Musicians Exploring Experimental Boundaries in China

Musicians Exploring Experimental Boundaries in China
Arts & Culture
Sean Leow
  • 4 november 2008

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.”

Time: Come On Feel the Noise


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