"Gongs, Songs and Dance" - BIMCC #4 (12th-13th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC") dedicated to the efforts of the "Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project". For the full blog series, click here. I woke up early in the hopes of witnessing our first sunrise at Banaue. What we saw instead was further intriguing and would rarely happen again - the entire region was flooded in cloud and mist with only the soundscape to suggest what the landscape held. The Morning Soundscape of Banaue But over time, this cloud sea eventually cleared to reveal a gorgeous view of the mountains. 70 Minute Time-Lapse The Eventual View Can't Stop Staring This day

"The Journey to Banaue" - BIMCC #3 (11th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC"). For the full blog series, click here. After a brief 4-hour sleep, it was time to depart for the lengthy 14-hour bus journey up to Banaue, leaving around 06:00 and arriving around 20:00. But first, a spontaneous recital of Steve Reich's "Clapping Music". Reich Strikes: An Early Departure: We: Slowly: Reached: The: Countryside: And had several breaks along the way, of course! The first, for a quick coffee with a view of the volcano, "Mount Arayat", a buffet lunch, and a brief dinner at the "Tam-an BMPC Resort". Mount Arayat: A Coffee Break: A Lunch Break: A

"A Press Conference" - BIMCC #2 (10th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC"). For the full blog series, click here. The following day was scheduled for a Press Conference. But before that! - breakfast! Before: After: Delicious! Now moving on - the Press Conference! After meeting up with all of the other composer-fellows - the first time we were all together - we entered the hotel's "Rigodon Ballroom". I doubt any of us had anticipated the sheer scale of this event, but during the conference we certainly began to realize that this was no ordinary composition competition. The Press Conference in the "Rigodon Ballroom": The Press for t

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