Amid the relentlessly changing cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, a new kind of  music is being made. In terms of its discordance and abstraction, it compares to  Dada, or the New York City and Berlin avant-garde movements of the 1970s. Yet  something about it — a certain urgency and iconoclasm — could only have been  spawned amid the wild experiment that is modern China itself. The country’s punk  and alternative-rock scenes have been gushed over by excited commentators, eager  to cite them as evidence of China’s changing mores. But they are staid in  comparison to that created by a new breed of artists, who eschew conventional  guitar-based music in favor of baffling electronica, extreme noise and found  sound.

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