In 1978, China began its road to reform. Today we can see its tremendous result- and this is only the beginning. The ‘soundwalkers’ in this project were born between 1978 and 1985 in the Municipality of Shanghai. As Shanghai matured during these reforms, so did they in their own lives. ‘Hidden’ within their memories, they reveal small and indirect references to how these locations looked and felt. The city of Shanghai is alive and changes and grows just like any living thing- becoming stronger, more intelligent, and more beautiful.
Like sound itself, this project can be experienced and interpreted on many levels. On the surface it may just be a field recording of street sounds in another language, it could be everything I mention here, or something totally different. Whatever you get from these recordings, transcripts, and photos is exclusive only to you and your imagination. I hope that it makes Shanghai less intimidating and more familiar to you and that if you do come, you try to experience a more intimate side of Shanghai by following one of these on your own.
I hope that you enjoy your experience of this project and that one day your imagination leads you here.
Listen with headphones.
从1978年开始中国走上了她的改革开放之路. 今天我们看到了她翻天覆地的转变, 然而这只是一个开始. “声音漫步”的参与者(下简称“说者”)都是在上海土生土长的70尾80后. 他们不仅见证了上海点点滴滴的改变也身临其境地和上海一起长大了. 他们成长中的一些经历间接地被上海的发展和变化影响着而融合成了不可分割的记忆. 在说者们的叙述中总会不期然的听到对一些地点旧貌新态的对比和他们对这变的一些感情. 而上海就是这样, 一个充满活力千变万化的城市, 她在马不停蹄的变得更强更美更现代.