Although I’ve never been much of a moviegoer, I was in fervent anticipation of the recent ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ film for obvious reasons. Asian representation in the media plays a big part in fostering cultural understanding and bridging the gap, and in its own way can even impact on the passage of Chinese music across borders. If it might not occur to you immediately why this might be, the case study of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and its soundtrack is a perfect place to launch such a discussion.
Despite the overly positive reviews of the soundtrack (most of which come from a western viewpoint); I thought it would be an interesting experiment to share my perspective on the film’s soundscape. As a Singaporean, member of the Asian diasporic community and a Mandopop enthusiast, it seems that I just so happen to possess the rare (but often useless) permutation of skills to launch a well-rounded critique of the film.
As soon as the titles started to roll and the sounds of a familiar Mandarin classic piped serenely into the background, I was choked with emotion. Never has a Western Blockbuster so prominently and positively displayed the music I loved. It had always been the small victories; like a end credits Mandarin song for Transformers, or some Jay Chou thrown into The Green Hornet or one of his other titles as a freebie; examples few and far between. And as the soundtrack progressed, I was in absolute euphoria. Never had I expected the soundtrack to be made up majorly of Mandarin tracks. By exposing millions of Western and worldwide audiences to Mandarin music, this would potentially be a huge for the industry. If executed well, the movie could be a perfect stepping stone for bridging cultural gaps between the east and the west; not only through the visual techniques, narratives and themes of the movie; but also through the film’s soundscape.
By: C.P Ching
A look back at the results of of the 9th Golden Indie Awards (GIMA) that took place in Taipei on October 27th, 2018.
■ Best Band Award
No-nonsense Collective - Escape from Freedom 無妄合作社-《逃脫時間的鎖 》
■ Best Singer-songwriter Award
Chiu Pi - Splendor 邱比 - 《大放》
Best Newcomer (Band) Award
Accusefive - 告五人《迷霧之子》
■ Best Musician
Li Cheng Zong (Bandoneon) - 李承宗《皺摺》／班多鈕手風琴
Zhong Yufeng (Pendulum) - 鍾玉鳳／《擺》／琵琶
Adriano Moreira (Drummer) - 《Be Well World》 ／鼓手/ 高飛
■ Best Live Performance
Flesh Juicer - 血肉果汁機
■ Overseas Composition Music Award
Moonlight is very white - Moxizi poem 《月光白得很》- 莫西子詩
■ Best Rock Album Award
Brothers without dreams, should not - Sorry Youth 《兄弟沒夢不應該》- 拍謝少年
■ Best Rock Single Award
Largest Era - Outlet Drift〈最大的年代〉- 漂流出口
■Best Folk Album Award
(la mathuaw maqitan apiakuzan) Beautiful, what happened? - Magaitan Lhkatafatu
■ Best Folk Single Award
Cram Schools Killed the Children - Lao Wang Band
■ Best Hip Hop Album Award
Mistaken into the way - Trout Fresh 《 誤入奇途》- 呂士軒
■ Best Hip Hop Single Award
I am gone- Trout Fresh 〈孬種走了〉-《呂士軒》
■ Best Electronic (EDM) Album Award
Splendor - Chiu Pi 《大放》- 邱比
■ Best Electronic Singles Award (EDM)
Undergrounds of Taipei - 3R2 《tek.experience》
■ Best Jazz Album
Animal Triste - Ying-Da Chen 《動物感傷》- 陳穎達四重奏
■Best Jazz Single
〈Dreamer’s Blues) In Our Blood - Vincent Hsu & Soy La Ley Afro-Cuban Jazz Band
〈夢想家的藍調〉古巴吶喊 - 徐崇育& Soy La Ley 古巴爵士樂團
■Best Genre Album
Put - Zhong Yufeng 《擺》- 鍾玉鳳
■ Best Style Singles Award
Floral Cluster - Prairie WWWW 〈碎花星辰F〉- 落差草原 WWWW
(LA MATHUAW MAQITAN APIAKUZAN>) BEAUTIFUL, WHAT HAPPENED?
《美好的，怎麼了》 - 瑪蓋丹
SPRING SCREAM MUSIC FESTIVAL - (RADISH RECORDS) -
春天吶喊音樂節主辦團隊 - (蘿蔔瑞克音樂事業有限公司)
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