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Birdsong on the Great Wall of China

Birdsong on the Great Wall of China
21st April 2017 Cities and Memory

A quite lovely recording and recomposition today from China.

Mark Wilden recorded the sounds of birdsong as heard from up on the Great Wall of China – with the ever-present throb of traffic from a nearby town pulsing beneath the recording as an inescapable reminder of the country’s ongoing industrial growth.

Stephanie Merchak’s version of the sound is a gorgeous ambient piece that uses the birdsong as an extra instrument in the mix. She writes:

“When I hear birds, I instantly have a feeling of calmness and peace.

“That’s what I wanted to transmit when reimagining this sound recording.

“To do this, I decided to create an ambient piece, layering the original recording with pads and piano, all processed with a lot of delay and reverb.”

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