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Experience the eerie and hair-raising soundscape of Hong Kong’s Yik Cheong Monster Building complex. This complex of interconnected high-rise apartment buildings has become an iconic landmark, attracting urban explorers and Instagrammers after serving as a filming location for Transformers 4 and Ghost in the Shell.
Contrary to popular belief, the “Monster Building” is not just one building, but a complex of five interconnected structures. Erected as subsidized housing in the 1960s, the complex consists of Yick Cheong, Yick Fat, Fook Cheong Building, Oceanic Mansion, and Montane Mansion, creating an unexpected soundscape.
We recorded the sounds in the inner courtyards, near the stairs, between closed shops, and near the nearest bus stop and escalators. The sounds felt enclosed yet unexplainably eerie, making it a unique soundscape unlike any other.
We used the Zoom F6 and the Wildtronics Stereo Microphones to capture hundreds of gigabytes of sound. Our recordings are just the beginning, and more unique sound libraries from Hong Kong are coming soon.
When visiting the Monster Building complex, it’s important to be respectful of the residents. While posters prohibit the use of drones and capturing photos and videos for privacy reasons, it’s always a good idea to ask for permission before recording. Remember, people live there!
So if you’re in Hong Kong and exploring Quarry Bay, take a stroll through the Yik Cheong Monster Building complex and immerse yourself in the unique soundscape that defines this iconic landmark.
Who would have thought a handy sound recorder in Cambodia would lead us here?
Hi there we’re Marcel and Libby and every sound on this site has been recorded by us. For nearly 7 years, we’ve been traveling around the world recording unique sounds for others to use!
If you’re curious and want to learn more about our journey traveling full-time as sound recordists you can read on here or on CNN Travel.