Wednesday, November 05, 2014

'The only intuitive interface is the nipple' and 10 other things to know about WSK: Festival of the Recently Possible

 “What started as a joke became something bigger than what we expected,” Tengal Drilon, Festival director says of the 5-year-old WSK: Festival of the Recently Possible. Apart from “traffic becoming worse,” longtime followers will notice that, WSK has (finally!) dropped the “Fete dela” from its name. And from just being a one-time underground sound art festival, the fest has now grown to champion digital culture—expanded cinema, new media art, fringe activities on uses of technology. 

The festival proper happens on the weekend of Nov 7-9 but that’ll just be like a closing party; a week prior, on Nov 1, things will have started by way of radio. Here are 11 things about WSK:

It’s no longer called ‘Fete dela Wsk. ”It’s now “WSK: Festival of the Recently Possible.” “We dropped ‘Fete dela’ in the name as a reminder of our maturity. Five years ago, it started out as a pun on Fete dela Musique,” says Tengal.

The festival actually begins Nov 1. As in, you can start listening to WSK’s a pirate radio broadcast starting Nov 1. It’s 107.9 on FM dial. Also: participating artists will have begun their collaborations on Nov 1 at 1335 Mabini.

But the ‘opening party’ is on Nov 7. And it’s called The Drop x Fete dela WSK. This is because it’s in cooperation with Black Market and Nov 7 is a Friday and Friday nights at Black Market are dubbed “The Drop.”

There are four venues this year. 1335 Mabini (1335 Mabini St, Malate, Manila), where the radio broadcasts take place, as well as where the studio workshops happen. Black Market (Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Compound, Sabio St., Pasong Tamo, Makati), where the opening party is going to be at on Nov 7, Friday. The Tiu Theater (Mile Long Compound, Amorsolo cor Dela Rosa St, Makati), where Sat’s audio-visual concert and film screening is happening. And finally, at the Chino Roces Warehouse (2135 Chino Roces, Makati), where exhibitions and the closing concert are at.

Asian artists are taking the festival’s front and center. Unlike previous years where a shitload of Westerners participated, this year's headliners come from our region of the globe. Representing Japan are Daisuke Tanabe and Yosi Horkawa, from Indonesia are Lifepatch and Rick Janitra; Thailand is participating by way of Stylish Nonsense. “Since the beginning, we’ve always wanted to have more interaction with artists and communities’ working in the Asia-Pacific. No coincidence here, we really wanted this from the beginning. Thanks to institutions like Japan Foundation, they made it possible for us,” says Tengal.

Children of Cathode Ray reunion! This is the band’s first performance in 13 years, so Tengal and punks of the 80s underground are terribly excited about this. Background check: Children of Cathode Ray is a three-piece outfit in the 80s comprised of names you’ve surely come across: Tad Ermitano is a well-established media artist and filmmaker. Jing Garcia is a well-known rock journo who made the successful transition as a tech journalist, and “Magyar is an all around handy man. They were underground before we were underground,” exclaims Tengal.

WSK is for the artist as it is for the audience. Tengal would like to think of WSK as a “festival as a laboratory” experience. “A chosen methodology of the festival is that of shaping new interactions. There’s a more process-based approach: We fly in foreign artists to collaborate with local artists, and then we present the collaboration to the public during festival proper, be it as a concert, an installation, an exhibition, or a series of interactions in the open studio,” Tengal says.

Get in on the program. Because WSK champions the alternative, Tengal says there are always new people checking them out. “Maybe because what we do is so strange at first, people can’t determine if they would like it. But almost always, there’s at least one fellow who sticks to it [because] it changes his perspective on art, and then moves on,” he says.

But there’s still a long way to go. “In terms of the art market, so far, collectors and galleries [still] get confused and concerned about things that plug in! Ha ha!”

The after-party party: Pork, inasal, Chinatown, and traffic notes. Tengal is looking forward to getting his Japanese and North American guests to try lechon, sisig, street food, “and other evil things. But we will have some Muslim artists from Indonesia, too, so we will have to take them to Inasal places. And Chinatown! Regardless of their nationality, I think we are all united by the same things Filipinos are bound to: good food, booze, and hatred for traffic. It would be fun to compare traffic notes from those guys from Jakarta and Bangkok!”

The wisdom of the nipple. When asked what’s the best thing he’s learn in the five years he’s been at it, Tengal says: “The only intuitive interface is the nipple. Everything is learned after.”

By Lou Albano October 31, 2014 for Coconuts Manila

Saturday, September 13, 2014

autoceremony at Today X Future

Will perform at Today X Future. Will test new sound software for Children of Cathode Ray reunion.

Friday, August 08, 2014


MUSIKO IMBENTO invites all crafters, hobbyists, instrument builders, college students, teachers, performers and supporters of self-built musical instruments in the Philippines to attend the third MUSIKO IMBENTO event happening on August 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Sev’s Café. 

