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Catching the Beat

May 12, 2010

Note: Starting this blog has already been a humbling experience.  I really just started getting into blogs several months ago and now use google reader semi-obsessively to stay connected.  It’s fun, novel and extremely challenging keeping up.  There is just SO MUCH everywhere.  Navigating it, filtering it and making it your own is as much an art as it is a science.  One issue perhaps is that there are just so many smart passionate people–with thoughtful, well reasoned point of views and edgy opinions (okay not all the time, but…)….I’m beginning to believe its more of a solution than problem.

Truthfully, these reflections are really just in regards to one pocket of interest that I’ve been digging deeper into over the past couple of months.  A grain of sand on the shoreline of information.  The Chinese music scene–from the people to the industry.  And over these past few days there has been an explosion of insightful, heated debates on several of the blog forums.  The more I read, the more I learn, and the more I realize how I don’t know a damn thing!!!!

Chinese Music Radar is a solid foundation and launching-pad for learning more about the music scene in China.  Recent posts have attracted what seems like some of the more forward thinking, experienced and involved people in this — would it be appropriate to say — counter-culture movement?  A revolution of some sort in the independent music scene?  It seems to transcend even these labels and music, not undeserving of a label, but just something that is so unique, happening now and to label it seems abrupt.  There is a good post and even more valuable commentary from both Chinese and Western journalists, authors, media professionals, fans and others here, and here.

Outside Pingod Art Museum -- Beijing

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2010 10:41 am

    Hi David,

    You can check my blog at the link on my name here. But it’s 90% the Shanghai music scene. There’s over 300 articles there. TimeOut writer Jake Newby has a Chinese underground music blog at the same site but /jakenewby instead of /andybest

    Rock on.

    • May 13, 2010 1:32 pm

      Hi Andy,

      Thanks for dropping in. I’ve actually spend some time on your site–, as well as Jake Newby’s and have it tuned into Google Reader. Congratulations on your second-year in the making. I’m sure I can and will learn a lot from both of your contributions.

      Enjoy the party….

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