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24.03.2020
Open Call for sounds of “usual” life during the pandemic
收集抗疫「日常」的聲音

On “usual” stay-at-home life

Now that we spend so much more time at home, on top of habitually checking the news about the pandemic, we also start to review our stay-at-home life, or discover new sides of things we thought we were familiar with: you realize that the dirt marks on the wall are not permanent – they can be removed by rubbing them with an eraser; not every plant on the balcony needs to be watered daily – you only need to keep the soil moist. Staying at home in such tranquillity makes us feel our distance from the external world; as we are now at home at abnormal times, we notice the activities of people/things at different times of the day: the thrift store owner appears and rings their bell every Thursday at noon; the neighbourhood cats purr at 3 every day; there is one neighbour who makes loud noise with a cleaver; the over-10-year-old fridge roars from time to time; the street at midnight seems unusually quiet.

On “usual” social life

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the frequency with which people have gone out has drastically decreased in order to avoid unnecessary contact with others. The places where people now usually go are limited to areas near their household, their workplace, and where they get their daily supplies. When we visit the supermarket, there are often people contemplating the empty shelves or questioning the shopkeepers about arrival dates of new supplies. The unending advertisements are no longer broadcast in the supermarket, and instead we can clearly hear the sounds of people’s activities: the banging noise made by closing fridge doors, the rustling sound of plastic bags, to name but a few. People now return home immediately after doing their grocery shopping. However, staying at home for too long also makes people depressed, and this is why more and more people are visiting the countryside and outlying islands for a “retreat”. Long queues and a large amount of rubbish have been spotted along some remote mountain trails. The distance between the people on these trails is closer than between those walking along the streets, and they can probably hear each other’s breath from behind their masks. There are also a number of people who love to play music loudly during trekking – are there reasons why we listen not to the sounds of nature? Now there are fewer people walking along the streets, we can hear most of them speaking Cantonese; and arriving at the Star Ferry Pier the sound of the waves has never been so clear.

The Library by soundpocket is collecting sounds of “usual” life during pandemic, the collected materials will then be shared on The Library website.

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關於居家「日常」

近日在家的時間延長,除了定期查看疫情的消息,我們或許會開始多留意到居家生活,或是對一些自以為熟悉不過/一直不以為意的物件有新的發現:原來牆上的痕跡不是永久的,大力用擦膠擦就可以消除了;原來露台有些植物不用每天淋水,泥土保持濕潤就可以了。這段時間身處在靜謐的家中,總會令人想起自己跟外界的距離;因為現在我們身處家中的時間跟以往有所不同,又會留意到人/物於不同時間的活動:逢星期四中午樓下就會有「收買佬」搖著鈴出現、鄰舍的貓每天準時下午三點就會大叫、鄰居一家經常剁肉餅、用了大概十多年的雪櫃原來會偶爾發出頗大的「轟轟」聲,深夜從窗外望出街道的異常寂靜。

關於外出的「日常」

自疫情開始,為了減少與其他人不必要的接觸,大家外出的次數大幅減少,平日到訪的地區僅此於家、工作和購買防疫物資的地點。現在到超級市場,偶爾會聽到有人站在被掏空的貨架前喃喃,或是質問店員來貨日期。以往不斷重複的廣告也沒有在播,只剩下人們選購物品時發出不同的聲音:雪櫃門關上「澎」的一聲、膠袋的摩擦聲等;購物完也是以最快的方法回家。可是,待在家裏太久也會讓人感到沮喪,不少人開始到郊外、離島「避靜」,以往人跡罕至的山頭更出現人龍及大量被丟棄在路上的垃圾。人與人的距離大概比走在路上的時候更近,估計不難聽到口罩下的呼吸聲;還有一小部分總喜歡在散步時大聲播放音樂的人,不知道他們聽不聽到自然的聲音?現在街道上的行人比以往少很多很多,走在路上聽到的都是熟悉的廣東話,到了天星碼頭還可以聽到海水泊岸的聲音。

聲音圖書館現正公開收集大家最近於不同空間所聽到關於抗疫「日常」的聲音,並於稍後把素材上載至聲音圖書館跟大家分享。

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