Autotelic lets go of its painful past with hopeful new single ‘Iwan’

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When Filipino pop-rock bands in the early 2010s started to gain mainstream prominence, Autotelic emerged as one of the movement’s leading voices. From churning heartfelt anthems that reflect the sentiments and triumphs of the current generation to rocking the stage with unforgettable performances, the six-piece band sets the standards of what modern pop songcraft is all about: beautifully resonant at its most melancholic, and defenseless in its poignant honesty. Fast forward to 2021, Autotelic’s music still hits home. Their work has been consistent in eloquently expressing the woes and rewards of being young, in love and emotionally wrecked, and is informed not so much by its time, but by timelessness and enduring appeal. These qualities are inevitably present on “Iwan,” Autotelic’s new single released under MCA Music Inc. Teeming with earnestness and indelible pop sensibilities, Autotelic’s latest track sticks to the quivering fragility that often permeates their material. But this ti

Be a songwriter, join Philpop Taga-Alog Boot Camp

From all walks of life, no matter if you’re a student, working at your favorite jobs or just simply got the gift/talent in songwriting, you are what they’re cordially looking for Philpop, they have an intensive class led by no less than National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. It aims to hone the songwriting and performance skills of aspiring music artists.
This workshop will be held nationwide offering scholarship programs to 20 outstanding singer-songwriters per cluster, while Taga-Alog 2019, Ilog Pasig:Sulong! Lusong! Is a creative campaign for the promotion of the Ilog Pasig as a space for cultural identity and collective memory.
Last September 9, 2019, we are cordially invited to attend Philpop Taga-Alog Mini Bootcamp held at the PETA theater in Quezon City.  All participants had the unique experience of learning from some of the country’s renowned songwriters/composer/musician including Trina Belamide, Jungee Marcelo and Noel Cabangon.

They tackle different approaches to songwriting, the purpose of a song, the parameters and limitations like budget and resources, the length of work, approach to writing on how to begin on something. In addition to that, they also presented some songs in which they gave as an example on how to begin with instrumentation/genre, the structure rhythmic pattern. It also brings up on how to begin a concept of a song, message, and hook. The emotions and desired effect on listeners like the millenials as well as the Developing Melody that includes note progression, rhythm set-up and setting patterns, from their melodic motions such as contours, conjunct motions and disjunction motions etc.
The participants are also given a chance to give a melodic tune to a written lyrics which has no melodic treatment yet, as part of their activity in the Bootcamp. On the second day of the bootcamp, September 10, 2019, they are going to perform their original composed songs and from top 5 down to top 3 and we would like to congratulate them namely Suzanne Samson, Gerard de Leon and Rica Francisco, and Randy Pusing.

The Philpop Taga-Alog Mini Bootcamp 2019, is now in their 2nd year through partnership with Smart, it is going to Bacolod this coming Sept. 23 to 26 and in Dagupan on Nov.18 to 22.

Text and Photos by Ronald Anthony Orda

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