Focus Taiwan 報導石計生教授主持之洪一峰虛擬音樂博物館

石計生教授接受中央社訪問,在英文報紙 Focus Taiwan 闡述建構洪一峰虛擬音樂博物館的過程

Virtual museum dedicated to local singer-songwriter goes online

2011/04/19 21:19:06

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) A virtual museum documenting the life and creation of Taiwanese singer-songwriter Hung Yi-feng is now available online, providing visitors with a glimpse into the world of one of Taiwan’s most representative musicians.


Dubbed “the king of Formosan song, ” Hung, born in 1927, was blessed with a deep, resonant voice and was a prolific musician who is familiar to middle-aged and elderly Taiwanese-language music fans.


His debut tune “Butterfly Infatuated with Flower,” which he wrote at the age of 19, sprung him to fame, and other oldies he composed such as “Memories of an Old Love” and “The One I’m Missing” are still very popular among patrons of local KTVs. The musician died of pancreatic cancer in 2010.


Now, however, thanks to the Hung Yi-feng Virtual Music Museum (洪一峰虛擬音樂博物館)launched by Soochow University Professor C.S. Stone Shih(東吳大學石計生教授) and sponsored by the National Science Council (NSC) , some of his most familiar tunes can be heard and remembered.


“One of the special features of the online museum is that viewers can virtually stroll through each of eight sections in a 3-D, sphere-like environment, something that has never been seen before in Taiwanese museums, ” the professor said in a telephone interview Tuesday.


The museum allows viewers to listen to 40 famous songs composed by Hung and see some 50 pictures of the artist, as well as an animated short film.


Shih, who works in the field of geographic information system (GIS) technology, said he first met with Hung in 2008 and was very touched by the spirit of the artist who contributed such a lot to Taiwan’s music scene.


In 2009, one of Hung’s sons, Hung Jung-liang, approached Shih to ask whether he could establish a digital museum featuring his father’s work.


The virtual museum, designed using GIS, will be given an English interface and new innovative features if the project gains more funding  from the NSC in the near future, Shih added.(By Hermia Lin)


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