Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sonic Mind Fields Night @ Espasyo Siningdikato

Sonic Mind Fields is pleased to present a night of improvisation, electronic music, noise, and sound art at Espasyo Siningdikato creatiVEnue and art space.

Featuring performances by:

Aurora Borealis





Inconnu Ictu




Xeontresh + Mischa Elman + Rob Cruz

Date: August 26, 2009, Wednesday/7:30 PM
Venue: Block 11 Lot 9 Congressional Road, Bgy. Sta.Fe Dasmariñas
Cavite (near De La Salle University - Dasmariñas).
Admission: Free

Special limited copies of Experimentation in Sound Art Tradition/E.X.I.S.T. 3CD Special Edition, Morca Pika by Ugong, Boolean Float – Interactive Video Art by Mannet Villariba and Seido’s Manila Box will also be sold during the event.

Brought to you by Sonic Mind Fields and in cooperation with Experimentation in Sound Art Tradition (E.X.I.S.T.) and Espasyo Siningdikato

We hope to see you all!



Sonic Mind Fields is a community-based local bookstore in Dasmariñas, Cavite, a suburban area outside Manila, Philippines. It was opened to nurture exploration, learning, literacy, literature, research, experiments, diy aesthetics/paradigm, communal creativity, support, exchange, interaction and connectivity. It also serves as the in-house bookstore of Espasyo Siningdikato creatiVEnue, an artist-run creative arts hub/space/gallery and headquarters located along Congressional Avenue, Dasmariñas, Cavite (near DLSU-Dasma). It also carries independently released CDs and DVDs, with special interest on sound art, noise, electronics, video art, new media, world music and other forms of experimental and hard to find materials.



Golden Noises gig report by Chuck Fournier / Southisms

Angely Chi
photo by Jad Montenegro

Erick Calilan
photo by Andi Baldonado

Chuck Fournier
photo by Andi Baldonado

Toshiyuki Seido
photo by Francis Regalado

Limbaga Mark, Angely Chi, Erick Calilan and Michael Job Balgos
photo by Coicoi Colocoi


Golden Noises Gig Report
by Chuck Fournier

So its the day after the gig. Great performance from Erick Calilan. Just the thing for soothing my frazzled sleep deprived nerves. He had a circuit bent noisemaking creation, Casio vl-tone, a Yamaha keyboard with a cool sort of ring mod feature, a multi fx pedal, chorus pedal and a small mixer. Pretty lush and varied sounds from a fairly small setup.

I brought my usual outdated "90s electronica setup" setup. Yamaha a3000 sampler, main sound source and fx unit, handles the drums, some of the bass, pads etc. This thing is usually a major pain in the ass, but its a really great fx processor and versatile sampler. Just got the hack done that fixes the knobissues so im using this more now. There's some really great glitchy granular fx in there. Also use this for hall reverb on the sends.


Golden Noises @ Southisms


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Golden Noises: Explorations on Sound

August 14, 2009
Durian Bar, Madrazo Compound, Davao City Philippines

DABAWENYOS will experience a new sound trip on August 14 at the Durian Bar, Madrazo Compound with the multi-media event Golden Noises: Explorations on Sound.

Golden Noises is a back-to-back sound art show and workshop from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (workshop) and 8 p.m. (show) offered by Japan-based and Manila-based sound artists Toshiyuki Seido and Erick Calilan, and Davao-based electronic musician Chuck Fournier.

The Golden Noises workshop will be open to the public with free registration while tickets priced at P30 will be sold for the show.

The workshop and show will aim to open the participants/audience's ears, minds and bodies to new sound frontiers and new approaches in sound and music-making and move them to create new sound environments.

It also aims to foster new directions for music-making in the local music scene.

The Golden Noises workshop will be facilitated by Seido, Calilan, and Fournier. The outputs of the workshop participants as well as Seido, Calilan, and Fournier's varied experimentations and explorations on sound will be showcased in the show.

Toshiyuki Seido has been a sound artist for more than 20 years and has performed in various local and international exhibits and shows, most recently in Kaida Gallery, Manila with fellow sound artist and collaborator Lirio Salvador to release their multi-media work (also in collaboration with visual artist and sculptor Noell El Farol and photographer Koji Onaka) entitled "ManilaBox", a collection of sounds and images of Manila.

In 2008, he founded the label "New Art Laboratory," which aims to produce sound and performance works in the Philippines.

Calilan often performs under the name Ugong, a sound art outfit utilizing home-made circuit-bent sound devices created from toy keyboards, walkie-talkie and other low voltage electronic devices. He is based in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Primarily a guitarist and a composer in the 90s Manila rock scene, Chuck Fournier explored electronic music before his move to Davao in 2004. He has won an award for his techno-tribal piece featuring synthesizers and traditional ethnic instruments, along with Manobo lyrics entitled "Life's Circle (Gahad To Ko-ontayan)" in the Tugtog World Music Festival in Davao City, sponsored by The Davao Tourism Authority. Fournier continues to stretch his musical boundaries in exploring sound and music.

The events are sponsored by Genzai Boardinghouse, MIX FM, Hippie Store, Patria Montemayor, and Vicky Canilao and daughters.

For more inquiries and for ticket purchase, please contact project coordinator Angely Chi at 0908-768-7121. (PR)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Concealed & Revealed, Acrylic and charcoal on canvas by Bencab 2009.

A Project by Vanini Belarmino
Supported by the Asian Cultural Council
Baguio City and Manila, Philippines
12-25 August 2009
The quest for achieving a sense of balance is one of the main challenges for the project ZENSORS. Balance emanating from multiple sources, different individuals, holding varied expectations, perspectives and approaches geared towards a parallel direction. Launched in Berlin, Germany, ZENSORS will gather esteemed Filipino, Japanese and French artists specialising in collaborative work in the field of contemporary performing arts, visual arts, media performance and technology. Scheduled on 12-25 August 2009, ZENSORS aspires to challenge professional artists by engaging them in innovative creative processes while introducing a fresh way of thinking and working together amongst artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and practices.
ZENSORS, supported by the Asian Cultural Council, will invite installation and visual artists like Shunsuke Francois Nanjo (Japan/France) and Mayumi Okabayashi (Japan/Germany); choreographer and dancer, Chiyo Ogino (Japan) and filmmaker, Nine Yamamoto-Masson (Japan/France). The invited foreign artists will be working and undertaking a process of exchange with the likes of Philippine National Artist, Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera; vocal singer, Grace Nono; multi-awarded Filmmaker/Director, Aureus Solito, composer/musician, Diwa De Leon and sound/installation artist, Lirio Salvador. During this period, a programme designed to lead towards the development of a collaborative work will be presented at the newly set-up Bencab Museum on 21 August, 5:00 p.m.
ZENSORS will put not only the Filipino and foreign artists in close contact with one another but will also engage both the Baguio and Manila audiences who are deemed to act as active participants for this creative exchange.
Vanini Belarmino is producer and curator for ZENSORS. This project is presented in cooperation with the Bencab Museum, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Japan Foundation Manila.
ZENSORS Performance Jam is scheduled at the Bencab Museum, Asin Road, KM 6, Benguet, 21 August 2009, 5:00 p.m.
For further information, visit < http://www.belarminopartners.com or