This exhibition provides a compressive perspective on the history of pop music in Taiwan, while also incorporating elements of public curation, giving visitors a chance to voice their thoughts on what pop music is. The "Sounds of the South" section of the exhibit focuses on the musical and cultural lineage of Taiwan's southern region. Aside from including keywords in interactive sound installations representative of southern Taiwan as chosen by visitors, this area also provides an in-depth look at the culturally significant individuals and incidents in Kaohsiung's music history.
We have prepared a collection of audio content for each section of the exhibition. As you pop on your headphones and open the guide page, a map of sound with no bounds will appear by your feet. Are you ready to begin your journey into the sounds of the south?
Live performances have always been an important part of the music industry. Have you ever been curious how many individuals are involved in organizing a show?
With amplifiers and other musical equipment strewn around, you can see staff members bustling about with their duties. Keep your ears open and you might be able to catch what they are saying...
The exhibition acts as a library of memories, which is indexed by songs. Incorporating the element of public curation, visitors will be allowed to submit songs and stories which will become material which the exhibit can continue to build upon. As these songs were at some point part of everyday life and have been repeated for thousands upon thousands of times, they will coalesce and provide even greater insight into the shared memory of Taiwanese pop.
"A Stream of Teleportation" is a ten-meter-long, record-shaped projection screen. The ground level is of waveform design, also a metaphor of how the location is now a ground zero from which the sounds of southern Taiwan can be projected out.
With the inclusion of data provided by visitors, this interactive soundscape has visual and audio cues will let visitors in "A Melody of Our Island" add, choose, and edit how and what the projection will play.
To understand the music industry, one must first become familiar with the various skills and occupations required to produce and market music.
This section of the exhibition has replicated the working environments of the various occupations in the music industry, from the studio to the audio engineer's console, to shop windows of record stores, this is a look into how these artisans go about their daily work.
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MV made people expect more than just auditory stimulation, giving them the expectation of rich and vibrant visual experience to accompany their favorite songs.
Visitors can also step into the green screen, and have a taste of what it would feel like to be part of a music video.
The city of Kaohsiung has produced some of the most important artists and industry talent in the genre of Mandopop.
Looking back at how local indie creativity took root in the city, local artists have not only chosen the harbor city as their base of operations but have continued to contribute to the diversity of music in the south of Taiwan.
We interviewed locals in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung, gathering keywords from them in the process. These keywords are transomed into sounds with the help of our sound artists and allow you to freely choose, combine, and mix these sounds into a song which is an audio representation of the diversity of Taiwan's southern regions.