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Journal of a sound jeweler.

Kou Chou Ching – Tiu Tiu Ssu Hsiang Chi (Little DingDong Mix)

Apparently some remixes are harder to do than others; or at least take me longer. My last remix for Jui-chuan took upwards of three weeks to complete, as did this one – my second for Kou Chou Ching. Actually, if I’m to include the three weeks I spent on vacation and didn’t work on the track, this remix took close on two months! I’d be tempted to think I just work slowly, if it weren’t for the fact that I can apparently also do a remix in two days if needs be (see the post above).

The Little DingDong Mix of Tiu Tiu Ssu Hsiang Chi is currently Track 2 in the MoShang Radio sidebar player (that’s on moshang.net if you happen to be reading this blog elsewhere). Little DingDong is the Chinese name for the Japanese cartoon character Doraemon, by the way… Kou Chou Ching’s original is from their album FuKe and here are their liner notes for the song:

Do you still remember? Do you remember your life when you were a kid? Do you remember when you were a kid how you used to wait for each day’s new installment of comics and eat junk food, back when your favorite superheroes still battled against their arch nemeses?

Time flies and people cannot avoid change. The stresses of life and the influence of the workaday world settle upon us like dust. We can no longer return to our youthful innocence, nor can we reclaim that feeling of satisfaction we had when we were young. Thinking about how this story plays itself out again and again in the city, we decided to start from our childhood experiences to write this song.

As its name suggests, this song takes two Taiwanese folk tunes as its central structure. The first, “Tiu Tiu Tang,” comes from Ilan County in Taiwan’s northeast corner; while the second, “Su Siang Khi,” is from Hengchun, a town in the far south of the island. Together, the two tunes make this song a complete mix of north and south. We have also brought into the tune upbeat funk styles. Finally, to give the tune a relaxed and lively feel, we have inserted sounds from very familiar video games of our youth. Bringing together the old, the new, domestic, and foreign is this tune’s most important mission.

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