Coda to a long story

A year ago today, three videos were launched at Route 196, and here’s one of them:

Unstable – Autotelic from Alter The Native on Vimeo.

I will have more to say about the experience of making these videos and how it did force me to confront some things, but here’s a coda to this whole story.

Autotelic just released a music video for its single “Gising,” and it was launched nearly a year after the video posted above. It was a happy coincidence that the female lead in “Gising” happened to be a former member of Ballet Philippines and was in the same batch as the female lead in “Unstable,” Denise Parungao. When I told her about our role in the project, she told me that she had seen the video a large number of times. And when Autotelic, which happened to be playing at the time, broke into “Unstable,” we were trying to do our favorite steps from the first part of the video.

I’m actually glad someone watched this for the dancing.


One thing we must put out there was that part of this reason the project came about was to let people know that, at the least, they need to understand the needs and concerns of loved ones confronting mental illness. Not long after we wrapped production, I saw that it hit close to home.

It is hard to talk about it publicly now, but I think it is safe to say that I discovered something about myself, found out how I could be helped, and more importantly, in fits and starts, discovered that there were a whole number of people who are ready to care, and yes, love, and that I can love and care for them too as I am able.

That’s all for now.


Track of the Week – “Association Dues” by Tarsius – updated

This week’s track is part two of a two-week homage to the band Tarsius, whose new videos were launched last Friday night at a memorable (though rainy) gig.

The track for today is “Association Dues.” When performed live, it includes one of the most interesting samples in their repertoire. One can hear a very, very small muddling of it on the track, but it’s an Easter egg for those who’ve seen them live. [Correction: Actually, the track in question is “Black Saturday.” Oops]

You can watch all the Tarsius videos so far in this playlist from the band’s YouTube account:

The one for “Cosmic Convergence,” which I talked about last week, is in the list, and I urge you to watch it.

Here is my write-up on Paolo Ruiz’s video from Vandals on the Wall.

And just released: my write-up on “Cosmic Convergence” by Marie Jamora and Jason McLagan.

Incidentally, happy St. Benedict’s day to those who are connected, in some way, to this founder of Western monasticism!

Track of the Week – “Cosmic Convergence” by Tarsius feat. Archaster

It is a little-known fact that the song “Cosmic Convergence,” which appears on Tarsius’ LP Primate, was the second Tarsius song used in a film soundtrack. The first, of course, is “Deathless Gods,” whose video kicked off the musical build-up to the 2012 film Ang Nawawala. The film in question is Shift, which is interesting in that this drew a lot of fans of a certain young pop/rock singer, as a Q&A session I moderated after one screening revealed much to my amusement. (The singer stars in the film.)

There is only one extant video of a performance of the song featuring Archaster himself, and this was taken at the UP Cineastes’ Haute Auteur Video event at the old Freedom Bar in 2013. Oddly enough, the creative team of Shift were there (because director Siege Ledesma had a short film in competition, and won) and they liked this number.

Cosmic Convergence (live)- Tarsius fear. Archaster from Martika Ramirez on Vimeo.

Of course, tonight, we will get to see the official music video for the song, by Marie Jamora and Jason McLagan, along with a video for “Association Dues” by Paolo Ruiz. The launch concert starts at 10 with a set by Modulogeek, another of my favorite electronic musicians. I look forward to seeing you there!