More credits followed and his 'Survey' has been featured on Radio 4, BBC Radios London and Essex, World Service, Resonance FM, and BBC1 London news. Sounds from the site have also been used in audiobooks released by BBC Worldwide. Ian said : "The project once got some favourable coverage on the Daily Mail's website, causing a huge if brief visitor surge and my recordings were also used in a Guardian interactive feature about the Shard skyscraper". In 2016 he was given a few minutes on Radio 4's 'The Today Programme'.'collection of over 1500 forgotten and obscure sound-words found in Victorian county dialect surveys and a host of other old sources from across the English-speaking world. Taken together, they make the case that people in the past paid more attention to the sounds around them than we do today'.
He told his interviewer : “As time goes by and cultural, technological, economic conditions change, these recordings will become more and more interesting. I mean, could you imagine if you could hear the sounds of 18th-century London today? Even if it was just the sound of people spitting in the street, coughing and a lot of people were sick back then, so it probably would be fascinating”.(link) which
In 2014 when Ian was 49, he left London and moved to Cambridge where, to support himself, he got a job delivering pizza leaflets and at the time of his death he was working on a new field recording project, 'The Listening Trail', which consisted of soundwalks made in the areas around Cambridge and which he intended to publish as both a series of podcasts and as a field recording diary on 'The Wire' website. A number of his friends and collaborators now hope to complete the project. In 2019 the 'Persistence of Sound' released his 'Thames' recordings on vinyl."Old recordings age well. What I mean, just as a human voice becomes weak and quivery with age, so the recording degrades in a roughly similar way and I think that does make you feel some kind of solicitude towards them just as you might treat a very elderly relative".(link)
His 'Sound Survey' started in 2009 was updated it regularly until 2020 and by then housed over 2000 recordings equating to over 40 hours taken from across London. When Ian was asked : "You've got this big body of work and that to me is not a hobby, it's a kind of work over several years and in many ways". He replied : "I think its a very serious hobby. It's important to me. I guess it is a form of self-actualisation, if you want to sound fancy. But I think for many people their hobbies are precisely that. They are somewhere where you go away from the strictures and demands of work and you are in control of what you are doing. You are creating freely without any obvious external requirements to do so. Certainly, this has done that for me. It was an area of life in which I've been able to create freely and whether the results are good or bad or indifferent, it is entirely up to me. So I get the credit from when its good and I have to take the blame for when its bad". He also said : “Pleasure and curiosity have been the most reliable motivators, more so than a desire to 'document' the city, which just sounds pompous".(link)"I had thought that some of the material might be of interest to people in the future. Even mundane recordings, with the passage of time, can become more informative and interesting. I mean, just imagine if you could go back to the 18th century and listen to just any old street scene in London, however mundane – it would surely be interesting. So, perhaps people in the future would feel the same way. There’s only so much a private individual can do to preserve their recordings. For long term preservation, it’s best to give your recordings to people who specialise in that kind of thing, such as London Metropolitan Archives. I found also that the approach adopted here was a very friendly one, giving the idea that the people here would be pleased to get the recordings, rather than that the archive was doing me a big favour by taking them off me. I thought ‘that’s the way forward for archives’".
Ian said of his ambition : "I think the best I could hope for would be, through recording, I would have captured a fragment of experience which another person, might perhaps have felt that had been private and peculiar to themselves and to realise that much of our experience is almost identical across people wherever they live".(link)
Ian told 'Minute of Listening' :
“Sound pulls you into a sense of place more effectively than a photograph does … conveying subtle emotions that are hard to put into words”.