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Generations of Sound Practice in Manila

Scene Report on Sound Practices in the PH

Scene Report on Sound Practices in JP, HAN, HK

Scene Report on Sound Practices in JOG, SG, KL

Independent Sound Archiving, Historicizing and Discourses

Noisebath x Ruthless


RUTHLESS is an organization among musicians and sound artists in the Philippines. The main intention of the faction is to educate people to understand the creative construction and demonstration of “Sound” as an art form and the principal element for making music. Facebook


Under ACID Distribution, Dethomega is one of the personas of a very hard working, multi-talented individual who is also part of bands such as GHYT, Riflekid, HL/DV and numerous other musical projects. His Noise, Ambient, Drone, Sound Collage EP entitled "DETHOMEGA Traversing the Multiverse Sessions Earth 0 : [Primordial Avalon]" is available through Digital channels and Physical means in limited quantities.

Lush Death

Lush Death is meant to be experienced, not talked about. This specialist from Binangonan releases his various meditations on noise on physical media such as floppy diskettes, cassettes, and such. Lush death has performed abroad and has split releases with artists from the Indonesian Noise Scene. Watch him live and be prepared to go on a trip you never knew you wanted to go on. You have been warned.

Slay Your Boyfriend

Slay Your Boyfriend's physical live performances squeeze out sound from sources you would never think of. His frequent collaboration with blurs he lines between noise and music to the level of insanity. Slay your Boyfriend recently released a split cassette with Chinese noise legend Torturing Nurse.


Kahugyaw, armed with a seven-string electric guitar and quite the assortment of electronic devices to manipulate, duplicate, repeat, distort and bend sound to his will in almost every (and most of the time unexpected) manner, This lone wolf's orchestrations of emphatic soundscapes full of doom and gloom is not to be missed. His First EP entitled "MGA SIGAW NI KUALA" was well received by aficionados of strange music worldwide.

Drago Katsov

Drago Katzov, subject in question is a primitivist echo trapped in gross motor movements paralyzed by the analysis of matters filial and parental. His work is not experimental; he knows exactly what he wants to convey. From the UK by way of Harsh Noise Movement / HNM Records to Indonesia via the Gerpfast Kolektif, he has reached the hearts and minds of many, much to their satisfactory regret and regretful satisfaction.

To Die (Indonesia)

Martinus Indra Hermawan a.k.a Indra Menus also known by his stage name - To Die. He sparked the project To Die in 1998 as an off-shoot band plays hardcore punk music in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. To Die later developed into a solo project he is playing in a vocal composition with Drone and Ambient Noise.

Indra is also active in the independent music gig organizers, Kongsi Jahat Syndicate; band tour booking agency, YK Booking; General Manager of independent records label, Doggy House Records; and engaged in zine archives and exhibition, Jogjakarta Zine Attak!. Indra is working as a director in Jogja Records Store Club, a collective of records store and records label based in Yogyakarta.

In 2009 he became one of the initiators of Jogja Noise Bombing, a collective that focuses on music and experimental noise in Yogyakarta. They are known to organize an annual Noise festival called Jogja Noise Bombing Festival.

Indra also writes in a Malaysian based music magazine called "Shock and Awe" as well as a music reviewer in Warning Magazine. Under Japan Foundation's Asia Center 2016 fellowship program, Indra Menus started his music research titled “Building a Network between Experimental Noise Scenes in South East Asia and Japan".



Sloj also known as Jolo Salvador is a sample based beatmaker residing in Metro Manila, Philippines. Flipped vinyl samples, processed through drum machines such as the MPC 2000XL and SP-555, are the basic foundations of his beats. His released works are mostly collaborations with underground Hip-hop emcees, producers and DJ's around the country. He is also affiliated with the AMPON and Uprising camps. His downtempo beats, that borrow sounds from different forms of music, are mainly rooted on the Boom-bap style of production. Sloj prefers sampling single note sounds to form his minimalist head-nod beats. The traditional MPC and turntable combo helps him create dusty and atmospheric looped sounds. His beats, done with a dark and melancholic vibe in mind, can go as is or accompanied by emcee rhymes. Aside from making beats, Sloj is also a visual artist and works on projects using the similar sampling and Hip-hop methods in creating.


