Call for Radios

Mar 21, 2024
Field:

Open Call

Western Front is looking for FM radios made between the 60’s to 90’s for an installation that will run from May 4 to June 1, 2024.

The radios will be used to broadcast José Maceda’s 51-minute composition Ugnayan: Music for 20 Radio Stations (1974) as part of an exhibition focused on Maceda’s life and work, curated by Aki Onda.

Donations or loans are preferred, although a small fee for purchase can be negotiated.

To contribute, please contact us with details about your radio, including a photo, at info@westernfront.ca

About José Maceda and Ugnayan

José Maceda (1917–2004) was a Filipino composer, pianist, and musicologist recognized for bridging his fieldwork on traditional Filipino music with techniques of European avant-garde music. His work uniquely fuses cutting-edge compositional techniques such as spatialization, attention to timbre, and musique concrète with traditional Asian instruments, rhythms, and structures.

Ugnayan consists of twenty separate tracks, each played on a different radio frequency simultaneously. Originally broadcast on New Year’s Day in 1974, the work famously produced a musical atmosphere at the scale of Manila, with all 37 radio stations in the metropolitan area turning over their channels for Maceda’s sound diffusion. Millions of listeners tuned in, with a number of “Ugnayan Centers” established in Manila’s parks, plazas, and street corners to create public spaces for people to congregate with their personal radios. In 2020, Onda recreated Ugnayan at Fridman Gallery, New York City, with the upcoming exhibition at Western Front marking the work’s Canadian debut.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.