Workers + Tourists 2 minutes, 36 seconds "Workers + Tourists"

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WORKERS + TOURISTS
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While a pair of workers carry sand into a building site, a group of drunk tourists are trying to find their way back to their hotel after the 11:30 pm bar curfew in Hanoi’s old town. 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).
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.
Rhythms of Resistance 4 minutes, 00 seconds "Rhythms of Resistance"

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RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE
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On 20th March 2003, the day after the invasion of Iraq, demonstrations were held around the world in opposition to the war. In London, people gathered in Parliament Square in the afternoon, shouting slogans at the Houses of Parliament that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up centuries earlier. Later in the day, drum band Rhythms of Resistance joined the protest with their infectious rhythms, making sure the noise of public anger will penetrate the shielded corridors of power.
Numa Numa 1 minutes, 29 seconds "Numa Numa"

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NUMA NUMA
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The song Dragostea Din Tei (also known as the Numa Numa song) by Moldovan one-hit wonder O-Zone was a summer hit in Europe in 2003-04 and then took East Asia by storm in 2006. For some time, it was virtually impossible to leave the house without hearing the song blaring from some speakers somewhere. Two years later, at RueiFeng night market in Kaohsiung, the spectre of the tune lingers on in ghastly, disfigured 4-bit beeps seeping out of a row of arcade machines like putrid toxic sludge. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Surface.
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.
Preacher 0 minutes, 24 seconds "Preacher"

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PREACHER
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He is the sort of loveable eccentric every city should have more of. A preacher of his very own denomination, white hair and beard floating in the wind, roaming the centre of town on his buggy that is decorated with spiritual slogans while offering blessings and advice to anyone happy to listen. This recording is a blessing in a made-up language, delivered personally to me.
Please Place the Item in the Bagging Area 2 minutes, 54 seconds "Please Place the Item in the Bagging Area"

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PLEASE PLACE THE ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA
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Now omnipresent at supermarkets across the UK, at the time automated checkouts were a novelty. I am still fascinated by the cacophony of disembodied female voices giving friendly but firm instructions on how to shop with the help of a machine. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Undercurrent.
Funfair Ride 3 minutes, 14 seconds "Funfair Ride"

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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.
Streetcriers 3 minutes, 15 seconds "Streetcriers"

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STREETCRIERS
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Hanoi’s streetcriers are nocturnal creatures who traverse the streets of the old town on their bicycles following seemingly random patterns, each one of them having a unique song advertising the wares they sell. 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.
Gong Yuan Lu 2 minutes, 29 seconds "Gong Yuan Lu"

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GONG YUAN LU
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Gong Yuan Lu is a street lined with small shops dripping in motor oil, where parts of engines and other industrial equipment get recycled and resold. As part of the rebranding of Kaohsiung, all of these shops will be closed by June 2008 and razed to make way for a new park. Recorded for the D-Fuse project Surface.
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.