Swimming Pool 3 minutes, 04 seconds "Swimming Pool"

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SWIMMING POOL
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Evening in Lianxing: Children of various ages playing in a swimming pool among a complex of high-rise residential buildings, accompanied by the humming of cicadas and air-conditioning units. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
50 Moganshan Lu 3 minutes, 09 seconds "50 Moganshan Lu"

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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.
Rural Night Life 3 minutes, 31 seconds "Rural Night Life"

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RURAL NIGHT LIFE
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A peaceful late summer night in the village of Straden: crickets chirping, leaves blowing in the wind, bells tinkling and the churchbell rings, while my dad is snoring contently in the background.
Blind Busker 3 minutes, 15 seconds "Blind Busker"

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BLIND BUSKER
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A blind woman sitting by a busy road with a microphone and a tambourine. She was mostly ignored by the few passersby, but I found the whole scene and her song incredibly poetic. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Surface.
Childhood Photos 2 minutes, 22 seconds "Childhood Photos"

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CHILDHOOD PHOTOS
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Mum and auntie are posing for photos with their children on Chichin island. It takes a few attempts to get the perfect shot. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Surface.
South Bank Skate Park 2 minutes, 36 seconds "South Bank Skate Park"

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SOUTH BANK SKATE PARK
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A cavernous space with walls covered in graffiti, the skate park at the South Bank Centre is somewhat reminscent of the sites of prehistoric rituals. In this place, youngsters daily worship the cult of the four wheels attached to a wooden board. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
Filming in the Rain 6 minutes, 19 seconds "Filming in the Rain"

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FILMING IN THE RAIN
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A film crew on Toynbee Street in East London is surprised by a thunder- and hailstorm descending from out of nowhere on a mild September night.
Old Ferry 4 minutes, 03 seconds "Old Ferry"

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OLD FERRY
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A ride (abridged) on a ramshackle ferry across the southern arm of the Zhujiang river. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
The Original Magnetic Bracelets 5 minutes, 34 seconds "The Original Magnetic Bracelets"

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THE ORIGINAL MAGNETIC BRACELETS
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Market criers touting their wares at Sunday’s Petticoat Lane market in East London. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
Zhu Ni Sheng Ri Kuai Le 2 minutes, 05 seconds "Zhu Ni Sheng Ri Kuai Le"

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ZHU NI SHENG RI KUAI LE
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Outside a KFC restaurant their advertisement is wishing every passerby a happy birthday on a continuous loop. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
Greenwich Foot Tunnel 3 minutes, 47 seconds "Greenwich Foot Tunnel"

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GREENWICH FOOT TUNNEL
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Opened in 1902, Greenwich Foot Tunnel runs under the river Thames, connecting the Isle of Dogs with the borough of Greenwich. Its rounded diameter and tiled walls give it peculiar acoustics, which are being explored here by children imitating police sirens. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
Pest Control 0 minutes, 50 seconds "Pest Control"

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PEST CONTROL
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5 am at Han-Hsien International Hotel and the pest control man is spraying the lobby with chemicals designed to kill the numerous mosquitoes that tend to congregate in there. Quite a different sound to the player piano that usually infuses the soundscape in the evening with sweet aural perfume. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Surface.
Brixton Station 2 minutes, 23 seconds "Brixton Station"

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BRIXTON STATION
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At the time, Brixton station was a kind of micro-melting pot featuring a set of regularly appearing characters who collectively caused commotion on a daily basis. Some of them were known by names derived from the sounds they contributed to the local soundscape: the Biggie-Biggie man or the Incense man for example. These two were supported by an assortment of preachers from various Baptist and Pentecostal churches, market criers, ticket touts, Underground staff and others. Since the attempt at gentrifying the centre of Brixton things have become a lot less interesting. Leaving the station now, one is not greeted by the lively hustle and bustle, but by the sounds of cars and buses going past.
This recording was released on Peter Cusack’s CD Your Favourite London Sounds (2001).