Three wall murals by Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) awardees have been reinterpreted into musical compositions by students.
Headlined by the Music Production students of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the ART + MUSIC by CCA project aims to encapsulate the emotions brought about by the artworks mounted around the college’s School of Design and Arts campus.
“Bakwit” by street artist and 2018 Thirteen Artist Awardee Archie Oclos, a 70-meter mural that depicts the plight and hardships of the Lumad students who were forced to leave their schools and communities because of militarization, has been turned into music by Ben Ayes.
Ayes created three themes that reflected the transitions between the provincial life, the tragedies of oppression, and the hope to narrate these struggles.
“Hindi Totoo” by 2018 TAA and multimedia artist Rasel Trinidad (also known as Doktor Karayom), which explored peculiar characters and Filipino mythological creatures, has been given a dark melody by Dwight Ian Perez.
Perez utilized the kulintang, conga, and piano for percussion; violin, cello, and bass guitar for string; and flute and bassoon for woodwind.
“Dead Masks” by 2018 TAA and multidisciplinary artist Zeus Bascon, depicting four writhing serpents made of lined emotionless masks, was unraveled by Daniel Carlos through the piano, synthesizer, violin, cello, and crystal flute as a spiritual and ethereal guide to the afterlife.
The compositions serve as the score for the ART + MUSIC by CCA music video, directed by CCA associate and multimedia artist Raine Sanciangco.
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