Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Buffet of Sounds: Sonic and Visual Feast

(On 'Buffet of Sounds: Sonic & Visual Feast' featuring Lirio Salvador, Tad Ermitano, Toshiyuki Seido, Jon Romero, Cris Garcimo, Stanley Castelo, Erick Calilan; February 6-March 2, 2018; Artist Reception/Sound Art Performance on February 12, 2018; 4:00-9:00PM at NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila) 

Curatorial text by Wire Tuazon
The opening of the exhibition-cum-thanksgiving show coincides with Lirio Salvador's birthdate, a fitting tribute to the man behind the ingenious ethno-industrial noise assault/ensemble Elemento and founder of the independent art space Espasyo Siningdikato, a creative venue located in Dasmariñas, Cavite. As a key figure in the experimental and sound art scene in the country, Lirio is considered as the modern-punk native with primal tendencies. By instinct, a struggling artist-alchemist who deconstructs banal objects into new forms (sandata), Lirio fuses sonic aspects of our technological environment to ordinary objects and commodities deeply imbedded in our contemporary setting.

As sound art occurs in different kinds of spaces and often takes time to immerse yourself in, it is also active everywhere else: in our stomachs, on the roads, in compost heaps, through the old school fax machine, even in spaces that exist in the mind. This new strand serves as the starting point for the exhibition --'Buffet of Sounds: A Sonic and Visual Feast in Honor of Lirio Salvador,' a gastrosonic event that will showcase selected works of Lirio in a buffet, eat-all-you-can setting set in an aural-sculptural, omnium-gatherum, sound installation environment. The show is an interesting proof of the complex sounds and noises resembling a picturesque association of the human situation in which we find ourselves at a given time. Everyday life with a twist of city trance is brought to the NCCA gallery, a space where urban-dwellers could come and have a taste of all the sound menus available. It's like eating with your ears, treating hearing as another form of seeing. Whether you are familiar with sound art or not, music/sound is still in the ear of the beholder. Sounds delicious? This is sound art on food trip.

As a homage to Lirio Salvador and to render this reference as functional as possible, selected artists with a predilection for exploring sound in the contemporary sense are invited to cook up exciting interactive works that mix sound constructions, sonic sculptures, self-built instruments, found sounds and video. These are gathered together in a collective unfolding of creative potential while also enabling people to physically engage with the artworks. The selection (composed of Jon Romero, Tad Ermitanio, Chris Garcimo, Stanley Castelo and Seido Toshiyuki) is a banding together of sound artists who have worked or somehow collaborated with Lirio, sound artists who are active in the exploration of alternative/experimental art and expanding the way we view, feel, hear and engage with art.

Given this specific format, Jon Romero's 'Sound Bridge' is a relevant and contemplative piece, complete with chairs and a table set for eating with its usual set of eating utensils. This piece, simple, direct and at times amusing, is an offshoot of Radyo Elemento, a device used by Lirio's band Elemento made up of circuit-bent radios attached to the cutlery. With the direct contact and physical involvement of those who choose to explore the installation, whoever may hear or experience this piece will remember that its greatest beauty comes from the fact that out of these points of audio anchorage, vital interfaces of relationships and traces of inspiration emerge from the objects.

Linked to this is the interactive installation 'Noise Cream,' a free-standing food peddler's assemblage of repurposed audio devices which can be freely played by the audience. Part-nostalgic yet celebratory, Cris Garcimo expresses his fascination with sound on a shared experience -- that is, of Lirio's penchant for ice cream. Particularly striking in the installation is the variety of sonorities emitted, from bell-like metallophones to subtle micro-tonal nuances, enchanting and gorgeous sound-crafting as an art form. Garcimo is also the organizer of Musiko Imbento, a platform for object makers and instrument-builders making use of repurposed materials.

Similar in vein, Stanley Castelo throws in a handful of objects and toys and 'Circuit-Bended Jambalaya' is set into play, giving the exhibition a wonderful exploratory atmosphere. Conducting a vivid tapestry of innovative fun element amidst the glitchy montage of sounds produced from an amalgam of circuit-bended electronic toys and digital synthesizers, it is the sheer musicality of the pieces creating augmented rhythm patterns that convey some of the magic. The playful exploration of shapes, surface and sonic textures is a joy to listen to.

