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Raffles Place *with soundtrack* by The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

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The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"
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Jan 31, 2012
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Raffles Place is the name of this rare open space in Singapore and the name of the MRT (underground train) station whose entrances are here. This is normally one of the busiest places in the city, but this shot was taken too early in the morning for many people to be about.

While I was sat here waiting for inspiration about what to shoot I found myself becoming more and more irrtitated by very loud building noise. The sound of building work is present *everywhere* in Singapore, but this noise was particularly loud and cavernous presumably because the space is surrounded by tall buildings. I almost left without taking a shot.

Then it dawned on me that there was almost a rhythm to the rattle of drills and booming of piledrivers - I could almost imagine I was listening to an early album by Kraftwerk. Here is the soundtrack: www.kilgore.org.uk/gloppity.wav Will open in a new tab or window (10MB not streamed).

As I was taking the shot, I noticed one of the buildings was an odd shape and covered in blue plastic. It occurred to me that I really was listening to Kraftwerk which was being played to accompany an artistic installation but in fact - of course - the building in question was in the process of being built and I was hearing the noise of construction. Still, I was rather taken by the idea that I was watching and listening to the city 'giving birth' to a new building which is why I hastily made an audio recording on the camera.

We should see more of this kind of thing!

Click tinyurl.com/661sngpr Will open in a new tab or window for more of my images from Singapore.

[2012-01-08/11 Raffles Place-IMG_8720_IMG_9177-450 images.psb]


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