dOk / tink / Kling
Most people are silent.
Mother with small child,
“He’ll not be a moment…”
Male voice, “Freaks me out that…(Yorkshire accent)
Mother, “…certainly do…“,
Male voice, “Watching telly…and call Ian. This was the last time. I was in bed. Fucking hell. Then the next day…”
Fruit machines are silent from here, but their lights are flashing.
Distinctive click of a metal Zippo lighter from behind me.
Unidentified electronic pulse. 2 second duration.
Continued whirrr of extractors and coffee bar in background.
General atmosphere is quiet, calm, pensive, synthetic. Colour – light grey.
Mobile phone incoming message tone from woman at table 2 meters away.
Male voice, “It’s not worth it”. The Yorkies continue their chat.
Subsonics from engines outside the large rectangular windows penetrate the interior. Felt rather than heard.
Female flight announcer on public address system. A flight to Glasgow.
“…All other passengers remain seated. BMI wishes you a pleasant journey”.
Reasonable audio fidelity and diffusion. Clear, good frequency response.
Moog sound in musak track suggests possible merging with electronic tones of mobile phone tones.
From behind, new female voice, “…basically, she’s still waiting.”
Male voice, “She’s paranoid.”
Same female voice, “…you can still plough on. I hope it all works out.”
Same male voice, “It’ll never change.”
I am asked for a light.
Outside of the smokers’ area, a silenced TV gives news of Iraq violence, Lebanon Funerals and the Russian spy is dying.
playback > > Female flight announcer. Flight to Manchester.
“Business class passengers can board at their leisure”.
Her voice, too close to the mic pops and distorts on the ‘B’, ‘c’, ‘p’, and ‘b’. Pop shield required.
playback > > “Since you been gone…”
Swooshhhhhh swell of air conditioning.
(breath, sigh, and coffee machine).
playback > > Female flight announcer,”Thankyou for waiting.”
Through the large windows an aeroplane pulls in. No sound can be heard. Strangely dislocating.
Passengers have boarded the flights to Glasgow and Manchester. Ambient sound levels have fallen. The TV is now audible. I can hear the weather report from the widescreen display (BBC 24).
The blandly carpeted floor silences footsteps. I decide to leave the smokers’ area, and go towards the waiting area by the departure gate.