Auspicious Family

Auspicious Family is an examination of texture and ornamentation, nostalgia and retro-futurism in the form of aural and visual collages. Their work is grounded on the curious repurposing of curated artifacts, combined and processed in many layers to achieve dynamic forms of hyperstimulation.

Sewage Worker

Sewage Worker makes music with synthesizers, samplers and drum machines, using elements of glitch, noise and found sounds to create dissonant textural rhythms in the tradition of industrial music and techno.

Malek Lopez

Malek Lopez is an award-winning composer and producer. His recent work includes the Department of Tourism’s “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign, Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father” and "Ugnayan Reco_ded", a reworking of Jose Maceda's "Ugnayan" for the 2013 “Listen to my Music” exhibit at the Vargas Museum. A pioneer of live electronic music in the Philippines, his projects and collaborations have involved electro-acoustic composer Chris Brown, fusion jazz group Humanfolk, computer-network improvisation collective The Gangan Ensemble, Germany’s minimal techno meisters The Teichman Brothers, and retrofuturistic groove gurus Bent Lynchpin. He was part of the Goethe-Institut's critical electronic music collaboration anthology, Asia-Pacific Plate, and has brought Manila’s underground electronic culture to venues of convergence across the globe.

Gen Thalz

Gen Thalz is a space and a moniker used and created by Marlon B. Zoleta from Meycauayan Bulacan since 2006 in various creative expression such as writings, sound experimentation, visuals, doodle and DIY stuff (synthesizer, experimental electroacoustic instrument, stompbox). In recent years Gen Thalz has been focusing more on building noise generator and modular synthesizer and creating electronic music tracks releasing it online. Last year 2016, Gen Thalz published his first 5 track Techno EP album via Bandcamp title: “Routines, Rituals, and Repetitions”. Gen Thalz also appear on several Noisebath PH and Ruthless Expert Mental Trip gigs, and on the recent Fete dela Musique Pocket Stage (wal-walan stage) event where he improvised and experiment sounds using tape loop, feedback loop, diy modular synthesizer, and diy drum synth in which he emphasized minimalism and abstraction. Currently Gen Thalz is working on a new techno EP and polishing more his created devices most especially the infamous HNW Machine.



Andreas Siagian is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in formal education as a civil engineer graduated from Atma Jaya Yogyakarta. His initial interest in interdisciplinary practice began when he was in college, where she studied programming languages to create a software for highway geometric design calculation and planning. His practice evolve over time ranging from creative programming in audiovisual, DIY electronics, sound sculpture, installations and instrument builders. His activity focuses on the creative community, alternative education, DIY/DIWO culture and interdisciplinary collaboration. Since 2004, he worked with community-based initiatives and create a wide variety of installations, workshops and organizing events and festivals in Indonesia. His collaborative activities with local creative community involves him as co-founders of several initiatives such as breakcore_LABS; a platform for experimental audiovisual performances,; online site for visual documentation and mapping of street art in Indonesia; lifepatch - citizen initiative in the arts, science and technology. Together with Hackteria network, he is co-director HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta.


.G/FK/DS is an animation duo who play with glitching 3D illustrations & animations. They juxtapose random and whimsical aesthetics and storytelling with dynamic frames and stimulating motions. More than merely creating a visual spectacle, their work is meant to awaken the dormant and unexplored emotions of their audience.



Yūrei is a four-piece band from Manila that does not purport to be the progenitor of any kind of original music but instead draw stylistic quotations from genres such as grunge, indie rock, post-punk, and noise to create songs wherein various sounds are set in opposition, competing for dominance in a music that is always indeterminate, always emergent, and always becoming. Their lyrics careen toward the surreal, the absurd, and the intertextual, utilizing language as an instrument to explore the ideas of failure, collaboration, and contemporary problems in digital media and culture. In 2016, they released their debut album Random Schizoid Godhead Generator to critical acclaim, and they are currently working on its follow up titled Soft Limit.

