The Sounds of Cities

is an 80-minute long Dolby Atmos Music Album that includes music from 9 living composers who compose music in different genres and styles. Inspired by the elements of a city that are everywhere in the surrounding, I am doing a Dolby Atmos mix for the music in this album to provide an immersive hearing experience to the audience, just like the audience is walking on the street, taking the subway or watching a movie in a theatre.

Since I was trained as a music composer and composed music inspired by my hometown – Hong Kong, I always questioned why my hometown often is the topic of my composition. When I came to Toronto, I finally found that, in the past, my hometown was an invisible influence on me. The city's daily life, sound, view, and language are always in my surroundings. Once I leave, the inspiration and the sound of my music change. Because of this, I would like to explore deeper to know what the cities sound like worldwide. To reach my interest in contemporary classical music composition and my practice in music production, I am collecting composer's works and producing them in an immersive listening experience through this album. To showcase The Sounds of Cities by composers with my creative and technical approach to surround mix on their music composition. 

Dolby Atmos has reinvented how entertainment is created and experienced, allowing creatives everywhere to place each sound exactly where they want it to go, for a more realistic and immersive audio experience, transports you into a spatial sound experience that draws you in deeper, so you hear more and feel more. 

If you have your home theatre setup, you can enjoy the music with your surround speakers setup. You can also enjoy the music with a stereo speakers setup or listen to the music in binaural format through your headphones.

The Sounds of Cities
Music Technology & Digital Media Final Project
Dolby Atmos Music Album Physical Listening Session
Produced by Fish Yu

Date: March 29, 2023
Time: 19:30 (EDT) 
Location: Room 330,
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto 
7.1 surround speaker setup for this listening session

Featured Music & Composers:

Metatron - Eliot Britton

Lone Howl - Alvin Chu

Breathing Room - Steven Webb

Merz Re #2 - Nolan Hildebrand

Suite of Kairos - Kelvin Lee

Silent - Parisa Zhou

Dear Deer, in the Deep of the Woods - Yuhan Zhou

Subterranean Dreams - Stephen Morris

Rainbow Crow - Fish Yu

About The Producer

Toronto-based producer Fish Yu, is trained as a music composer, sound engineer and music producer, who is professional in capturing and producing acoustic, electroacoustic and spatial music in studio production and live performances. He was involved as a sound engineer in the University of Toronto New Music Festival (New Techniques in Global Collaboration for Musical Performance, Electroacoustic Music Concert, Songwriting Concert, Hatzis @ 70), Electroacoustic Music Concert (7.1 speaker configuration), Percussion and Tapir Lab (Pleiades and Persephassa by Iannis Xenakis and Mikrophonie I by Karlheinz Stockhausen), etc.

To explore the possibility of applying technology (spatial audio design, live signal processing) in music performance and music composition, Yu is going to study DMA in music composition at the University of Toronto in 2023 fall to research deeper into the field and produce more music.

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