MUSIKO IMBENTO is a one-of-a-kind event where you can DISCOVER, LEARN and PLAY self-built musical instruments from the Philippines. Be inspired to create your own instruments using re-purposed objects, scraps, electronic parts, old toys, and other odds and ends.

There will be a presentation of the different instruments, workshop, short film showing, raffle draw, meet-and-greet session with the instrument makers and live performances.

Feel free to bring your own self-built instruments for an open jam and drum circle. Poster design by Reese Lansangan Feel free to share, twit and repost.

Event Details/Program

MUSIKO IMBENTO Show and Tell/Live Performance/Open Jam Date and Time: August 9, 2014– Saturday, 7:00PM

Venue: Sev's Cafe Basement Level, Legaspi Tower Roxas Blvd. cor. P. Ocampo, Malate Across Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) 

Ticket: Php200 pesos P100 consumable at Sev's Café

FEATURING: Erick Calilan Jean Paul Zialcita Jing Garcia a.k.a. autoceremony Jon Romero Modulogeek Richard John Tuason Cris Garcimo


6:00 Registration

7:00 Circuit-Bending 101 Workshop By Erick Calilan 

8:50 Documentary/Short Film Showing Building the Shruthi-1 Analog/Digital Synth Time Lapse Video by Modulogeek Bleeps for Peeps: The Modulogeek Q&A Jeepnilamella: Custom Musical Instrument for Jeepney Orchestra by Cris Garcimo

9:00 Radio Elemento by Jon Romero Sound devices using deconstructed portable radios and electronic scraps 9:30 Ensemble by Richard John Tuason Featured on GMA’s SAKSI

10:00 Live performance by Jing Garcia a.k.a. autoceremony (Special Guest Performer) Sound artist; producing post-music soundscapes and sound design through analog and digital audio hardware and software synthesis manipulation; founding member of pioneer sound art group “Children of Cathode Ray”

10:30 Make and Play Your Own Percussion using Trash Cans and Water Containers (Sinawali and Aquadrums) By Jean Paul Zialcita, Percussion Performance Artist;Featured on AHA! GMA Channel 7 and recently on “Green Living”, ANC's lifestyle magazine show about sustainable urban living.

11:00 OPEN JAM/DRUM CIRCLE FOR CREATIVITY and PEACE Bring your own handmade/self-built musical instruments or any percussion instrument. *Subject to change without prior notice

Ticket: Php200 pesos P100 consumable at Sev's Café For more information, please email

Special thanks to Sev’s Café.

Poster Design by Reese Lansangan

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bali-ing at Dawn by autoceremony (2013)

'Listen to My Music': National Artist Jose Maceda's life and works at the Vargas Museum, from June 25 to July 26, 2013.

raymanray by Childen of Cathode Ray (early 90s)

A rare and original recording from Children of Cathode Ray, and with vocals at that!

Retitled to 'Raymanray' this experimental, quirky pop-ish tune was recorded sometime in the early 90s with Magyar Tuazon laying the lead voice. Primitive as it may seem, please excuse the quality of the recording since all the tracks were bounced several times on two-track stereo cassette tapes.

Except for the digital transfer to the computer, most of the original recording was retained to maintain its authentic analog reproduction.

Children of Cathode Ray was established in 1989 and regarded as one of the earliest experimental sound art groups in the Philippines. Its original members were: Tad ermitano on video, visuals, bass, synthesizers, electronics, efx, computers; Jing Garcia (a.k.a. autoceremony) on audio, synthesizers, electronics, efx, computers; Blums Borres on lead guitars, efx, graphics, computers; Peter Marquez on lighting effects, electronics, photos and visuals; Regiben Romana on percussions, efx; Magyar Tuazon on visual effects, bass, electronics

The Electric Sound of Electricity by autoceremony

Uploaded on Jul 17, 2011 my contribution to 'The World Listening Day' , July 18.

Electrostatic 09242008 by autoceremony

Uploaded on March 20, 2011. Jing Garcia a.k.a. autoceremony performing for the 'Electrostatic Sound Conference' on september 24, 2008 at Club Dredd, Eastwood City, Manila, Philippines.

Edit by Children Of Cathode Ray (1994) [autoceremony]

'Edit' by Children of Cathode Ray': from the 1995 'Numeric Sampler 502' CD

Renaissance by autoceremony

Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011 a rare live performance by autoceremony at the 'fete dela wsk!' in November 2010 at B-side, The Collective in Makati City. autoceremony (Jing Garcia) is a sound artist based in Manila, Philippines.

INC. by Children Of Cathode Ray (1995) [autoceremony]

'INC.' by Children of Cathode Ray: from the 'Numeric Smapler 502' CD.

I Am by Dominguez Shimata Colony (1996) [autoceremony]

I Am' by Dominguez-Shimata Colony: from the 1996 'Numeric Sampler 507' CD