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May 13, 2019

“Shower Outage” (Official music video)

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

Music from the video “How to: Shower in China - When the water goes out.”

This original composition is actually one of our first pieces of music that is actually scored to a scene — in that the timing of the music was written to follow and enhance the action in the video, “How to: Shower in China.” It’s a fun, upbeat piece that really makes the farce we were going for in that video pop.

May 7, 2019

“Watch it!” (Official music video)

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“Watch it” was a short segment conceived for the video “Why do I live in China? What are you doing?” and is basically footage of traffic with the word “watch it” standing in for car horn noises. We thought it was funny. I like the driving beat of this composition and how it gives intensity to some imagery that’s pretty quotidian. We’ve all seen traffic.

Apr 10, 2019

“Cool Water" (official music video)

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Music from the video “No ice, you’re in China,” from our recent YouTube video. The music video features the extra security cam-style footage that we shot to go with the story about the security cameras at work. Because, when there’s a security camera, you have to dance. Then the people will know that you’re fine!

Mar 20, 2019

The same clothes (official music video)

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This music video features the score from our video “Don’t change your clothes” set to scenes from Luzhou in the years 2011-2017. Watch and enjoy. And don’t change your clothes. You look fine!

Mar 17, 2019

Fish Mint (official music video)

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What do you do when you end up with fish mint in your dinner order? Get back on the phone!

Mar 12, 2019

A song for the park

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

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A walk in the park on a sunny day is a truly wonderful thing … the only thing that can make it better is a relaxing soundtrack. Enjoy the view and the sounds!

Feb 28, 2019

Straight out of Luzhou

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Chill out with this music video that takes you on a ride throughout central Luzhou. It’s always more peaceful when someone else is doing the driving …

Feb 24, 2019

Authentic Experiences

The sounds of turnips

“Authentic Experiences” by Western Toilet. You can always listen to us on SoundCloud as well.

This little shorty features footage from a very small town outside of Lijiang in Yunnan province. Among ourselves, we called the town Turnip Mountain, because it was up on a mountain and the way there was covered in turnip fields. A friend told us that a decade or so earlier, before the transportation infrastructure around Lijiang was so good, turnips were really the only fresh vegetable they could get in the winter time. Now, of course, they can get most foods at most times — like most places.

These kids were on their way to the local hardware store to get a hammer. That’s really all there was to that interaction. But they were quite cute.

Feb 21, 2019

“Fu” — official music video

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The footage in this video comes from Jiangyang Park, which is about half a kilometer from our apartment. People really do all kinds of things in the park, from martial arts and dancing to painting calligraphy and hanging out with their birds. There’s a reservoir down the hill that I like to go running around.

Feb 13, 2019

And then now ...

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

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“And then now” is one of my favorite segments to make. For each one, I spend about two or three days walking around the neighborhood and setting the camera down for a few minutes to capture the mundane action of people living their lives. (Does it feel a little creepy? Sometimes!) Peter then edits the longer footage into 5 second clips of the most interesting moments and puts them all together. I think it really captures the feeling of living our lives, without imposing any kind of narrative. Existentialism!