A rare recording from the children of cathode ray, one of the earliest experimental sound art groups in the Philippines. there was no documentation on this track but it was probably recorded between 1989 and 1990 at north green hills and/or scout area.
The recording was done bouncing 4-channel open reel and stereo cassette tapes several times, along with grounding exposed PL wires. the last part of the track was what remain of the original tune that was recorded over on the stereo-channel master reel tape and accidentally retained it.
The master recording was on a cassette tape and was lost for over ten years; was later found and finally digitized in 2010. The final mix was done in 2014.
released March 11, 2018
Children of Cathode Ray : the original 1989 lineup of The Children of Cathode Ray consisted of
Blums Borres, Tad Ermitaño, Jing Garcia,Regiben Romana, and Magyar Tuason, with Peter Marquez pitching in as tech and gaffer. The band is a closed but metastable collective, with a 15-year history sporadic dormancy interleaved with sudden bursts of activity. Various combinations of its set of 6 members have disappeared (sometimes for years) only to rejoin as casually as they dropped out. The band is and was a catchall for the members' interests in music, sound, experimental film, lighting, literature, poetry, graphic arts and technological deconstruction.
A Cathode Ray piece might have radios and 4-second cassette-tape loops feeding into a mix filled with drums and electronic percussion, effected guitars, synthesized pads, and passionate raving in an
invented language, which would in turn be augmented visually by video feedback, projections of exposed Super-8 abraded with a variety of kitchen implements, or VHS spliced on a pair of consumer VCRs. In its present incarnation, the band consists of Tad Ermitaño, Blums Borres and Jing Garcia orchestrating sound and video live out of computers.
However, instead of music being composed to add mood to pre-existing visuals (as happens in film), or video being composed to back up pre-existing music (as happens in rock/electronica), Cathode Ray's methods give equal primacy to sound and imagery. A looping image might inspire a certain timbre or rhythm, which calls up an accompaniment in the lower registers, which in turn provokes a decrease in the image's luminance, and so on. - Tad Ermitaño