Joee & I

Joee & I is an avant-pop electronica solo project of Joee Mejias, a musician and a multimedia artist from Manila. Armed with a laptop, kalimba, bells and shakers, and a melodica, she churns out melodies that sing in complex contrapuntal arrangements. Everything one would expect from this electronic act is here—looping riffs, unexpected twists and vocals that stroke, smash, stomp, scream and kiss. She has performed in Southeast Asia, Canada, and around the Philippines, sharing her unique brand of electronic music infused with flavorful instruments she's picked up along her musical journey. She has recently released her debut album entitled To The End Of The World in a collaborative multimedia concert of the same title.



Uly, Jared, Joey and Pao of the defuncts Phantom Sizemore and Boomerang, continue their sound odyssey as Panzershreck: a new project stepping forward to a raw, chaotic, texture-conscious, Kraut, neo-psychedelic delight. A coalescence of the esoteric and the mundane; a constellation of melodics and dissonants. Panzershreck is music and sound-- an ensemble of amusement and bemusement, euphoria and melancholy, transgression and honesty.

Pastilan Dong

“Pastilan Dong! is nothing” –Kaloy Olavides

Bombo Pluto Ova

Bombo Pluto Ova who have antennas out into different genres, formed in 2006.Their most recent lineup consists of John ( ORDENARYO ) Guitar, Vocals, Sam ( Electricwasteland ) Vocals, Bass and Eng ( Baboon E ) Vocals, Drums. Since 2006, they have remained an underground and SECRET BAND, Bombo Pluto Ova carried out their interpretation of the DIY and Blues ethos. The group merged many of their broader influences creating a body of work that is in an ambitious, experimental format which continues to raise more stylistic questions than it answers. Simplistically, they have created a cult phenomenon of just being, just doing.

Sublingua Submachines (Pauline and Ivan Despi)

IVAN DESPI is an illustrator, design director and animator who along his wife, Pauline, runs The Acid House; an artist collective involved in design and animation. He has done music videos for musicians such as Up Dharma Down, Radioactive Sago Project, Queso and most recently for California DJ - Bassnectar. PAULINE DESPI synthesizes percussive and mechanical sound into video and animation, to create her brand of uniquely narrative fiction. She has collaborated with fellow visual artists, musicians, dancers and sound artist in various live, un-rehearsed visual performances and exhibits and has recently done visuals for Joey Ayala’s Mandiriwa concert for a song called ‘Magkaugnay.’

x-pol – Buwan Buwan x Maltine -

Buwan Buwan Collective

Buwan-Buwan is a traditional Filipino game that enacts the lunar eclipse. Players draw a circle on the ground representing the moon, and must stay inside this circle. Meanwhile, one player acts as the Bakunawa, the mythical giant sea serpent who would eat the moon: he may not enter the circle, but must touch another player who is inside it in order to switch places. Buwan-Buwan has been all but forgotten by a generation of young, Filipino urbanites weaned on gadgets and mass media, but BuwanBuwan, a Pinoy beatmakers and electronic musicians collective and record label, appropriate the concept of a game they in fact never played as children, transforming it into a framework for their perpetual creative exchanges, a take-off point for defining their identity as Filipino artists, and above all, a common ground where they can all play.

Maltine Records

Founded in 2005, Maltine Records is a Japanese netlabel. The Tokyo-based Maltine Records is currently run by tomad and releases music through its website ( and smartphone app. Now in its twelfth year, Maltine Records has attracted a strong fan base as a leading presence in the Japanese netlabel music scene. Conceived as a record label sitting between dance and pop music, it presently has over 100 artists and acts on its roster and a back catalog of some 160 releases. Since 2009, Maltine Records has also organized events at clubs in Tokyo. Its largest event to date was “Tokyo” in 2014, featuring visiting overseas artists and attracting around 1,000 fans. Building on a growing international fan base, it has also partnered with local organizers to hold an event in London in March 2015 and an American tour of three cities (New York, Austin, Los Angeles) in March 2016. From fashion items to books, collaborations with music idols, and even its own phone app, Maltine is more than just a record label but a cultural community straddling the online and urban spheres.


