There's a whole world of sound to discover in and around Shanghai and you can hear sample excerpts of just a few below.
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.
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.
SHIMMERING DRAGONS 龙儿波光粼粼
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.
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.
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.
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.
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