Curated by Aki Onda
Presented with Wave Farm
Made possible by the UP Center for Ethnomusicology
January 6–12, 2020
2–5pm daily and before performances
José Maceda’s Ugnayan was an expansive audience participatory work for radio to be broadcast at 6 PM on New Year’s Day, 1974. Arguably the most ambitious, provocative, and controversial work in his repertoire, the fifty-one-minute-long piece consisted of twenty separate tracks, each to be played on a different public radio frequency simultaneously, producing a musical atmosphere at the scale of the city. All thirty-seven radio stations in the metropolitan Manila area turned over their channel for Maceda’s sound diffusion, with some tracks playing from multiple stations. Millions of listeners tuned in. Manila’s parks, plazas, and street corners were converted into what the composer called “Ugnayan Centers”—142 locations in all. In one of the biggest, 15,000 people congregated, their personal radios creating a stunningly knotted mass of sounds.
During the New Ear Festival 2020, this piece is staged at the front of the gallery space.
Read more about Ugnayan:
In Light of the Frenzy: How José Maceda Took Over Manila Public Radio
By Aki Onda
Sources of Musical Thought in Southeast Asia
By José Maceda