TORIENA is a chiptune artist who uses Game Boy consoles and the computer music tool "Little Sound Dj" to make music. She has been composing tracks and performing live since 2012, and also founded and heads Japan’s first chiptune label, MADMILKY RECORDS. Fully self-produced, TORIENA creates everything from the lyrics, music and mix of her tracks to the artwork and cover designs. She is noted for her pop yet hard sound, combined with an aggressive performance style. Overseas her reputation has continued to grow, thanks to appearances in London and Italy.


PARKGOLF (Tokyo, Japan)

Beat maker / producer living in Sapporo. EP released from Maltine Records 2013. SEBASTIAN X, tofubeats, music remixes for forbidden majority vote, and producer of major debut work by DAOKO. In 2015, released the album "Par" from Day Tripper Records presided over by Seiho.


Pa's Lam System (Tokyo, Japan)

Pa’s Lam System is a three man track making team from the Kanagawa prefecture in Japan. In fall of 2012 Sasakino Records released their debut, Space Calamari. Since that initial release they have expanded their range of activities. December 2012 they released the “b00mb0x EP” on Maltine Records, and later in 2013 they released “Virus Window” on the same label featuring artwork from Japanese graphic designer GraphersRock. They once again teamed up with Maltine Records in 2014 to release “I’m Coming”, which featured remixes from a group of highly talented producers.


tomad (Organizer, DJ, Head of Maltine Records) (Tokyo, Japan)

Launching the online record label Maltine Records in 2005 when he was just 15 years old, tomad has 150 releases to his name. Maltine Records has established a leading presence in the new dance and pop music scene in Tokyo. Today, tomad continues to work widely, collaborating with apparel brands and music idols as well as contributing to music remixes.

Moonmask (fka Ulzzang Pistol)

Moon Mask incorporates influences from East Asian pop culture to create his own unique cross-cultural sound. Matching delicate electronic music with lyrics in English, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog and Japanese, Moon Mask has developed innovative and dreamy soundscapes set to break both sonic & linguistic barriers. Formerly as Ulzzang Pistol, he released two albums (Waste, Girlfriend) and is now preparing his first EP as Moon Mask. His music videos mix animation and live action to conjure up an original vision reflecting the stories and languages in his songs. Collaborating with a wide range of other online artists across various genres and regions, he continues to develop his vision across the world.



Meh Shua (stylized mehshua) is a dance music producer and live artist from Manila, Philippines. The project's style is composed of Japanese culture, kawaii chord breaks, future bass licks with hints of math electro and hardcore. As part of the project's act, Meh Shua wears a custom fox mask for public appearances. His identity is unknown. Meh Shua's stage name, is a mixed influence of Japanese pronounciation and the name, Yehshua (Yehweh, Yehuwah) which means Lord.


Similarobjects (Head of Buwan Buwan Collective)

Similarobjects is a sound artist, DJ, producer and electronic music educator from Manila, Philippines. His work is greatly inspired by polystylism, spirituality, esotericism, technology, videogames and art. He is one of the founding members of BuwanBuwan Collective, an electronic artist community, production and record label focused on cultivating, the Philippine Beat Scene along with its intersections. He teaches Electronic Music as part of the AB-Music Production Program at De LaSalle College of Saint Benilde and has also founded his own Electronic Music School called “Cosmic Sonic Arts” where he fosters a spiritual, meditative and introspective approach to creating music.


Nights of Rizal

Call it post-disco or chillwave, but what Nights of Rizal (Migi de Belen, Philippines) actually sounds like is a singer-songwriter trying to give up his guitar—and his hopes of ever finding permanent bandmates—for the restless introspection afforded by a laptop running FL Studio. Nights of Rizal began in 2007, in a one-bedroom London flat shared with 3 Malaysians (notably, producer Adam Kasturi). he was sent abroad to study Journalism; but thanks to the English language he learned the common beliefs of Islam and Catholicism, the Bahasa foundations of my native Tagalog, and electronic music production instead. Nights of Rizal continues to compose and sing, primarily in English: to repurpose the colonial tongue to uncover shared hopes, shared pains, and shared pre-colonial roots of fellow artists and audiences around Southeast Asia.



