BOOK SIGNED / SOUND KAPITAL: BEIJING'S MUSIC UNDERGROUND / MATTHEW NEIDERHAUSER
In Sound Kapital, photographer Matthew Neiderhauser captures the energy of the performers involved in this innovative orgy gripping Beijing's music underground.
Over the past decade a new wave of Chinese musicians took Beijing by storm. Working outside of government-controlled media channels, this burgeoning group of performers gigged wherever possible across Beijing’s mutating landscape. They provided an eclectic, but steady stream of punk, experimental, rock, electronic, and folk performances.
For now, China remains in a liminal state between the socialist idealism of old and a calamitous drive for wealth spurred by free-market reforms. This seemingly unbridgeable gap tears at the country’s social fabric while provoking younger generations to greater artistic heights, especially in the realm of music.