Musicians Exploring Experimental Boundaries in China
While China’s experimental music scene is probably not well-known internationally, there exists a small, dedicated group of people in China who are pushing the scene forward. From noise art to 8-bit, musicians in China are exploring the boundaries of music in a way that reminds some observers of New York and Berlin’s avant-garde movements of the 1970s.
Time Magazine has a profile of 5 leading experimental artists, including two of our favorites, Beijing-based Gameboy whizkid Sulumi (pictured above) and PSFK friend B6, who just released a new minimal techno album.
Michael Ohlsson, the Shanghai-based music promoter and founder of Antidote, explains why experimental music has gained traction in China: “I guess the reason noise art is so poignant in China is that it’s dramatically anticommercial in a place where everything is very commercial.”