Kamuning Public Radio

Kamuning Public Radio is a platform that aspires to connect experimental composers, traditional and improvisational musicians, technologists and instrument makers, in an attempt bridge the farthest end of sonic experimentation with folk and indigenous musical forms.

Erick Calilan

Erick Calilan is a sound artist, hardware hacker and experimental musician whose works mainly focus on the illogical use of consumer-based electronic devices and reverse-engineering of technology. Through years his practice has included sound, kinetic and interactive installations, sound-based compositions and field recordings. He also makes circuit-bent synthesizers for his solo electronic music project, Ugong. Without any formal background or training in electronic engineering and in applied sciences, he developed his practice through independent research and experimentation, with a special interest on how to creatively manipulate analogue devices and study obsolete technologies in relation to sound as an artistic medium. Drawing inspiration from open source culture and open access ideology, he explores and expands his artistic practice by actively participating and initiating collaborations and discussions, especially amongst visual artists, new media art practitioners, builders, hackers, experimental musicians and sound artists.

Halfsound (Australia)

Halfsound is an Australian experimental music and performance collective formed by Ali Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe. They are trained as saxophonists and usually perform using their instruments, sometimes in combination with other objects. They like to work with a wide variety of sounds with a strong focus on innovation and challenging perceptions of music, the saxophone and, more broadly, art. They play a mixture of notated and improvised music as well as conceptual performances. They have a particular interest in using the saxophone in unexpected ways to create sounds that are as far removed as possible from the typical sounds of our instrument in an effort to make audiences consider the point at which sound ceases to be music. They share an interest in learning more about art and life around the world and travel regularly to perform, collaborate, meet with like-minded people, and eat. They have performed in 19 countries, toured Australia twice, and have toured and performed extensively in South East Asia where they are currently based. They are also on the committee for the Tilde New Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Tusa Montes

Tusa Montes is a percussionist, ethnomusicologist, and educator who has studied and performed the musics of the Philippines, Asia, West Africa and Latin America. Tusa studied various Kulintang styles from Professors Aga Mayo Butocan, Dr. Felicidad Prudente, and Dr. Kristina Benitez. Her passion, interest, knowledge and skills in African and Afro-Latin music deepened under the guidance of renowned percussionist Bo Razon, who started the Afro-Latin program of the UP College of Music. Tusa also trained under American ethnomusicologist/percussionist Dr. Royal Hartigan and worked with him in various projects such as field researches on Maguindanaon Kulintang music, Kalinga music, as well as music fusion explorations of the Kulintang tradition and Jazz. In 2010, she went to Ghana, West Africa to study the Kete court music of the Ashanti, one of the largest indigenous groups in Ghana. She also currently performs with Brigada, the Philippines’ premiere Afro-Brazilian percussion group that has been active in the local music scene—having performed and recorded with notable artists and bands such as Gary Valenciano, Ely Buendia, Cynthia Alexander, Johnoy Danao, Greyhoundz and Gloc9.

Siew-Wai Kok (Malaysia)

Siew-Wai Kok started out as an video artist, now active as an improvised vocalist and artist-curator/organizer. She received her B.A. in Media Study at State University of New York at Buffalo; and her M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts at Alfred University, USA. She lived and worked in USA from 1998-2005. Siew-Wai has shown her works, performed and presented experimental video screenings in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and USA; participating in festivals such as Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Sound Bridge Music Festival, Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), Choppa Experimental and Improvised Music Festival (Singapore), Singapore Night Fest, RRRec Fest (Indonesia), Singapore International Film Festival, Arkipel Jakarta International Experimental Film and Documentary Festival (Indonesia), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Les Rencontres Internationales (France/Germany), Beyond/In Western New York Biennial (USA) and many more. Siew-Wai has a deep passion for the experimental and improvisational arts. She has been organising film and music events with her peers since 2006. Her most committed role is as the co-founder, co-curator and festival director of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX) since 2010. She is currently teaching at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University.

