Wednesday, October 27, 2010

But things have gotten decidedly more interesting. Weirder. (a blog by Erwin Romulo in 2006)

Whereas punks before needed only two or maybe three chords, the new breed were happy to discard these altogether. The independent release S.A.B.A.W. is an anthology of experimental, electronic and noise recorded by local artists, some formed as far back as the late 80s/early 90s. It features elder statesmen in the sound-art scene like the multi-media Children of  Cathode Ray (featuring tech-journalist Jing Garcia, media artist/guitarist Blums Borres and acclaimed filmmaker Tad ErmitaƱo among others), noise terrorists Elemento and Foodshelter&Clothing. to young upstarts like the abstract-rock outfit EAT TAE and modern classical composers like Teresa Barroza. If nothing else, the album is a document of recent times up to the present, making perfect sense amidst the Futurist cacophony that assaults anybody on EDSA during the late afternoon. The cover art itself by visual artist Poklong Anading aptly represents/depicts this savage, noisier era: against a backdrop f flypaper, everything that is thrown on the wall sticks—not just the flies.

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