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The hip hop nightlife of Milan

3Milan, Italy – a slice of cafe nightlife on Ripa di Porta Ticinese in the Navigli district, a lovely canal-side street lined with restaurants, bars and cafes, with a lively streetlife by night.

Here we take a walk along the side of the canal, hearing the sounds of conversation, laughter, greetings and evening meals being enjoyed in this popular part of Milan.

To reimagine the sound, I’ve created an even livelier scene by imagining a hip hop sound system installed on a street corner, pumping out breaks, beats and synths which blend into the life of the street and create an altogether different ambience of nightclubs, not cafes, as snippets of overheard conversation rhythmically move in and out of the drums and synths.

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