David Tarigan (Indonesia)

Starting from his days as label owner and independent music impressario in Bandung and Jakarta, David Tarigan has been independently researching and archiving the popular music of post-Independence Indonesia, finally building up towards the establishment of Irama Nusantara, an independently-run online digital archive of Indonesian popular music.

Joe Kidd (Malaysia)

Kuala Lumpur-based writer and musician Joe Kidd dubs The Ricecooker Archives as a “Southeast Asian Rock’n’Roll Treasury,” a DIY effort towards collating, documenting, archiving and sharing the many artefacts and histories of rock’n’roll in the region.

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Hiroshi Yoshioka (Aesthetics / Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)

Hiroshi Yoshioka is professor of aesthetics and art theory, freelance curator, editor and artist. He has taught at Kyoto University, IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) and other universities in Japan. He is the author of many books and articles on art, technology and culture (most in Japanese). He was the general director of Kyoto Biennale 2003 and Gifu-Ogaki Biennale 2006. He was the editor of Diatxt. (the critical quarterly of the Kyoto Art Center) and other publications such as Yorobon, Diatxt. Yamaguchi, and Parajin. He was the chair of ICOMAG (International Conference of Manga, Animation, Games and Media Arts) organized by the Agency of Cultural Affaires, 2011-2013. He has been a member of the multimedia installation project BEACON since 1999. He is the president of Japan Society for Aesthetics.

Tad Ermitano (Media Artist, Art Writer)

Tad Ermitaño (Philippines) studied Zoology at the University of Hiroshima, and finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines. He trained in film and video at the Mowelfund Institute and co-founded the pioneering experimental sound/media collective The Children of Cathode Ray. He is considered a leading figure in Philippine media art, His films and media installations have been exhibited various venues and festivals. Among these include the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, The Singapore International Film Festival, ISEA 2008, The Singapore Art Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, the Galeri Nasional in Indonesia, the National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia, and the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Generations of Sound Practice in Manila


The primary proponent behind SABAW Media Art Kitchen and WSK: Festival Of The Recently Possible, composer and and cultural producer Tengal has been involved in the intersections of art, society, and technology since 2005.

Lena Cobangbang

Artist, curator and writer Lena Cobangbang has been a key witness and proponent of the intersections of contemporary art and sonic experimentation since her days with seminal artist collective and independent space Surrounded by Water.

Scene Report on Sound Practices (in the Philippines)

Ryan Pangilinan & Markus Bulandus

With roots in the Tarlac punk scene, Noisebath's activities have expanded from its sleepy town roots to Manila, to Indonesia and beyond. Ryan Pangilinan & Markus Bulandus discuss the ad hoc community that became a grassroots DIY movement.

Dexter Sy & PJ Ong

From the visual art scene, performance and improv theater, and films, to no wave / noise bands and the home recording projects that cultivated within this circle, Dexter Sy & PJ Ong discuss the very brief history of avant-garde and experimental music in Cebu as they know and experience it.

Scene Report on Sound Practices in Japan, Hanoi, Hong Kong

Kim Ngoc

Mixed-media composer and improviser Kim Ngoc (Tran Thi Kim Ngoc) is founder and artistic director of DomDom: The Hub for Experimental Music & Art in Hanoi.

Nakagawa Katsushi

Associate professor at Yokohama National University's Institute of Urban Innovation, Nakagawa Katsushi's researches on the history of sound in the arts from 19th to 21st century, with a special focus on the genealogies of sound art in Japan between 1970s-1990s.

Scene Report on Sound Practices in Jogjakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur

Mark Wong

Mark Wong is the main force behind Ujikaji (“experiment” in Malay), an independent music label and organizer of DIY music events, with special focus on the curation of experimental music by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists.

Independent Sound Archiving, Historicizing and Discourses

Alice Wong

Alice Wong of Hong Kong artist-led initiative soundpocket presents on The Library, an online archive and ongoing project that aims at creating a community of active listeners who are curious about listening as a way of developing a public culture of listening, sharing and collecting that tell stories about our culture and society.

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