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Listen: BBC Samples the Beijing Music Underground

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Beijing’s prolific and storied underground music scene — a topic we cover often here at RADII — was the subject of BBC Radio 3’s latest Late Junction radio program. Host Nick Luscombe recently did a deep dive in the Chinese capital, collecting music and talking head soundbites from a range of artists, promoters, and label-runners.

After sampling a performance from experimental folk musician Xiao He‘s latest project, which reformats traditional children’s songs into contemporary performance pieces, Luscombe talks to Beijing-born and -based electronic music producer Fishdoll about the city’s rapid flux, veteran club promoter Ni Bing about the changing headwinds of Beijing youth culture over time and his Drum Rider label, Shanghai musician Han Han about China’s emerging synthesizer scene, and D Force Records’ Xu Bo and Zhao Yue about the label’s alternative approach to boosting the weirder edges of the underground music scene in a place where the mainstream is still slow to catch the vibe.

Find the 90-minute radio show, which will be online for another three weeks (at this writing), here, and dive deeper into some of the topics and music discussed via D Force’s recent compilation of synthesizer music, Synthetic China Vol. 1, curated by Han Han and released in August:

 

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