Bandwagon's Guide to WSK AXIS 2017

Bandwagon's Guide to WSK AXIS 2017

WSK, formerly known as Fete dela WSK, is one of the best multimedia festivals in Manila, with performances, artist and curator talks all week - from October 24 to October 29 in different venues across Metro Manila. 

This year's installment is turning out to be one of its biggest, with installations in the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde from October 23 to November 4. (Click here to register.)

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WSK is one of the rare major local events that examine music beyond what it's typically known as in a popular sense. It's also a gathering of artists and listeners who share a similar deep fascination with pushing the boundaries of sound as we know it.

Whatever you've ever thought music was--melodic, discrete, comprehensible,--there's something in WSK that will defy it. For that reason, it's something that shouldn't be missed.

Here's Bandwagon's quick primer on WSK's major events:

Noisebath x Ruthless

Where: Today x Future, Cubao

When: October 24, 9 PM

Door: Free Admission

Line-up: Lush Death x Dethomega x Slay Your Boyfriend, Kahugyaw x Drago Katzov, and To Die (Indonesia).

The night features a range of performers pushing exploring the qualities of sound, transforming it through the use of technology, distortion, modulation, or sheer ingenuity. Is it music, or is it noise? Is there any difference at all? You're more likely to walk away with more questions than answers.


Where: XX XX, Makati

When: October 25, 9 PM

Door: Free Admission

Line-up: squaresolid (Indonesia), Gen Thalz, Sloj, Auspicious Family, Sewage Worker, Malek Lopez, .G/FK/DS

Described as a "celebration of the experimental spirit that hovers over the labyrinthine soundscape of contemporary electronic music", Labyrinth features the unconventional and esoteric.


Where: DULO, Makati

When: October 27, 9 PM

Door: 250 PHP

Line-up: Yurei, Joee & I, Pastilan Dong!, Panzerschreck, Bombo Pluto Ova (Cebu), visuals by Sublingua and Submachines

This is where it gets loud. Featuring a line-up with more live band performances than others and a special appearance by Bombo Pluto Ova from Cebu, this is probably the closest you'll get to a verse-chorus-verse during WSK. And it'll still be wildly different from your regular bar gig.

x-pol: Buwan Buwan x Maltine (A Philippine x Japan Electronic Music Showcase)

Where: XX XX

When: October 28, 9 PM

Door: 350 PHP + 1 drink

Line-up: Similarobjects, Moonmask (f.k.a. Ulzzang Pistol), Meshua, Kashwak (f.k.a. Zomtendo), Tomad, TORIENA, PARKGOLF, Pa's Lam System

Manila's own Buwanbuwan Collective teams up with Maltine, a Tokyo-based Japanese netlabel that's been operating for twelve years. It's a one-night collaboration between the two collectives where anything could happen.

Kamuning Public Radio #9

Where: Green Papaya Arts Projects, Kamuning

When: October 29, 9 PM

Door: Free Admission

Line-up: Erick Calilan, Halfsound (Australia), Tusa Montes, Siew-Wai Kok (Malaysia), DJ sets by David Tarigan (Indonesia), Joe Kidd (Malaysia)

Kamuning Public Radio, a platform for sound art and improvised experimental performances presents. Expect defiantly obsolete technology, saxophones, the Kulintang, and everything in between. They're diverse, but not as vastly different as you think.

Check out the full festival schedule here.

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