Sounds of Beijing

I have worked in TV my entire career. But secretly, I enjoy radio more. By that, I mean really well-produced radio features that use sound to trigger the listener’s imagination.

I am into the final stages of post production for my documentary about the Beijing Olympics and I have been hunting obsessively for sound recordings of Beijing.

Here is a gem of a sound collage that I have found on the web:

Perhaps it is because I am a foreigner but to me, each environment in Beijing sounds a little different from the others. Urban vs Suburban. Old vs New. Downtown vs Outskirts.

Listen, for instance, to the sound recordings of the Dazhalan district in Beijing, an old area that is being demolished in the leadup to the 2008 Olympics.

Like pictures, sounds give us important cues to urban transition and transformation.

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