Hear. Here. Singapore. Episodes

November 23, 2022

408933 Ice Ice Baby

Not all ice is frozen equally - solid carbon dioxide, aka Dry Ice, sublimes in air straight from solid to gas, which makes it critical in transporting anything that needs to stay cold. It also sounds insanely cool when you put a block in a bowl and pour water all over it

November 16, 2022

238859 Singapore in Mono Stereo Binaural

I visited several places in Singapore to record the same place using 3 different spatial techniques - mono, stereo and binaural. Use headphones for this episode, cos the binaural effect only works with headphones. The set-ups were a X-Y config for a Sony PCM-D10 (that gave mono-compatible X-Y stereo that I could get a mono sound as well as a X-Y stereo) and a 3Dio FreeSpace Pro II for exceptional binaural with its DPA 4060 omni capsules. The only thing I did was roll off the low end rumble (100Hz and below) and match the levels

November 09, 2022

189673 Ella Spira Global Landscapes Singapore

Ella Spira is a Grammy-nominated British composer, artist and co-founder of production company Sisters Grimm. A truly multi-disciplinary artist, she held her immersive exhibition, Global Landscape Singapore, this month in Singapore. The exhibition celebrates the richness of life in and around the island through six individual paintings and a series of charcoals.  The paintings are accompanied by photographs taken by Singaporean photographer Rebecca Toh and an evocative score composed by Spira. This score features Singaporean cellist Olivia Chuang and incorporates the sound of Rebecca’s Leica M10 camera click as well as the sound of Singapore thunder storms.

November 08, 2022

449876 Breakfast at Marine Cove

The 3rd episode of my series looking for a relaxing spot in Singapore brings me to East Coast Park beach. As soon as you reach the waterline, with the bubbly surf lapping at your feet, the sense of space is amazing. Alas, you also become aware of a sinister sound that pierces the delightful tranquility.

November 01, 2022

169208 Sleepless in Singapore

Singapore ranks 3rd in a survey of sleep deprivation across 43 major cities: only Tokyo and Seoul are worse. Less than 5 hours of sleep a night can cause havoc, so this episode presents a summary of 3 types of noise (white, brown and pink) that could be used to help improve quality of sleep. 3 bonus episodes included offer 30 minutes of each type of noise with a gentle 5 minute taper at the end.

November 01, 2022

169208 Sleepless in Singapore - Bonus Pink Noise

Singapore ranks 3rd in a survey of sleep deprivation across 43 major cities: only Tokyo and Seoul are worse. This bonus episodes is 30 minutes of pink noise with a gentle 5 minute taper at the end.

November 01, 2022

169208 Sleepless in Singapore - Bonus Brown Noise

Singapore ranks 3rd in a survey of sleep deprivation across 43 major cities: only Tokyo and Seoul are worse. This bonus episodes is 30 minutes of brown noise with a gentle 5 minute taper at the end.

November 01, 2022

169208 Sleepless in Singapore - Bonus White Noise

Singapore ranks 3rd in a survey of sleep deprivation across 43 major cities: only Tokyo and Seoul are worse. This bonus episodes is 30 minutes of white noise with a gentle 5 minute taper at the end.

October 25, 2022

109178 Terrace Gardens at The Alkaff Mansion

The 2nd episode of my series looking for a relaxing spot in Singapore brings me to the Terrace Garden on the Southern Ridges Trails. The entrance is next to The Alkaff Mansion and the Terrace Garden is a climb that's equivalent to 5 or 6 floors. At the top, you're rewarded with a 360 panorama of Singapore - a perfect for a getaway from the city!

October 19, 2022

619230 Asian Koel aka Uwu Bird

It's the bird that everyone hates, because of it's annoying call: the Asian Koel starts calling for a mate from as early as 5am, and it's wail has been described as u-wu / oo-oh / ooh-whoo: whichever way you spell it, Singaporeans aren't fans, and some 600 call NParks to complain every year. But did you know that the Asian Koel does do one thing that we should love it for?

October 12, 2022

089487 Tanjong Pagar Air-Cons

The shophouses in Tanjong Pagar are conserved and restricted to F&B or Retail at street level, which means lots of air-con to make them cool, welcoming places. But go behind and into the alleyway behind, and you'll come face to face with an army of air-conditioning compressors: noisy, hot and electricity hungry beasts.

October 07, 2022

160022 Aquarium Tanks

When I lowered a hydrophonic microphone into a 40 litre office aquarium tank to listen to what the fishes are hearing, I was expecting the kind of soundscape that I'd heard on films like The Abyss and Sphere. What I heard was *nothing* like what I expected. What might also surprise you, is the special relationship that ornamental fish, like goldfish, koi and guppies, have with Singapore.

September 28, 2022

179434 The Treasury

Singapore is a financial centre in Asia that handles a phenomenal amount of money every day, but it's still cash that makes the heart sing cha-ching! I bought a note counting machine off Carousell and recorded the heck out of it as it counted S$1k in the form of 20 x S$50 bills.  Long term investors know that a diversified portfolio makes sense, but a LOT of people still have readily available cash, and scammers are targeting Singaporeans via sophisticated schemes that rely on tricking victims into sending money electronically overseas, where it's impossible to get back.  Once bitten, Twice Shy - and cash again becomes King, to be squirrelled away at home in hiding spaces, only to come out once in a while to be counted.

September 23, 2022

298637 Bukit Brown Cemetery

This season, I'm looking for quiet spaces in Singapore, a city state with limited land that has to balance progress with preservation of green spaces. This episode, I'm at Bukit Brown Cemetery, a public Chinese cemetery established in the early 20th century but now considered abandoned.  The 213-acre (0.86 km2) site at Bukit Brown was opened on 1 January 1922 as a cemetery and was managed as a public burial ground by a committee led by committee leaders Tan Kheam Hock and See Tiong Wah–who was at that time comprador of the Hong Kong Bank. In the next few decades, this area will be redeveloped into housing.