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Taipei MRTs to get custom tunes

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Taipei plans to commission custom music for each of its MRT stations, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.

“‘Sound landscapes’ (聲音地景) are part of a major plan of the Taipei City Government,” Ko said. “Every MRT station will have its own music, enabling every place to be linked with sound.”

He pledged full support to the capital’s Department of Cultural Affairs in overcoming legal difficulties which the Government Procurement Act (政府採購法) poses toward implementing the plan.

The capital would gradually implement its plan with the groundwork for an open tender, holding a set of workshops and conducting tests within the MRT system’s broadcasting system with the music produced, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ni Chung-hwa (倪重華) said.

Ko made his remarks at a forum celebrating the first month of operations of the Taipei Music Creative Workers Union (台北音樂創作職業公會) — established last month by the municipal government.

He promised to reconsider royalties in city tenders for music as one way of providing musicians more financial support, criticizing how the capital’s New Year countdown party had a budget of more than NT$10 million (US$317,000), but paid just NT$35,000 in royalties for the 70 songs used.

He also promised that the municipal government would make up the current NT$1 billion hole in the construction budget for the Northern Popular Music Center (北部流行音樂中心) commissioned by the Ministry of Culture in Taipei’s Nangang District (南港).

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