There's a whole world of sound to discover in and around Shanghai and you can hear sample excerpts of just a few below.

在上海,您可以探索到一个属于音声的世界。在这里您就能试听到几个举例

Listen to some sample soundscapes... 试听短样音景...

FRIDAY NIGHT kARAOKE

Off tune singing, drunken chit chat, microphone feedback - a cacophony that evokes the relaxation of many Shanghainese in the corridors of a large karaoke joint on a Friday night. 

night market

the 'plum rains' 梅雨

June is the season for the 'Plum Rains' or 梅雨 (meiyu or “may yoo” in Mandarin), so called because it's the time when the plums ripen on the trees. This is a composite soundscape recorded at locations close to the Henan, Fuzhou, Jingling and Middle Sichuan Roads of the Huangpu District during the day and at night.

六月由于是梅子成熟的季节,又称“梅雨季节”。该音景是由日夜在河南路、福州路、金陵路和四川路录得音声而合成的。

SHIMMERING DRAGONS 龙儿波光粼粼

Photo by 拍摄者:Niko Hättich: nikohaettich.smugmug.com

Photo by 拍摄者:Niko Hättich: nikohaettich.smugmug.com

You need to be on The Bund early - between 6 and 8am to enjoy the sight and sound of kites. The one in this recording is a string of foils ... half close your eyes & you can imagine a shimmering dragon dancing in the wind. Towards the end you'll here the purring of stunt kite.

想享受风筝的景色和声音,您必须提早赶到外滩, 大概清晨六到八点。录音里的风筝是由一串金属薄片制成的。轻轻闭上眼睛,您将可以想像到一条光芒闪烁的龙在空中摆舞。 在录音的结尾,您将会听到隆隆的特技风筝声。

ERHU pLAYER IN FUXING ISLAND PARK 复兴岛公园的二胡演奏

This musician uses an amplifier & the acoustics of a concrete shelter to great effect. 

该演奏家利用了扩音器和水泥建筑来获得了良好的效果。


BUDDHIST TEMPLE CEREMONY 寺庙佛事 

Chanting, bells, dissonant percussion, whispered prayers. Perhaps one of the most sonically rich and rewarding experiences in Shanghai is stepping inside a temple’s wall – whether it’s to relative hush ... or to a ceremony in full swing.

走进庙寺的殿堂里,佛经诵念、佛事铃声、鼓点节奏、以及默默念叨的祈祷,无伦是全场肃静无声还是全面展开的仪式,您将在这里体验到上海最丰富的音景之一

 

wanshang bird & insect market

From the street you can barely tell there's a market there - but step a few paces inside the Wanshang market and the air pulsates with the songs of hundreds of crickets - not to mention caged birds of all descriptions. An miss-able stop on any sonic tour of Shanghai.


The eternal song of shanghai's streetcorners

The song you'll hear played on almost every street corner in Shanghai is not a Chinese tune - its 'Quien Sera' - a Mexican song which is just one of a hundred tunes offered for sale on the bootlegged Latin CD - but for some reason they only ever play this one! This soundscape is a medley from several different locations between East Nanjing Road and Peoples Square. 

 

 

SHANGHAI STORM 

This sample from a long playing soundscape starts in a busy street market as thunder rolls in. As the rain intensifies we move from the busy street down a narrow lilong. As the rain gradually abates & the water trickles into the drains, a lonely scooter disappears into the damp night. Strangely soothing. Recorded in XY stereo; 48 KHz, 24 bit depth. To purchase the complete soundscape follow this link:

 

 

Cycle through country lanes beyond the water town of Zhujiajiao on the outskirts of Shanghai and you may stumble across the aquatic center - with two vast Olympic-sized rowing lakes. Its a marvelous place to enjoy a tranquil few hours and enjoy the birdsong - including Eurasian blackbirds, Chinese bul buls and white-cheeked starlings which roost under the eaves of one of the giant stadia.

Original recording in XY stereo, 48 KHz, 24 bit depth- to download a long playing version follow this link:


LONGHUA PARK BIRDSONG

Moving off a busy street into Longhua Park traffic sounds fade and birdsong almost obscures the urban hum. Recorded in XY stereo; 48 KHz & 24 bit depth. Original long playing soundscape available for puchase & download here:

 

Here Be Dragons!

Photo by Nicklas Hultman

'HERE BE DRAGONS' - is a 30 minute radio program all about the sounds of Shanghai on Australian Radio National. 

To listen follow this link:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/here-be-dragons/6847616


COMING soon - more soundscapes       

from shanghai & beyond...      

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