On the other hand, 'Foot-Controlled Synthesizer or Board for Playing Electronic Sounds' by Toshiyuki Seido involves the manipulation of the aural with the physical body, calculated moves that interact with spatial structures. In constant evolution are the spaces between the external and internal body, determined by their innate characteristics such as weight, flexibility, proximity and distance, enhancing the physical properties of sound in a semi-primitive and unique improvisation on the verge of abstraction.

Expanding the vocabulary of the electronic medium and making full use of its remarkable potential, Tad Ermitano is an explorer of experimental films and considered to be one of the seminal pioneers of sound art in the country. In his audio visual piece 'Hulikotekan', the possible correlation between auditory and visual images is woven in a network of linguistic signs. Through the appropriation of a translation system reflected in the title's structure, an interplay on semiotics shows an evolving pattern in the round, produced by the interaction of echoes created by the household objects. In these seriality and sequencing of how we receive and process information, a whole range of identification arises, as the spaces of memory and sound images absorbed by a random-process make clear. In this work the psychological aspects of sounds via images connote the power of evocation, a suggestive possibility in the listener's mind.

While the exhibition mediates between excursions/encounter/experience and contextual performativity, it also provides a redefinition of modalities, investigating the use of technology and machine in the context and idiom of the visual and the aural. These interjections that coalesce into a compelling bricolage of sonicscapes, in which all the strange forces we meet in modern life, seem to have undergone a degree of harmonization and humanization and are working together towards a world where things not only look and feel better, but also sound more fitting- as we become part of each piece: part human, part machine.

To Lirio, who from the beginning has been pushing boundaries, experiments and innovations in the arts after having studied and produced a great number of sound works but still despairing on the unimaginative direction it has been taking (The arts are not bad, it's the overinflated way some people think about them that has made them unreal). History is only halfway to fulfill these dreams.
And most of all to Lirio's vision, the most interesting and beautiful sound source, that can cut through almost any amount of electronic modifications.

Para kay Lirio Salvador at sa mahabang panahon ng pagkakakilala at pagkakaibigan, kasama sa Sining.

Year VII. Issue 41. Feb. 4-11, 2018. ISSN 2244-3851. DTI Registration No. 01987812. Editor: Richard R. Gappi. aRNO: Exponent of Community Journalism.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Help Filipino Sound Artist Lirio Salvador

"Avant garde sound artist Lirio Salvador is in a coma after being hit and run by a motorcycle early Friday morning in Cavite. According to his close friend and fellow musician Jonjie Ayson, Salvador had surgery Friday afternoon on a blood clot in his brain but has yet to regain consciousness. "The next 72 hours will be crucial to his recovery," Ayson said.

Salvador, 43, was crossing the street to enter Espacio Siningdikato, the arts venue he and his arts colleagues set up in Dasmarinas, Cavite, when some friends inside heard the collision. They found Lirio lying on the street. Witnesses say three persons were on the motorcycle that hit him and sped away."

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Reverb at Lopez Museum

(Lopez Museum, September 12, 2011-April 3, 2012)

What does a museum sound like?

Apart from the gustatory and olfactory, the aural sense is possibly the least serviced among all the human sensory channels through which we experience what gets shown in museums and other spaces tending to human sensation. And so it was in keeping with the idea of venturing forth into mostly untrodden paths that Lopez Museum presents Reverb, a group exhibition on sound and the broad auditory spectrum as it opens to the public September 12, 2011. Reverb is the museum’s onsite offering for the Zero In museum consortium’s Open Call Festival which runs from September 15-24, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.

Reverb takes off from notions having to do with resonance, registration, and audible impressions. It brings together sound-based work from artists such as Eric Ambata, Kawayan de Guia, Tad Ermitaño, IC Jaucian, Diokno Pasilan, Ronald Tomas, the collaborative, E.X.I.S.T. (Experimentation in Sound Art Tradition), and UP College of Music ethnomusicologist Dr. Christine Muyco. In responding to Lopez Museum’s open call for sound-based proposals last year, these artists will be showing an amalgam of old and new works drawn up from the ambient and self-produced, the installative and site-specific, the found and the overlooked, alongside objects from the museum collection that invoke hearing and an overall sharpening of the experiential aspect of encountering art.

Reverb’s off-site component at the SM MOA Atrium will encourage mallers to physically engage with everyday objects such as air mattresses, and surrounding foliage. Live performances from these invited artists will make up both Reverb’s onsite and off-site complements which are also intended to emphasize the temporal and intangible nature of sound art.

