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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Bass

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 18:00


  4. Watching a YouTube clip and holding an electric guitar, PETER plays solo.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Ha, I've picked up something from the guitar man in the video.

  6. .

  7. Playing.


  8. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've been playing guitar in my way and haven't considered playing it differently.


  9. Picking up an electric bass guitar and turning on the rhythm of a mini bass guitar amplifier, Peter is improvising.


  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've written and recorded dozens of songs. As a one-man band, I haven't written any bass lines for my songs.


  11. Humming a melody, Peter begins to play the bass.


  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sounds good!


  13. Finishing, PETER taps on his smart phone screen and we hear stereo music from two mobile taupe speakers.


  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like my ears to hear sounds coming from different directions.


  15. Act 2


  16. FLASHBACK


  17. INT. STUDIO - DAY (2021)


  18. Peter stares at two small silver speakers on the wall.


  19. PETER (V.O.): I haven't heard much stereo music from the old hifi system.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was with the Government, I was just too busy.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, the CD/DVD player became out of order. And the unit's FM reception wasn't good.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the sentimental reasons, I tried to fix them without success.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The same for a repairer at Ap Liu Street.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I discovered Sony's SRS-43 Bluetooth Extra-Bass Party Speakers and bought a pair.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As they're heavy, I put them in my NT home.


  32. Underneath the wall speakers, we see a pair of speakers. As Peter turns them on, we hear powerful sounds and see party lights flashing in syn with the beat.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're the smaller and lighter SRS-33 Bluetooth Extra-Bass Speakers.


  34. END FLASHBACK


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I like to try new things.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Early this year, I learned that there was a new series of SRS-13 Bluetooth Extra-Bass Speakers.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The series has six colours - black, coral pink, lemon yellow, light blue, power blue and taupe.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the black ones are available, the other colours weren't.


  42. Recalling.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And so, I began collecting them piece by piece over a couple of weeks until I got five pairs.


  44. Peter takes a photo of a pair of mobile taupe speakers.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're small, inexpensive and no maintenance.


  46. Smiling.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days ago when my wife saw all my 10 SRS-13 XB Speakers, she was shocked.


  48. Recalling.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 1960s, I longed to have a hi-fi system. It was only when I began full-time working in 1974 that I bought my first cheap set in Temple Street.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, I'm hoarding again.


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00


  54. We hear stereo oldies from the taupe speakers.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Staying home reluctantly, I'm doing the same old things, differently.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't like monotone. I like stereo - the spatial effect to the sound.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love the bass. They make the music full and make me feel high.


  60. THE END

  61. .

  62. FADE OUT


























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