Funfair Ride 3 minutes, 14 seconds "Funfair Ride"
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This funfair ride, located at a sedate entertainment park in a public garden in Shanghai sounds like a rather sad affair. And actually it wasn’t much fun riding on it either, so the melancholy groans and creaks it emitted seemed to be rather fitting. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Brilliant City.
50 Moganshan Lu 3 minutes, 09 seconds "50 Moganshan Lu"
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Before the hype, 50 Moganshan Lu was a collection of warehouses that housed what were then Shanghai’s up-and-coming independent galleries. It was all very low-key and seemed to blend in effortlessly with what had been there already. This recording was made one late Saturday afternoon and I was taken by the serenity of the whole scenery: children playing, people singing while passing on their bicycles, birds chirping. A year later the place had been rebranded as M50, listed in tourist guides, and building works were under way in every corner. These days, the place is like a miniature arts entertainment district, filled with commercial galleries, design shops, art bookshops and the obligatory cafes. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Brilliant City.