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Hibernation [artist review]

Hibernation (a.k.a Ryan Pangilinan) is a noise improviser and engineering graduate from Tarlac. He engages in the brooding and the sonically grotesque, as a master tinkerer of guitar effects and homemade sequencers and synthesizers. A lot of his sound pieces sprawl over twenty minutes or more, approaching the border of harsh noise and dealing with self-proclaimed themes of boredom, darkness, loneliness, social malfunction, mental illness. The sound may seem unsettling to unaccustomed ears but that is the very function of harsh noise — to express the dark and the unspeakable, to show the void by means of getting in touch with the deep black recesses of the mind.