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Metro Taipei calls for proposals on ambient music in 10 MRT stations

Metro Taipei calls for proposals on ambient music in 10 MRT stations
By Gia Tang
     Since 2015 the Taipei Soundscape Program has transformed the soundscape of Taipei Metro stations. Music greets passengers from the moment they enter the station until they board the train. On March 31, Taipei City Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Metro Taipei called on music professionals to submit proposals to provide ambient music for 10 stations: Nangang, Ximen, Beimen, Zhongshan, Yuanshan, Taipei 101, Jianan Road, Dahu Park, Xingtian Temple, and Daqiaotou.

     The music should reflect the religion, history, ecology, and tourism of Taipei City and express the uniqueness of each station’s district. Applicants should submit a written proposal and musical recordings for 1 to 3 stations. The call is open to all, regardless of nationality or age. Applicants can be individuals or groups. The deadline is May 15.

     Seven judges—including award-winning composer CinCin Lee, well-known mixing engineer Mr. K, music producer Lin Shang-de, and flautist Tsai Chia-fen—will choose 10 winners who will each receive a prize of NT$35,000 and win the right to take part in a workshop. The workshop sessions will be led by Lin, sound artist Chi Pao-hao, Soundscape Association founder Laila Fan, and program promotor Lee Ming-tsung. Under their guidance, the winners will create ambient music for the 10 stations, and MRT passengers will be able to hear their music from October.

     Graphic designer and Grammy Awards nominee Xiao Qing-yang created the Sound of Silence logo for the program. “Ambient music is not meant to break silence but to complement the feeling of spaciousness,” he said.

Visit www.taipeisoundscape.com for more information or to submit a proposal.