Marching Wind- Taichung MRT Soundscape Project
We “sail” with the wind and travel through the city. The rhythm of the cycle is the unique melody of Taichung. How to awaken those gradually paralyzed urban senses? In the incoming and outgoing stations, sound becomes a unique invitation, we identify, listen, and connect our common memories, in between places and places, among people, among the land and ecology; MRT stations link up a wonderful network, as if birds passing through the forest, between the branches of stopping and departing. We are a station for travelers to change and is also a layout for listening to the ramblings in the wind, which is the core concept of “Wind Walker” to be initiated.
Through the imagery of wind, the city has its unique song as the sound ebbs and flows. Just as a walker, the train meets the wind in anticipation before entering the station and wanders like the wind after leaving the station. The train acts like the wind, stringing together the changes in light and shadow as well as cultural history of every region; the music acts like the wind, interweaving people’s emotions and daily life; the MRT and the music, just as wind walkers, penetrate, merge and withdraw along the axis of sound, resonating together.
The “MARCHING WIND” represents the collective social audience by means of transportation, which has a high degree of “modernity” and “culture”. Yet sound listening must return to the human “sense of body”, which has its own individual and public characteristics. With the speed and spatial sense of the MRT, the “sound landscape” we would like to shape will present three main themes: “social service”, “environmental sustainability” and “technological application” through musical imagery of wind.
For years, Soundscape Association of Taiwan has focused on professional sound science, soundscape aesthetics, and audiology to promote a different kind of environment. In the “MARCHING WIND” project, we will not only show the service function and value of sound in MRT stations, but also focus on the sound space of the stations with the strength of technology, as well as to respond to the mutual integration of the field and the nearby environmental sound. The sound dialogues we are going to engage in will not only passively broadcast information, but will also lead the public to actively explore and return to each station to learn how to become an ambient “listener”, further echoing the visual ” Flight of the Light and Wind” together with the creation of the Taichung MRT landmark music.