Feature: Where is the song?
哪裡有歌?

Listen 來聽 /

“Where is the song?” asks questions about how people inhabit a place by singing songs.

In Singapore GaGa (2005), a video documentary directed by Tan Pin Pin, featuring the hybridity of the Singaporean soundscape with songs sung in English, Hakka, Hainanese, Arabic, Latin, etc. Outside the metro station, a wheelchair-bound woman sings her One Dollar Song while selling tissue paper. In other parts of the city, school cheerleaders sing hymns to their communities. In songs, we hear the character of a place, and the stories of its people.

How many languages you have ever heard in Hong Kong? Hakka, Wai Tau, Cantonese, Fukien, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian or Tagalog? Songs are sung in various languages and dialects, improvised or a capella, by anonymous composers; be they old or new, playful or solemn…wherever there is the song, wherever we will be.

We would like to give our special thanks to Yung Yung, Stephen Cheung, Rita Yip, Grandma Liu and her family, Wong Chun-kok (Ah Kok), Mr. Choi and KC for their advice and participation.

「哪裡有歌」是尋問一個「地方」,地方裡的「人」,及從人口中唱出來的「歌」。

二零零五年由陳彬彬導演執道的《新加坡風》,以英、客家、海南、阿拉伯、拉丁等歌曲呈現新加坡複雜而多元的聲音景象。殘障女士唱著自編的「一元歌」在地鐵站外兜售紙巾,學校啦啦隊以讚美詩歌頌社區。歌曲築構了一個地方的獨特性,也載負了不同人的故事。

在香港你聽過的語言又有多少種?客家話﹑圍頭話﹑粵語﹑閩南語﹑韓語﹑日語﹑英語﹑法語﹑印度語﹑印尼語﹑菲律賓語?那些用各種語言和方言唱的歌曲;無名的創作者,口頭、即興的唱作,清唱的演繹,莊嚴的﹑玩味的﹑當下的或來自遠古的……哪裡有歌,我們便往哪裡去。

在此特別感謝蓉蓉﹑張國雄先生﹑葉麗慈女士﹑廖婆婆及家人﹑黃津珏先生﹑蔡會長﹑貴祥的指導和參與。

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  • Interview 採訪:The Library/ 聲音圖書館
    Editing 編輯、整理: Law Yuk-mui/ 羅玉梅

  • 2:00PM-4:00PM

  • June - July 2013

  • Cattle Depot Artist Village/ 牛棚藝術村

  • Tascam DR 40/ Handheld 手持錄音/ Recorder mounted on tripod 錄音機置於三腳架

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"Thirteen Streets" adaptation from "Little Li Flying Dagger"/ 《十三街》 改篇自小李飛刀

  

Brother Wing singing “18 Prohibitions”/ 榮哥唱《18禁》

  

Brother Wing singing “Sentimental Monk Slips Away to Xiaoxiangguan” / 榮哥唱《情僧偷到瀟湘館》

  

Ah Mun / 阿蚊01

  

Ah Mun / 阿蚊02

  

Airplane Memories/ 飛機回憶

  
  • Interview 採訪:The Library/ 聲音圖書館
    Transcription 謄錄: Emma Wu/ 吳嘉曈
    Editing 編輯、整理: Law Yuk-mui/ 羅玉梅

  • 10:00AM-12:00NN, 07/15/2013

  • Tai Po Salvation Army Community Centre/ 大埔的救世軍社區中心
    Hong Kong Railway Museum /香港鐵路博物館

  • Tascam DR 40/ Handheld 手持錄音/ Recorder mounted on tripod 錄音機置於三腳架

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Wong Chi-ching singing a Lapsad tune/ 黃志青自述

  

Wong Chi-ching singing a Huiyang shange/ 黃志青唱惠陽山歌