Standing proud in the centre of Bangkok, the Giant Swing is located in-between the historical City Hall and Wat Suthat Thepwararam buildings, and has a rather interesting history.
Made from round-lathed teak tree trunks, and standing at an impressive 21.15 metres, the swing was originally constructed in King Rama I’s reign (1737-1809) and used as part of a Brahman Hindu ceremony in which young boys would attempt to swing high enough to grab a bag of silver coins placed on top of the pillar with their teeth.
The swing was faithfully reconstructed in 2007 though it’s still possible to see the old version - in the Bangkok National Museum.
Originally from Leicester UK, Ryan West, AKA Rival Consoles, has been releasing music on Erased Tapes since the label’s conception in 2017.
His trademark sound is known for bringing a warm, human side to electronic production, and spans a range of sound worlds, taking in elements of electro, glitch, and atmospheric material which has recently seen him soundtracking an episode of apocalyptic thriller series Black Mirror, and an audio-visual show in collaboration with Boiler Room at the V&A London.