Bridges of Shanghai documents the sounds of the bridges that bind together the man-made jigsaw puzzle of the Shanghai province. Each suture contains a specific audible genius loci that includes both the transient and permanent. Large or small, busy or derelict, they serve more than just the purpose for which it was built. A permanent root for the natural growth of the civilization around them.
Beneath its belly one could find housing for workers, public storage, factories, hobos, trash heaps or bubbling waterways. Around its feet could be a vibrant community, a forgotten thoroughfare, or a ruin for future development.
“Growing Up With Shanghai” is a series of soundwalks with young Shanghainese who were born and raised during the rapid modernization of their city in the 1980s and 1990s. These recordings capture not only their most intimate memories of the locations where they grew up, but also the progress and growth Shanghai has undergone in the past 30 years. The current sounds of Shanghai can be heard behind the dialog and also serve as an audio document for future generations of Shanghainese. All dialogue is in Shanghainese or in their local dialect.
'A Year Of China' is a project made to collect 8,760 hours of audio from China that when played, will last exactly for one year. This enormous document will create a mostly non-visual picture of the life, sounds, and noise of China.
Anyone is welcome to submit recordings they have made in China no matter what the length or when it was recorded. Also, please refrain from only recording copyrighted material such as music, tv, etc. If these sounds are in the background, it is fine but recording the radio may not acceptable.
When complete, an exhibition will be held in Shanghai, China and throughout the world.
All recordings will be under an BY-NC-SA license when released for public download.
These sounds were recorded during the month of October 2011 during the shoot of the upcoming film: "Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine" (2012).
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'Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine' Film
The 'Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine' Film is directed by a close friend of Matt's, Michele Josue. More information can be found on the movie website:
The film is currently in post production and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2012.
Matthew Shepard Foundation
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.
Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
For more information: