My Father In Hong Kong 1961 / Gold Panda / Ronni Shendar / 2013
“He was doing military service in HK in the 60s which must have been such a crazy time,” he says. “I think he had to give police support on days when there were pro-communist marches.” ➡︎
Yes, there are a bunch of photos of my Dad drinking. He was doing service in the Army in that part of the world. I’ve never been to Hong Kong but I wanted to make a very stereotypical Westerner’s view on Asia – like in those TV documentaries about Asia and they will have those typical ‘chiming bell’ soundtracks, while the camera pans across a landscape. I really love those pieces of music as they are always awful but good – it’s like the Westerner’s take on what Oriental music should sound like.
I need limits otherwise I can spend ages on a track and then I will hate it. It won’t sound fresh anymore. ‘My Father In Hong Kong 1961’ is just two or three samples of an old record, which I made a melody from. I then played all the black keys on a Juno synthesizer over the top and it was done. It took 15 minutes and it is one of my favourite tracks on the album, because it always sounds fresh. If you do a first take, you will never capture that magic again and by also ditching the laptop I was liberating myself from the confinement of freedom – if that makes any sense. ➡︎