In this SPR Lunchtime talk by Alex Yiu, he discusses the music and sounds of the 2019 Hong Kong protests
Since the on-going protests in Hong Kong persist after the official withdrawal of the extradition bill, the demands have shifted into calling for an independent investigation of the police’s abuse of power, discharging the arrestees, retracting the proclamation of riots on 9th and 12th June, and calling for immediate dual election through universal suffrage.
The anonymous online forum LIHKG and instant message platform Telegram have played major roles in the protests, and their anonymous natures have helped initiate a lot of leaderless protests within the city—some of which are highly involved with sound and music.
These activities temporally transform spaces such as residential areas and shopping malls into a site for forms of sonic protest. This paper analyses the sonic-spatial aspects and online activity in relation to these protests, in order to suggest how these kinds of protests alleviate citizens through their transformative experience from the escalating tension.
Alex Yiu is a sound artist, music producer, curator, and a researcher based in Hong Kong. He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Prior to his PhD, he completed the MMus Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests include the current deconstructed club music scene on social media, the Hong Kong underground music scene, and other music/sound-related topics. A member of the local underground club music collective Absurd TRAX, he has performed and DJ’d in numerous venues and platforms such as XXX, OIL Club, ALL Club, Sónar Hong Kong 2019, Times Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, NTS Radio, and more.
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