The Lopez Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8am-5pm,except holidays. You may reach the museum through telephone Numbers: 6312417/6359545.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

World Listening Day 2011 (Cavite PH)

We participated in World Listening Day 2011 (Cavite PH) last Sunday at Balite Falls, Amadeo, Cavite! It was an intimate gathering to celebrate listening and field recordings. The celebration in Cavite, Philippines was a response to the open invitation by World Listening Project (WLP) and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE).

Thanks to Erick Calilan (E.X.I.S.T.), program head of the event. Thanks also to Sir Bokeng (Balite Falls), E.X.I.S.T., Espasyo Siningdikato, Gerard Natividad, Samuel André, Tengal, Kreame Isaac, Eric Diolola, Gentle Universe, Cosmopolitan Smoke Stabs (Cosmoss), Stanley Castelo, Rej Fabi, Valerie Faye Bautista, Jonie Ayson, Arth Ayson, Kyril Dx and all those who supported and celebrated the event!

The first World Listening Day was co-organized by the WLP and MSAE. July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who established the World Soundscape Project in the late-60s at Simon Fraser University. Schafer’s 1977 book, The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World was a culminating publication about the research of the WSP that provided a foundation for the interdisciplinary field now known as Acoustic Ecology.

Happy World Listening Day!


PS. Check out also aut0ceremony's contribution to World Listening Day
aut0ceremony a.k.a. Jing Garcia - sound artist and award winning music producer. He established the Children of Cathode Ray backed in 1989, one of the early experimental and sound art groups in the country.

road trip to Balite Falls...

nature amphitheater

listening to recordings of Gerard Natividad (Acoustic Ecology)

Tengal Drilon with a portable sound recorder

sound collage improv by Tengal and Erick Calilan (photo by Valerie Faye Bautista)

Gentle Universe performing. (photo by Valerie Faye Bautista) (L to R: Erich Diolola, Cris Garcimo. photo by Valerie Faye Bautista)


French sound artist Samuel Andre. He presented his field recordings from a festival in Taiwan. (photo by Valerie Faye Bautista)


Cosmopolitan Smoke Tabs (Cosmoss) (photo by Valerie Faye Bautista)

Analog and Digital! (photo by Valerie Faye Bautista)

Photos courtesy of Shey Guemo-Garcimo and Valerie Faye Bautista! Thanks!

Presented by:

• World Listening Project (WLP) & Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)

http://www.worldlisteningp​ |

• E.X.I.S.T. (EXperimentation In Sound art Tradition)


• Sonic Mind Fields


• Tourism Office of Amadeo & Balite Falls Spring Resort

• Espasyo Siningdikato creatiVEnue

Friday, July 15, 2011

Segunda Mano Outernational

Segunda mano vinyl yard sale happening on July 23 (3 pm onwards) at B-side, The Collective, Makati! This event is courtesy of El Ministro.
Lovely yard sale poster! See you!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

World Listening Day 2011 (Cavite PH)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Get Well Soon Emorej: Electronica Manila organizes a support Gig for Emorej (aka Jerome Llama)

Event page on Facebook

Get Well Soon Emorej: Electronica Manila organizes a support gig for Emorej (aka Jerome Llama)

Emorej (Jerome Llama) is a mild-mannered businessman by day but by night, he transforms into, quite possibly, the most prolific electronic music producer in Manila. Last month, Emorej had a cardiac arrest and is now in a coma. “He is still in a coma and slow in coming out of it, and music is our best bet since electronica is more or less his love and obsession,” Elsbeth Llama, sister of Emorej, says.

Silverfilter, head of Electronica Manila (EM), says “Let's all continue to pray for his quick recovery. Emorej is an active member in Electronica Manila, online and offline. He's always in EM events”.

“Please pray for his recovery -- that he be cured of pneumonia, awaken from his coma, and resume his joyful music-making,” Lionel Valdellon, EM member and founder of QED Records Netlabel, adds.

Since 2001, he's used a program called ACID PRO to create music with samples and virtual instruments, amassing a stockpile of tracks and albums that have been enjoyed by listeners worldwide. He is the first artist to represent the Philippines on Jamendo, a music website based in Luxenbourg. He also won in the 1st Philippine Digital Music Awards (Phil Digi Awards 2009) for Best House/Electronic Music Category.

