[Music] Various Artists – An Anthology of Chinese Experimental Music 1992​-​2008

Dajuin Yao, Dickson Dee and Xper Xr. are the only familiar artists to me on this compilation of avant-garde music from the Sinosphere.  Sub Rosa Records outdoes itself with the marvelous (and quite long) compilation.

[Music] Meng Qi – Span 跨度

Meng Qi is a Chinese experimental music composer based out of my current place of residence, Beijing.  His music is unlike most of the genre, where one would expect to hear an avalanche of nearly pointless noise.  There is a beauty to his compositions that I don’t find much in a lot of modern releases […]

[Music] 稷廬 / jì lú – 阿笈暮鈔歌集 / Songs of Agama

When I see music tagged with the term ‘neofolk‘, I expect to hear something like Death In June, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud or Current 93, not this. I’m not entirely sure where jì lú hail from in China, but the label who released this disc, Raflum, hail from Sichuan, home of some […]

[Literature] My Second-Ever Chinese Language Book Purchase

You may have noticed a severe dearth if posts here at AMOT… That’s because I moved to China to do a bit of work. Since I’m here, I thought I’d raid the local bookstore, translator in hand, and see if I could find something that would inspire me to finally learn Chinese. Here is the […]