Emotion: Recorded in an Abandoned Bridge in China

 

Emotion: Recorded in an Abandoned Bridge in China

“Emotion” is the first music video from our new concept album, Hidden: Guangzhou.  Creating this album was one of the most amazing artistic experiences we’ve ever had.  Only available on Indiegogo, all album proceeds go to supporting our project to bring free arts education to communities throughout the Americas. 


THE STORY BEHIND THE CONCEPT ALBUM, HIDDEN: GUANGZHOU

Last year, José and I found a once-in-a-lifetime recording space.  In China, it is not uncommon to find half-finished, abandoned apartment buildings, shopping malls, and public infrastructure projects.  This spot, however, is unique.  At some point in Guangzhou’s recent history, a bridge to connect two islands within its sprawling river delta was started.  For whatever reason, this one was never finished.

The highway, in most apocalyptic fashion, is eerily quiet and empty as it lifts hundreds of feet into the air to stretch across the Zhujiang.  Then suddenly and abruptly, it stops halfway across the river.

Cora Rose Hidden Guangzhou Art We There Yet

The view from the edge is stunning.  I could try to describe it, but you know what they say about a picture:

Unfinished Bridge Guangzhou China Art We There Yet

As we quite literally reached the end of the road, I turned and said to José, “Well, so much for finding that tunnel.”

“Hold on,” he said as he (gulp) climbed over the edge of the bridge and inched down a ladder to a platform just below.  “Hey babe,” he shouted up, “we found it!”

Like the hollow inside of a reed exposed to the world, there at the very end of the unfinished bridge is the opening to a tunnel.   It is built into the underside of the highway, stretching for hundreds of feet under the bridge, quickly fading into pitch black.

And the acoustics are amazing.

Two weeks later we returned with our recording and camera gear.  The recordings and visuals we garnered not only capture the unique acoustics of the space, but also the sounds of a busy and ever-bustling China.  Just across the river sits the ancient fishing port of Huangpu, and every now and then you’ll hear the cry of a carpenter’s saw or the low chug of a fishing boat.

Cora Rose Emotion Art We There Hidden Guangzhou


LYRICS

Keep free and emotion alive, let everybody know you from the inside
Keep free and emotion alive, let everybody know you from the inside
Keep free and emotion alive, keep free and emotion alive

Keep free and emotion real, let everybody know just the way you feel
Keep free and emotion real, let everybody know just the way you feel
Keep free and emotion alive, keep free and emotion alive