Join Electronica Manila on June 22, 2011, 8PM at Capone’s (A Venue, Makati Ave, Makati City). Silverfilter, Flavours N’ Caffeine, Pupiliris, Migi de Belen (Nights of Rizal), F-Zero and Blend:er will perform to show support.

“We play for his recovery, because we believe in supporting our brother and his family in this time of need.” - Electronica Manila

Entrance fee is Php 150 with 1 free drink courtesy of Capone’s. Proceeds will be donated to help Emorej’s medical expenses.


Electronica Manila. Formed in May 16, 2002, Electronica Manila has remained the premier collective of electronic music producers and enthusiasts focused on promoting and cultivating electronic music in the Philippines. Pushing not just the appreciation of the genre, the group has continuously stood as a community engaged in the development of Philippine-made electronica. With members coming from all backgrounds from producer, DJ, listener, and even fans of homegrown electronic artists, Electronica Manila has always contributed to the awareness of the local electronic scene.

QED RECORDS is a netlabel originally based in the Philippines, but now recently relocated to Hayward, California. It is the brainchild of Acid42 a.k.a. Lionel Valdellon. It went online June 25, 2004 as an alternative channel through which he could offer his music free on the web and quickly grew into an online showcase of electronic music made by colleagues and countrymen.

Special Thanks to Capone’s Bistro and Sound Engineer Charlie Morales.



Silverfilter can claim an essential part in the rise of live dance music in the Philippines with a decade of LIVE PA experience under his belt, playing for the biggest events and most happening clubs all over the country. Fusing the live experience to the DJ vibe, every silverfilter set is sure to be the best of both worlds and has proven to entertain crowds from all over. His live performances and his original tracks have already proven to be ear candies to floor-fillers with his tracks being signed by record labels in UK, Italy, Germany, France, Romania, US, and Denmark, making him one of the most sought after electronic music producers in the industry.


Pupiliris is a project of music producer and sound artist Jezi Matias (aka Single Eye Perspective) focusing on the less-is-more side of electronic/dance music.

Migi de Belen (Nights of Rizal) is a singer-songwriter and producer who is involved in a number of bands and collaborations. As electronic act Nights of Rizal, he borrows from the catchy nostalgia of 8bit and chiptune genres to formulate his own unmistakable hybrid of lo-fi and hi-fi, analogue and digital, human and machine. You will hear a wide variety of beats in his sets: from hip-hop and house to dubstep, and even some drum and bass and IDM…


F-Zero regularly plays drum & bass DJ sets in venues across Metro Manila, mainly in Makati & The Fort. He has released a number of tracks and EPs under QED Records (a Philippine electronica net label owned and operated by Lionel Valdellion aka Acid42). He has also released material via NXT Phage, an online Drum & Bass movement based in the Philippines. In 2010, he was drafted by US-based dance music label, Ultraphonix Recordings. One of his tracks, "Ultra Magnus", was hailed editor’s pick for the last quarter of 2010 at In 2011 He released his "Her Smile" EP via Ultraphonix and his music was well-received by the dance music scene in Atlanta, Georgia.

Flavours N’ Caffeine

The concept Flavours and Caffeine was formed early November of 2006, with members Tina Roxas (Vocals) and Franco Madrid (Synths programming), and Paolo Pacheco from AMPON (turntables, effects) who just joined them in March 2008. They all started out as music producers/composers in the indie music domain. Boy Ramos (The Thought/ Watari’s Machine) and Rem Vocalan (Dayuhan) recently joined the group for FNC’s live set up. Flavours N’ Caffeine on FB


Blend:er is Cris Garcimo - electronic musician/sound designer based in the Philippines. He creates sounds and music using vintage synths, computers, children's toys, field recordings and found sounds. He was featured in S.A.B.A.W. Anthology CD (2006) – the first anthology of sound art, electronic, and experimental music in the Philippines. He has performed in several music and sound events/festivals such as Media Arts Manila's Field Trip (Green Papaya), Asia-Europe New Media Arts Symposium 09, TAMA 09, Ateneo Manila, and Fete Dela WSK 2010 (with E.X.I.S.T).


Related Links

Update on Jerome: Day 15 (Notes from Jemore’s Sister Elsbeth Llama. )!/note.php?note_id=2072866423046

QED Records Interview with EMOREJ: