My desire for a cultural odyssey brought me to Shanghai at the start of 2010. The people and places I was most drawn to were musical, and I could hardly ever go to a gig without my brain becoming cluttered with opinions and reflections. Before long my mobile phone’s draft folder became cluttered with indecipherable opinions and reflections.

I cleared my server of whatever junk was on there and replaced it with a different kind of junk: my thoughts on the music in Shanghai.